A coupla notes:
--ONut, you sold me. I'm going. To sit, in a restaurant with career waiters? I'm moving to France.
--Italy? A shot and pastry and then leave? That works too. Coffee is my lifeblood. Thanks SusieP.
--Adelade/Froggie-when you see the "Ugly Americans," (not exactly PC, I am aware, but for lack of a better term at this hour of the morning) should a person intervene? You know, step in and, well, maybe not interpret, but, at least, say something, um, I dunno.
I guess, for me, I journey, daily, to another culture. I work in a Deaf school, which has enough minor social mores and denotations that I actually have to sometimes remind myself I'm NOT talking to Deaf people. I think that helps when I encounter those not in a given culture.
Great discussion, btw, perfect for this forum!
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