We areÂ introducingÂ a new segment for Indian shopaholic living abroad .Segment is presently covered by Ki who we know before her marriage when she was in India and Â married the man of her dreams and settled down in France.Ki is going to show you her life in France and her experiences in makeup, shopping and food 🙂
When I started studying French in school, I never expected that I would visit France, let alone live there! But ten years later, I ended up moving there after marriage to the city of Lyon.
Getting married is hard enough, but getting married and moving abroad is worse. Not only do you have to get used to living away from your parents and childhood home and with a new person, you have to learn to live in a completely alien atmosphere. I’m ashamed to admit that the first month that I lived in Lyon, I never went out alone. The city seemed too big and easy to get lost in and the people all seemed snobby and intimidating, with their fancy clothes and hurried walk. And because my husband was working, I would end up spending day after day at home, watching TV and getting utterly bored and very homesick. Of course, that sort of lifestyle can’t last for too long (plus I was putting on weight), so I slowly started exploring the city little by little, starting with grocery shopping. I still remember one of the first times I went out alone was to the Farmers Market near our apartment and I was so thrilled to see all the fresh fruits and veggies, beautiful flowers and handmade food!
Â Now that I have lived in Lyon for almost two years, there are some things that I absolutely love about living here and some things that still make me want to pack my bags and run back home to India!
I love the sights and sounds of the city. Lyon is not a tourist filled town like Paris but there is still a LOT to see here. One of my fave areas to visit is Old Lyon, which is a World Heritage site and has a beautiful, old world charm.
I adore the Fete De la Lumiere, a festival that takes place every December where all of Lyon is lit up and everyone is out on the streets. It reminds me of Diwali!
I am crazy about the street food of Lyon – crepes, waffles and mulled wine. Yummy!
Lyon just two hours away from Paris, one of the most happening cities in the world. I’ve been there 3 times already and I can’t get enough of the sights and the sounds, especially the breathtaking Eiffel Tower.
And of course, I take full advantage of shopping here, with all the international brands that are easily available and the flexible return policies and frequent sales! Watch out for my haul posts, you will see how much I end up shopping!
Of course, nothing is perfect and there are things that I really miss about home, especially food wise. I don’t know what you have all heard about French food but trust me when I say that apart from the desserts, it pretty much sucks. It is so bland and boring compared to what we Indians are used to! And unlike the US, there are very few Indian stores here, so I have to bring back dals, spices, pickles and namkeens every time I visit India. Which brings to me to the worst part of living here, the sheer distance from all our loved ones. My husband and I get to visit India just once a year and it just hurts to be so far away from our family and friends. It hits me the worst on festival days – Diwali, Holi, Pongal etc. are just not the same without all the colours, food, gifts and blessings that we have back home. But we’re lucky to live in the age of video chat and cheap phone plans – a phone call or chat may not be as good as being face to face with the folks back home but it sure does help!
Have you ever lived abroad? Do share your experience in the comments.
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