The French Sunday ritual was my favorite part of studying in France. I awoke early to the sound of bells ringing at the ancient neighborhood church next door. After church, everyone crowds into the town market, a labyrinthine chaos where you could get everything from rugs to tomatoes to half-price high tops. After the market, you meet up with friends at a cafe, enjoying a cappuccino and watching the crowds push past. Then, you go for a Sunday stroll in the park with every member of your family, even if it's raining. Then you go home and play music and cook an elaborate dinner. Pay attention to local rituals during your time abroad. They are rich with new sights and smells, and help make you feel like you really belong.