We’re packing up and moving to France. This isn’t some idle fantasy: our new life in France is happening – and it all starts in just 2 weeks’ time. Excited!
My partner, Damon, has landed a job with a company that is upping its international capacity in Lille. He leaves the UK on 1 July.
Which makes this the only good thing to have come out of the Brexit fiasco, I reckon.
Damon’s new role will see him manage a team of people in English. The rest of the office – and indeed the rest of the world around him – will, of course, speak in French, so the job will allow him to become fluent before we head further south at a later date.
He’s been learning French with help from Duolingo for several years now and can hold a conversation. His new company runs language classes, which will help him too.
This job offer has been on the cards for a little while. I have been itching to write about it here but I didn’t dare to until it became definite.
The timescale is a bit staggering, of course. He has just 2 weeks to pack up and say his goodbyes to friends and family.
I’ll follow him to Lille at the end of August – and commute back.
I’ve agreed with work that I will work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in London. Then I’ll catch the Eurostar after work on Wednesdays and work from home on Thursdays and Fridays.
There’s a 7.30 train from Lille on a Monday morning, so, with the time difference, I’ll be at St Pancras for 8.00.
I’ll admit Lille may not be where we planned to go, but we both love the city – and the move is a great stepping stone for us. We’ll be able to improve our language skills and earn incomes while we do it.
“Lille may not be where we planned to go, but we both love the city – and the move is a great stepping stone”
I speak French already but it’s been a few years since I was properly fluent. Being in Lille for 4 days a week will help my French enormously.
The big question, of course, is what to do about this blog. I’ll be in the Nord département in the Hauts-de-France region. Can I still call the blog A Year in Périgord?
Does France have an equivalent of the Trade Descriptions Act?