Top 10 Things I Will Miss

Here we are, already halfway through my journey here in the USA.

I cannot believe that, in only two months, I’ll be on a plane heading back to my beloved France. Of course I will miss my friends and my home here, as well as the city … but there’s more!

Here is a non-exhaustive list, in no particular order, of things we do not have in France, that I will miss very much.

  1. Lemonade, lemonade everywhere.

Oh holy lemonade. How I love your taste. How I love your color. How I love your low price. How I love you, just all the way you can be: freshly made, powdered, mixing packed … Oh, I love you so much. Please don’t leave me.

  1. 24/7 shops

Oh my god. The intense pleasure of being able to buy some cigarettes, chocolate or ice cream when you’re craving them at midnight is just a must. I cannot believe that I’ll have to go back to the 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. closing times routine. Please send help!

  1. Food options

Don’t let me be misunderstood. I love French food: I can eat it; I can smell it; I can watch it; I can cook it … for hours.

But man, this is 90 percent of the food offered in France. There is no freaking escape!

Once I’ll be back home, my foot will be trapped on a floor where Mexican food, ramens, Indian currys, Arab food, etc … are rarities that you can only find if you’re lucky and are willing to travel far to get yourself differently fed.

  1. Hulu

Well, at least we do have Netflix now. Even if our selection in France is pitiful compared to the American one, we do have it.

But Hulu?

Well, I never heard of it before I came here. And that’s a shame! A shame, yes Sir!

But, let’s be realistic: my hometown got its first Burger King last year — almost 30 years after its launch in the US. So, let’s face it, Hulu will maybe be a French thing in like… 20 years. When something else will have replaced it already, I guess.

Hooray (face palm).

  1. Californian sunset

I never saw as beautiful colors as here. It is so bright, so colorful and so intense.

Even more, if you have the chance to be under palm trees, there is something there that is indefinable. It is so poetic, so romantic.

And that is not something that I can bring back home, for sure.

  1. Campbell tomato soup

In America, it is a very basic dish, available for few pennies.

In France, it is a very incomprehensibly expensive can that is only available in huge superstores.

We do have local tomato soups, but they are really not the same, and not that popular. And they actually taste like tomatoes. Campbell tomato soup is more like… A ketchup soup to me. And sooo delicious.

I could eat that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Oh holy soup, how badly would I love to have you as available and cheap in France as you are here (sniffle).

  1. Trail mix

I don’t know who invented the concept of mixing nuts with chocolates or fruits, but I have to admit that I would marry this person.

This is just paradise in a pack !!

But, you know what, I have a trick for this one: I’ll just buy M&M’s and nuts separately, and mix them together.

There you go. I’ve got this.

  1. “Rest-assured”

The toilet seat covers are everywhere.

In France, I have to pee in bluetooth mode to not catch an infectious disease in public restrooms. (Almost) no kidding.

Here, it is clean, it is toilet paper furnished, and there are always toilet seat covers available. I love it.

You’ll be missed, seat covers (tears).

  1. Jell-o shots

Well, at first, I found this cultural “drink” disgusting.

But it’s actually pretty smart: you eat and drink at the same time. At the end of the day, it’s a pretty good time and money saver.

But anyway, we do not have either the culture of jell-o shot, or jell-o in France. So, adieu from me to Jell-o shots I guess.

  1. Respect and Friendliness

Well, last but not least. I already told you about that. French people are not respectful and not friendly. I mean … most of them.

So, I can already picture myself running, by clumsiness, into someone in Paris Airport, and have to endure insults, angry facial expressions, and maybe even a physical altercation.

Who knows?


Anyway: I hope you’ve enjoyed this French flavored article.

And let’s catch up next week for more!

Floriane Simondet is a graduate exchange student from France, majoring in business administration.





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