It’s been twelve months and twelve days to be exact since I moved in one of the most desired places in the world – South of France! There’s a lot I could write about the beauty of the French Riviera, how I love living here with my husband and new friends, my day-to-day-struggle not speaking the language yet (I’ll get there) and more, which I’ll be writing about in my future posts.
Though I love exploring the English countryside and serenity of the other places I’d been to around the globe, I classified myself as a city girl. From Manila to Singapore, I then moved to London where I spent six colourful years of my life. Yes, I dwelled in one of the busiest city in the world! For me, it’s the best city to live (next is New York). London life can open all sorts of doors but I often describe it as a dog-eat-dog-world society (that’s where my international relations background comes in). Competition’s part of the busy daily life – whether you are going for that job you wanted, queuing to get into the tube, or even getting that yummy chocolate bar in Pret. But I love it! Oh don’t get me wrong. I’m just giving credit to the city that made me flexible yet stronger as a person. It kinda defined my outlook in life; taught me more on how to strive to excel. I could definitely write a million things about London, but let’s go back to South of France – -
Well, that’s the reason why we rented this apartment on top of Nice’s busy Zone Pieton, to give me the closest city-feel. Though I visited Cote D’Azur several times prior to my unexpected migration, it took me months until my hyped spirit blended with this kind of environment. My husband spent more than a decade of his life living here where the weather is way better than the UK, which proved the theory of people are more laid back in warmer weathers (in my case at least). And it’s absurd how things sometimes, particularly in my marriage life, stir up that li’l drama queen in me! Blame the female hormones + the warm laid back air when I get a li’l bit funny at times. But hey, petty arguments are normal in a relationship, especially in marriage. What’s important is how willing are we to understand each other, observe the give and take rule and of course, when things just go seemingly out of control – always go back to square one: love.
Kiddin’ aside, more than the beauty of this place, I appreciate more and more things time after time. I can take off that city-girl label and embrace riviera’s chilled out culture but still not letting go of what London has taught me. This new chapter in my journey takes me to a lot of things that I will be ever grateful for. With my ever-loving husband, I am happily living in South of France – my new home, our home.
(P.S. it’s bizzare I mentioned new home when we are moving to a new apartment next week! It’ll be in the same ville, so I guess that’s OK :p )