Quick First Impressions…
- Paris is so much bigger than I expected
- People walk really fast
- Cars park wherever they want on the road and sidewalk
- Sirens everywhere… “wee-wooo, wee-wooo!”
- They are heavily advertising for the Minion movie. You can’t walk through the metro without seeing Les Minions posters. I wonder why it’s so popular?
- The pigeons are fat (Think about all the breadcrumbs!)
- There aren’t squirrels?
- People actually walk around eating baguettes
Loud, arrogant, fat. This is the impression that most French people have of Americans. The second time I went to the Eiffel Tower it was the 4th of July. No fireworks or family barbeques going on here. However, a group of girls (who were obviously from the United States) lit sparklers and cheered loudly when the sparkle lights came on at the Eiffel Tower. I was almost embarrassed by how loud and obnoxious they were being. I’m just as guilty as they are.
I found myself wondering:
I’m an American. I can’t learn the language. I can’t dress like them. I speak too loud. I expect too much. So why try?
I believe this is why Americans are stereotyped in such a negative way. It would be too easy to take that attitude and reject the culture differences. Adapting is going to be hard but I think I will have a better experience if I try. That’s all. Just try.