No matter how many times that I travel to France or Europe in general. There are some cultural differences that I try to adjust to but still shake my head and do a double take and ask myself “why girl, why??” And yes I understand that I was living in another country to gain new experiences. I am not throwing shade, I am talking about MY cultural shock/ experiences differences that I found interesting, odd and just plain weird.
- No free public restrooms in France. Whenever I went out with friends, shopping or waiting for my next train ride to Paris, if I had to use the restrooms I’d have to pay 1-2 Euros. Let’s just say that some emergencies were well worth 2 Euros. ahahha!
- I don’t know how it is at other French high schools and universities but the ones that I went didn’t have toilet seats on them. Yes, girl I sat on the rim but after five months of studying abroad I got use to it and it became okay.
- Smoking is allowed everywhere and I honestly felt that my skin became stress from all the toxins. So I combated that by doing a Korean face mask once a week. I really like using Innisfree New Its Real Squeeze Green Tea Mask. The essences created plenty of moisture.
- Dog poop, I honestly believe that nobody picks up their dog’s poop because every morning whiling I’m trying to catch the bus for university, I was dogging poop left and right on the sidewalk.
- Fromage and pain, it’s eaten with every meal. Man oh man I miss eating camembert. 😭
- Cream Fresh, living in Normandie I ate that stuff almost every other day! What is it? It’s a magical white creamy sauce that’s cooked with salad, beef, pork, chicken really anything and everything. It truly is the icing for French cuisine.
- French cafe, in my opinion, it’s wayyyy too strong for my preference. Nowadays I know to order cafe allonge, it’s less potent.
Have you ever drank, tasted or experienced something unique while visiting France or Europe? Share your stories with me.
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