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Missing the life of an expat

A guy that I work with asked me what I missed the most about living in France.  I, at first, told him that I missed the food and culture.  I missed the history.  I missed visiting neighboring countries.  You know.  All the typical things.  All the things that I do miss.  However, last night while we were once again working together, I told him that I had been thinking about his question.  And, that I had a better and more honest answer. 

I told him that what I missed the most was living the life of an expat. 

I missed being the sexy foreigner with the pretty accent and waking up each day to a new adventure in learning the language and culture.

I miss the feeling of adventure and romance that surrounded my daily life.  I had grown accustomed to life in France.  True. 

Yet each day was still a new treasure of promise and discovery. 

I stood out each time I opened my mouth or walked into a room with my American stride.  I was interesting.  I was unique. 

Every simple ordinary day was never simple or ordinary for me. 

I miss it all.

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  • Ally November 6, 2006, 8:00 pm

    Hi Pumpkin
    I haven’t read your blog in a while… and I came from Wendz blog to yours…
    So From My French Window became Madame Citrouille…

    I was happy to read some news !
    I see that you are now back in the States…

    I’m still in France after trips to San Francisco, Portland (OR), Minneapolis and Cincinnati…
    I was an expat in the UK for 4 years and I must say I miss it too…

    Same feeling as you have…
    It was nice to be ‘unique’ in the world of my British friends and colleagues… but I also miss the lifestyle, not the food, but the pubs and all the things that make UK such a beautiful country (aside from the rain, I must say, but at least it was not too cold there !)

    Anyway, I wish you all the best about Florida !
    Who knows, it might be sooner than you think !
    Good Luck !
    Take Care !

  • kat November 6, 2006, 8:34 pm

    You have your memories of a lovely time to sustain you! There are many people, myself included, who would love to live the expat life and haven’t had the opportunity to. The good news is you can always go back :)

  • blueVicar November 6, 2006, 8:53 pm

    Just remember that you are still all of those things whether you are in France or not. You’ll always have being an expat in you…

    You’ll find the adventures, the “new treasure of promise and discovery” where you are…you will.

    Meilleurs vœux!

  • Louis la Vache November 7, 2006, 3:56 am

    Je comprende! Mois aussi!

  • Wendz November 7, 2006, 5:54 pm


    Yes you hit the nail on the head with this post. Being an expat makes me feel different and special. I like it…you’re right – we are unique, especially out here in the sticks.

  • Sietske November 7, 2006, 7:12 pm

    Boy, do I know what you are talking about! I have been an expat for 16 years in Lebanon, and still I am unique, every single day.

  • Pumpkin November 8, 2006, 11:14 pm

    Hi, Ally!
    I’m happy you stopped by. We are looking forward to Florida’s warm weather now that we are putting on winter coats almost daily!

    I think everyone should try to live in another country at least once. If it isn’t possible you can always visit as often as possible and for as long as possible. We will start saving up for a trip to France as soon as we are on our feet again. We will make sure we go for at least one month.

    Thank you and I know we will find new adventures in Florida!

    Louis la Vache,
    At least we can visit!

    I always like reading your blog and about your life in France….it makes me feel closer to France. You are so near to Strasbourg.

    I think if I would have stayed in France, it would have been the same for me too. Every day something would remind me that I was “different”.

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