One of the things you’ll notice if you ever visit France is that their schedule begins and ends later than back in the U.S. For school children here, class begins at 8:30. In some schools it’s 8:45. Offices open at 9 am.
Children get out of school at 4:30 in the afternoon and have ‘snack’. Dinner is served around 7 or 8 o’clock at night depending on the family. The news is also at 8pm sharp.
After the news the nightly programming runs from 9pm to midnight. Many a’french go to bed after that time.
I remember when my French mother in-law and her sister were visiting my parents, they couldn’t believe how early we ate dinner (as early as 5:30 if they had things to do at night but usually around 6-6:30) and how early everyone went to bed! At 10 o’clock my parents were out cold yet the French were still bright eyed and bushy tailed and wondering why there was nothing good on TV.
I can never get to sleep before midnight anymore. It doesn’t help that often times French channels will show not one but THREE episodes of a popular show in a row. (There are commercial breaks every thirty minutes here- not every five minutes like in the U.S.)
What is your schedule like? Would you have any problem adapting to the French way of life or are you naturally a late-night person?