The Eight Things MemeHere are the rules for the meme:
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged write their own blog post about their 8 things and post these rules.
3. At the end choose 8 people to get tagged and list their names.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.
Apologies in advance... I don't tag others. If you want to try and do it, please do. I'm doing mine based on a theme related to travel and places I've been.
1.) The first time I (and my best friend at the time) ever saw a transvestite (or male on male porn--a magazine of which was under a sofa cushion in the hotel room my friend was in--she flipped the cushion while cleaning and packing to go back to Madrid and suddenly she's on the phone with me and utterly freaking out) was in Spain. She was nearly hyperventilating--I remained calm, although I think my eyes were a bit wider after both sights ;-).
2.) The only time I was ever chased by real, honest to goodness gypsies was in Spain. They even beat on my bus' door after myself (and my pal from #1) got inside. Sorry, we were firmly told NOT to give them money. They didn't like that at all.
3.) The only time I've seen a man try to attack an icecream server with a knife was in Spain. It was also the only time I've seen a much smaller American man leap and take down a knife-weilding drunk. Good times, good times.
4.) The only time I've heard women discussing (in Spanish) the idea of attacking American teenagers in a nightclub was...you guessed it--Spain! Ok, ok, we were much their juniors and all the men seemed to be focusing on us (frankly we had no right being at Joy Eslava at age 17...), but don't talk about beating up the Americans busy on the dance floor while you fix your makeup in the mirror (not knowing one American is in a nearby stall and has a penchant for eavesdropping).
5.) One of my favorite moments of all time was seeing Valle de los Caidos (in Spain). It truly made me weak in the knees. There are few places that still do that to me.
6.) The first time I really saw a con-person in action was also in Spain. Awesome to watch the old woman work--she knew tourist psychology quite well and filled the many folds of her skirt with American money.
7.) My favorite country to visit is currently Germany. The people are warm and generous (and distant and tight-fisted--they are just like anyone else, really--especially MY people). And humorous--seriously. I appreciate my German heritage (I'm a mutt, if you wondered) even more since visiting the region my ancestors hailed from.
8.) I have been frisked and questioned by security when traveling (last year right after the big explosive plane scare we were traveling through Philly, to Heathrow, to Stuttgart), but not as often as my brother, who has also been frisked when entering the Broadway showing of "Wicked." My brother has also been hit on by his friskers. Hmm, maybe I need to limit his Broadway contact... ;-)
Hope your lives are also blessed with pleasant and intriguing adventures!