So I’ve only been in America 5 days but already I am taking note of all the huge differences. It’s funny because neither cultures are bad, just different. There are things I love about France and things I love about America. Sometimes I wish I could just blend the two cultures and create my own country. But I really have no interest in running a country, so that might no work out. As it is with any country, you have to take the good with the bad and learn to love and live in the moment. If we’re always thinking about what we would change or what we don’t like, life wouldn’t be so pleasant, would it?
I thought it’d be fun to write a little post about the differences I’ve found. Some of you might be able to relate having maybe traveled to France or are from there. And some might find it funny to read. And there are probably still some who don’t find it interesting at all, and if that’s you, my apologies! Come back another day! 🙂
In France there is no customer service. You should be so lucky to have someone serve you. Your waiter doesn’t come check on you every couple minutes to make sure you’re all taken care of, in fact, you practically have to hunt them down for the check. Now, this isn’t because French people are rude, it’s just their culture. Waiters do their job and nothing more.
In America, everyone is in a hurry. The freeways are packed full of cars constantly trying to pass other cars and maybe get there a minute faster than they would have. In most cities in France, the highways are two lanes. It’s a law that you drive in the right lane unless you want to pass a car. You would just pass that car and get back in the right lane, in case someone wants to pass you. Somehow it seems simpler and more organized.
Definitely won’t be making a habit of this (HELLO $2 for a regular cup of Joe!☕️😳) but it was a nice little treat! I definitely missed grabbing a cup of coffee on the go while I was in France. Their tiny café crèmes just didn’t cut it for this American! #itsthesimplethings #cupofjoe #stillnotahugefanofstarbucks
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It’s really refreshing to be able to speak English. I love speaking French and I love that my kids are bilingual, but there is just something about being able to explain yourself 100%. It’s… awesome. My younger son is just starting to grasp the idea that not everyone speaks French here (like no one speaks French here) and everywhere we go he is constantly telling me “Mom, they’re speaking English!” Yes baby, you’re gonna hear that a lot from now on!
The other day I was at Famous Footwear and the man helping us had a slight accent. My son says to me “Mom, I think he is the man that helps the people that speak English.” I was quite embarrassed, because obviously this man doesn’t understand our situation and probably thought that my son was commenting on his accent. When really he was thinking that he probably spoke French too but was ‘helping the English people!’
All in all we are adjusting well. I miss France and where we were, but I do feel like I’m home here. This is where I was born and raised and even though France will always have a piece of my heart, this is my home!
Our lives are kind of in an upheaval right now, so you’ll hopefully excuse me as I try to find out new normal! I am still unpacking and trying to make our two bedroom/one bathroom area like a small home. I hope to be back to regular programming soon!