I think this bit might be US-centric. When you are a foreigner in Europe, you don’t even need to bring up the subject: people will take the initiative to ask about the peculiarities of life in your home country and listen with genuine interest. I’ve found cultural differences to be a never-ending source of material for both small-talk and deep conversations.

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I write short stories. I also write about writing. If I'm procrastinating on both, I write about why I haven't been writing. E-mail: danbelmontwriter@gmail.com

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