Back in June, Refinery29 asked me to keep a Money Diary, where “millennial women are asked how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period”. While the article didn’t end up getting published, I thought I’d share part of it here. Here’s what a Parisian week of spending looks like for me…
- Started my morning with a matcha pastry from Aki Boulanger. €3
- Subsidized lunch at work consisted of salad, watermelon, and a mini baguette. Can’t get enough of those French baguettes. €2.58
- Came home to dinner in the oven- thanks Ty! €6
- Eurocup 2016 was on! Met up with friends, painted our faces, and cheered for France.
I took classes for 3 years in middle/high school, went to a few meet-ups, and practiced whenever my family from Tahiti was in town. I was far from conversational though, and knew I would have to find an English-speaking company in order to work abroad. Over the course of 2 years, I started with my own company (who had an engineering office in France) and also reached out to similar American companies located in the countries I wanted to live. If you’re interested in tech, most large companies also have European offices and are used to relocating American employees abroad (Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon…) My high-level advice would be: be persistent and have patience.
Bonjour! I think it’s great that you want to learn French. Becoming fluent is on the top of my personal goals this year. I’m not there yet, but can get by enough to have afternoon tea in French with my friend Laureen, for example. Here are 5 tips I’ve gathered along the way.