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The scene: bustling street in scenic capital city of XYZ.
Mr. U.S. Tourist: hulking frame, large hat, billowing corporate logo polo shirt with sleeves drooping over elbows, huge camera bag, khaki shorts with too many pockets, sandals with too many straps.
Mrs. U.S. Tourist: prim, head to toe in Magellan’s finest, vest even though not on safari, capri pants.
XYZ local passerby: slicked hair, crisp shirt, fitted pants, glowing brown shoes.
As it unfolds:
XYZ local passerby taken aback, “Uh, yes,” with a feigned smile and walking off.
Mrs. U.S. Tourist rolls her eyes and follows Mr. U.S. Tourist as they head in the wrong direction.
Communication tip: when asking a question, especially where there are language barriers, make it a question that requires the recipient to comprehend and answer. “Where is the museum?” without gesticulating, requires the recipient to understand ‘where’ and ‘museum,’ and hopefully give an accurate answer or say, “I don’t know.”
Here and there we will peek in on the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. U.S. Tourist as the amble the globe.