We spent last night doing one of my all-time favorite things: sleeping in an airport.
But Israel’s is open for business 24 hours, which made it kind of nice. Knowing that I could buy a gelato at any given moment made me feel more safe/self-loathing.
Did I just say that? Meggan, do you have a fever? Are you
So wait, that’s it? France is over?
I could keep going, but I think you get the idea.
Three months (nearly), 14 different households, 2,236 miles, a lot of learnin’, and a whole lotta new friends.
|Clockwise from top-left:...just kidding.|
When you come to a country with a smile, attempting to speak the language and open to their culture, you will be taken in with open arms.
20 Things to Know About Traveling in France
2. Speak French first. How would you feel if someone barreled up to you in your own country and started speaking to you in a foreign language as though you're expected to understand? Sadly, this happens a lot in France. Know enough to say the basic greetings in French and to ask whether the person speaks some English.
|everybody's sad without full pints|
10. If you plan on renting a car, be aware that France excessively tolls its roads. See my post on cheap travel in France for more information on how to plan for and/or avoid this.
|Plenty of time to think when nobody is|
on the road...
20. Find markets! One of the greatest things about France is that even the tiniest towns have their Saturday markets—fresh food is just that important to them. Here’s a nice overlook on the market scene, but the best way to find them is to talk to the locals. Market times vary from city to city, so mark your calendars and don’t miss them!
Basically nothing I ever said made sense. But we all got a good laugh, and I certainly came out alive. It’s just a case in point that it’s the willingness to speak, not necessarily the ability. That's one fewer excuse for you to stay home.
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