schauert, May 30th, 2018
With a hazing introduction to strasbourg after 13 hours of traveling I did not have the most favorable view of Strasbourg the first day. However, as we got settled in my opinion of the city has quickly changed. The first big thing that stuck out to me was the affair of eating meals. In the US meals are made to be eaten in a hurry, even in nicer restaurants they are trying to get the most customers in and out of the door in an efficient manner as quickly as possible. This is not the case in France, meals so far have taken as long as 2 hours with the none of the restaurant staff seeming to be in a rush about anything. The difference in the way that the French eat their meals has been quite a welcome change to the hustle of most US eating.
Something else that has been different than I expected was the treatment of people from the United States. Leading up to coming to France i had heard that the French sometimes did not take to kindly to people from the US who could not speak French. However, in all of my experiences so far most people have been friendly and happy to help us Americans out when we did not understand something or were trying to order food. While people are friendly when you talk to them it seems another difference is the use of manners of the street. Coming from a small town myself, it is custom to smile at people as you pass by, say excuse me when walking around someone, or try to both change paths when it is apparent that you and the other person will run into each other. I have found that none of these things are the case here in Strasbourg. Many people walk like they are on a mission and that you are just an obstacle in their path. For me this has been a substantial change, while it is out of my ordinary, it is not problem with me, just different.
While the social culture is somewhat different in Strasbourg what is truly different from the US is the buildings and city layout. It is crazy to think that many of the building that we have seen walking through out the city were built before the US was established. This has contributed to the way that the city is laid out. It is clear to see that Strasbourg, atleast near the city center, is designed for walking. Everything a person needs is within a 10 minute walk. Just stepping outside of Citardine and walking 5 minutes in either direction you can find grocers, high end clothes, home appliances, restaurants, churches, and nightlife hangouts. This walking layout of Strasbourg has been my favorite aspect of the city so far. I am confident that in the weeks to come I will continue to find new things to love about Strasbourg and French culture.
Categories: 2018 Trip