I’ve been in France for a week! I can hardly believe it. I’m hoping to write weekly updates of my adventures in France, but no promises. ;)
My host family lives in Malakoff, which is considered a suburb of Paris, but it’s literally one metro stop outside of the perimeter. My host parents explained that Paris is growing more and more expensive, so living in the “suburbs” is a more viable option. A larger house and an almost small town feel to the neighborhood are more appealing. (Sounds like Nashville, amirite?)
Even though Malakoff is technically out of the city, it doesn’t take long to get the city center via the metro. I am STOKED about not having to drive for at least 9 months. I love how public transit can be meditative. I’ve downloaded books on my iPad and listen to podcasts. It’s the dream.
So far, my everyday routine has been varied. My kids, Louise (12) and Samuel (8) just started school on Monday and the first week is a little irregular. When they are home, I hang out and play (although playing usually means, me watching and trying to keep up with what they are saying, haha). My main job is picking up Sam from school, which is about a four minute walk from the house and cooking dinner for the kids. Their parents get home around 8:00 most evenings, so it’s my responsibility to prepare les enfants for bed.
The family has been so kind and accommodating. The parents names are Sarah and Nathanael and both speak English very well. The kids are learning, but Louise is very good as well. Samuel is just beginning to learn so our communication can be quite entertaining. It’s a mix of my broken french and a lot of help from google translate on my phone.
I haven’t done a lot of sightseeing yet, but I should be able to next week when the kids have a more regular class schedule.
A few highlights:
Saturday was my first day to adventure by myself and I ventured all over town. My favorite was La Canal St. Martin, which I hadn’t been to before. There is a little cafe called the Pavillion de Canaux that is set up like a house! You can even sit in a tub that has been converted into a little table with a perfect view of the canal! I was swooning. It’s worth a google search :)
Malakoff has a market every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. We went all together on Sunday to the market, it was very sweet. That night we drove into town and walked along the Seine.
I learned Hogwarts Houses have French names. Gryffindor = Gryffondor, Slytherin = Serpentard, Ravenclaw = Serdaigle, Hufflepuff = Poufsouffle. (I still amazed and goggled all the other languages.)
One day when I was walking home with Sam from school, we jaywalked (a tiny street) and Sam turns around, looks at me and says, in a very heavy accent, “we are gangsters.” I lol’d.
I have seen several French Bulldogs in Paris and it was the BEST. I’m hoping to document the next encounter.
That’s all for now! No pictures yet, but I’ll try to be better about taking photos during my day-to-day.
A tout à l'heure!