'Is that your first time here ?' This is a very common question for foreigners to hear when they visit any other country. Maybe even more when they come to the United States. I would probably not have come that soon if the City Hall of Montpellier (France) did not give me the opportunity to do so. I am part of the 57 year old Sister Cities student summer exchange program between Louisville and Montpellier. While I am here, working and enjoying the American way of life with 8 other traveller mates, 10 others from the University of Louisville are enjoying the town I'm studying in.Truth to be told, I was born and raised in Paris. I have been living in Montpellier only for a year. Anyway, all of us were housed in the Bettie Johnson Hall dormitories, on the U of L campus, for the two first weeks, and in a hosting family for the two last. The point of that exchange is to practice English (or French though) at work and in daily life. It also exists in order to feel the cultural differences of both countries. I am working into Whayne Supply Company for a month, in the accounting and billing department. I have been checking and deleting costumers account reports when closed or no longer in activity. Writing these words now, I am very much closer to my studies' field : communication and journalism. I must say that I fit just right in it and would like to thank the Promotion department for giving me that other opportunity. I was also given the chance to visit a coal mine near Madisonville. It was an unusual an interesting place to see in the remote Kentuckian country side. Anybody back home would think of that kind of drive when thinking about a trip to the US. What strikes me the most here is the similarity between what it seems like from Europe, through the movies or TV shows and what it is in reality. Characters are obviously fictional, but the surroundings are just like in American everyday life. Not that I did not believe they do, but as a matter of fact : motels, drive-thrus, business downtowns, 24/7 drugstores, Amish people or peaceful neighbourhoods truly exist. It is amazing to realize all of that, lending in the United States and thus quite easy to feel like one of these characters in a story you particularly liked. I ended up saying to myself that America is not a myth. And it is not, indeed. Either are the huge cities, high buildings very long roads, big cars, big food or beverages or even - if I may say it - fat people. From the size of the country, everything is much bigger than in France. Above these cultural differences, and of course the language, music is quite similar : I have heard many singers or bands from here we also know in France. I guess globalization helped ! As a conclusion, I should say that I really liked this experience not being what each French fellow would expect, and my first time out of Europe !