High School Abroad, High School France

On Culture and Macaroons in France

by Pierce Abrahamson, Greenheart Travel High School Exchange student in France

So now that you finally get an oven time break from slaving away in the kitchen, let’s kick off today’s subject (*psst* hey you! I’ll give you a hint: its culture! Because who reads titles of blogs anyways?). Now you and I both know that there is something called stereotypes. Furthermore, as you and I both know (furthermore) that stereotypes are conventionally simplified generalizations. They aren’t necessarily true of course, although there’s always at least some part of it that really is true, as after all, all ideas come from somewhere. But oftentimes, after years of television, he said/she said, and really just lack of personal experience and comprehension ourselves, we tend to begin relying on these sources when the time calls for an opinion, and without knowing any better, we make fact out of not always proven or reputable accounts (yikes!).

What I’m lead to believe is that this creates a great portion of our ultimate misunderstanding of other people and the inevitable culture shock. If you were to ask this -16- (oh wait.., now 17 woo!) travel blogger his humble opinion, he would say simply for one to go travel! Get up and discover the world for yourself. Or at the very least, since we all can’t just hop around and immerse ourselves everywhere for long periods of time, open up your mind and broaden you worldview with good literature, reputable primary sources, worldly technology like twitter, and ultimately, collaboration! As diverse and multicolored means possible, just like all those delicious shiny fruits and vegetables you’ll find at the farmers market (because your surely thinking about that right now as you impatiently and stubbornly wait for those chocolate macaroons to be done)

Now, please don`t get the idea that I’m posing as some expert scholar of the globe or the French culture. No way. I would hope though at least that I could be of some use to you guys today. Although still very much subjective; there are a couple of discoveries and ideas I`d like to present against conventional thought of French culture: While reading, please keep in mind these two problematiques: 1) how does one respond to their perceived stereotypes? and 2) How does one react when their generalizations don`t correspond with reality?

Read how Pierce responds to generalizations, and his recipe for macaroons, on his blog!


About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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