Are Frenchmen quicker than Spaniards?
I started looking at the stories for the first time recently, and one thing puzzled me.
There's a story called "The Garden". It appears both in French and Spanish, and as you'd expect they are identical except for minor differences to highlight aspects of the languages that they're trying to teach. So far, so good.
The story is about a young man visiting his grandmother in hospital. He leaves to.... well, I won't spoil the story! Let's just say he goes to do something and then comes back - and in both stories he goes to do the same thing.
BUT, and here's the crux of the matter, in the French story it takes him fifteen minutes, yet in the Spanish story it takes him twenty minutes.
Should we be told the reason? Is there a fundamental difference between Frenchmen and Spaniards that they've been hiding from us? Or is the traffic worse in Spain? Or lower speed limits? After all, five minutes is too short for a siesta, so what was he doing for those extra five minutes?
I'm going to have sleepless nights worrying about it...
I can't speak for all of France and Spain but from my experience traffic is FAR worse in France. I've driven along the southern part of France and Burgundy and I used my car in Marseille, Nice, Montpellier and Lyon. In Spain I have been to Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Granada and Sevilla by car. While driving in Barcelona was indeed somewhat of an adventure it was nothing compared to Marseille ... Besides, the highway toll in France is extremely expensive.
Maybe he got on the wrong bus and ended up going a long way around the town or just stopped to chat with a friend in the cafe. But then if it was mid day he may have been thinking of having a siesta. Don't lose too much sleep over it although the stories are basically the same they also drop in a few minor changes in them possibly to make sure you are reading it, listening to it and taking notice of the story. We all have our differences around the world but we also have more in common than the sum of our differences, sleep happy.