Pooja’s Daily Life Field Note

What is daily life like in France?

Here is the story of a local fellow named Simon. Simon is a Frenchman and lives in Fontainbleau. Let’s explore the amazing life of Simon through this interview conducted in English.

What is your full name?

My name is Simon Vesco.

Where do you live? What is your house like?

I live here in Fontainbleau itself since I was born. Fontainbleau is a country side and it is 40 kilometres away from Paris. I live in chateau. Chateau is big house (like a mini palace). We own this house. Since there are only four people in my family, my dad has rented few rooms to the students in the college as they were of no use for us.

What is your family like?

I have a lovely family. Dad, mom, my younger brother and how can I forget the new member in the family, my little kitten ‘’Lucy’’.  Everyone is busy with their own routine. My father is working in the bank and my mother is a home maker. She helps me sometimes in my Pastry shop (La Pattisseri) as well as she takes care of Lucy.  My younger brother is studying in the junior college.

How do you get around?

Getting around is not a problem for me and my family as we are locals here. Though we have car at home, I and my brother mostly travel by train if we happen to go to Paris or somewhere else as my father brings that car to his bank. My pastry shop is not very far from the home though, I prefer to walk there.

What type of clothing do you like to wear?

Well, it is a good question. In terms of fashion and dressing up, I am pretty fashion conscious. Moreover, I am fond of wearing different leather jackets with Denims when it is too cold. In the summer I prefer to wear cotton shorts and casual t-shirts. France is very well-known for its fashion Industry though.

What do you want to do in your free time?

I hardly have free time as I am mostly occupied with my pastry shop. I manage the baking material, that process done by the workers in the kitchen as we bake various cakes in our own shop cum bakery. I try and hangout with my friends to Paris often. Moreover, we also watch the live soccer matches here and they are mostly like you have in United States. ‘’We also go and watch French movies in the theatre in Paris but you all would not like as they are in French and they do not have English subtitles so try and do not go for it’’.

What languages do you speak? How do you say ‘’Hello’’ in your language?

‘’I do not speak French’’. I am just kidding.  I speak French, English, and Spanish as I learnt it in the school. ‘’ca va’’ (san va) or Bonjour (Bojur) are the words to say hello in French.

Do you have pets?

Yes, French people are fond of pets, don’t you know that? I have white cute kitten at home which I got few days back. Her name is Lucy and she has become a family member now.

Have you travelled? Where have you travelled to?

Yes, I have travelled to many other countries in Europe. I have been to south of France, Italy, and Switzerland. My next destination would be United States though.

What do you work for?

I own my Pastry shop in Fontainbleau itself.  I love baking and somehow I was pretty interested in running my own business so I started my pastry shop called ‘’La Pattissarie’’ and the shop is running well by the grace of God! You can come and try some if you are interested in various cakes.

Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the US?

I would like to share few things with students in the US and hopefully I would be able to learn some new things from them.

-Make sure you all study well and also develop your other skills as they are really helpful in the day to day life.

-Make a list of your goals on the piece of paper. Try to follow the direction to achieve them one by one and always look at your positive skills. Do not avoid your weaknesses though!

For instance, you are very good at playing soccer but your maths and science are not very good so you should not be disappointed and work hard to improve your other subjects.



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