I can’t believe we are leaving our home of Lyon today. This is so surreal. The memories I’ve made here are definitely some of the greatest in my life and I swear that I will never forget everything I’ve learned about people, the world and myself.
The people in Lyon are not 100% tourist lovers, but I liked that. I don’t want to be treated like a tourist – I want to blend in to the culture. I can see why some tourists would think that the French are rude; but really, don’t go to a place that you’re not willing to adapt to.
Learn a few quick French phrases before you leave and talk to people! The best advice I can give to people travelling to a location is to go out to places that locals go (clubs, bars, etc.) and just start up a conversation. Nine times out of 10 they will want to practice their English on you and will want you to practice your French on them. No matter how broken it is. No matter how many times they have to hear you say, “Comment dit on en francais ___?”
I learned that lesson from doing just that. I met countless random twenty-something year old guys walking home from the discotech at the same time as me who would help with my French while I helped with their English (in a huge group of us of course).