So after several years of stalking other people's blogs I've finally decided to write my own. When I came home from studying abroad in France in 2005, I couldn't get the country out of my head. I read French books, watched French movies, and found a way to experience the French "life" while still residing in the USA...by reading ex-pat blogs. Seeing France through the eyes of others gave me an even stronger desire to come back and like many Francophiles, I decided to return to France to work as an English language assistant. In 2006 I moved to Paris to teach English in two French primary schools and it wasn't long after that I met my (now) French husband. So here I am, still living in Paris and (still) an ex-pat blog addict. Only this time I read because I can relate to the challenges of living in a foreign country: getting my Carte de Séjour, the infamous topless medical visit, attempting to find a job that doesn't involve teaching English, trying to find a Paris apartment, etc. I find comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one, that there are others in similar situations, that we can rant together! Voilà.