I always had a thought somewhere in the back of my mind that I want to live abroad. To the surprise of absolutely none of my friends. After all, I have since my high school graduation spent a lot of time bouncing between countries and cities. Even once I committed to a three-year university program (the hardest thing I had ever done at the time), I somehow managed to bounce from one apartment to the other with a speed that frightened my parents. But, I did it and restrained myself for the next couple of years and only moved around for the limited time period of a school break.
So if it isn’t a job, or a gap year following a high school graduation or a finding yourself time in life. What is it that makes someone want to move to another country?
I think it has to do with lifestyle rather than the search for adventure. Not that these two are mutually exclusive. And a desire for a new lifestyle can also have to do with wanting adventure. But the lifestyle has been what it has been all about for me. From my first trip abroad – the first I can remember anyways – I remember instantly falling in love with everything from the culture, to the differences in routines of the people of around me. I later returned to London to spend a couple of months at an agency, and I have to say: there is something about moving to new city and making it your home. Even if it is only for a short while.
Especially places that attract people from all over the world. These people tend to be more open minded and welcoming of strangers than smaller cities. Which I can’t help but love wherever I go. And of course, being single, I do love places where it’s more than okay to fill your days with other activities than the step-by-step of falling in love, marrying and having babies. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
And yes, of course moving to another country is adventurous. Anyone who says otherwise has never done it. Otherwise it wouldn’t be on the to-do list of every high school and college graduate in the world.
Not that I get the question of Why do you want to move to Paris? that often anymore. Sub-consciously I seem to have prepared my world for that with the way I dress – obviously very Parisian. Not that that was ever the goal with the beret or the scarves. They just sort of happened.
But every now and then I have to remind myself of the why. So there you/I have it. It’s something about the joie de vivre lifestyle and being in surroundings where everyone is always on the go.
How I love that!