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Carin Olsson from Paris in Four Months

I’ve noticed that we have a lot of new readers around here and I just wanted to take a moment and say welcome to you all! And also tell you a little bit about me and my Parisian adventure since it’s pretty complicated and hard to grasp by simply scrolling through the first few pages on the blog.

I first moved to Paris in February of 2012. I moved because I wanted a change in my life and a new challenge to take on. I felt that something was missing in my life back in Stockholm and perhaps that’s because I’ve always dreamt about moving abroad ever since I was a little kid. During my third weekend trip to Paris a year before my move everything just felt right and I started to dream about a life in Paris. So that’s what I did, I left both family and friends back home and moved to Paris to pursue my dream.

During my time in Paris (four months to be exact, and yes that’s the explanation behind the name of the blog) I studied French since I didn’t know a single word except merci and bonjour when arrived, which you can read more about here. When June finally came along I had spent four months in Paris and it had been the time of my life! Getting to know wonderful new people and living totally on my own for the very first time, a truly priceless experience that I’ll never forget. Going back to Stockholm again after this magical time was never something that felt right… Paris (or perhaps the taste for something new and different) had stolen my heart.

After a few weeks back in Stockholm I started to dream more frequently about my Parisian experience and during the fall of 2012 I decided that I had to move back. I couldn’t be in a place that didn’t feel right and I couldn’t spend my days, weeks and months just daydreaming about another place and never actually doing anything about it. Life’s to short (clichΓ© β€” yes. But true, absolutely).

I started to plan for my new adventure and in January of 2013 I moved to Paris for the second time. This time around I have to admit that it’s a little bit more “scary” and “unsure” since I don’t have a plan written in stone. I’ve always been a control/planning freak so for me to do something without an actual plan is very unusual and quite terrifying.

So what’s happening right now? Well, right now I’m living in Paris, trying to make a little life for myself over here. I have absolutely no idea about how long I’m going to stay, if I’ll move back to Stockholm or somewhere else in the world or what life has in store for me during the coming months and years. And I have to say that even though it’s super scary (at least for the control freak inside of me) it’s also very exciting!

Through Paris in Four MonthsΒ I share my experiences, tips and suggestions, setbacks, successes and pretty things that I find along the wayΒ with you all, mostly through photographs since that’s my big passion.

For restaurant tips (or actually anything eatable) check out the category “Paris Eats“.
For suggestions on where to get your sugar fix you can look under my category “Paris Sweets“.
And for general tips about Paris you can click on the category “Paris Tips“.

  1. Jovana Miljanovic    February 12, 2013

    You are a true insnpiration on how to live your life.
    I support you, hence I’ve done the same moving to NYC πŸ™‚

  2. Loved reading this Carin, and love your blog! Taking a risk like moving abroad is truly one of the bravest things you can do. Wishing you the best of luck in your continuing Parisian adventures!

  3. Thank you for the little history… and how fantastic that you followed your dream to Paris… because whatever happens and wherever you venture, this moving will be the moment that marks it all… That’s what happened to me, a long tome ago now… but the story keeps growing…

    `Thank you for the beautiful photographs… i will be share some soon on My Daily Click… Have a great week… xv

    • You’re welcome. Thank you so much for your kind words, I truly appreciate it. It’s really exciting but also very scary. Ah, you’re more than welcome to do that, thank you so much πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful week again! xx

  4. Haley    February 12, 2013

    Take comfort in the fact that you are an inspiration to many (myself included)! And I so admire your courage. Life is all about taking on a challenge that just feels so right, especially when it terrifies you so. Your photos and stories will take you so many places, I am certain. Just don’t stop, or leave Paris anytime soon! Keep on living the dream lady.

  5. MissBettyBoop2    February 12, 2013

    it explains all… and this is surely one brave step in your life. I’m not sure would I be so courageus.

    But I’m glad you made that step, ’cause now you’re introducing Paris to me, and everyday when I look/read at your posts, I fall in love with Paris… πŸ™‚

  6. Rhizlaine    February 12, 2013

    Hi Carin, I discovered your blog yesterday and I love it!
    I am back in Paris after a long time abroad and I am so happy to be back. I love reading blogs about Paris written by expats and yours is really beautiful! I admire you for following your dreams: you will never regret it!
    Have Fun!

  7. jcg48    February 12, 2013

    Une belle histoire ! Et une jolie dΓ©couverte de Parsi par les yeux de quelqu’un “d’ailleurs” ! Pour faire encore plus partie de ces “parisiens” j’espΓ¨re que tu viendras Γ  un “photowalk” d’instagrammeurs du coin…

  8. Ahhh I wish I have your guts to just drop everything and move to that one “special” place. <3 Good luck in everything! πŸ™‚

  9. I am a control freak/planner myself and admire you following your heart and going for it without a plan! Must be freeing in many ways.

  10. Shahreen    February 12, 2013

    Hi Carin,I actually moved here from Australia at the same time as you last year (and have plunged myself into studying french since), so I’ve taken comfort in your blog, experiencing the known and unknown in Paris, and discovering a new life here. At the moment I’m also working on a blog (of sorts) which I hope will add some value to the francophile blogosphere! So thank you for the inspiration and keep-up the great posts and photos!

