Questions I get asked after people learn I'm living in Paris
- Do you like Paris?
- How are the French?
- Is it true wine is cheap over there?
- Is it as romantic as many say?
- Is it true that you have a lot of vacation time?
- Do you speak fluently? Several years have passed since I moved and what's happened? I have become a bit French. I blame the wine!
I started to realize I was adopting French habits and tastes more and more when I caught myself doing them. This obviously happened slowly. During every vacation taken, I'd think about how things are done different back where I live. Since traveling is a great way to view the world in another spectrum, I've noticed how I was reacting to things like service, likes and dislikes in fashion, how I greeted people and even how much would I allow myself to interact with strangers. How have I noticed I've turned a little Frenchy? Take a look at some examples. I guess there is no way of fighting it now.
I think I may have started turning French
- I very much expect that lunch should last at least an hour and a half.
- After every meal a coffee is a must or else the meal was incomplete.
- Wearing too much jewelery or over accessorizing makes me feel I went over the top.
- When I get invited to someone's home I bring something: usually wine or flowers.
- I kiss on both cheeks. When I go back home it takes me a few days to switch to 1 kiss.
- I tend to spend more on a nice bag (usually a French label) rather than a watch. Before moving here, it was the opposite.
- My French beauty products drawer hasover 50 products, not counting makeup.
- At a restaurant I expect the waiter to greet me when he takes my order and then leave me alone until I am ready to leave.
- I still smile to strangers but much less than before. I hate wrinkles.
- I iron my bedsheets and table clothes.
- When I've received a service anywhere: the post office, the bakery, the supermarket, I have learned that saying thanks is not enough. I have to say these 3 phrases or else I'm considered rude. It goes like this: Thank you, have a good day, good buy.
- I don't go to the gym 4-5 times a week like before. Now I go to ballet class, swimming and ride a bike. I just mix it up!
- I picnic all the time. Enough said, it's awesome!
- Breakfast must have fresh croissants from the bakery or else my Saturday is ruined.
- A good vacation is minimum taking two and a half weeks.
These are just a few of the examples that I've come to the other SIDE... c'est la vie!