Well, I have been in Cannes for about a week and a half. I think I am starting to get used to this place a little bit. i am realizing that the French are extremely inefficeint. Their stores qre set up you can find nothing! For example, Monoprix, the equivalent of a Target in a room the size of a Walgreens, is so messed up that you don't know where you are; After finding tampons in the hair isle there were no hairdryers to be found...alas...they were next to the plates and cups in the housewares section. We are beginning to realize that Monoprix is a ripoff and charges for the luxury, or the headache depending on how you look at it, for buying all of your goods in one store. After blowing 5,39â‚¬ on hair gel we saw the same product in a small store for 2,39â‚¬. It obviously pays to shop around. There qre other ineffciencies that American Management researchers would have a heart attck over. The closing of the stores between 12 and 2 means you are unable to run errands at the most obvious time of the day. As much as these things bother me, I am getting used to the pace of life around here. Meandering through small markets and stores for three hours not only finds you the deals but is also a pretty good workout. With the break in the middle of the day you are allowed to relax, read a book and actually sit in a chair while you eat lunch. Everything is much more easy going. Here the people seem tp do what they can in a day and not multitask to oblivion to fit 2001 items into one day. There is not the constant sound of ringing cell phones and the disconnected people with IPOD earbuds permenently cemented to their ears.By the time August rolls around, I will have forgotten how to fit 3 classes, 5 hours at work, 2 meetings, several hours of homework and friends all into one day. Here I have time for everything, even if it is not at a specific time of day. I am really starting to like this place...even if I can't do one stop shopping!!!