Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

Compare and Contrast


July in Barcelona meant strategically booking intensive (all-day) students who had air conditioning and then spending weekends on the roof. Just like in this pic from 2009, I’d take a little of everything I needed to amuse myself: fiction, history, French grammar exercises and cold cherries with a Coke Zero. A lot of the day would be spent sleeping since it was too hot to do so indoors.

Yeah, these days are over

July in Paris has meant strategically planning what to wear since it hasn’t yet been hot, but it can become quite cold very quickly. Also, there’s lots of dodging under awnings when yet another rain storm hits. Friday it rained FIVE times. Granted, two were only sun showers that lasted a couple minutes, but the others were full-on downpours that left the streets flooded since it was more than the sewer system was designed to deal with all at once. It’s almost getting to be more than I can deal with.


Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

3 thoughts on “Compare and Contrast

  1. I’m going both to Barcelona and Paris in August. I guess I have to pack for scalding sunshine and rainstorms….

    • If you’re going to BCN, you should go to the Font Màgica with some snacks. It’s every night @ 21h, Thursday through Sunday, near Plaça Espanya in Montjuïc. It’s perfect for kids too!

      • THanks for the tip! I’m actually staying right on Placa Espanya! I’ve seen it before. I bet my two year old and my 36 year old will love it.. =P

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