Blissful peace and quiet at restaurants
You don’t know your server’s name, and that’s the way you like it: you’re Parisian. Servers are professional and doing their job, not fishing for tips. You’ll miss the times when you could get through a conversation without being asked if you need anything else five times during each course. Of course, when you want to pay the bill, getting your server’s attention is another story…
Getting to know the language
As an English-speaker, it was like a fun little adventure each and every time I would speak French. Would I actually get what I ordered? Would I get the document I needed? Would I get where I wanted to go? Usually, yes, but it was never a sure thing. Every day was a little adventure, every interaction a linguistic box of chocolates. I miss the tiny thrills.
That Parisian attitude
It’s not rudeness, it’s not snobbery, it’s not elitism... it’s all of that and then some. While they have a bad reputation, Parisians can be some of the loveliest people in the world if you give them a chance. You just need to look past the fact that they think they are better than everyone. But if you live long enough in the City of Light, you’ll start to understand why they feel that way, and once you leave Paris, you’ll miss feeling superior for the simple fact that your zip code starts with a 75.
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