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10 Things I’m not going to miss about Paris

Today marks exactly one month until my departure from Paris. It’s about to get all bittersweet. But before the sentimental tears start running, here are some things (in no particular order) that I’m absolutely NOT going to miss about Paris.

1) Getting stared at by women in the metro. Yes, women. They glare at me! I don’t know if it’s the blonde hair or the smell of enthusiastic American that emanates from my pores, but whatever it is has their eyes glued to me. And staring back only provokes them into a staring contest. The best defense is a good book to hide my face in.

2) Salads that aren’t really salads but rather a side of duck or pig fat piled high on a single slice of lettuce.

3) Heavy beer and heavy milk. I would just like the option of a light beer and skim milk from time to time!

4) Cigarette smoke. Its the 21st century people. Get with it!

5) Dog shit on the sidewalks. For dogs that get so little real exercise, it’s amazing how much crap they manage to push throw their little digestive tracks. I can’t wait to live somewhere where I can look up and enjoy the architecture rather than look down to protect my shoes.

6) Having to always walk with a man. Paris is a completely different city when you’ve got a man on your arm. You’re treated with respect. Without a man you’re treated as a sex object, or worse, a potential mugging victim.

7) Having to dress conservatively. It’s not like I want to wear jorts, or jeggings, or whatever new jean hybrid trend has hit Brooklyn. I just want to wear COLORS! And summer dresses! And not feel like a tourist, or like a provocatrice. I’m wearing this dress because it’s hot out, not because I want you to check out my ass! I don’t care how ravissantes you think mes fesses are!

8) The complete lack of customer service. Getting anything done around here, from a paint job, to a visa, to a gym membership is an uphill battle. The amount of negotiating and pleading it takes to get anything done in this city is demeaning and exacerbating.

9) The $/€ exchange rate.

10) Pretty boys. I’m so sick of looking at these cherubic little french men. If they are going to insist on acting like such macho little womanizers, they could at least LOOK a little less womanly. Honestly!

All of this is not to say that I’m not going to miss Paris. These are just a few little facets that I’ll be glad to leave behind. Stay tuned for all the things I truly love and will dearly miss about Paris. I’ll give you a hint, goose liver is pretty high up on the list…

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  1. The staring thing always gets me. At first I thought “Damn, all these chicks are TOTALLY checking me out!” Then I learned over time that it’s simply not impolite to stare here, and on the Métro, everyone picks a focal point (often your face) and stares at it.

    May 25, 2011
    • Sophie #

      It’s so unnerving!

      May 25, 2011
  2. You’re leaving so soon!

    French women do stare, don’t they? I noticed the second I moved here, and I wondered why. Clearly not alone. The dog poo and smoking are top of my dislike list: I cannot believe that in this day and age smoking and poo is so cool!

    I have to say that I love the style here. As someone who pretty much only wears neutrals, this city is perfect for me.

    What are your plans for when you return to the US? I hope you’re going to keep on blogging!

    May 25, 2011
    • Sophie #

      Heading to Sweden first and then the States and then I plan on traveling for a while to try to find the new perfect place to live in! Not to worry I plan on blogging extensively during my travels! Who knows, maybe I’ll come back to Paris one day but right now I’ve got an urge to move around a bit more before settling down.

      May 30, 2011
  3. Kati #

    I’m not sure if you remember me, but we actually had a French class together during 1st year at UVA. Then I left haha. But I just wanted to tell you I love reading what you write about Paris, especially the bucket list. While I’ve never been fortunate enough to “live” here for more than a month, I try to come every year. This year with my trip ending in 2 days I have new things to look for during my hours of wandering through the city tonight and tomorrow, grace a toi. Alors, merci bcp et j’espere que tts tes voyages se passent bien. :)

    June 6, 2011
    • Sophie #

      I’m so glad you enjoy my blog! I hope it has given you plenty of Paris suggestions, and more importantly, I hope they aren’t all rubbish! Bonnes vacances à Paris!

      June 6, 2011

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