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View From the Highline, Meat Packing District


Before starting, I have to tell you that travel is in my blood. I don’t know why, but I am never happier than with a suitcase and a plane ticket.
I happen to be French. My birth country is therefore France. I live in London and the UK is becoming my adoptive country.
That said, right now I am enjoying New York and, despite the jet lag it feels really good.


I am watching my adoptive country doing well in the Olympics. But it doesn’t seem to go down very well with my birth country. They believe that the British have bent the rules and even used ‘magic wheels’ for some cycling competitions -the magic wheels in question are, ironically, manufactured in France.
As a results, the anti-Olympic mentality is quickly gaining momentum in France, which is a shame.

I will say it out loud: what is wrong with the French? They seem to forget that, when the rules play in their favour, they don’t say anything ( do you remember Thierry Henry’s hand during the France/Ireland match?). And when the French swimmers kept winning medals they didn’t seem to have any afterthoughts! Our newly elected president even joked that the British had paved the way for the French to win medals. What a difference a week makes!

They simply can’t accept that they lost. It is probably because they believe that they are the best. How can you progress if you don’t accept that there is room for improvement?

I hope that, in time, they will learn their lessons and thrive to become the best. You see, I have a bit of a loyalty issue here: I have therefore decided to support whoever wins, French or English.

Somehow travelling has made me become more open-minded. I know that we are all humans and there is nothing like a healthy competition to push us a bit!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • It seems so petty, this bickering over rules! Why not show some graciousness and congratulate the winner?

    We Swiss do not fare that well with medals but I really admire Roger Federer who after having lost to Murray rejoiced over his silver medal and had to console his fans, even promising them a possible return to the next olympic games (which I think is hardly probable considering his age).

    You are so right, Muriel, travelling makes us more open-minded. Wish I was in NYC as well right now! We could have lunch in an Italian restaurant again!

    • I would love that! Why do I love food so much. Sigh…Anyway, when are you back to London?

  • Ah well there is anti-olympic sentiment in Australia also as ‘we’ haven’t won enough gold medals and people are looking for answers for ‘us’ apparently ‘tanking’ in the olympics.

    In saying that, I too am never happier than with a suitcase and a ticket 🙂 Enjoy NYC!

    • Maybe, when you believe that you don’t have enough medals, you turn against the Olympics…As for travelling, I simply don’t know when I caught the bug…

  • It does seem a little like sour grapes/poor losing to me, I’m afraid. After all, the French seem to own the Olympics, we even announce everything in French before it’s said in English at all the ceremonies…

    I think you’re well out of it in NYC, where I’m sure they have more important things to worry about than a few people running round a track and throwing things…ENJOY!

    • NYC was great and we came just in time for the closing ceremony…How cool is this? Anyway, I thought that the games were great, no matter what the French say!

  • And with French being the official Olympic language too…tut tut!

  • With a foot in each country and culture, it’s interesting how objective you are with observations such as this one.

    I see this attitude as more like a reflection of the two countries’ historic rivalry. After all, haven’t they been competing with each other for a thousand years? The Brits have a way of getting French hackles up, and don’t they get huffy when the French take charge? A kind of age-old sibling rivalry between them.