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International Travel Tips: How NOT to be a Jerk in Another Country

German Restaurant Lubeck Germany

“Do you speak English?” the girl asked the German speaking waiter immediately after she and her friend set foot in the restaurant. “No” came his curt reply, after which the girls promptly decided that they needed to find another restaurant. We sat nearby at a table, immensely enjoying our authentic German lunch  and the lovely atmosphere […]

Driving in France: How I Overcame My Fear of Driving in a Foreign Land

Driving in France

I got the same reaction from a number of stunned co-workers.  “What?!?!  You are renting a car and driving in France?  Are you crazy!”  Apparently, the European reputation for being crazy, fast aggressive drivers had reached the awareness of my colleagues. Their reactions were not particularly helpful to me.  I was already a little nervous about driving […]

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]