One kebab to go, please.
Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
18Trip End Jun 09, 2010
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Now, maybe its just Angers (I doubt it), but Kebab places are everywhere. Americans are known throughout the world as being fat, and eating at an abundance of fast food places and drinking a huge coke to wash down their Big Mac or Whopper. Now, we all know that this is partially true, and partially not. I don't know many people who have fast food more than once a week-- both for saving money and trying to be somewhat healthy. But the stereotype still does exist. Little did I know, that the french eat kebabs like we Americans supposedly eat at McDonald's every night.
As previously stated, they are everywhere. On Rue Bressigny (a popular spot for students to go and grab a quick bite during the 1 hour lunch time), there are at least 6 kebab joints in the small stretch of the street that I walk everyday. Granted, there are other places that one can go, but it really is convenient. For 5 Euro, you get a kebab, which is pretty big, a pretty good sized helping of fries, a drink and an ice cream. Your food normally comes within 5 minutes, and you have plenty of time to socialize with friends and get a good sized meal in your system and get back for your next class. Now, while not the healthiest option, its cheap and efficient. I personally like going to La Pyramide, as the owner is really nice and he seems to know us by now. The other day he gave us all mint tea (delicious, may I add) after we had finished with our kebabs, and he helped Spenser with her french homework.
Now, this may be a semi-pointless blog since there isn't really anything too exciting in it, but I just thought it was interesting. It may be an entirely Angevin thing, but I doubt it. So next time (if this ever happens to you), a french man or woman mocks you for your love of American fast food, bring up kebabs.
Also, other random things to mention in this blog:
1. The french smoke-- a lot. Granted, Americans do too, but to me it seems that they smoke more so here than in the U.S. Maybe its just that everyone smokes in public places, like at the bus stop, at restaurants, in front of bars, but it seems to be a commonality in most french people, especially with women. Dr. Borgstrom once told me that smoking was a part of the meal and that after they had finished eating, many french men and women will like up, even just to take a few drags off of a cigarette-- just for the purpose of completing the meal.
2. Not really my traditional something I learned section, but I've been going out to the bar lately called "Le Soft". It's where our french friends like to hang out the most, so we often go there to meet up with them. I really do enjoy it there. The atmosphere is nice, its laid back, relatively cheap and the bar tender is pretty wonderful. The other night, we talked for quite a while and she now knows me by name and I know her by name. The other night, I ordered 4 beers as I was one a beer run for people, and she gave me a free one. It's pretty cool whenever you find a place like that, yeah?
3. Everyone, for the most part, that I met that studies here through CIDEF (that isn't Asian) is from the south of the U.S. Theres a group from Michigan here but I never really see them. EVERY time I meet a new American person, they are from somewhere south. To quote Ashley, I want to hug the next person I meet from the north. I love all of my friends from the south, but come on! We need to represent, north!
4. A few french drinking terms, since they will always be useful:
- Beer: Bière
- Drunk: ivre, bourré (very familiar-- use this in a bar-- (boor-ray))
- Hangover: gueule de bois
- Cul sec: Chug, kind of. Mean's like bottoms up! Drink it all at once.
5. Also, scarves are very prominent in french culture. Everyone wears them.