Bisous (bee-zoo) means ‘kisses’ in French. The reason for the ‘x’ in my spelling of the word is because I think it looks cool (and I am already awful at grammar in my native tongue, and my lack of this skill translated into French). Bisous are given on the cheek (one on each cheek in the north and three in the south, with two on your left cheek and one on your right in singular alternating order) when one meets and/or sees new people, and when one leaves. The best way I can explain it is comparing it to the Hawaiian word ‘Aloha’ which, as Sandra Bullock taught us in Miss Congeniality, means both hello and goodbye.
This blog documented my semester in La Rochelle, France and continues to document my experience as in intern in Paris this summer.