I Miss Home

 

Last year I moved to Nice, France from Los Angeles, California with my wife and had a baby boy. Since then I have traveled all over France, Sweden, Italy and Luxembourg and started my own company. I am proud of my new family and all my wife and I have accomplished but I miss home.

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When we moved to France it was to have our son in the best possible conditions and where my wife felt the most comfortable. She is French so…it makes sense. We stayed as long as we could in the U.S. and planned to come back to the states once the baby was a couple months old. As it happens, circumstances change and we found ourselves unable to comeback to the U.S. until complicated immigration details are worked out. We had no definite plans but I never thought I would be gone from the U.S. for a whole year. The hardest part is knowing that my son will only be a baby once and I am not able to share these moments with so many people that are important in my life.

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If it seems like we are having fun in all of the Facebook posts and Instagram photos it is because we are, in fact, we are having a blast, but I would rather be having a blast with everyone back home. Sebastien may look cute in the photos but trust me he is so adorable once you actually meet him. You will die, you will all die. I really hope we get everything worked out before he is not a baby anymore.

So when are we coming back? We are working as hard as we can to come back in October for Sebastien’s 1st birthday or December for Christmas at the latest. No promises, we have one more hurdle to get over.

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What’s next? Bangkok, Thailand. We leave mid August for South East Asia where we plan on being based for the next year. We will still be traveling to the U.S.A. as soon as we can get the visa we need but we are not going to put our lives on hold for it.

In the mean time, I thought I would share with you some things I have learned while I am here in France.

1.) Most English words are merely French words that someone just heard wrong. For instance, potato in French is pomme de terre. Which literally means apple of the dirt. Say pomme de terre out loud, now say it again fast and with your best French accent. See, it sounds like potato.

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2.) Dentist. Why do we say dentist? Why not teethist? Because in French the word tooth is dent. Why do we keep one word but not the other? I don’t know, because we are strange.

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3.) Americans don’t really know what good bread is. Good bread is crispy on the outside and soft and billowy on the inside. It is meant to be eaten the same day or the next at the latest.

4.) Americans are the coolest. The French love all things American. They love our music, our clothes, our movies, and our hamburgers. The things we think of as normal are high end here. A pair of Levi’s jeans cost $90 here. Gourmet burger chains have lines out the door. They had to pass a law making it mandatory for French radio stations to play French songs at least 20% of the the time because of the overwhelming popularity of American and British music. In every mall and store we hear Adele, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake just like back home.

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5.) My son is the cutest thing ever to walk the planet.

6.) French fries aren’t French, they’re Belgian. French toast is French but they call it pain perdu (lost bread) because they make it out of stale baguette that has gotten to old and hard to eat. Croissants made into French toast is delicious squared.

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7.) In the U.S. Picard is the name of one of the greatest captains in the Federation who pilots the starship Enterprise. In France Picard is a well respected grocery store which specializes in frozen foods that can be found in most cities.

7.) No one has credit cards here. They don’t have a credit score, credit reports, Fico none of it.

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8.) The French eat more McDonald’s than any other country in the world besides the United States and it’s 2x’s the price as in the U.S.A. and you can buy macarons there.

Look for more adventures coming soon.

4 comments

  1. I follow all your family adventures on Instagram ! I know the blog of Julia since a long moment. Sebastien is so cute.
    I am french, but for me “home” is Texas, where I founded friends, and a new family. But I am french, so impossible to live there just like this. I was in love with an american, but it not survive to distance 🙁
    I hope one day have a beautiful family like yours, to love and travel.
    Intrustive question but, why you cant live in the us all 3? If you are american and married Julia should have the visa and your soon an american passeport, isn’t like this ? that is why i havnt understand !
    I still dont understand all these questions, i consider myself as a world citizen, and regret to wont be able to live where i want, especially in the US

    I wish you the best for 2017

    Lucie

    • Hi Lucie, sorry for the late reply. The visa story is a long one but basically. We wanted to have our baby in France and this meant we needed to immigrate to the U.S. from outside of the U.S. which takes a lot of time. Julia overstayed her visa so she was not allowed back in. We almost have her green card now. We can live in the U.S.if we want but we are having fun traveling. How long can you stay in the U.S.?

  2. I can relate to this. Both of my daughters were born abroad in Korea, where I have lived for the past four years. When I moved here, I didn’t have any plans of meeting my husband, who is Nigerian far less starting a family abroad. But, it happened. My mother has only met my oldest daughter once in person, when she was 7 months and I’ve since had another baby, who is now nine months. While video calls help, it can’t replace face-to-face interaction. We are in the process of doing immigration stuff for my husband, so that we can all travel to the States as a family. Hopefully, sooner than later, this year. I really hate that my mother has missed her grandchildren as a babies. I try not to think too much about it, because it can make me feel sad and a little guilty. But, I never could have predicted these circumstances and at the end of the day, this is my family and at present, home is Korea.

    • Wow! You are me in the future! I hope everything goes well with your husband and immigration. Definitely not an ideal time to be going through that in the U.S. We almost have my wife’s green card now. They want us to pay one last $200 fee. I am trying to feel less guilty. Afterall, I am happy with my life and if my family wants to see my son they can always come to Thailand.

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