Pretend to fall over in his general direction and see what his reaction was.
If he repelled me with an “ohmigod what on earth are you doing?
” I would quickly stand up and pretend nothing had happened.
The privacy of teenagers’ relationship is noticeable when you walk in Paris streets: You will rarely witness two young people show a lot of affection for each other. The French language doesn’t make a difference between “like” and “love” (the verb for both is ), which makes it very easy to avoid the whole “I love you” drama that exists in America.
We keep that for private spaces, or once again, parties. “Je t’aime”/”I love you” is usually pronounced after a month of dating and is not a big deal, even though it makes us happy when said.
So none of your thongs peeping out over the top of your jeans or wearing your bra over your T-shirt please. If you go for a corset and a short black skirt for example, you risk looking like a tart. If you go into a perfumery in France once the sales assistant will offer to ‘perfume’ you. Their men are equally mad about the way women smell. Half-way through the starter he turned to me and whispered: “Your perfume is intoxicating.” As an English girl I’m not used to that sort of comment.
Perfume French women use everything they can to seduce men, including perfume. It half made me want to throw up, but it also made me feel rather, well, intoxicating and seductive.
It’s all about social codes, and I hope you enjoyed learning about the ones of where I’m from!