Ann Karamysh: Greeting!
I was very prepared for culture shock; however, it has been a month and I have yet to really feel any major shock! The only real, perhaps awkward, moments surround greetings. In Canada, as I’m sure most of you know, we hug. That is, if we know the person well enough.
To sum it up, you end up in a weird limbo every time you meet someone, not sure if you should go for the two kisses, one, or just nod and stay away altogether! It’s quite interesting to see how long it takes people to greet each other sometimes. The other day a girl walked into a class during break, and although she was just passing by and wanted to only say a few words, she took the time to kiss, on each cheek, the three of her friends. The things you learn!
Ann is a third year Bachelor of Business Administration student studying abroad at France Business School in Amiens, France.