Hi from Rick: Enjoy Getting Stuck
|Make new friends and time flies by.|
Some of my favorite travel moments come at times that are supposed to be boring — like when I'm "stuck" in a train compartment with strangers.
On a German train a while back, I sat across from a mom and her little blond pre-schooler. The boy kept staring at me like I was from another planet. It was kind of rude. After a while, the mom said, "Excuse my son, he stares at Americans."
I asked why, and she explained. "Last week we were at McDonalds. As he was eating his hamburger he asked, 'Mother, why do Americans have such soft bread?' I answered, 'because they have no teeth.' Now he stares at Americans."
Doing my best to dispel this little misunderstanding between nations, I showed him my teeth, we all had a good laugh, and the conversation spread from there to other cultural insights.
Traveling through Europe in a rental car — American-style — has its advantages. But it does seal you off (literally) from the kinds of unplanned encounters that make your trip...personal. Every hour I've spent on a train has added a new friend or memorable conversation to my mental scrapbook.
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