I’m currently sitting in Saint Quentin, France as I type and my 2 week vacation is slowly winding down. I spent the beginning week of my trip visiting Brussels, Amsterdam, Brugge, and London. I’ve now spent 5 days visiting family in France and I have a shocking revelation. French people don’t seem to be as tall as those I found in the Netherlands or Belgium. Even in England they seemed taller. I have another shocking revelation: all French women are not skinny!
I have a theory on why Europeans are much taller and thinner as a whole. This probably wouldn’t hold up in a court, but it’s a personal theory. Cities are very small and owning a car is a luxury that not everyone can afford. Bikes, bikes, and more bikes! Everywhere people are out exercising because they are riding their bikes to the stores and to visit friends. It’s pretty incredible.
People are out exercising and eating much more healthy here than in the United States. I’m not surprised because I was expecting this however I wasn’t quite prepared for the amount of activity. People are rushing to catch their trains or the subway whereas in the United States, we drive our own cars. I think this also contributes to the overall health.
I’m still having a wonderful time but I think my sense of amazement for everything is dwindling a bit. I passed a very nice museum and I thought to myself, “I’ve been to the Louvre, how can I ever go to another museum?” Snobby!
My height is continuing to cause amazement in others. I’ll elaborate on this more at a later time but it’s pretty fun. I always like it when I cause a commotion and of course, Ylian is handing out my Miss Tall International cards so I almost feel like a celebrity at times!
We leave tomorrow morning and head back to Amsterdam for our last night. I’m very sad that this trip is ending but I also have many more trips being planned in my head! I’m thinking Italy perhaps…