Complaining about French bureaucracy, and swapping diet secrets might work with other expats, but if it’s French friends you seek, you might need to consider a different approach.
I am not French. Who says that I have to play by their rules, and wait for them to make the first move?
French children rote-learn facts, read difficult philosophical novels and have table manners ingrained from as young as three. By contrast, Australian children spend much of their first school years making papier-mâché crafts, running around the playground and later, study films and pop culture.
The old adage of ‘good, fast and cheap: pick two’ may hold true for project management, but when it comes to Parisian apartments it’s more like, ‘big, cheap and well located: pick one’.
So, as the experiment draws to a close, it seems fitting to end with a subject that’s very close to my heart: homelessness in France.
Happiness in Paris is the dream, but it doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it doesn't have to cost anything at all! Find out how to enjoy Paris vicariously...
It's clear that the French and Australians have completely different attitudes to food, meal times, and exercise- but how does anyone possibly get the balance right?
The tick of the clock is ever present, but as we find out, it sounds completely different to French and Australian ears…
To start with my 'Happiness in Paris' experiment, I pulled out a guide to the best places to write in the French capital.
As I face the prospect of everyday life in the French capital, I have to wonder: what does 'happy in Paris' look like?