Category Archives: cultural observation

"Do you speak Touriste?" A guide for Parisians about tourists!

The preconception that Parisians are not the most friendly bunch when it comes to tourists is clearly not 100% correct, but that’s a cliché for you. There is, however, an element of truth in there… and the Town Hall wants … Continue reading

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Daylight Robbery

Being (almost) robbed in Paris. I’m going to tell you what happened to me on Saturday so that you too are prepared if you ever find yourself in a similar situation… CONTEXT I needed to buy plant pots for the … Continue reading

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The Romance of Exile

The other day I was given a jellyfish compliment. He said “Tu parles vachement bien français…mais tu parles comme un mec.”  (good French but you talk like a guy) …and I thought F*** you. I’ve done pretty damn good to … Continue reading

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A letter to the French

                                        Dear People of France, Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Emily (Mustard). I have been living in your beautiful … Continue reading

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Sick, sick Paris

MALADE IN FRANCE Cultural observation n°1 “I don’t feel very well, mum.” (forehead is felt) “You’re fine. If it gets worse take a paracetamol. Now go to school.”This post is both an insight into the experience of going to the … Continue reading

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Graffiti and Hiphop

Things are heating up in Paris and, with the sunshine, spending the weekend outside is mandatory. Taking my own advice, I went along to the Graffiti All Starz for Japan, a two-day graffiti project organised as part of the Quinzaine … Continue reading

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