How long have you lived here? She asked in her characteristic curiosity for information. They answered in unison, “10 years…” and before she could interject with additional questions, her friend’s husband, Jean continued, “but we’ve not experienced this kind of strain in transport system.”
So Renata proded further, “Do the strikes happen often?” Louise sighed and explained, “We the French may have a negative image internationally especially now due to the transport strikes that cause you tourists to complain. What you forget or don’t know is that the very things that bring you to our country are the very benefits that strikes such as these have fought for”
Renata, a professional in her own right didn’t seem to take the veiled dressing down well, nonetheless she was patient to take in the history class. “In 1995 was the same, but we were not here as my husband had been given a posting in Africa. The pain and pressure is what this strike would like to elicit in order force the government to back down as it did then”.
And on they went to discuss the lives of their 2 countries, Brazil and France. Renata understood that her married friends did not live in France for 10 years, but had returned for 10 years after working and living in various countries globally, having been born and bred here.
As a fly on the wall listening to their conversations, one can’t help but hear the innuendos of stereotypes that both countries have of each other. Renata laughed at the perceptions of the whole country always in samba dance, everyone plays football, and all ladies undergo plastic surgery to keep themselves appealing especially to tourists. Says alot about men’s dreams of bachelor parties.
Louise had to fall in love with her country as a tourist before quickly waking up to being a national.And she was woken up from her dream midstream, or midnight.
Perceptions of everyone falls in love and lasts a lifetime, chivalrous traits of men towards women, all day dining and all night wining (pun intended as we’ll get to the whining) are not entirely true.
L’administration (the administration) is the famous grouchy remark for the pain it takes to receive public service assistance. Upon arrival, one needs a bank account, a house and a residence card. Here we go: to get a house, one needs a bank account to show how they will make the payments. To get a bank account, one needs to prove they are legal residents by showing a residency card and an address of a house for receipt of correspondence. Thus back to the beginning of the cycle.
What perceptions have you dealt with from a foreigner in your own country or region in the country? Or are you the visitor with misconceptions that you allowed yourself to be humbly corrected?
Here’s to a sojourner’s learning.