Thursday, July 11, 2013

Are you stupid? Oui

Obviously everyone knows there's more to France than just Paris, but I didn't really grasp that until I got here. There is a part of France called Jersey, but we're not going there. We are in Marseille, and going to Paris this weekend. Josh's (American) family friend lives there, in a 5th floor walk-up, and he's told me she likes cooking, so I am excited. I want to eat all the things.

When we moved from Madrid east to Barcelona, it made me want to see so many more places, and now that we're so close to Italy I want to go there, and then we should go to Greece, and I've heard great things about Croatia ...

There's just so much. How did I never want to do this before? I kind of don't want to go home. Send my sisters. Couldn't I do accounting in some nice little company in Barcelona? If I stayed for a year and took a class or two my Spanish would be solid enough.

Living in France would not work. Nobody has given me a hard time about not being able to speak French - Josh and I went over the basic phrases on the way here - but I have seen some smirks. The first time I got it was when I was really tired and hot and it made me teary after I walked out. Josh gave me a pep talk and the next time, I told the woman, "I would never made someone in New York feel badly about having mangled English when it was clearly their second language."

It probably made me sound like a bitchy American or something, but I was feeling extra bitchy. So I don't care.


Nina said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying your travels! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to hear you're having a good time and also widening your horizons. I think the French are well known for their behavior towards Americans -- I have heard it from others too.

Suzanne said...

I am so glad you are having fun! Enjoy yourself!!!

Elaine said...

Yes, the French are language snobs.

And Jersey is part of the Channel Islands, very proud of their status! They're so proud that they and the neighboring islands even have rivalries!

Suzanne said...

SAM! It's been 12 days and you haven't checked in! Your Internet is worrying about you.