My husband finally got a full time job in Sélestat. He had a part time job here in Strasbourg driving a delivery truck for a small company. It had nice hours and we spent alot of time together.
However, real life calls and he lucked out and got a management job where he is over two people. It doesn’t pay much but he has the opportunity to move up. It took several months and many applications and interviews for him to land this job. In America, if I lost my job I could find another doing the same thing in a month tops. I am grateful to France for the financial aid we have recieved. It has gotten us through the loss of my husbands job without affecting our children. They are fed and clothed and loved. They are healthy.
In America, we would have had to live with one of my parents because there is just no way that we could have made it otherwise. Let’s just say that I love my husband’s parents but am very, very happy we did not have to move in with them under these circumstances. It would have been stressful to say the least. I have no idea how families in the past lived together.
Since my husband works in Sélestat, we have to move from Strasbourg. The gas is just too expensive in France for my husband to make the forty minute drive to work and then back five days a week. He told me it would be around 250-300 Euro in gas each month. We pay 670 Euro for rent and charges on our apartment here in Strasbourg each month.
We looked online for apartments in Sélestat and it is cheeper. We can save about 100 Euro on rent if we move plus the money on gas that we will save. We are talking about 350-450 Euro a month that we will save if we move. We spend about 400-500 Euro on groceries and misc. items like cleaning supplies, etc. So, this money would be almost as much as our grocery bill each month. We could actually start saving money!
I admit that I will miss being able to be in the center of Strasbourg after walking only 15 minutes. It is a beautiful 15 minute walk in plus. We have a very nice apartment. Lots of huge windows with views of trees and the sound of birds filling the apartment starting in the spring and lasting until the fall. Only in the winter is it hard and I find myself not even opening the shutters half the time.
I am sure we will find a nice apartment in Sélestat and we will be by the mountains. We will be closer to all cities and villages that beg for exploring. It is the perfect situation for us. I love Strasbourg. But, she will only be 40 minutes away. I can visit her often.
Besides, the move is at least three months away. We must stay three months after giving our notice to the owner. We have lots of work ahead of us.