Today I thought I would write a bit about my move to France and how things have been so far.We arrived on the 1st of July my husband 4 kids and 2 dogs. Saying it has been a roller coaster is an understatement . It’s only now I’ve recently seen the light at the end of the tunnel. It started as an idea that became an action which made me believe how powerful our minds can be and how often the steps we take lead us to our reality. A move falls under the three most stressful events in people’s lives next to a loss of a loved one and changing jobs. Leaving your comfort zone, a place you’ve known all your life. With everything you know and love and moving to a new place in the middle of nowhere let alone the language barrier, luckily I had done a french course at Alliance française in Cape Town so i am not completely lost in translation.
Prior to the move while dealing with movers etc I was expecting twins honestly i feel like I’m entitled to call myself a superwoman. I would like to meet anyone who has done a move to a new country and gave birth to twins all in one year. All that stress I found myself in labour a bit early which is expected being high risk and the added stress. Luckily all went well with the twins, never mind my near death trauma (hemorrhage it’s called that’s a whole new book on its own, I thought I would mention it so I don’t seem like I’m exaggerating when I say I’ve been through turmoil.
Eventually we made it through and now I’m sitting in my veranda reflecting. Despite all that has happened everything seems to be falling into place and I have this feeling that it was the best decision. I feel at peace and my mind seems quite clear and focused something I’ve struggled with. I guess when you take away all the distractions and disturbances your mind unlocks as this is how I feel. We live in a longere as the french call it in the middle of nowhere surrounded by forest. My neighbors are meters away, from city to country what a transition!
I’m falling in love with this place everyday. The organisation, the french public service is so organized there is paperwork for everything but it’s the execution that catches my attention. Coming from South Africa where everything is a drag, I love my country but on this front we need some serious schooling. Just to get a birth certificate I had to wait six months going to home affairs almost everyday, at some point I felt like I should bring a blanket and a snack box and camp there then maybe someone will finally give me answers. So that’s why when we’ve been busy with all the french administration process I was amazed by the work ethic and organizational skills they possess. The stuff at supermarkets are so professional that’s the other thing that grabbed my attention. I remember going to a supermarket in my country and one lady didn’t even look at me she just rang my products and that was that no smile no hello nothing. I felt so hurt I wanted to ask her if I offended her somehow but that was one of many encounters so it was normal. We have our own things that we excel in and one thing i can think of is Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù])is a NguniBantu term meaning “humanity”. It is often also translated as “humanity towards others”, but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.
All I have experienced so far is positive let’s give it a year shall we and see if I’ll be writing the same positive post. We live in the Bretagne region and there is so much beauty around us. A few favorites
Favorite restaurant called La Paix situated in Rennes. I love the food and the deco is captivating.
My husband loves water sports and we found this beautiful place which is in Arradon towards the golf of morbihan.
I love this place in Rennes situated in the old quarter close a shopping street. I think it’s an excellent idea because shopping can be tiring all that walking around sometimes you need a moment to relax after without having to sit at a restaurant even if you don’t want to order anything. You can just chill in this little square and watch the world go by.
There’s so much more I can put in this post but I’ll leave it here for now.
I’m finding my footsteps as each day passes. Hopefully I’ll make ton of friends, I’ll keep dreaming. My family and my blog are my best friends for now.
Au revoir et à bientôt. xx