Understanding the French

Cultural misunderstandings-1

I teach a course on Franco-American relations each year at a local college. The first day of class, I always ask the students to write down adjectives describing their impressions of French people. The typical responses range from “sophisticated” to “frugal”; many of the students choose their adjectives based on interactions with the French while traveling (and some of the students who take the ... Read Full Article

Spain Tourist Information


Introduction to Spain The third largest country in Europe; Spain includes two island groups, the Canaries and the Balearics and reaches down to the tip of North Africa. Spain encompasses several very different cultures. The Basques live in the Pyrenees region, and really do not consider themselves Spanish. The Catalans who inhabit Barcelona and environs have their own independent identity as ... Read Full Article