German vacationers really don't care about falling into stereotypes. I got back from a lovely long walk along the beach and a little tow-headed 7-year-old goggled at me in the hotel hallway and said, half aggressive and half fearful, "Are you NEW?"

yeah, kid, I'm new. here are my papers.


he did use the formal "you", unlike some kids who rang my doorbell the other day back home, wanting in the bldg to play with their friend. (and I was wearing a black leather jacket, which drew some eyes from the mostly Columbia-clad beachcombers.)

but c'mon, Rolf.

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