Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany by Mark GreensideTired of Provence in books, cuisine, and tablecloths? Exhausted from your armchair travels to Paris? Despairing of ever finding a place that speaks to you beyond reason? You are ripe for a journey to Brittany, where author Mark Greenside reluctantly travels, eats of the crepes, and finds a second life.
When Mark Greenside—a native New Yorker living in California, doubting (not-as-trusting-as) Thomas, downwardly mobile, political lefty, writer, and lifelong skeptic—is dragged by his girlfriend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany at the westernmost edge of France, in Finistere, the end of the world, his life begins to change.
In a playful, headlong style, and with enormous affection for the Bretons, Greenside tells how he makes a life for himself in a country where he doesnt speak the language or know how things are done. Against his personal inclinations and better judgments, he places his trust in the villagers he encounters—neighbors, workers, acquaintances—and is consistently won over and surprised as he manages and survives day-to-day trials: from opening a bank account and buying a house to removing a beehive from the chimney—in other words, learning the cultural ropes, living with neighbors, and making new friends.
Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do) is a beginning and a homecoming for Greenside, as his fathers family emigrated from France. It is a memoir about fitting in, not standing out; being part of something larger, not being separate from it; following, not leading. It explores the joys and adventures of living a double life.
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The biggest downside to living in rural Southern France is the lack of jobs available. And the unemployment rates here are very high. In the PACA region the average is currently around 12 to 14 per cent. Unless you are willing to commute long distances and drive over 3 hours every day to larger cities like Marseille, Toulon, or Nice you may well find yourself jobless or taking on remenial jobs in the service industry restaurants and cleaning for example. If you have a teaching qualification English is always popular but public school posts are extremely difficult to come by and private lessons are not so popular for many here who do not make much more than the SMIC minimum wage of just over 1, euros per month.
Former Auckland art dealer Anna Bibby ignored the voices that told her she was bonkers and upped and moved to small-town France for a life tres tranquille. But then she had one of those birthdays that end with a zero. No thought was given to her gallery, no emails were sent, and no phone calls were made. It was a lovely time, she says. But the happy month in France had the unintended consequence of throwing her into turmoil.
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There is something about a typically ancient and pretty French village that really appeals to British people buying in France — and other would be expats. This picture represents many villages in France and so many of us yearn to be a part of this. We moved to a small village in the south of France almost seven years ago now — and have never looked back. We are part of the community and find that everyone mixes in together very easily. One of the main differences between English and French village life is that there is no feeling of status in most villages in France.