Author Archives: Tom Fouche

Home?

My week-long fall break is over. After ten days away from Paris, I’m certainly ready to go back. I’m ready to go home. Home? Is Paris home? I think it is. I find, however, that as a college student, I’m … Continue reading

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Speaking Volume

French people speak at a much softer volume than Americans. In addition to jogging shoes and windbreakers, this is one way that I have come to identify people almost instantly as American tourists – people laughing uproariously, chatting loudly at … Continue reading

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Is Paris really a French city?

I find myself asking this question a lot. Is Paris really a French city? Is Paris really an international city? Is Paris cosmopolitan? Of course, there’s no simple answer. I’ll start by saying that sometimes in Paris, I forget that … Continue reading

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The Baguette

What could be more French than having a baguette tucked under your arm while strolling down a Parisian boulevard? Such a sight is actually quite common. I think I expected that this was an exaggerated stereotype of the French, but … Continue reading

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Paris Syndrome

There is an affliction known as “Paris syndrome” that affects several dozen (mostly Japanese, for some reason) tourists a year. These tourists apparently experience some fairly extreme symptoms – in addition to dizziness, fatigue, and anxiety, hallucinations, derealization, and depersonalization … Continue reading

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