As of today (Saturday, October 27th), I have officially been in France for one month. It seems like forever since I wrote this post about my preparations one month before I left; since then, I left my job, moved back in with my parents, flew to Paris and spent a few days there, traveled to Nice and moved into my new apartment, started my job here, have taken several small trips, and met tons of cool people! That’s a lot for just a couple of months. In some ways, I can’t believe I’ve been here in Nice for four weeks, but it also does feel like home already. It helps to have an apartment I love, a fun roommate that I get along with, friends here to hang out with, a job I enjoy, nice coworkers, and love and support coming my way from back home!
I have settled in here amazingly well. I’ve always adjusted to new places easily, such as when I moved to Normal for college, and I’m happy that moving to another country is no exception! I would say that homesickness hasn’t really hit me yet; I miss people from back home, of course, but I haven’t had that certain sadness/longing to go home that always accompanies homesickness for me. When I spent five weeks in Quebec in the summer of 2009, by about week four I was definitely homesick; I was tired of being in Quebec, tired of speaking French all the time, and ready to go home. I fully expect homesickness to hit at some point, probably soon, but it hasn’t yet!
There were a few things I was apprehensive about before moving here. I had planned on writing a post about them/my emotions at the time before I left, but what with moving, packing, and spending time with my loves, I never got around to it! So I’ll include some of them here so that when I look back at this I’ll remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling at the time 🙂