First contacts with this shaking land
The shock was quite brutal. But, not as we expected. We came with the suitcases full of preconceptions, from books, movies, TV shows. We didn’t expect this «douceur de vivre». I have to admit that my wife had never visited the US and I came only once for 3 days just to show «Marie-Jo et ses 2 amours» in a festival, in Washington DC.
We discovered that California not really representative of the United States.
And that San Francisco and the Bay Area are not really representative of California.
And that Berkeley is also an exception in this area.
We discover the concept of potluck, that Americans eat their dinner early and that they go to bed very early, that the cougars live very very close to the houses and that they exceptionally go in town (to get killed), that we can easily find expressos (but they are terribly strong), that we can find many other things to eat apart from hamburgers and hotdogs, that we don’t have to beg for a glass of water in the restaurants but that they bring it to you as soon as you are seated and that the waiters fill it up as you are drinking it...
How can I not feel like writing for this part of California? I let the idea grow in my head, quietly, changed concept 20 times, kept a few seeds and rejected others...