    • Hi there Shahreen! Ah, that’s amazing πŸ™‚ Congratulations on making the move. Would love to read it once it’s up and running. Let me know so that I could check it out. Thank you so much!

  11. I’m so impressed with your bravery to just pick up and move to Paris. I’m planning on doing the same thing in a year’s time, but there are a lot of moving pieces to consider before we get there. I’d only go for 3 months (silly US travel restrictions! any longer and I’d need a visa) but I’m looking forward to immersing myself and most of all just BEING in Paris. Life really is too short. So happy I found your blog. xo

    • Thank you so much Erin πŸ™‚ I know I hate those silly restrections. I would love to go to NYC as well, but could only stay 3 months without a visa… That sounds amazing! I’m sure you’ll have and amazing time. xx

  12. I was asking all the time what’s the story behind this blog πŸ™‚ But as time was passing I forgot about it, cause I was busy reading your everyday posts πŸ™‚ I would love you to continue writting about your life in Paris and keep making great photos, but I admit, as I’m entering into your world through this blog, everytime I want to know more and more about your life on your own or some interesting stories how you met new people, friends, hard and happy moments, but I know – those are all private things πŸ™‚ So, I have to say I’ll keep reading it, cause I love the way how it is now πŸ™‚

    • Ah, thank you so much Ana. I really appreciate it! I’ll try to keep that in mind and be a little bit more personal when it comes to the blog. Would love to show you more things πŸ™‚

  13. Pamela RG    February 12, 2013

    Sometimes, the best things in life happen when we don’t plan or expect it. Thank you for sharing your daily experiences. I wish you all the Best!

  14. Katrina    February 12, 2013

    This is the first time that I’ve come across your blog, but I’m in love! Your story is fantastic and the photos on here – my gosh, they’re amazing!
    xxoo, k

  15. Stacey    February 12, 2013

    I’m so glad I came across this blog. Such a great journey you’ve been on, I hope one day I can do the same – just up and leave to wherever my heart desires ^_^

  16. Sofija    February 12, 2013

    I’ll be in Paris in 11 days! Oh yes, can’t wait! πŸ™‚ I already told you that you are going to be my guide from this time on! Don’t go anywhere! Stay in magnifique Paris and keep making our days brighter!

  17. Freida Haoui    February 12, 2013

    Such a lovely picture of you. πŸ™‚

  18. I admire your change of life! You described it so well! And you took this step! I love reading your blog!

  19. boyishpink    February 13, 2013

    Reading this was so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story πŸ™‚

  20. Natasa    February 13, 2013

    Just discovered your blog. I think you are a very brave girl and I wish you all the best. I’m from a small country, Slovenia, which is lovely, beautiful, nice,…, but when I was young(er) I was dreaming of living in Paris as well. Well I only managed to spend a year in Nantes, but this was what changed my life. A wonderful experience! J’adore la France, la langue francaise et Paris. J’ai la chance de pouvoir y aller pour mon travail, disons, une a deux fois par an. But I won’t talk about me! I just wanted to say “Good luck! Enjoy your experience! I wish you all the best!” And if one day you decide to visit Slovenia, let me know…

  21. Mari    February 14, 2013

    Hi Carin
    I have been following your blog for some time now and it is by far one of my favorites, your photos are beautiful and I love your positive outlook on life.
    Big regards from sunny Costa Rica.

  22. Anastasia    February 14, 2013

    Your experience sounds like a dream coming true to me πŸ™‚
    Found your blog a few days ago and now really enjoying it πŸ™‚

  23. MichelleSafi    February 14, 2013

    Exactly how I felt when I moved back home from Paris! It felt like this was no longer home, and Paris became my real home. All I did every day was day dream about moving back to Paris… All I did is read Paris blogs all day, books about Paris by night, and search for all my favorite French cheeses. It seemed like I only had a taste of Paris, and I was by no means satisfied with just that! Paris tends to steal your heart! <3

  24. Alina    February 15, 2013

    Your experience sounds amazing. It was always a dream of mine to move to Paris, but being a college student in very far New York, that sounds like a far fetched dream. But I am enrolled in French class in college, just in case.
    Thank you for sharing your experience.

  25. your story is very inspirational! your blog has been one of my favourites since I first found it.

    I also dream of moving to Paris..the longest I’ve stayed there in a single trip was only a week. But after coming back home to Toronto I know I must move back there asap!!!

  26. Sameera    November 11, 2013

    Your blog has been so helpful for me with my study abroad planning. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for putting all of your advice and resources together on your “Moving to Paris” category. I’ll be in Paris studying at ESCP in a couple of months and have found your blog to be a lifesaver!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  28. So glad that i’ve just stumbled accross your blog. I will be moving to Paris in a few weeks time, so will be making sure to read through your posts before I leave. After living in Sweden for some months and falling in love with Stockholm, it will be interesting to see if I can fall in love with Paris as much!

  29. Christy    September 21, 2014

    I am so glad I found your blog! I have recently just been to Paris for the first time. It is the only city I have ever obsessed about. I too only went knowing Hello and thank you and now am learning french. Thank you.

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