Differences between France and the US

Oh hey everyone!

WHOA it’s been forever since I’ve been on the blog.  Time to get back into the swing of things.  I am currently working on a post about my trip to Prague–I swear I am–but in the meantime, a short little post!

First of all, current assistants who read here, how’s it going??  If I remember correctly you’re probably about in the middle of your two week break right now.  Did you all find a place to live?  How’s school going?  Are you traveling right now?

Secondly, a quick update on my life.  Since I returned from France I interviewed at three different schools, applied at three different temp agencies, got a teaching job AND a temp summer job, moved out of my parents’ house into my own rental house, and started working full time teaching English, French, and ESL at a local high school!  I’m loving it.  At some point I might do a photo recap of my summer, but who knows if I’ll ever get to that point.

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What I miss about the US

You asked for it, you got it!  On the poll on the right side (can still vote, btw!), this topic got the most votes.  Well, in actuality, it tied with “Things the US needs to start doing” but this topic was ahead most of the time and I figured the “Things the US needs to start doing” topic would be better paired with its counterpart, “Things France needs to stop doing.”  So that will come later.

Obviously what I miss most about the US is the people–my friends, family, and boyfriend–but I’m not going to write in-depth about that because then I’ll get sad and AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.

I’ve been in France for four and a half months now and while I’ve mostly adjusted to the differences here, there are still a few things from the US that I miss very much.  One big one is the food; even though I mostly cook for myself, so I do get a lot of American foods, some things are more difficult to make without the ingredients I’m used to!  A short list that I thought of while sitting here: butterscotch chips, peanut butter, chocolate chips that aren’t 2.50€ for a cup, Stovetop stuffing, Kraft Mac n Cheese, cream of chicken soup, jalapenos, black beans…

American stuff

who covets*

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French stereotypes: true or false?

I heard a lot about French people before I moved to France, both from friends/media, but I didn’t really know what to expect or which ones would turn out to be true.  I’ve only been France a few weeks and have only really been to Paris and the Nice area, so I can’t speak for all of France, but this is my experience so far!

French people are rude/don’t want to help you

Stereotype: BUSTED.  I have had instances where a few people have been rude to me, like I mentioned here with the woman who wouldn’t give me directions when I was lost, and also at the grocery store.  I COULD NOT find baking powder for the life of me and I finally asked someone who worked there.  We were right by the aisle with flour, sugar, yeast, etc. and said said it was there.  I said at least twice that it wasn’t there, trying to imply that she should show me, but she had no intention of moving to help me and then told me to go look in the bakery section.  Needless to say, I walked out empty-handed.  Well… with just a jumbo jar of Nutella in my hands.  But for the most part, people have been just as nice here or even nicer than they are in the States.

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Lycée Masséna

Short French lesson: lycée means high school!  You say it like lee-say.

I’m not really sure where to start with this post/where it’s going to go.  I could talk about my school in particular, show photos, try to explain the French school system, or talk about my teaching duties… I guess I’ll just start writing and choosing pics and see where it goes 🙂

To start, some photos of my school…

In order to get in, there is someone sitting behind the counter just inside the first door, and then a sliding glass door.  My first day, I asked if I needed a badge or anything to get in, and the teacher I was with said no, the person there just recognizes the students… not sure how that’s possible in a school of 1600 students, but whatever.  Every day I just nod at the person behind the window and the door opens!

View from the front.

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Parking in Paris

Driving in Paris is insane, but the parking might be worse.  Here are a few things I witnessed:

Cars park on the corners here. It just goes against every fiber of my being. How can cars see who’s coming?? I guess they don’t care.

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Paris: Day 1 and 2

Oh boy.  I feel like I did so much in Paris and have so much to share that I don’t even know where to start.  I’ll try to be concise while still telling everything that happened… here goes!

The flight to Zurich was AWESOME.  It was my first real international flight and I was in awe of how nice it was.  The seats had places to rest your head on each side and each passenger was provided a blanket and pillow.  No one was sitting behind me so I didn’t feel bad leaning my seat back and I also took that seat’s pillow 🙂 haha.

However, I didn’t feel the best on that flight.  I didn’t eat anything all day due to stress from packing/no time/nervousness so my stomach wasn’t feeling very good.  They served dinner shortly into the flight and while it was good, I only managed to eat a few bites each of my lasagna and salad.  As the meal was getting over, I started to feel really sick to my stomach.  I tried to sleep because I couldn’t get out with our trays down and food on them, but as soon as they were cleared I went to the bathroom and threw up EVERYWHERE.  I almost didn’t make it and then had to clean my own vomit off the back of the toilet, the walls, my knee… it was terrible.  I managed to go to sleep for the rest of the flight though, I had some orange juice for breakfast, and then when we got off the plane I had a sandwich at the Zurich airport.  I think that the time our plane left (7:1 pm) was perfect- I had NO jet lag!  Seriously none at all!  It was amazing.

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