David Bouchier

Do you ever get the uncomfortable suspicion that you are a fraud and an imposter? I've been feeling that way lately because I'm in France, and I have to pretend that I know what is going on. This must be a problem for everyone who tries to navigate a foreign culture. In order not to look like an idiot you must act as if you understand the language, the culture, the strange things for sale in the market, and even the driving.

It's the first day of July, and the big holiday weekend is coming up. We will be expected and indeed required to set aside our regular activities, and have fun. The question is: how shall we do this?

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