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Posted by Gaidjin - Created: 15 years ago
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Hi there, been living in Marseille for a couple of years and I am starting to miss my Expat years! I am French, grew up in Western Africa and spent these last few years living in Seattle, Washington DC, Slough (UK) and Den Haag (Netherlands).

I miss not speaking English on a daily basis, and I really - really - miss not being surrounded by travelling foreigners...!

Any ideas where the expat community of Marseille meets up? Although I am a French girl in her country, I want my expat life back :)

F.

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Posted by Gaidjin - 15 years ago

Thanks for the tip, there are several on the Vieux Port, is there any specific one you would recommend? Somehow I find it a bit intimidating to just step by myself into any old pubs...:)!!

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Posted by Ashleyk-188020 - 15 years ago

Hey,

Try the irish Pub on the vieux port at w.end, los of Australians, English, Irish, even american ;)

 

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Posted by Gaidjin - 15 years ago

It is my home country though. Not just native. The link I feel with Southern France I have never felt elsewhere... It never felt like "Home" elsewhere eventhough I did not grow up in France, you see? Complicated this. But after a few years living it US-Style I really, really wanted to be surrounded by people who grew up on similar values and expectations to mine (not to bad mouth the US, I love it).

However my "bathed in an International setting" is not being nurtured here and I simply need both. I need to feel connected to my roots (southern France) and I need to keep my horizon wide open (International crowds)... You see? 

I need to find this balance, simply. But Marseille is not giving me an easy key to its International citizens. I just don't know how to go about it.

G.

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Posted by MikeP-180526 - 15 years ago

The key is in your last sentence,  where you say 'moved back home'.  You've lived away and this is no longer your 'home' country.  You have to distinguish between 'native' and 'home'.

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Posted by Gaidjin - 15 years ago

After reading a few of the posted debates on "Expats vs. Locals" I can see that my pledge to mix the best of both worlds might fall through :)!! Come on, some of you humour me, it is not because I returned to the home country that I need to give up my international crowds, now is it? Or do I?

What do you think? Did you ever miss the "expats" world the times you moved back home?

Gaidjin.