Expats stories - Sarah, from USA to Lyon

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

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

I'm originally from Kansas City but have lived in Los Angeles too.

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

I saved up some money to get me through the initial months, and moved to Lyon in 2007. I was very lucky to have some friends from Lyon who helped me by letting me stay at their home and get settled. As for work, I began as an English teaching assistant, which allowed me to have a visa.

Why did you choose to live in Lyon?

I fell in love with Lyon long thanks to an exchange program I participated in as a teenager. I was immediately seduced by its beauty, history, culture and vibe. I also love being able to get around by foot and using public transportation, which is something that is virtually impossible where I'm from.

How to deal with culture shock in Lyon?

I think they best way to deal with culture shock is to get to know French people and ask questions. It helps to understand why people are the way they are.

How to overcome difficulties during living in Lyon?

It helps to have some expat friends to vent to and share experiences, and ask for help.