Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: with the spiders from mars
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hey what a great idea. France is lovely. But seriously, instead of thinking about mortgages and such, if you own a house in the states, why don't you start out looking at something like an international home exchange program - i guess i am not allowed to list urls, but there are many, some run by agencies and others by the owners themselves;, then if you are thinking about living on the land with animals, gardens, etc, you could check out french ecovillages and other intentional communities, where joining the community could incur relatively minimal financial input and maximum benefit for integrating into french life? I also know of a couple of long-term squats in beautiful areas in the south of france, depending on your politics and willingness to be flexible with varied inhabitants, wouldn't cost much to live there, you grow your own veggies, share community tasks, for money you could teach english off the books, or otherwise trade skills, etc. In my experience, if you are not sponsored by some corporate entity, moving abroad requires a lot of thinking outside the box, and that approach can lead you to wonderfully authentic events! Good luck!