Canada’s ‘smart female bloggers’

A Challenge: Who are Canada’s ‘smart female bloggers’?

Liberal Catnip is a blog about Canadian politics.  She has a post in response to a post from someone else about someone else’s post – too complicated to explain but you can read it – and she’s compiling a list of the top 10 Canadian female bloggers and asks her readers for recommendations.

Jim, thanks for suggesting me.

Paddy, I suggested you.

The idea of Canadian top 10 female anything has me thinking about being an ‘ex-pat’

Being a Canadian woman in France

Living in France isn’t my first ‘ex-pat’ experience.  I lived in South Africa for 7 years – from age 7 to 14, lived in Zambia for two years in my early 30s and then in Barbados for a year.  I’ve been in France for 6 years.

The obvious difference in France is the language.  Even after 6 years I struggle with it but I manage.

What have I learned?

  • The things I find frustrating about life in France have nothing to do
    with gender and almost everything to do with cultural expectations.
  • Surprisingly – for me and I suspect for people who know me well – I’ve learned to be more patient.  I’m never going to be the poster girl for patience but at this late stage of my life I’ve finally learned that I can’t make everything happen when I want it to happen.
  • Patience is certainly a key to dealing with bureaucracy anywhere in France but in the Aude we need to be patient about almost everything.  It’s a much slower approach to life.  I’ve heard French people from the north of France rail against the slow pace here.
  • I am Canadian.  And Canadians are not Americans or Brits.  There are surprising cultural differences.
  • I miss Canada.  I didn’t move here to get away from anything.  I moved here because I had a life-long dream – to live in France.  I miss my family and friends, the emotional support that had built up over years.
  • Some of the things I find frustrating in France are the same things I found frustrating in Canada.  Things I would find frustrating anywhere.  We bring our baggage with us.  We live with what we carry.  Moving to another country really teaches you to identify your ‘shit’ – if you let it.

Am I happy?

Surprisingly, yes.  Surprisingly because the past two years have been  very difficult.  My own little personal hell.

Would I do it again, just pick up and move to France?

Yes, in  a heartbeat.

Will I stay here or will I move back to Canada?

I don’t know.

What about you?

Are you an expat in France?  What’s your experience?

About Sam

Sam started Aude France as a companion site to her real estate site Aude France Property so that she could have a place to write about life in the Aude. Now that she's in Canada she writes about things that can affect owners and buyers in the Aude - or anything that strikes her fancy. On Pinterest you can find her by searching for Sam Mooney or clicking this link
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