Past life: Living in France 2008

France: What I will NOT miss

  • Stepping onto the sidewalk or train platform and being surrounded by a pea-soup-thick layer of cigarette smoke (though I’m assured that far fewer people smoke now, especially younger people…which is really sad, because it feels like GAGILLIONS of people smoke, so if this is a reduced amount, yikes).
  • Stepping in dog crotte on the sidewalk.
  • Men urinating in public. In three months, I’ve seen four men do this. Somehow, in this very private society, peeing on the sidewalk is okay. (Yet another item that points to the contradictory nature of the French, usually in relation to their fierce independant streak–there are so many aspects about their culture and habits that are vastly contradictory in nature.)

Honestly, that’s about it. It’s pretty much, well, fantastic here.