Here is another round of 10 observations that amuses me.
1. Reason why Parisian doesn’t like to speak English
This does not speak for all Parisians, but a local told me that she hates speaking English because many tourists arrive here and assumes everyone will speak English. Tourists arrive in Paris and assault the locals with English frequently, which is not the national language.
“It is an attack on the culture of French language. Why do people assume that everyone can or like to speak English?” quote. The lack of attempt to speak in French is apparently the most frustrating.
Admitted, I think she made a very good point. I’ve never considered that before.
2. Moving out the window
Referring to my previous impression posts, the elevators here are TINY!!! How can anyone move? Well, the solution is this… Genius!
3. Power of the spoon
Has anyone else noticed that all French possesses the skill of cutting AND eating tartes with a teaspoon? Okay, let this sinks in a bit. Tarte have soft and hard bits. The locals manage to demolish it with a tea spoon. No crumb and no mess as well. How?!?!? So far, none of the local has been able to explain this phenomenon.
Drinking on an empty stomach is tough to stay poised. This crazy tradition of drinking aperitif really ups the challenge. Most aperitif that I’ve come crossed so far were above the 30% alcohol mark. This will take years of training.
5. Champagne & dessert
A visiting friend pointed out that in Hong Kong, people only drink champagne before the meal begins. Certainly not here in France *LOL* Champagne and dessert is quite a common combo. Well, to me champagne is for any time, anywhere with junk food, picnic etc… It is a lot more affordable over here than overseas. Got to love the French lifestyle 😉
6. Toilet store
There are “shops” where you pay to use their toilets. They look pretty serious about toilets. *LOL*
7. Don’t compliment strangers
Apparently complimenting strangers that their hair or their outfit is fabulous is totally unacceptable here. How do I know that? The last stranger that I paid a compliment to in the metro RAN out of the train. I must be really creepy. I thought she looked stunning (honest).
8. No seat allocation in the cinema
I wonder what happens if people fight over a seat. There’s nobody checking for tickets once inside the cinema block as well! What if people bought tickets for Boss Baby sit in Beauty and the Beast?
9. SLS free products are affordable & easily accessible
When I lived in London, finding SLS free products was super hard to find or mega expensive. Not here! SLS free starts as little as 1 EUR for liquid soap and 1.50 EUR for shampoo! I love Le Petit Marseillais! Can find this brand in every supermarket nationwide in France.
10. Start a conversation by complaining
This is one of the hardest thing to get used to. It is the NORM here to complain about something to kick start a conversation. It can be the weather, it can be the phone battery is dying etc. anything that is in the inline of complaining will do the trick.
How about you? What did you find interesting in Paris?
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