Sounds so exotic and exciting, doesn't it? But I spent the whole time hanging out with in-laws - M's sister's family - I hadn't seen them in several years, lastly in Morocco. Eating, cooking, shopping, site-seeing in Sète and Montpellier. The in-laws actually live in Frontignan, a pleasant and sunny little beach town. It was kind of funny for me to see people who aren't MoBob speaking and gesturing in the same way as he. I'm not sure if it's nature or nurture, but now I know where he gets it from. I took the TGV. Probably the sexiest train I've ever been on: sleek and fast. How French! It was a nice change to get away from rainy and overcast Lyon, but I don't feel as if I've gotten any rest over the weekend.
Part of the problem may be food. I'm staying in the touristy part of town, and most of the restaurants are either quite a hike away, expensive (especially with the strong Euro), or the portions are just unsatisfying. I feel hungry all the time, and I've been taking to supplementing the regular meals with quiches and other little goodies from the local bakeries. I told my Canadian colleague about this and he actually brings little packets of oatmeal and granola bars. And I'm in the land of good eats!
The other temptation is to spend all of my time shopping since this is the serious sale season. I find that I often see couples in stores. While most American men stand around fidgeting and bored, the French men I see are actively engaged in the shopping experience. They're intently examining whatever's in the store, or seriously discussing the merits of one thing or another with their partners, or critiquing their partner's appearance with the new item. Thankfully MB is a good sport about shopping, but sometimes he reaches his limit, as when we were in Target buying gifts in the toy department and he got seriously annoyed when we were in the 5th aisle and there were still several more to go.
...or the portions are just unsatisfying.
I lived in USA for four years and let me assure you, the potions in the rest of the world are about the same. It's Americans who have gigantic portions. And another thing: While it's consider rude to take the leftovers in Turkey and many other countries, in USA it's like a God-given right. Heck, it's even expected.
Thankfully MB is a good sport about shopping, but sometimes he reaches his limit, as when we were in Target buying gifts in the toy department and he got seriously annoyed when we were in the 5th aisle and there were still several more to go.
LOL! Quit torturing the poor guy.