27 April 2014

Why I live in France, or the death of optimism

I can't decide whether or not I regret moving to France, or if I even like it. Doesn't matter. What's important is that it provides writing material.

Occidental foreigners, especially Americans, aren't numerous in Bordeaux, so I'm asked at least weekly why I'm here. My response tends to evolve/degrade in six-month periods with a pattern of negativity that is characteristic of, well, the French.

I have constructed a timeline of the evolution of my response to the question "Why do you live in France?"
It's all in the nuance.