Dancers at the Pase de Niños parade in Cuenca on Christmas Eve.


Technical Details

  • Camera: Canon PowerShot SD750
  • Taken: December 24, 2013
  • Focal length: 17mm
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Exposure: 1/250 second
  • ISO: 80
  • Great article, Kyle. Based on my experiences living in Italy, I’d say the same tips can be applied there as well!

  • Gblico

    Having lived in Paris for the past 10 years, I generally agree with Mr. Rausch, except that I’d say to also stay away from discussions about religion. Also, while it’s never advisable to dress like a slob, Parisians are now more relaxed in their manner of dress. No need to look like a ‘fashion plate’ anymore. Years ago one could spot Americans a mile away because of their attire. Nowadays that look appears to have been co-opted everywhere. Even many Parisians look as if they rolled out of P J Clarke’s!

    • Hi Gblico, so true! It’s certainly not a haute couture fashion show everywhere you go on the streets of Paris, but compared to what you see here in the states, it’s a much more polished and classic look overall. I still find it incredibly easy to pinpoint the American versus the Parisians when I’m visiting.

  • Carol

    Bravo, Kyle! You hit on several strategies that can be effective, not just in meeting locals, but also in feeling more comfortable in your surroundings and blending in more easily with the local population. Making a place your own, by exploring your neighborhood or adopting your own café for example, makes a tremendous difference.