Last night the strike began. It's not clear whether the airport shuttle is affected, but my colleague, who lives in that area, kindly offered to take me in time for my flight to Brussels this afternoon. Gah. As an American, it's kinda hard for me to understand the French attitude toward work and benefits; the reality is that the country can't afford to have so many people retire so young (50) and with so many perks. I mean, wow - my counterparts here get seven weeks of vacation per year. Not including the usual holidays and snow days.
I was at the office until 7pm; unfortunately the six hour time difference from EST did not work to our advantage. I was pretty pooped and instead of heading to a restaurant or fast food I went to one of the local convenient stores which had been inconveniently closed when I'd arrived on Sunday evening. I bought salami and cheese and bread, for both dinner and breakfast, and a four pack of "Coca Light." Hurray! At least I'll be well fueled by the time I arrive in Brussels.
I know I have a serious complex with my level of French, especially as I've gotten rusty, and it really really heartens me when people compliment my language ability. Each of the regional teams covers several Anglophone countries, and theoretically we could have used English, but it felt good to get my French up to speed.
People were also really enamored with the Hershey's kisses I brought, especially with the size, the shape, the taste, and most of all the little tag that says "kisses."
My mom, apart from being French, is also Jewish and she says the biggest fault of Frenchmen is they are too lazy and the only time they move their asses from the couch is to protest when one calls them on their laziness.
And their retirement policies are especially stupid, for they are not as lenient as us about immigration, and the population is declining. I feel they would dance with joy if Japans hurried up and developed slave-robots.
I think that's one of the things that's wrong with Europe in general. They don't want to do any work but they don't want immigrants either.
And LOL, for some reason, I thought you were Canadian. Huh...
On November 15th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Sylvie, je pense souvent à toi. Hier et l’avant-hier les infos du soir avait quelques reportages assez longues sur la grêve. J’espère que tu ne seras pas trop importunée.
Et ne t’occupes pas de ton niveau de français. Tu as bien maîtrisé la langue de Voltaire!