“What sort of soup is that”? Why the French can’t do small talk

Anglo-saxons have a reputation for mastering the art of small talk, and I for one am no exception to this rule. Put me in a room with strangers and I will start prattling on about the weather, or the delay on the metro, or any other topic that allows me to avoid real meaningful conversation with people I barely know. It has therefore been a difficult lesson for me to learn on arriving in France that French people aren’t really interested in topics of conversation that aren’t really, well.. debatable.

The PIJNTIY “guide” to tickets restaurant

Have you ever been beseeched for money in the metro by a homeless person who mentions that they also accept “ticket restos”? Maybe you’ve seen a Parisian paying for their dinner with a form of currency that resembles a food voucher. Did you ever wonder what the hell this obscure method of payment is? Allow me to introduce you to Tickets Restaurant - affectionately dubbed Tickets Resto - a system that is perhaps even more obscure than the Google algorithm.