By Ava Soloff
Photo: Le Champs-Elysee (1998) taken by my dad, Matt Soloff,
when he traveled to France while studying abroad in Israel.
Q: What country did you travel to?
Q: Do they speak a different language there? If so, what language?
A: Yes, French
Q: What was your experience communicating with the people there?
A: The French people were not so nice, especially if you didn't speak French. If you
did speak French, they were nicer, but they were cold to English speakers.
Q: What was your favorite landmark or attraction? Why?
A: Le Champs-Elysee in Paris because I like shopping.
Q: Explain some of the cultural differences or traditions that you enjoyed or thought
were interesting during your time there.
A: Meal time in France takes a lot longer. You eat for 20 minutes and then sit and
talk for 45. It's a lot more community bonding. People at the beaches are not
wearing clothes and that was just normal there.
Q: Did this trip inspire you to want to travel to another country? If so, where would
you like to go and why?
A: Yes! I want to go to Sweden, Turkey, Columbia, and back to France. I have family
in Sweden I’d like to visit. I want to see the architecture in Turkey. I know lots of
people from Columbia and I enjoy the culture.
Q: Do you feel traveling abroad is something that all teens should experience? Why
or why not?
A: Yes, because it opens them to new cultures and helps them understand how the
world works outside of the little bubble of their own country.
Since I haven’t traveled abroad and because I am very eager to, I decided to interview a local teen that has. I was excited when I learned that Mark has traveled to France. I am taking French this semester and I am very interested in the language and culture. We’ve learned about Paris and Le Champs-Elysee in class, so it was awesome to be able to hear from someone who’d actually been there. Mark was very fortunate to have been able to visit France. I agree that teens should have an opportunity to travel to another country. I love learning about history and different cultures and can’t wait for my chance to visit another country. I’m glad I had the chance to interview Mark. He inspired me to travel even more! I’d even like to study abroad someday like my dad did in college. Until then, au revoir!
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