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Lost in Translation

This evening, Brent and I sat down at a local pub in Salzburg, Austria for a quiet dinner.

Or so we thought.

Seated next to us – at the same table, mind you – were five Germans, all several sheets to the wind. For awhile, we just listened as they covered the globe in language and news. And then one leaned over to us. “Where are you from?” he asked with a thick (and drunken) accent.

“Philadelphia,” we replied.

“Ah, Philadelphia!” he exclaimed, and turned to his friends to share the good news.

“Philadelphia?” said the ringleader, who then proceeded to rant about Communism, Castro, Castro`s mistresses, and “Carlos” Marx.

“No,” said our friend. “Philadelphia. In the USA.”

“Ah, Philadelphia!” he said again. “Obama!” They all raised their steins. “Yes We Can!”

We thought that would be the end of it. We were sorely mistaken. They regaled us with their knowledge of European soccer stars; chastised us for not speaking Catalan; and attempted to impress us with their Philadelphia expertise.

“Bruce Springsteen,” the youngest one said proudly.

“No,” I said. “That´s New Jersey.”

“Ah, New Jersey!” they all cried in unison before breaking out into a rousing rendition of Jersey Girls.

“Are you from New Jersey, too?” they asked Brent.

“No,” he said, ignoring the fact that they now believed that I was from the Garden State. “I´m from Massachusetts.” “Near, Boston,” he explained, at their confused looks.

“Ah, Boston! The city of coches! Cars!”

“No,” Brent said. “I think you´re thinking of Detroit.”

“Boston!” the men said again, raising their steins once more.

We took that as our cue to ask for the check.


10 responses to “Lost in Translation

  1. RunningLaur August 8, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    haha, sorry, this made me laugh. It's very well told!Hope you're having a great time, aside from the drunken Germans!

  2. Amanda August 9, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Sounds like a drunken circus;)

  3. Denise August 9, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Nice!! You should have gotten them to buy you a round before you left!!

  4. Angela and David Kidd August 10, 2009 at 1:16 am

    That's awesome. This sounds like something out of the horrible movie "Beerfest", which sadly, I've seen.

  5. I Run for Fun August 11, 2009 at 3:00 am

    LOL! That is fuuny. Though probably not too funny when you had to sit through it all!

  6. xtina.c August 11, 2009 at 4:39 am

    You're from New Jersey?!

  7. RunToFinish August 12, 2009 at 6:41 am

    hah ahh those crazy germans. David had so much fun with them just chatting away about random things, just think you may have wanted a quite dinner but you got a great memory instead

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