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20th of September 2017

Make yourself at home in Paris

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Make Yourself at Home in Paris

Whether you’re in France to study, take a gap year, or for work, no matter how much research you’ve done, nothing can prepare you for a major move to another country. Even if you purchased a travel guide or did extensive research of the area using online resources, and though you may feel prepared for your new life and adventure abroad, you won’t fully know the lay of the land until you’ve arrived.

France - french flag woman by Eiffel tower, Paris No matter if you’ve lived in a different country or have never left your homeland, you’re bound to initially be anxious and uncomfortable in your new surroundings. The best way to ease your fears and concerns, however, is by becoming familiar with your new neighborhood and with the city itself. After getting settled into your accommodations, spend a few days getting to know Paris. Tour the town, checking out shops and restaurants and locating where the hospitals, emergency services, and libraries are. If you still don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips to help you get adjusted to your new Parisian setting.

Meet Your Neighbors

The best way to get acclimated to a new place is to talk to those who already have a close knowledge of the neighborhood and city. Chat up your neighbors, especially those within your age group, to get the essentials about your neighborhood, such as the location of the grocery stores and markets, laundry facilities, and the closet public transportation stops. In addition, you should also try to gather extra ideas for getting around, find out where some of their favorite local restaurants, coffee spots, bars, and shops are, what activities or events are popular around town, and any safety tips they may have. Remember, connecting with your neighbors is important to maximizing your experience living abroad. Be sure to hook up with other expats in Paris and its surrounding cities and villages.

Walk Around the Town

paris_directions Stroll around your community in order to get acquainted and adapted to your new environment. Map out a route, and designate a couple of days to walk throughout Paris and the regions around the city. Don’t forget to bring along something to jot down any valuable information—interesting shops, areas to avoid, affordable places to dine, and decent pubs. Walking around Paris not only gives you the opportunity to get to know the city, it can also lead you to come across some great finds, like a funky cafe, a nice spot to watch the sun set, and appealing shops. You may also want to track down the locations of stores and restaurants you’re familiar with. For instance, when I moved to France, I made it a point to find my local M&S and a bookstore that sells English-language books like Shakespeare and Company.

Take in Everything

The most significant part of your experience living in Paris will be getting to know and learning how to feel at home in your new city. Be sure to indulge in all the action: try local foods, engage in activities you couldn’t do back at home, watch popular, local sporting events, and take part in anything free that’s offered to you. Remember to enjoy as much of this exciting journey as possible.
The most significant part of your experience living in Paris will be getting to know and learning how to feel at home in your new city. Be sure to indulge in all the action: try local foods, engage in activities you couldn’t do back at home, watch popular, local sporting events, and take part in anything free that’s offered to you. Remember to enjoy as much of this exciting journey as possible.