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