Expats stories - Lorelie, from Philippines to Lyon

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Hello Lorelie, can you tell us where you come from?

I'm from the Philippines and I am a first-time expat.

What is the best way to prepare for moving to Lyon?

I made sure all my documents were translated in french before leaving the Philippines (it's cheaper!) :) I also read a lot of expat books and articles. I especially love the book "Culture Shock: A Wife's Guide" by Robin Pascoe. And as leisure, I studied french in Manila every week for 3 years which really helped me navigate everyday life now that I'm here. I also visited Lyon in 2016 before deciding to finally move.

Why did you choose to live in Lyon?

I always have a taste for adventure and is curious on how I will fair in life if I get out of my comfort zone. So when my husband, who's french and originally from this region, asked me if I will consider living in France for a few years so he can pursue his masters, I said yes!

How to deal with culture shock in Lyon?

I try to really understand the country and it's people through research (I'm a Google geek) and of course, conversations with the locals. Also, making as many contacts as possible, through my work or school and online groups like Sojoourn to make me feel less-isolated and hopefully make new friends.

How to overcome difficulties during living in Lyon?