This is only recently that I moved to the United States, but I have noticed many differences between here and France.
So here’s a partial list of my discoveries
The first thing I noticed in arriving in this country is the ambient positivity and helpfulness of Americans; when I was struggling with my luggage upon my arrival everyone was willing to help me carry them, or tell me where to find my way to get to the campus …
In France, most passers would simply… have ignored me!
I realize that the cliché of “French complainers” is probably true, Americans do rarely complain, are always smiling, and it’s really nice.
Or is it just because I’m a “Frenchy”! 😉
Other super confusing thing here: the “hug” to greet … that changes from our “French kiss”.
Nutella tartine – Peanut butter and jam toast
Ham pasta shells – Mac&Cheese
We are lucky in France to have a real food culture, and be educated, from a very young age, to have a healthy balanced diet, because in US, it is far from being the case!
Here it is not shocking eating nachos and cheese with fries …
Something else, Americans eat anywhere, anytime. They rarely take the time to have real meal, and have no set hours for lunch or dinner.
The Americans have a different way of partying or having fun in general. The majority being fixed at 21 years old, they tend to “let go” when they can drink; the aim being to drink alcohol faster, to have the effects quickly.
Schedules are also very different: we start partying early, and finish early! The bars close at 2am, 3am; so we have dinner early, and at 9pm we already are preparing to go out … What makes a big difference with our french club arrivals around midnight, and our return at dawn by subway!
The list can be very long, but I expect to discover even more amazing things!