It's as easy as ABC and 123!
Sara Babin, French expert and my friend
What turns the French on? DEBATE.
That's according to Sara Babin, international business relations executive and French expert.
She says debating is their fuel, they cannot live without it, whereas Americans, "avoid it."
We met on a warm sunny afternoon for pizza and conversation. We discuss cultures and I ask the hard questions.
Her answer was simply this: Just pay attention.
"When in Rome, do as the Romans," Just substitute France instead.
"Observe the people around you, and do as they do," she says.
It works, but it takes years of observation, trial and error, and disasters before you get use to it.
It goes without saying that American and French lives are as different as night and day, and how they differ might surprise you.
We discussed retirement and medicication as one of our first topics.
She shares a personal story of her parents, who are retired and both need prescription meds.
"$14,000 a year," she says!
That is what her parents pay yearly just for filling a prescription. And they are RETIRED.
Think logically, for a second. Does this seem right to you?
As you may know, a retired person lives on a fixed income, and at the end of the day, the numbers don't add up. Therefore, any average American can lose everything they worked their entire lives for and what? End up living on the streets?
This is happening more and more, and to bury our heads in the sand, is absolutely UN-American.
To any French person, paying $14,000 a year (approx. €11,000) for medication, is nothing short of obscene. It raises all sorts of questions, but to the French it's just wrong.
France is a social based system. They pay more than 25% in taxes that go towards retirement and the many social taxes which are divided up within that quarter percent.
The French may complain about paying too much, however would never deny medical care or other social services to ANYONE.
It's a hard life here in France. I joking say that ithe reason The French are SOO THIN is because they have to wade through all the invisible crap on a daily basis. The bottom line is always economics. Yet, at the same time, life is easy and simple here in France, as well.
I can go on until the cows come home how much I hate France, in fact, there is a whole section devoted to this on my blog!
The secret is "making the conscious choice," says Sarah - and she should know, it's her job!!!
Next time, Sara and I talk stereotypes and how those preconcieved notions hampers future relationships.
Until then, have a great week and consider coming to visit Bordeaux! I'll even meet you at my favorite pizza joint!
Random shots in Beautiful Bordeaux, France!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...