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CultureFrench Idiosyncrasies

Every culture has its own idiosyncrasies, here are five that even after living in France for 15 years I still have problems with.

  1. Having tea in a bowl: What's the deal with having a hot drink in something you need to hold with two hands?

  2. Reading bandes dessinées - comic books: Worst Christmas gift I ever got was a bandes dessinée!

  3. Eating cake with a spoon: Call me old fashion, but isn't a fork more practical?

  4. Parking anywhere and in any direction: When I was studying for my French driver's license I almost fell on the floor when I learned it's illegal to park against the flow of traffic.

  5. Always peeling potatoes: About the biggest faux pas you can make with French food is serving potatoes unpeeled. Don't potato skins have a lot of nutrients?

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