Aix Squared
Nov 12, 2014 · 2 min read

Welcome to our grand adventure.

We’re going to live in France for a year. A whole year. And it’s going to be quite a time.

We decided that it might be worth it to write about and document our journey, from the visa process to what it’s actually like living day-to-day in France. To be specific, we’re going to be living in a small city called Aix-en-Provence which is 30km north of Marseille in the south of France.

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Aix-en-Provence is famous for its fountains

You can call me Vincent. It’s not my real name, it’s my fake French name. My partner in crime is my wife, Celeste, and she’s the one to blame for this entire affair. It was her idea to live in France, something she’s always dreamed of yada yada yada. That’s fine, I’m on board. We’re still young, we don’t have kids, and there’s no time like the present, is there? So here we are. 11 months. We’re originally from the midwest and we’ve lived here all our lives. It’s about time we experienced something new and is there anything more new than picking up and moving to a totally new country? I doubt it.

We’re leaving soon, end of December. We finished up the entire process of applying for our visas and now we’re packing in earnest. We decided not to start the blog until we knew for sure we’d be going, after all it would be a bit of a let down if we had this fancy blog and didn’t end up going. Trust me, there were plenty of times this could’ve gone off track but that’s a story for another day.

Our goal with this blog is not only to share our day-to-day experiences but also to share some advice in case you’re thinking of fleeing the roost and traveling yourself.

So thanks, au revoir, and we’ll see you soon.

au revoir — Means goodbye with the connotation that you’ll see the other person again. Don’t say “adieu” if you value your friendship.

Aix Squared

Thoughts and experiences while living in Provence, France

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