Tag Archives: french

Un-understandable Misunderstandings

One of the most challenging aspects of living abroad, I believe, comes not from loneliness or the struggle to fit in, but from the many clash encounters that will leave you mystified, long after you have returned home. Such encounters are the ones you experience where, despite your best efforts to make them positive, they […]

Gift Giving Etiquette

What to do when you are invited to a European’s home for dinner: gift giving etiquette and customs from around Europe. France Flowers should be given in odd numbers but not 13, which is considered unlucky. Some older French retain old-style prohibitions against receiving certain flowers: white lilies or chrysanthemums as they are used at […]