From France to Duxbury: Cloé G.

Cloé G. poses by her American Chloe B.
Cloé G. and Chloe B. pose for a picture, laughing about their identical names

By Chloe B.

Cloé G., a fifteen year old from Lyon, France, spent two weeks in America. This was Cloé’s first time ever visiting America. She stayed with freshman Maya Guinen. Cloé said, “I love it here! It’s very different than France and we get to discover another culture.” Cloé said, “There are english teachers that organize trips to America and we say if we want to go or not. We drew names and I got picked! I was so excited to come here.”

There are many things that are different from France and America. Cloé said, “School is the biggest difference, such as the times, the systems, and the building.” Unlike America, some school days are shorter in France. “We only go to school for four hours on Wednesdays and have the weekends off,” Said Cloé. A normal school day in France is eight hours long. Cloé wants to continue her education in France. “I want to be a judge so I am planning on staying in France for further education,” She said, “Colleges are called Universities in France.”

Another difference is the food. Cloé said, “A normal day of meals goes like this, I eat at quarter to seven. I have lunch at 11:30 or 12:30 and dinner at 7:30,” she added, “I like the breakfast type foods here in America!”

While in America, Cloé and her exchange group have been visiting many different places and seeing new things. She said, “We have been to Plymouth Rock, Boston, Newport, Six Flags, the marathon bombings site, and we also went to the beach!” Cloé added, “The Plymouth Rock wasn’t very exciting.”

Unlike most people traveling, Cloé said she doesn’t miss her family. “I don’t really miss my family. I have a younger brother and a sister back in France. I do miss my friends, though,” Said Cloé. The friendly aspect of America drew Cloé’s attention. “Older people say hi to you here in America. It is more friendly than France!”

Cloé gave some facts about France verse America. “We don’t wear sports clothes,” She said. Sports clothes, meaning the athletic shorts and Jordan shoes that many DHS boys wear. A surprising fact was when Cloé said, “Iphones are not a big thing in France.” Cloé also said, “The houses are much much bigger here. There are also not as many old houses here as there are in France.”

In Massachusetts, a person has to be 16 and a half to obtain their driving license. That is not the case in France, as Cloé said, “You have to be eighteen to get your license.”

Cloé doesn’t have a job yet, because in France you have to be 16 to have a paid job. Although, there are some things kids below age 16 can do. Cloé said, “You have to be 16 to have a job, but I can babysit and be payed, or do something for the neighbors,” Which is similar to America.

Some American kids spent some time in France before Easter, and attended Cloé’s school. “Americans have come before Easter break, and it was a long weekend so they went to school for two days.”

Cloé said, “I will definitely come back to America!”


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