I've got a cold - why is that interesting? Well it's not - except that when I first moved to France I didn't know what to ask for when I went to the pharmacy - usually I buy Nurofen Cold & Flu - what is it in France? Nurofen Rhume.
I've just paid a bill in France by cheque - why is that interesting? well it's probably not. It's routine stuff now BUT when I first moved to France the whole idea of writing out a cheque was daunting. 1899.87 une(?) mille huit cent quatre vingt neuf euro et quatre vingt cents/centimes?? Oh dear. Oh and I put that it in the wrong place...as it's the opposite way round to UK cheques where we write out who it is to before the amount. Goodness how did I survive back then?
Registering with les impots, CAF, RSI, Ursaaf, getting our carte vitales for the family, paying our taxes, registering to vote (well sort of), sorting out our EDF tarif as our electricity kept cutting out...yes many of these issues are familiar to those of you having recently moved to France. Some days I imagine you don't know how you will survive?
I know how you will survive. Survive France. That's how.