Greetings, my friends! Around this time of the year, it is really pleasant, perfect for outdoor activities. So we went out for a photo shoot the other day, it was just like today, a little cloudy and chill in the morning, sunny and breezy in the afternoon. Unfortunately, or shall I say, fortunately, I didn’t scout out the location properly we ended up switching to the Sculpture Garden on the Mall. It has a huge, round water fountain ,with benches surrounding it. Jazz concerts would take place here throughout summer, during the winter months, I think it turns into an ice rink.
A gorgeous day like that, people are out, enjoying their lunches and conversations on the bench. Some kids were dipping their little feet in the water, so were some adults. This reminds me a lot of Paris, no matter how small a garden is, even if it is just a statue with a single bench, someone would be sitting there, enjoying lunch with a view.
It was almost like a culture shock to me when I first noticed Parisians and their brown bag lunch habit: must sit down and must have a view. In the States, where do we normally eat our lunches if there is no company? At our desks, right? Like some of you might be doing at the same time of reading this post. ;D
Why the difference? I am not sure. Maybe we like to multi-task? or Maybe it is not quite socially acceptable to be seen eating alone in public? I suspect the former is closer to truth. At least the Americans would “hide” and eat, the Chinese, like how I was growing up, would eat on the go. By the time one gets back to office, lunch would be eaten. It took me a few years to figure that out — don’t eat or drink while walking, it is bad etiquette. Now, I am wondering, should it also become mandatory for people to eat their brown bag lunches with a view of landscape / nature instead of computer screens? The next time, weather permits, I will go sit outside and admire my neighbor’s patio, all the while savoring some leftovers for lunch. 🙂
Thank you so much for reading! Until my next post!
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