I am a 31-year-old Canadian in France.
As a young girl I dreamed of living in Europe. I'm lucky to live that dream.
I started out living in Belfast in the early years after the Troubles were over. I went on to work in London, spent a summer picking apples in Prague, struggled through Dutch lessons in the Netherlands, participated in three language stays in Italy, worked at a hostel in Athens, was an Erasmus student in Spain and started and completed my undergraduate degree in Wales. Oh, and I learned how to drive in Wales. What a disaster that was! (I'll talk more about this soon.)
Now I'm an immigrant in France, but I recently spent 6 months as a trailing spouse in Denmark, hence the name Den Nation. (More about that later.) I am based in Bordeaux, in the south-west of France.
I love learning about Europe; its culture, languages, people and history fascinate me. I love eating too, a little bit too much, but can't stop myself from eating around Europe.
It's definitely time to branch out a little. Last year I visited Brazil and China thanks to my husband's work. There are future possibilities for us to spend longer periods of time in these countries, something I am keen to do. There is more to this world than just Europe, and I will get there, little by little.
I don't really know how much of my previous 'lives' I will talk about on this blog. Belfast was, after all, more than 10 years ago. I'm not even sure of the themes I want this blog to have. I guess time will tell. I am sure, though, that I wish to connect more with other immigrants in France to share experiences. I've enjoyed reading other bloggers' experiences for a few years now and it's time to become part of this community.