07 September 2015

in hopes of amusement // learning curve

^Quality pre-school moka in funky cafe lighting...the pain au chocolate was so good I ate it before I thought to take a picture...

Of course, being in a new country isn't easy... I know I have tons more to learn about French culture but I've already had a few major learning experiences. I thought I'd share them with you so that perhaps you can learn and laugh along with my beginner mistakes!

Firstly, the French don't hug. Everyone knows this already probably...but I forgot the customary double kiss on the first day. So of course my host brothers hug exaggeratedly now (sometimes) to poke fun.

Secondly, they use bowls to drink their coffee. This I already knew, but (it may just be my family) when I asked for a bowl to eat my cereal with milk then looked concerned... Apparently they eat it straight out of the bow except : 

Thirdly... They don't eat a full dinner on Sunday! I was so confused, but I actually enjoy the idea quite a bit. There was cereal with milk in bowls, as well as toast and butter and jam...or "tartines". It was quite tasty and I look forward to next Sunday evening, although I will be sure not to repeat my mistake of only eating a small salad for lunch.

Last point. Yesterday was my first day riding the bus to school on my own... Major learning curve opportunity. I forgot that even when stops are super close to each other, busses only stop at certain stops. This means you should always always check if the number bus you want stops there. Needless to say, I forgot. To make a very scary nerve wracking experience into a short story, I was late to my math placement test... Thankfully for the excellent public transport system here I was only ten minutes late but I promise I won't make the same mistake again!

That is all for now, although I know there's bound to be more similar experiences to come...and of course I'll share them! I apologize for the time between posts but there is just so much to see and do! Blog more soon. Xoxo lu.

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