You know you've lived in France for too long when...

... you can't touch type any more because you never know if you're using a QWERTY or AZERTY keyboard. think a kiss on each cheek is basically like a handshake. also know that in Switzerland and the south of France, three kisses are expected, and you are able to execute this correctly without batting an eye.

...instead of saying 'ummmm' when you're trying to think of a word, you say 'baaah'. no longer blink at the sight of men with purses. think a single croissant, or a piece of stale baguette, is a perfectly acceptable breakfast. know that cheese that is not French, is not cheese. know that the form has to be filled out twice and sent by mail. Always. expect to have time to drink an espresso every time you want to load a web page.

...checks seem like an acceptable payment method, and you don't find it odd that someone would choose to spend 5 minutes filling out a check at the supermarket.

...everyone you know watches the Tour de France, but they only know the French riders. expect your lunch break to last at least an hour, and involve a three course meal rounded off by an espresso.

So I guess it's almost time for me to go home?

- The Wild Bazilchuk


  1. So true!

    - You find it normal that you need to buy twice what you came for in the supermarket to be able to pay with a card
    - You don't expect anything to be open on Sundays
    - You feel like a weirdo choosing salty popcorn at the movies


    1. Good ones! I don't get sweet popcorn - caramel popcorn maybe, but just sugar??? Apparently Germans think this is normal too...


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