zeb Posted April 15, 2005 Share Posted April 15, 2005 Well, kd sorry it went wrong for you and hope you have a better time in Spain or whereever.We've been here in very rural France for 3 years and bought the place before seeing any of the TV programmes. But, we did no research and couldn't speak much French. We'd spent several holidays in different areas of France, had lived, been students and worked all over the UK taking pakage holidays in all the usual European hotspots. Then got fed up, I was ill, partner (in FE) really stressed out and we decided, what the hell, let's move to holiday cottage (ruin) in France. No research, only the usual Live and Work in France and Doing up a Ruin on Tuppence type books and Michel Thomas CDs. Luckily first week spent in said cottage after signing the Acte convinced us that central heating plus large woodburner were must haves and, together with bathroom, that was where our little lump of money went.We knew we would have to work so did our research in the first six months of living here, registered the micro with the skills brought from the UK, had six customers in the following 4 months (MSA laughed at us and didn't charge cotisations for that period). We also made friends with lots of people, Brits and French, and built up jobs through word of mouth. We had learnt how to live on £30 a week whilst being students and how to entertain on next to nothing - so people eat here and we eat at their homes thus we have learnt how to spend long, winter evenings. At times we have been skint, knackered or (by the end of March) quite bored with the long, dark evenings.However, I can't say we won't ever move on or move back. Who knows where a whim will take us next and we will probably have done about two weeks "research" into living in that place!! Good luck with your move kd, don't ever look back on your time in France as a failure. I hated our year's stay in Huddersfield (whilst partner was doing PGCE) but never regarded that as a failure, just an experience. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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