Welcome to my world! My name's Nik, and I'm a British expatriate who has been living in Paris, France for the last five years. Even though I never planned to stay in Paris for very long, now I'm here I've no plans to leave soon - the beauty of Paris has never worn off, and so far it's been a five year long vacation! Enjoy my ramblings...

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Last days of Paris

This blog has come to an end at last. After 6 years in Paris, I'm now returning to the UK to concentrate on other things, leaving the world of apartment rentals behind.

France has been a strange country, and I never really got to grips with it. I certainly appreciated the ease of living, with the pleasant division between work and not-work (with the latter being far more important), the beautiful buildings, the utter lack of aggression and of course the wine!

I wanted to follow that with what I *won't* miss, but nothing really springs to mind. Maybe bureaucracy, although once you get used to it and permanently carry a gas bill it doesn't become quite so painful.

Anyway, au revoir Paris. Next time I see you it'll be as a tourist who strangely knows his way round....