Hi Friends! I was recently lucky enough to get a visit from a childhood friend Emily in Paris. She’s known me since the days when life priorities were how to get my glittery white eye shadow to last a whole day of school and whether the two bang strands I pulled out of my slicked back ponytail hung correctly in my face. Yes, I was a “stylish,” and at times, self-absorbed teenager.
Like many Americans, travelling internationally isn’t exactly her cup of tea. She’s explored more places in the US than I could count, but this was her first trip to France and I was excited to introduce her to the land of smelly cheese and “non.” Parents always talk about what a gift it is to see the world through their children’s innocent eyes. Well, since I’m approaching my 10th anniversary in France next month, it was kind of a gift, albeit a hilarious one, to see France through Emily’s innocent eyes. She, of course, couldn’t stop commenting on the beautiful pastries, the amazing architecture, the stylish people etc… But she also started commenting on all those things that she wasn’t expecting… and that’s when stuff got good.
Buckle up as I unveil the 5 culture shocks that a literal day old newbie noticed in “La France” that had me laughing, rolling my eyes and at times defending those Frenchies I adore so much.
I’ve got a corresponding video on my channel that you can check out below! There are 5 more culture schocks on the video that you can’t check out in the article, so hit that play button!Continue reading