Ok so ever since I found out I will be teaching in Fontenay-sous-Bois, I've been on a mad scramble to find housing, cheap housing. Assistants in my program will only receive 750€ per month after taxes, so I knew that my budget will be tight and I knew that would only be able to pay max 400€ per month. I knew from the beginning that a better and more economical choice for me would be to work as an au pair. So I set up a profile with three different online au pair agencies. After numerous emails, hopefuls and flat-out rejections, I found a good fit! I will be the au pair of an adorable little 8-year-old boy who I will call "Little G". My job will mostly be to watch him after school everyday and help him learn Spanish (porque yo hablo Español tambien!). Little G comes from a wonderful family and he has a super-mom so I'm really looking forward to working with them.
And the best bit.....I get my own FREE studio apartment!! Oui, madames et monsieurs, my housing crisis has been adverted!! I will be living in Montmartre aka "Le Bourgeois Bohême" (well, technically I'm still within the border of the 9e arrondissement, but I'm only 2 blocks away from the Sacré Coeur soooo I'll still consider myself a future Montmartroise!). This is a complete dream come true for me because not only do I get to live in Paris and only have a 30 minute commute to my teaching job, but I get to live in my dream location!
I have been in love with Montmartre ever since I watched the movie "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie". The movie depicted Montmartre as a whimsical and enchanting village, a bohemian tavern with hints of bourgeois chic. And although it has a much-to-be-avoided red light district, I am sooo excited to embark on my journey in my new home.....less than 2 months to go!
I can see it all now.....
....drinking un café au lait at Duex Moulins
...hopping on a train at the Abbesses metro station.
.....I can hardly wait!