They are highly popular in the United States, specifically for those of us who wander around fashion unconscious. Flip-flops are very comfortable and cheap, but in France they are only worn by those who are:
2. Dating or sleeping with someone foreign
3. A lazy person
Well, I could say I fit into all three categories, thus this blog will be Flip-Flops in France. This is also an indicator of mood swings from culture shock, flip flopping in my moods.
So we begin the adventure..
Monday night I arrived by train from London, the train was a 6 hour train that took me to Lille and then transferred to get to Lyon. I had over 70 lbs of luggage with me that I hauled from London public transport to the train station. Incredibly I made it with little problem, but a lot of sweat.
Nothing felt much different once I arrived in Lyon, it was as natural as going back home when I saw Brian. A lot of emotions and the typical, "you look bigger" or "wow you sound different in real", but overall much how it was imagined.
For the past 3 days weve been hunting for an apartment in Lyon, unfortunately in France there are a few key things that differ from the states:
- Kitchens are unequipped. In France you must buy a fridge, stovetop and oven. Often when you go into an apartment the kitchen is only a sink, no counters, nada. For example this one we looked at a couple of days ago (below) there was only the sink and the rest belongs to the current tenants.
- You have to pay an agency fee in order to get any kind of apartment worth living in, meaning an extra 550€ on top of everything else, roughly 1900€ just to move into an apartment.
- There is no air conditioning and many of the older buildings have no elevators. No wonder French women are so thin!
- The Velo'V system
- Weird grocery store products
A person can buy a monthly pass or a weekly pass. The monthly enables the person to use it for an hour, while the weekly is just for 30 minutes.
Get this though, a pass for one week is only 3€ which is like $3.50 in the U.S. Its cheaper and faster than public transport...
Then my question would be- when will Portland do this?
Finally I have to share the fact that offal; aka the body parts we never think of eating in the US; exists in normal super marches... for example.. this photo Bri and I took:
I have not built up the guts to even try cooking these things.. but goes to show its pointless to be a vegetarian in France.