Oh it feels good to be home! France was FABULOUS and you are going to get to hear all about it this week thanks to my new obsession with many things French. I will share some of my favorite things this week but right now, I need to get this house organized. So, I am going to quickly share some of the things I learned this week as an American in France.
1. Don’t throw up in the Paris airport bathroom
Seems simple enough right? Apparently not for me. I am not sure what happened to me. It could have been the wine, the 11 hours of flying, the not sleeping the entire flight, or the fact that I just got an upset stomach on the landing. Who knows. But whatever it was, I was in the bathroom throwing up 10 minutes after landing in France. Beautiful way to start off the trip.
2. Water is not free
My hubby and I quickly learned that in every cafe or restaurant, when they ask “still or sparking”, “still” does not mean tap water. It actually means bottled water for 5 Euro. We spent 50 euro on water before we finally emailed one of my hubby’s co-workers from France and found out that we must say “une carafe d’eau”. To us, this means water in a carafe. To the French, this means that we are cheap.
3. Always finish your dish, no matter how full you are
Every time I did not clean my plate (even during the 4th of 6 courses), the server would immediately ask me “did you not like it?”. I would then feel stupid and explain that I really did but that I was getting full. This was followed by a look of “Crazy American”. After a couple times of this, I ate everything on all my plates, no matter how full I was.
4. Wine is like water
They drink wine all day. It is fantastic. My kind of place.
5. I do not understand the Euro well
I had a really hard time understanding the exchange rate. On the final day there, I finally grasped how much things cost in US dollars and was shocked at how much I underestimated. I now know our American Express is going to be much higher than I realized and so therefore, I will not look at the bill.