Telling You My Story

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 (cliché — 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 Months I share my experiences, tips and suggestions, setbacks, successes and pretty things that I find along the way 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".