So this week I’ve been working with a great new website The Expat Hub, that helps to provide expats with great resources and advice when they move abroad. Not only have they put a great guest post together for me on the pros and cons of living abroad, but they have featured me on their new ‘Expat experiences’ page, that focuses on the lives of different expats around the world……You can visit my feature here: http://www.theexpathub.com/an-english-girl-in-france-with-nothing-toulouse/2446/
So the real question is what are the pros and cons of living in the Midi Pyrénées
The Midi- Pyrénées attracts expats from all over the world, and locals see it as the real south of France, but what does it really have to offer? Here we take a look at the pros and cons of living in this popular region.
Climate – Everybody loves a bit of sun, and it’s not in short supply in the Midi-Pyrénées. Because of its southerly location the region is generally warm for most of the year, but its size means it’s variously influenced by continental, oceanic and Mediterranean climates. In continental/Mediterranean areas you can expect a whopping 2000 hours of sunshine a year and average summer temperatures of at least 20°c. Spring usually comes early while the summer months are characterised by intense sunny spells. Although winters can be cool the weather generally stays pleasant throughout September and October.
Location-As the Midi-Pyrénées covers such a substantial area it encompasses a varied landscape. Breath-taking mountains, limestone plateaux, beaches, regional and national natural parks, picturesque towns, bustling cities and geological curiosities like the caves of Padirac can all be found in the Midi-Pyrénées. It’s also just a hop, skip and a jump away from Spain!
Fun-The favourable climate and varied terrain mean all sorts of fun can be had in the Midi-Pyrénées. Whether your passion is skiing, golf, cycling, hiking, sightseeing, paragliding, relaxing, walking, fishing, exploring or horse riding you can indulge it in this southerly region of France.
Culture-In much of the Midi-Pyrénées the culture is a traditional rural one, one of markets, great food, craftsmen and artisans; a region where you can immerse yourself in a way of life which follows the seasons and celebrates heritage. The Midi-Pyrénées also has an interesting history to appreciate, evident from the ancient Gallo-Roman city of Saint Lizier with its Roman frescos and 18th century pharmacy to the powerful city of Rodez and the pink city of the Haute-Garonne.
The People-The Midi-Pyrénées has been a place of refuge for foreigners for centuries and the people of the region are known for their warmth, easy-going approach and welcoming attitude. The population density of the Midi-Pyrénées is very low at 56 people per km2 which means that many areas have a close, community feel.
The Climate –France is exposed to seven different climates, but the weather in the Midi-Pyrénées is generally thought to be the best. While it might seem unlikely that anyone could get sick of sunshine some expats really do come to miss the climates and seasonal changes they’re used to. When it comes to the weather it can sometimes feel like too much of a good thing!
That Holiday-Feeling-It’s easy to assume that when you move abroad, to a beautiful location with beautiful weather like the Midi-Pyrénées, your life will seem like one long holiday. Although this may well be the case for some, for others the issues, annoyances and responsibilities which existed at home will continue. If you intend to move to the Midi-Pyrénées do so with your eyes wide open – yes the weather might be glorious but bills will still need to be paid, home repairs will still need to be carried out and personal issues won’t just disappear.
Pace of Life –A slower, more relaxed pace of life is one of the main reasons why people relocate to the Midi-Pyrénées but be aware that a laid-back lifestyle can become frustrating, particularly if you feel a situation warrants an urgency it isn’t receiving.
The People-As welcoming and friendly as the locals may be they can never replace the loved ones you’ve left behind. When people first move abroad friends and family often think they’ll pop over to visit all the time, but in reality life often gets in the way and you can go far longer without seeing anyone from home then you thought. The Midi-Pyrénées might not be the moon but it’s far enough away that you’ll inevitably miss out on family occasions and events, situations which might sometimes trigger feelings of loneliness and guilt.
This Guest post was provided by The Expat Hub the number one stop online for expatriates looking for advice, support and information.
To those who have recently moved abroad or have been living abroad for sometime now, I would love to hear your thoughts on these pros and cons do you agree? or do you have your own list of pros and cons?
Au revoir mes amis x