Category Archives: Cultural Differences

To Be or Not to Be…Why Ask the Question?

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”  -Voltaire Just last month, MB and I were in Paris during the train (SNCF) strikes. During this strike something like 2 out of every 3 trains was cancelled and … Continue reading

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A Bachelor Showdown

Last week, the French version of “The Bachelor” (“Le Gentleman Celibataire”) concluded and France and I decided to meet for aperitif to discuss it. France: Alors, what did you think? Much better than the American version, non? I let out … Continue reading

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Quickie: Advice for Americans

This is just a quick post with a link to an excellent video from the website Comme Une Francaise which can give Americans some advice on how to behave in France.  This would be helpful for those of you travelling … Continue reading

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Broken by Breakfast

MB and I are staying at an adorable B&B in Burgundy. The rooms are trés charmant, decorated with seasonal accents, the beds are sublime, we have a back patio over-looking the vineyards, there is even the requisite sweet old dog … Continue reading

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Sweating in Jeans Town

“Oh.  Okay,” I think to myself as I wave at the friend I am meeting.  “So THAT is what we are wearing.”  I walk across the street, briskly, in my spandex pants, sports bra top, and tennis shoes. After the … Continue reading

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

“What tha…why is there a potato on that tombstone,” I turn, looking at MB questioningly.  We are on a tour of Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. “Quoi,” he asks, looking towards the grave, apparently he doesn’t know why either. “Ah,” … Continue reading

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Schizofrenchia

From the corner of my eye I see my Mother watching me with a wry expression on her face.  I give her a look as if to say “quoi?!” and return to my conversation.  I am discussing, in French, the … Continue reading

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Free-Range Breasts

“Dang!”  I am standing in front of a full length mirror, examining myself in a new dress that I just bought.  “It is totally see-through,” I shout towards the other room.  “I think this might be a swimsuit cover up, … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Some Gauls!

“Uh-oh, I really hope she doesn’t poo, I don’t have any little bags with me.” I am walking in the park with a couple of expat friends, one of whom has his dog with him.  “I might have a bag,” … Continue reading

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Cultured Insolence

“Wit is Cultured Insolence” – Aristotle So last night while watching “The Walking Dead” there was a moment when our heroes drive by a frantic and lone hiker on the highway without picking him up.  It is heart-wrenching as the … Continue reading

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