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24 things I learned from living in Lyon

Prior to moving to Lyon, we were warned by a French man from the north of France that Lyon and the south-east were particularly hostile to ‘incomers’. We laughed it off! We’re used to moving around, we’re used to adapting, we speak French, so… there’ll be no problem right!  WRONG! Here are just a few…

2 comments
  • Cynthia GiblingOctober 22, 2016 - 8:15 am

    wow! That is some eye opener. Thanks.

  • EmmaOctober 22, 2016 - 11:28 am

    I think it so much depends on where you chose to live. My parents live in the Charente and have an amazingly supportive network of ex-pats. Plus they know people who have set up businesses to help ex-pats adjust to France. They are privy to much inside info which is not readily available usually. Yesterday I discovered that had we gone and registered ourselves with the local Mairie, that we would have received a welcome pack, been welcomed into the community with other ‘new arrivals’ and been on the mailing list. One of the things I’ve found so hard here is that I never know what’s going on until it’s happened. Get yourself on the mailing list and you’ll find out!!