I'm American and I moved to England two years ago to marry my English boyfriend. After two years of living in a country where the cost of living is spiraling out of control and where wages are either staying the same or getting lower, we want out.
My husband, however, doesn't want to live in the United States. We've both spent quite a bit of time in France, so he thought France might be a good place to go.
The problem is, he doesn't speak French. He has an MSc in Computer Science from one of the best universities in England and studied French as a schoolboy; he thinks he could pick it up quickly. On the other hand, I used to speak French VERY fluently and I can still converse quite well in it; I have a BA in French from UT-Austin and it usually only takes a few days in France to firm my French up.
We're looking at the southwest of France as a potential place to live, but we need to know what the job market is like before we can seriously consider it. We want to be better off than we are in England...otherwise, what's the point of moving? I'm content to take a teaching job; I'm in the I.T. industry now like my husband, but I'm sick of it and willing to make a drastic change. My husband wants to stay in I.T. Together, we make a bit over 50,000 pounds a year, or approximately $85,200 per year. Our mortgage is 114k or $188,100. It's a tough stretch. We have money left over at the end of the month, but even on good money, we're coming up short if we want to have children. We just want slightly better for ourselves...more money, a bigger house, maybe an acre of land in the country...we're both avid gardeners...we're not asking much. Are we fooling ourselves, or could we really make it happen in France? Should we just stay put in England?