The End of This Journey

End of this journey

I didn’t want to write this post because it would mean that our France adventures are really over.

I knew that our living abroad journey would have to end at some point but I didn’t anticipate just how hard it would be to say goodbye. In a short amount of time, Marc and I had gotten so attached to Montpellier, the sunny weather, the wine, the cheese, the culture, the endless traveling and all the new friends we had made.

Truth be told, being in France as Canadians was no walk in the park. Some of the rarely mentioned hurdles about the good life in France included jumping hoops to satisfy French regulations, dealing with difficult rental requirements and the looming threat of terrorism. But despite all these issues and obstacles, France will always be special in our hearts and Montpellier will always feel like our second home. Can I also just say that unlike the stereotype of the French being nonchalant and rude, I found the French warm, curious and super cultivated people.

I feel very blessed that Marc and I were able to make this trip happen. Not only was the traveling an eye opening experience, but putting ourselves outside of our comfort zone allowed us to stretch our personal boundaries and grow. We both learned so much about ourselves and about each other (both good and bad! Haha). We now have a better idea of the kind of life we want to live along with newly discovered interests and goals. As hard as it was for me to accept the end of this journey, I’m really excited about the next chapter of our lives.

As for this blog, I think I will keep it up since it’s something I enjoy doing and I still have so much material that I wanted to share but didn’t have time to.

For now, I’ll say goodbye to France. But this isn’t the end, it’s just another beginning, a new adventure.

Canada in the Fall

xo

Mary

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