Guess what, I’m writing from home! I’ve had a few days off from work and so I decided to travel home to my family for a few days. As I got here, I realized there were a few things I really really missed from home, and I guessed that some could be similar to what other expats are experiencing! So just scroll down to discover what I’m missing the most from France!
The last time I’ve been home was for a few days in March and I haven’t been back since. I didn’t really miss home nor my family in the meantime, cause we’re talking fairly often. But just like every time, I extremely missed them as soon as my trip got closer and I became so impatient about flying there. And here I am!
I guess that most of the following things are more “French” than specific to the place where I live. I guess.
1. Understanding what’s happening around me. And people too.
As weird as this might sound, understanding people and situations around are quite nice, and, honestly, not asking to repeat everything in English all the time is also pleasant.
2. The bread.
Yes, I know this is cliché and so on, but that’s just the truth! And, actually, more than missing the bread itself with my meals or as a snack, I miss the smell of bread being cooked at a bakery. Because anywhere in France you’d walk by a bakery you have this amazing smell of freshly baked bread, and I love it! (It also works with pastries 😉)
As I do not have a car in Stockholm, it is quite hard to drive around the city or pop by a supermarket for weekly grocery shopping. Not to mention, going out of the city for a weekend or a day-trip. At home, public transportation is limited and operates at not so convenient times, which is why – almost- everyone has a driving license and just drives around. And, honestly, I like that, when having a car, things can get more spontaneous and easy!
4. Being able to buy anything from the grocery store.
Including alcohol. Not that I drink much, but I always get annoyed that you need to go to different stores to complete your groceries. And I also miss the supermarket prices from France! There are definitely pros and cons when living in another country, and for sure prices in Sweden are higher. For pretty much everything.
5. The ‘Southern European’ vibe.
If I can call it this way. And for me, it means small talks, warm welcome in stores, or just people smiling and saying ‘hi’ in the streets – whether or not you know them. I miss this nice atmosphere of after works, where people are just chatting, walking around, being loud, and laughing. I think that this last part has been the hardest one to adjust to when living in Stockholm, and generally in Sweden.
6. Having a garden.
It is a privilege to have a garden, but when you grew up in a pretty big house with a large yard, well, it is definitely something I miss. And also growing vegetables and fruits, flowers and having a little more privacy than when living in an apartment building!
7. Having a large and close-by market.
It is for sure one of the first things I did when I got home. Going to the market. There you can find fresh fruits and veggies, all kinds of home-made accessories or food, clothes and so on. And this selling vibe all over the place is great too!
All in all, I truly love living in Stockholm, and just as for all expats some things and details are different from home. However, if you want to know why I decided to live abroad, you can read it here. I hope you guys enjoyed this article and if there are things you can relate to, let me know in the comments!
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