Sunday, January 16, 2011

Canadian life in France?

At the end of this year, I hope that we are living a semblance of a French life, rather than attempting to maintain our Canadian life in France. To this end we have some questions for the French people -

  1. What do you eat for breakfast? Do you actually eat chocolate cereal, the only kind which seems to be available?
  2. What do you do at the weekend? We were out and about all weekend, around town and in parks, and we didn't see very many kids.
  3. When moving from one rental house to another, do you actually remove all light fixtures and take them with you? Most of the houses we have looked at so far have not had light fixtures, or any kitchen appliances, or even in some cases any kitchen cupboards.
  4. Why do all doors open inwards? Besides front doors of houses, all doors in both Ireland and Canada open outwards, I am assuming this is the case because I attempt to open every door here by pulling outwards. I have even said to Connell "That's odd, it's closed but the listed hours show it should be open." That's closed as in inward opening.
For some reason, Connell is reluctant to ask these questions to his colleagues at work.

I think we will gain a window to French life through the kids. Each time we go to a patisserie, Ailbhe says "I want to try something I haven't had before". Today she picked a large donut shaped sweet bread which had a gold paper crown wrapped around it, for the 4 of us to share. As I was breaking it into pieces, Ailbhe asks "Do you think there's a toy in it?" Next break, what is sticking out? A toy of course, or possibly a small porcelain religious choking hazard icon. Turns out Ailbhe had this bread at school on Friday. Looking closer at the toy and combining it with the gold crown, I think it's one of the 3 wise men and the bread is for the Epiphany. See, we are making inroads to French life already.

Epiphany bread minus choking hazard.

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