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March 18, 2007


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Yay! You're there! And so are your clothes!

This sounds like a heavenly place. And you're exactly right about how different Europe is -- I had the same feelings when I was in Edinburgh about three summers ago.

Looking forward to reading more about Barcelona. Drink a cafe con leche for me!


No, you're not being overly suspicious about not getting the correct change. In Brussels once a ticket seller at the train station brazenly gave my husband and me insufficient change. Though we didn't speak French, we had a pen and a scrap of paper and demonstrated what the mathematics of our transaction actually was and the amount of change we were supposed to get. He then grudgingly gave us what we were due. So keep that in mind as a way to protect yourself against the occasional ripoff artist who emerges amid the vast majority of honest and fair people.

Lee Kottner

Thanks for reaffirming my suspicions, Kristin. My aggressive New Yorker persona was yelling (inside) "Hey, don't act dumb! You know you're trying to keep that 2 euro coin I gave you first before I realized I'd have to give you fiver instead. Cough up, dude!" My trying-not-to-be-ugly-American tourist with limited Spanish was gently insisting there was a coin missing. No harm done, anyway, as it all worked out. There's always one, isn't there?
Rob, I've had three cafe con leches today and one is yours, if I hope to sleep tonight. Here's hoping I'm pooped enough to buck the caffeine.


Well...TypePad managed to delete my previous comment on this post although I had already signed in. Now I am unable to sign in at all. Page not found. Hmmm.

Anyway, sounds as if your sojourn is going well, sans fresh clothes. Am playing catchup on your posts. Enjoy that wonderful city and its people. And yes, con artists are eveywhere.

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