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I left the comforts of my home in the United States and moved to Paris, on a leap of faith that I would succeed somewhere other than my home country. Since being here, I’ve learned a new language and opened my mind to an entirely new culture, whilst meeting some extraordinary people. If you’ve ever felt like you’re on a hazy career path, get up, move and explore a new culture, even if it’s temporary. As an expat in Paris you will endure a lot of difficulties, but it is important to be open-minded and surround yourself with friendly locals from the very beginning. You will therefore feel more at ease when you’re faced with the challenges of expat life. Of course, it depends on each country but if you move to Paris, I can promise you that those stereotypes of the French are only stereotypes if you let them be. People are willing to help you if you make an effort to integrate yourself into their home, your new home.
Hi, I’m Vivien. A hilly landscape and big forests surround my German hometown, however, I have always loved the hustle and bustle of the big city. As much as I do love Paris and its busy life, I sometimes have to escape the huge crowds of tourists, which make their ways through these tiny streets. A great place to calm down is multitude of gardens, which you can find all over Paris. The Jardin des Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg or the Parc de Bercy are my favorite places to relax in the sun, have a picnic with friends or read a good book. From some parks you are also able to sneak a peak at the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Whenever I spot this famous sight, it reminds me of how grateful I am to be living in Paris. Once you have established your busy everyday life, one can quickly forget about this great opportunity!
I’m Daniela Sanchez – a Mexican girl living the Parisian life while trying to find my way through the fashion and music industries. I used to work in beauty in Mexico City and played in a Mexican all-girl rock band.I recently decided to study fashion because I want to bring together my creative interests to create something that could promote my country in a unique way. Music runs through my blood, and while living in Paris I’ve loved discovering the local music scene and seeing the international artists passing through from all over the world. I’m a sucker for the underdog and I fall in love with the passion and dedication I see in work of a striving artist. I’m also obsessed with glitter, so anything that shines… I WANT IT! I could eat sushi every day and really enjoy getting lost in the city and discovering new places. Paris is perfect for me as it allows me to combine my two passions – music and fashion.
Hello, I am Isabelle a tall Kiwi from a small place, New Zealand. I love everything about my home but I felt like it was time for a change, I had studied psychology and commerce and wanted to engage my creative side once again. I am an incredibly social person but I also love food, therefore my favorite thing in life is sharing meals with pals. Although I love food, I have a small challenge; I am gluten free and dairy free. I was a little worried coming to Paris, the city of bread and cheese but I have found an endless supply of delicious restaurants and cafés. My main advice for anyone coming here would be to eat your way around the city and Instagram is your best friend, it is truly a food bible. Also don’t forget to look up when you are here, notice the beauty of the city that surrounds you.
Hi, I am Paula from Colombia. I recently moved to Paris and it has really been the change that I was looking for. At the beginning the city drove me crazy, the insane amount of lengthy paperwork was a challenge, especially being a non-EU passport holder. After my first month, I started to realize that I really loved living here; it’s the kind of love that you refuse to accept because you are afraid of the future. I also thought moving to Paris from a third world country was going to be hard, however Paris is incredibly student friendly, you have access to unlimited museums, cultural locations, and different activities. This being said, the many distractions can be hard for a busy student, and no I am not talking about the men. I really like to think that Paris chose me; I am grateful for my amazing five months here so far. It has been such an unexpected adventure full of surprises and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.
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