Sharing different languages and cultures can be the basis for great friendships.
It's important to remember that you are a guest in another culture. Please don't expect others to speak or understand your language, you are in France. If you make some efforts to speak a little French, it will be greatly appreciated. Of course, a smile is universally understood. If you treat others with respect and kindness, they generally reciprocate. If you want to take someone's photo, always ask their permission first. And don't forget that everything moves at a slower pace in the tropics, so you shouldnt expect or demand speedy service. If you can downshift and relax, you will blend right in and have a great time doing so.
In the US, making a circle with the thumb and index finger means "OK". In France, it can be taken as an insult. It means "worthless". A raised thumb gesture (one thumb up) will work better and avoid misunderstandings.
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