The goal of this trip has been different from any other we have taken before. The singular question is “Could or would we want to live here, or someplace like it, like this?” It is more difficult than we imagined, yet our enthusiasm hasn’t waned, even though the exercise is challenging. For instance, living in a very small apartment, compared to our very large home will require adjustments that will likely not surface during this first foray into such realities.
On the up side, a full cleaning should take only 30 minutes rather than a full day. Shopping for food will be much different, rather than the trip to Costco where we might buy a months worth of pork chops and a mega-sized box of raisin bran, we will likely buy one or two day’s meals at a time. Besides, the freezer is the size of a shoe box (Jeannie’s size), and other storage is just as limiting.
Cooking will be more simple due to a smaller kitchen, a tiny oven/stove, and we won’t have the variety of condiments we normally have in the cupboard and fridge. The ready-made, but not industrial, just reheat options from the local markets can make things even easier. While not quite as economical as scratch cooking, it is still much less expensive than eating out. Depending on how often we relocate, there will be a set of expenses for settling into a new place.
It is nice on this trip to not feel rushed. We don’t have to see every museum and attraction in Montpellier this trip. Even if we don’t return here, we will have experienced enough to have enjoyed this city in a fashion unlike before. Since this is not a large tourist destination, the crowds of people we see each day are mostly locals, … and students.
Today’s images are a few general shots and impressions from two extremes of life here. The very ethnic Tuesday market in Mosson with its distinct sights and flavors to the neo-modern Greek style architecture of the upscale Antigone business and residence area.