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Another Expat in the City of Light: Finding ‘Home’ in Paris

Impressions from expat's early days in Paris.Letizia Bordoni/John Towner

Editor’s note: We love when writers share their personal experiences of making Paris their home on the blog. The expat experience is full of trials and errors, risks and rewards, and often the payoff is not at all what we expect. As expats, we take what we can get and accept beauty and life lessons whenever and wherever we find them. This post from Marisa Gupta combines the uniqueness of each of our experiences moving to a new place with some universals that come with the adventure that is living abroad.

Moving to Paris after many years as an expat in London, I expected my first few weeks in France to be smooth and uneventful. Paris, and its joie de vivre, had seduced me in ways London had not quite managed. It was nearby and somewhat of an old friend, as I had visited many times. With an elegant apartment lined up for my French partner and me, I was excited to embark upon my new life.

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Sick in Paris? French Medical Assistance 101

When You're Sick in Paris: Practical Advice on Seeking Medical Attention in French Pharmacies, Doctor's Offices, and Hospitals

The day we moved to Paris, I had pneumonia and my eight year-old daughter had a confirmed case of strep throat. Snow fell from the sky, the thermostat plummeted to historic lows, and by Saturday morning my very Californian five year-old was sick too. Their Dad was on a plane, flying home from a business trip in Cologne, and through a feverish haze, I went into panic mode.

When You're Sick in Paris: Practical Advice on Seeking Medical Attention in French Pharmacies, Doctor's Offices, and Hospitals

It was the weekend in a foreign country that had been our home for all of 96 hours. I flew down a flight of stairs and asked our concierge what to do. She kindly introduced me to the pharmacist next door, explaining that the French turn to their pharmacist for basic first aid and medical advice before heading to a doctor.

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