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Old 05-17-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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France is a kind of a crappy country. Here's why:

1) Food. Day 1 at a French restaurant. I wanted to go to the American food place, "Buffalo Grill", but my teacher (this was a French class trip) made us go to a FRENCH restaurant. And boy, I was in for it! "Escargot" is snails, and "Grenouille" is frog, and they were both on the menu! I, of course, ordered one of the few things I could understand on the menu, a sort of steak, and it was crappy. I can't even begin to say how disgusted I was eating at a smokey restaurant that had frogs and snails on the menu. I don't want frogs or snails to even be near my food! I like Red Lobster, Chili's, Applebee's, and most of all, Cheesecake Factory. The whole rest of the trip I sneaked out of every restaurant we went to or told the teacher I was sick, and ate at McDonalds.

2) Attractions. There are NO good tourist attractions in France. Nothing to compare with Disney World, Cedar Point, Universal Orlando, or Six Flags. Nothing at all! Only museums and old buildings. Want to see dead artists' work? Then the Loov or Musee Dorsay is where it's at. But if you're like me, and want to ride rollercoasters or slide down water slides, don't even think about going to France.

3) People. The French people DON'T understand English, even if you yell it at them, which I did several times. Everybody knows English today! Worse, I got a lot of bad looks. They never smile over there.

(Note: the above post was a joke)
Wow, I almost puked in my mouth reading point #1 regarding food; then, thankfully on point #2 I realized you were joking... I wonder if people like this really exist though?
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Of all countries in the world that love Americans why would you go to a country where most people hate you?
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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Of all countries in the world that love Americans why would you go to a country where most people hate you?
For the Martell VSOP
And Hennessey VSOP.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:06 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Of all countries in the world that love Americans why would you go to a country where most people hate you?
This would be trollish news to my American son, who has lived and worked in France on and off for four years, and just finished his second consecutive year there.
Living and working in France is not some lovely Francophile fantasy Disney experience, but on the other hand you don't walk around feeling seething hatred on all sides.

Collegestudentfromalabama, you need connections, either here in the States (through academia) or over there--or both.
Here is one way to do it:
Be camp staff for American Village. It is a summer camp for French kids to be immersed in the English language. You don't have to be fluent in French.

It might already be too late for this season, but it would not hurt to apply. If nothing else, you could do this next summer, while saving money and doing more research in the meantime.
My kid did it for two seasons and still has very good friends from this job.
It's hard work but invaluable experience, and as I recall they give you two free hotel nights in Paris.

American Village

Old thread, but some insight into the program (http://www.assistantsinfrance.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=34550 - broken link)

For other possible jobs:
The Main Board for Assistants in France (http://www.assistantsinfrance.com/forums/index.php?sid=849f11c67ce93726bd69491433658446 - broken link)
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