o one should be pissed while on vacay...especially not in a beautiful place like Paris BUT that is EXACTLY what happened. I am proud of how I handled the situation though. It all started at breakfast...
Eating in Paris, of course is fine dining however, things were not so fine this morning. It was really my fault. I had been spoiled really, up until now. Despite my numerous attempts, my accent gave me away and servers usually just spoke in English to me. I did try though! That counts.
This morning at breakfast though, our server did NOT speak English and I did NOT speak enough French to even order the basic necessity of food. IT WAS SO FRUSTRATING. I totally get how someone from another country that speaks another language must feel like in America. I settled for something I did not want to eat. You know that is NOT my style but I gave up. I felt disempowered and just so unsatisfied.
As trivial as this sounds, it really disturbed my spirit. I couldn't go out like a sucka though. I just couldn't. I resolved in that moment that the next meal I ordered, I would only order in FRENCH even if the server had mercy and replied in English. While mama and my lil' sister enjoyed their French breakfast, I studied my French phrase book.
The other night we found a juice bar right around the corner from our hotel. So after my family ate we walked over to Bob's Juice Bar. I memorized my phrases on how to order something. I proudly ordered my green smoothie in French.
"Donnez moi s'il vous plait un green smoothie."
Yes! Redemption! Results! The funny thing is I asked my lil' sister (who took some French in high school) how to ask about the ingredients used. The server spoke English and may have even been American as her accent sounded a little midwestern...she answered back in English. We all had a good laugh. That green smoothie was so delicious. Every sip tasted like TRIUMPH and it was delicious.
It's okay to get pissed every once in a while. You do however remain in a powerless place when you let this emotion take completely over and ruin your whole day or trip.
So, take a deep breath, find your peace and completely conquer your circumstance.
Have you ever been frustrated in another country due to a language barrier? Leave a comment and tell me all about it.