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You get out of your air-conditioned house into your air-conditioned car and then into the air-conditioned mall. In France, not all public places are air conditioned, and when they are, it is usually to maintain temperatures that are comfortable yet warm, not just slightly above freezing.

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From that moment on, we were in a crazy, complicated and cross-cultural relationship.

Since my parents immigrated to America, I am well aware of the differences between various cultures.

So I need to admit that, for me, the complex American “dating” system is a bit of a drag. For a French girl, “first date,” “second date,” “third date” and so on, just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

I guess we need to keep it simple and natural, and just see how it goes from there. In the USA, the air conditioning is on all the time, everywhere.

We would get into the most random arguments all because of miscommunication, and it was more than just a simple misinterpretation of what one of us said or did.