Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What I've learned so far ... in France

There are a plethora of things one can learn while traveling. I like to think of it as a continual out of body experience. For example, when learning an entirely new language its best if you take on a new persona as comparing yourself to your "former" self will only do you a disservice. Here I continually speak a language comparable to a two year old. And, sometimes I think I've learned the correct pronunciation of a word and I am kindly reminded that what I am saying is entirely incorrect. And by the time I figure out the right thing to say I am to exhausted to speak. If you know me, the idea of me being too exhausted to speak is impossible ...  learn a new language you will discover new things about yourself all the time. Sometimes it's just easiest not to speak. But here is the silver lining ... I have improved my listening skills something that I know everyone at some point can improve on. It's pretty refreshing not to speak, a little lonely at times, but again,  I've learned the oh so important skill of listening. :)

So, I can go on and on about how difficult is to speak French but here is what I've learned so far in France (an ongoing list):

Crosswalks are spots reserved for people to enter at their own risk. Drivers will speed up upon seeing "you" in the crosswalk.

When walking on cobblestone streets there is not a man playing the accordion or lovers continually kissing and saying: j'adore, j'adore, j'adoreeeeee.

Wearing workout clothes to a restaurant ie yoga pants is only acceptable in SF, the Marina. Here you will look like an under dressed fool.

French runners are f'ing fast. Every time I enter a race I panic and wonder if this will be the race that I finish dead last. HA not really but kind of.

Learning another language is ... DIFFICULT ...but worth it.

Dreams are not easy ... I am often working, scheming, planning, trying, and hustling continually to do my job. I have become a better photographer here.

People love California :)

I know why I love California now too.

Mexican food is next to null.

Bikram yoga in French is my saving grace.

A hike here is not equivalent to a hike in California, pretty much be prepared to climb a mountain.

I will never ever buy a 2 buck chuck again, but will buy a 2 euro bottle of wine.

Reebok's (you know the shoes) are super cool here.

Waving ... yeah people do not wave here.

Taxi drivers in Paris will and happily rip you off as anywhere else.

Paris is .... insert a plethora of things.

The APERO is my favorite.

and in #tartiflettewetrust ... google it.

What you can expect from this blog now?  More writing, photography, recipes, posts about food, fitness and travel tips, and stories so, stay tuned! 


  1. Hi Caroline! Congrats on the book "The Seasoned Life" My wife bought the book for gift and as I was looking at who did the photography I saw that it was you! My Bikram friend from San Jose! Hope you are having a great time in France.
    Doug Thompson

  2. Omg, I would probably perish with no good mexican food. I really would.