It doesn’t always work to crack jokes when traveling in foreign countries. They have humor, alright, but it’s their humor.
For example, on our recent trip through Europe, Bob joked that we came wurst class, but got plenty of sausage. No one cracked a smile.
Then our guide led us to a giant statue of a man on a horse. St. Bob quipped, “Is that John Wayne?” Well, of course we all know it isn’t John Wayne. It didn’t even need an answer. (Mr. Wayne would never have worn such a flouncy hat.)
Then, further down the river, I tried to kid with a member of the crew who was helping us get back on our boat. Sometimes they dock two or three of these longboats beside one another.
The fellow told us to walk right through the first two boats, and enter the third one.
“Hey,” I said, “if you could line
up five or six more of these, you’d have a bridge to the other side!”
Oh, no, not possible. That would
break the rules of safety. That could never happen. There are regulations. Never
could you attempt such a thing. I was already down the ramp by
now, but the fellow was continuing, shouting after me about safety rules lest I
try such a foolhardy maneuver.
Whatever. Lunch was a fabulous crab salad, a tasty bit of pork, and a caramel apple confection.
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