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1. Adapters. For plugs. Whether it’s for electrical items you brought to France, or the ones you take with you when you visit home. Multiple adaptors are an inevitable consequence since they’re likely lost, misplaced, or ‘accidentally’ taken by visitors when they leave. Hhhmmm ..

2. ‘Learn French’ books. Lots of them. Your apartment may or not include a pile of post-its you thought you would label your apartment with or endless lists of words your French tutor gave you to learn between lessons.

3.Two mobile phones.  One from home and one for France. Or 3 if you received a mobile phone for your job, decide they’re likely tracking your every move, so you buy yourself a personal French mobile. Will someone please invent a smartphone with 3 SIM cards already? Thanks.

4.Random toiletries that your guests left behind. Totally useless to you but you’re unable to throw them away on the off-chance that they ask for them back.

5. Numerous maps and guides to Paris.  And everytime you look at them, your sole thought is: why couldn’t people be more creative with their leaving presents for me?, which is closely followed by they must think all I do is tour around Paris and thank them for their indispensable guide whenever I use it.

6 A miniature model of the Eiffel Tower. Not that you bought it (how tacky). It’s another gem a guest left behind.

7. The administration in this place is so burdensome that you decide to keep everything. From salary payment slips to doctors’ notes. Plus all the paperwork you brought from home (which is likely to include an old utility bill, and the painting you made of your family when you were 5).

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About Razwana Wahid 3 Articles
Razwana is an English expat, who arrived in Paris in June 2012. Since then, she’s settled into Parisian life (with coffee, wine and le croissant aux amandes), made a bunch of friends (surprise! They’re mostly French), and become fluent in the local language (ß the last one is a total lie). When not battling through the terrain of a Parisian office, she is a copywriter for small businesses, making writing increase sales and customer conversion rates. If your website needs to speak to your customers and your sales page has to sell rather than bore …. Chill the heck out - she’s got you covered. And on a final note - stalking her is totally recommended – on email, Twitter, and LinkedIn.