Color me confused
You know, I've been here a long time now, and most of the time, I think I have the French figured out. But every once in a while, someone or something will throw me for a loop...
For the past two months, I have been sitting next to the same French woman every time we have class. Often times we will eat lunch together too. I wouldn't go as far as to say we are friends (we are in France after all), but I did feel that I was starting to know her fairly well.
Until this past Saturday when she told me she had American citizenship. I was like "Hold the boat, what??" She replied with a very short "I was born in the US". I was completely flabbergasted and said "And you're just telling me that now, after all this time?". She simply did the French shrug and said "Yes", without giving me any additional information.
I swear, I will never understand French woman.
It actually perturbed me for the rest of the day. I mean, can you imagine spending that much time with someone and never bothering to mention you share their nationality? It blows my mind.
I guess it just underlines one of the main differences between Anglo and French cultures....when we meet someone new, we tend to look for anyway possible to connect with them, whereas as the French just....don't.
Also, at the end of class last Saturday, the majority of my classmates started pulling out bottles of wine or champagne, chocolates, cakes, etc and all of the sudden we had a little party going. I had to laugh about how it was just plainly obvious for them to all bring something to share the last class before Christmas - no need to send out a group email to see who would bring what. Luckily I had stuck a box of Christmas peeps in my school bag, so I had some "American candy" to share with the brave few.
I guess it just goes to show that I still have a lot to learn about this country...