We bought an apartment

Frenchman and I are officially homeowners!

After months of apartment hunting, filing paperwork, and waiting for French bankers to come back from vacation, it’s finally official.

We’re key-carrying owners of our very own place.

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We bought a place in France!

We just barely made it by the skin of our teeth, thanks to the banks losing our paperwork and not mentioning it to us until 3 days before the signing. After running like crazy to get them new papers in the mail, and a few angry emails and phone calls from Frenchman and our notary, we made it just in time, with the expedited wire transfer arriving in the account about an hour before our appointment. Phew.

After all that stress and living in various states of temporary, I’m very much looking forward to having a permanent home with my own stuff and no deadline of having to move out.

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Return of l’Américaine

Where do I even begin?

I’m back in Paris. I quit my job. I’m married.

So much has happened in the last 2 weeks, let alone the last 3 months that I’ve been virtually nonexistant here. At the time, it made sense to wait on posting. What did I have to say about France when I was sitting in Boston living my normal, boring life? Not to mention it felt a bit too cocky writing about how to get a visa or how to navigate the Mairie to get married when it all wasn’t a sure thing for myself yet. I could just see it being confidently posted and then mere hours later finding out there was a new monkey wrench in my now-wrinkled plan.

And now, all those things have worked out but there are SO many more things to write about! I not only got the paperwork riddles solved, but I actually got married! My parents came to France – my mother for the first time in over 40 years, my father for the first time EVER – and I had the pleasure of showing them all around this amazing city. And just in the last few days I’ve had some lovely adventures seeing new things around Paris with the spectacular weather we had over the weekend. Where to start?

Let’s just start with a quick-hits rundown of all the wonderful things that happened during the nearly 3 months I was home. I’ll save the detailed posts about visas and weddings and all that for their own posts. Let’s face it – I’m wordy enough as it is. I would be here all day if I tried to do it all here right now! I have far too much to say about each thing on its own.

What I did for the last 3 months

  • I became an Auntie!
    • I was devastated when I first learned that my sister’s first baby was due while I expected to be away, so I was THRILLED when I realized I would be home for it all. I got to be there from Baby Shower to Baby Bjorn!

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  • Planned 2 Weddings
    • Because I don’t do anything the easy way, I’m planning 2 weddings on 2 different continents. The first, in France, was planned entirely from Boston and via many many emails, skypes, and gchats with my oh-so-patient fiancé. Since I’ll be in France from now until the bigger, more complicated wedding later this year, my mom and I went on a whirlwind spree trying to accomplish as much as possible while I was home.
    • 2 dresses, 2 venues, centerpieces, bouquets, hairstyles, dress fittings, save the dates… we did it all.
  • Ate as much good food as I could get my hands on 
    • The thing about living abroad is that while, yes, French food is amazing, there are always things from home that you miss. Between mom’s pancakes, real brunch (sorry, France, you’re slacking), and few visits to my favorite sushi place, I was in heaven.

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  • Spent time with some amazing friends
    • Old friends, new(er) friends, work friends, school friends. It was so nice to catch up with all sorts of people I had been missing. I got more dinners, drinks, and fun days than I could have hoped for and it was much needed.
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This is how my people show love

It was a fantastic few months at home and I filled every minute of it as best I could to take advantage of all the food, friends, and family I had around me for such a short time. And now, I’m happy to be back in Paris with my husband? and excited to see what comes next.