Not just #1 in health care

When I first arrived I didn’t quite understand the slow pace of dining. As much as I liked to cook before, I was still used to the American pace of getting it over and done with quickly. Now I’m pretty used to the slow pace as restaurants without being chased out by waiters and I like it. I can’t stand being rushed when I go to the UK or US. One of my first big meals here was a six hour marathon meal that featured same year Champagnes, white Burgundy and then red Burgundy. People in France love to have long meals and then debate anything and everything, sometimes simply taking a crazy position only to keep the debate going. Finding a quick solution isn’t really part of the routine but then again, when you have beautiful food and lively discussion, who really cares? Reuters:

True to their reputation as leisure-loving gourmets, the French spend more time sleeping and eating than anyone else among the world’s wealthy nations, according to a study published Monday.

The average French person sleeps almost nine hours every night, more than an hour longer than the average Japanese and Korean, who sleep the least in a survey of 18 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Now if only something could be done about the rising crime in Paris. I think I know the topic of debate for the next dinner.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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