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    Some of the friendliest people we met were in NH and Boston.
    We had been back from living in Paris, and when we lived in Paris, we were told not to say HI to everyone we saw, as that is an American thing and the French believe that it's insincere.
    So, I had to get over it when walking around Paris, from saying HI to everyone we saw.
    Even though, when it came to my husband working with the French, they all come into work and say Bonjour!, but then after that, he was told that you do not say it anymore throughout the day.

    So, after 2 years, and now I'm used to being a snob, we took off for Maine and while in NH, we stopped at a liquor store and it shocked me, how many people said HI to me and I had to go back to being an American and say HI back!

    It really is a cultural difference.

    Although, I think the same thing might apply to New York - big city living.

    Another funny story.
    When Mr. AzBlue was at work in France, there was another American from the same company there.
    English is the language of business, meaning when they held meetings, even though there'd be all French people, they spoke English.
    Outside of meetings, just the regular work day, they spoke French.

    So, the French that my husband worked with set up a board and they'd do words of the day.
    They'd write a French word on the board and discuss it - the French are really big into discussing things.
    Then, they'd also write an American word - such as lackadaisical and they'd discuss it.

    Well, one day the American word was prick.
    Mr. AzBlue tried explaining that there were two meanings to the word prick.
    They finally got it, but the fun part was when Mr. AzBlue went into work one morning and the French people greeted him - Bonjour, Monsieur Blue, you PRICK!
    Except they said it preek!
    Oh, maybe you had to be there, but that was very, very funny!


    All we need is LOVE!

    by arizonablue on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 04:35:56 PM PDT

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    •  Love the "prick" story. The NH thing on saying (4+ / 0-)

      "Hi" is still pretty common----though with so many from MA---you find things changing.  Many MA folks are not quite as friendly.   (Probably all those Brown supporters..LOL)

      •  Isn't that sad? (4+ / 0-)

        Before France, and in both Michigan and then Arizona, whenever you're out an about, you always say HI! to whoever crosses your path.

        I really did struggle when we were first there not doing that and then it became normal.

        But by the time we were leaving, our French neighbors would beep their horns and wave and yell "Allo"  and it was so very cool.

        Right when we were finally accepted, we had to leave.

        We still keep in touch with a few French people and that is awesome.

        We might even have French visitors this December.
        One of the things that they look forward to is renting an American car - they want to rent a big car, such as a Cadillac.
        They've written that they want to get stuck in traffic and relax in a big American car and play the stereo.

        It really is a different culture and we loved every minute of it, trying to be them.
        And they envy us for our big spaces and our cars.

        They believe that Americans talk loud, because we live in big open spaces.

        But we all agree, the loudest of people, are the Italians, and that is the truth!

        All we need is LOVE!

        by arizonablue on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 05:07:17 PM PDT

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        •  You know how you always hear (3+ / 0-)

          about the French and French women - they say they have armpit hair and the French stink?

          Well, they do not.

          When we moved from Paris to a suburb St. Cloud, there was a very nice grocery store - Monoprix - and it had clothes and other goods, besides food and more, wine.
          It was small in comparison to American stores, like WalMart, but it was like shopping in an upscale gourmet store.
          I loved that store.

          There was an entire aisle designated for 'douche' and when I first saw that, I thought whoa, French women are really into keeping the lady parts clean and then I discovered that douche in French means shower or bath!

          Never saw hair on armpits or legs in France, but we did see armpit hair massively when we went to Italy.

          Unlike France, Italy only had 2 subway systems, and when we were there, it was in May and it was miserably hot - it was not the norm for the temps, and that was also the same summer that it hit over a 100 in Paris, and they're not used to that and a lot of people died.
          They never needed air conditioning, but I'm betting that they need it now.

          So, we're on a subway going to Rome and a young modern woman reached her arm out to hold onto the strap, and whoa - massive armpit hair!

          Italians are wonderful people, but they are loud, and sorry to say, they do not do the best hygiene, and the women are hairy!

          Got to say that the best ice cream that I've ever had was in Italy.

          I miss it.

          All we need is LOVE!

          by arizonablue on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:33:27 PM PDT

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