1 year since I moved to Paris

One year ago today, I landed in Paris and started my life here. Paris always felt like home and I decided to move here and really make it home. I am so glad I did. I miss my family back in LA every day and I wish I could see them more. I was in LA for Christmas which was great and I had not seen them for almost a year.

Moving to Paris was my first real  “big girl” decision. I was going out in the world alone. Living in Paris made me finally grow up. I always relied on my brother for everything and for the first time, I couldn’t. I needed to find a place to live, get a French bank account, find a vet for my pets in case they got sick, get a cell phone plan, find a part time job and make a life in Paris. I than worked my butt off to get into La Sorbonne.

The first few months were hard because it was cold, I was in a school with older people and all international and the French classes were too easy for me. Also, I had broken up with my 3 years in a half boyfriend. I was scared I made a huge mistake.  I now realize I didn’t and I needed to go out in the world. Every time I go to the states, NY to see my dad; I always want to go home to Paris.

Paris has always felt like home. I dreamed of moving back. I was born in this city. This city is where I went to my first school. My first language was French. I am glad I made Paris home again. I love my city and even if I move away for a time period, this city has my heart and this is where I am.

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About Flora Cross

21 year old actress and teacher. Born in Paris and raised around the world. Have lived in Panama, Haiti, Ukraine, Argentina, Israel, New York, and Los Angeles for the last nine years. Want to become a teacher for children with special needs. Loved education and life. Loves literature music and anything artistic. Moving to Paris. Favorite Musicians: Janis Joplin, The Civil Wars, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, Adele, The Pretty Reckless, Birdy, Bastille, Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Macklemore, Idina Menzel, Avicii, A Great Big World, Passenger, Pink and The Beatles. Flora played the lead role of Eliza in the 2005 film Bee Season, opposite Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche and Max Minghella. She auditioned for the part shortly before moving to Argentina, where she was living when offered the role. Her next role was playing the eccentric daughter of Jennifer Jason Leigh's character in director Noah Baumbach's critically acclaimed Margot at the Wedding. In the film she worked alongside actors Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, John Turturro, and fellow teen actor Zane Pais. Flora plays the co-starring role of Cynthia in the upcoming film "Chlorine" (currently in post-production), written and directed by Jay Alaimo. The film also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio as Cynthia's troubled parents, and Ryan Donowho as her eccentric brother.
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