Before even a short vacation in any foreign country, I always try to learn about the food of the place, in the language of the place -- nothing really daunting in terms of grammar or vocabulary but enough to cover the basic amenities and practicalities of negotiating a meal. This minimal preparation serves the dual purpose of avoiding arrogance (because I do believe it is inexcusably arrogant not to bother learning language basics) and, equally important, of avoiding missing out on a nation's most... More >>>