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Moving plans

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.

Vilay and the kids

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.

The girls and Papa

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.

Sweet Bear and Petite Clown

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.

Papa and Petite Clown

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!

Sweet Bear, Petite Clown and Papa

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.

Boy Blue

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.

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  • Wendy February 23, 2006, 4:44 pm

    Oh dear – I feel like such an ungrateful wretch for bitchin and moaning about France..you’re right – the financial aid they give is very helpful..without it I would not manage either…so that is one good point in France’s favour. At home I’d also be living with family..

    Isn’t it weird to have to give 3 months notice for anything…job, apartment…it’s quite a nuisance…anyway I hope you find a lovely place to stay and that the move is not too stressful.

    those are lovely piccies, btw..

  • Pumpkin Pie February 23, 2006, 6:30 pm

    No, you are homesick. Even if it is nice in France for the social welfare, you love your old country and miss your life there.

    I love America, but always knew in my heart since I was a little girl that my “home” was else where. I just never thought or wanted the same things as my friends…I had eyes for Europe. My husband teases me that I am more French than him in my mind.

    The three months thing is going to be the hardest…trying to save money to move and pay the for the gas for my husband to get back and forth from work. Three months.

  • Wendy February 23, 2006, 10:22 pm

    Now here’s the funny thing…yes I miss home but since I was a kid I dreamt of England and I lived there for 3 years and loved it…I was STUPID to leave – it felt like ‘coming home’ being there… but I made the decision to leave after the Ex left me with a toddler and a newborn baby – I should have hung in there and grit my teeth and by now I’d be a UK citizen and would never have remarried the Ex – with hindsight we are so wise…oh well – I’m not going to leave France right now, I know I won’t…I live my boys too much and they need me still – they’re so young. But I need to replan my life a bit, I think.

  • Pumpkin Pie February 23, 2006, 11:06 pm

    I understand completely.
    My husband told me that London is very, very nice. He said that you hear French everywhere.
    I would love to see England one day. I think it is as pretty as France from the pictures I have seen.

  • D February 24, 2006, 11:16 am

    Sorry to hear that you have to move from Strasbourg, but congrats on your husbands new job! Like you said, at least he has an opportunity to move up in the company. =o)

  • Pumpkin Pie February 24, 2006, 1:55 pm

    Actually, I am happy to move out of the city closer to the mountains. But, I will miss Strasbourg just the same.

  • SP February 24, 2006, 7:23 pm

    I practically cried when I read the cost of your current apartment and the potential costs of the new place. I live in San Francisco and pay almost $2,000 a month for a one bedroom apartment! Granted, I live in a beautiful neighborhood and the rooms are fairly large by San Francisco standards- there are 3 huge walk-in closets, a lot of cupboard space in the kitchen and a parking space- BUT it is still only one bedroom and I do not have a dining room.

    Also, I couldn’t help but think that it would not be possible for a family of 5 to live in San Francisco on the salary from a part-time delivery job. I lost my job 5 years ago (dot com bust) and unemployment from the state didn’t even cover half of my rent. What a shame, especially when I think about my taxes.

    I am a corporate attorney and (at this moment) cannot afford to buy a home (condo) in a nice area of San Francisco. I realize that I probably could be a homeowner if I wanted to move an hour away to the boring (for me) suburbs. I sometimes get quite depressed when I think of the hardwork it took to get my JD and become a member of the bar, and then all the years of my work experience. Something is not right with this picture.

    Enjoy your move. I’ll look forward to the new photos- it’s like a mini-vacation for me.

  • Pumpkin Pie February 24, 2006, 9:12 pm

    I worked at my last job and loved it. But, there came a point when I looked in the mirror and saw the life I would have if I stayed where I was going like I was. I was tired all the time at just 33 and couldn’t get anything finished before more work was piled on top of me. There was never enough money and the pace of life was so fast…I found myself waiting for the next day to end so that I could wait for that day to end. It was terrible. We had nothing. And, I saw we never would. But, after saying that everyone has different ideas of what makes them happy. Mine were different before I had children. Life changes and we change with it.

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