March 31, 2009
I lived in Austria for six months when I was in college, and did a fair amount of traveling around. I tried to get some cool gifts for family members when I visited exotic places.
For example, when I was in Moscow, I bought my dad one of those Russian rabbit skin hats.
I also bought what I thought would be the perfect exotic gift for my sister Leslie, who worked in Hollywood, and liked exotic things. Unfortunately, I was a stupid college student, and I thought an actual mink stole with actual mink face still attached would be cool.
It wasn’t. You would think the college girls I was traveling with would have helped me NOT buy something that stupid. They didn’t.
The best thing someone traveling abroad ever brought ME, however, came from my friend Steve. Steve often traveled to Europe, specifically to Germany I think, and once when he returned, he proudly presented Kim and me with a trophy, some awesome Swiss chocolate, in a huge size no less.
He was so proud. I briefly considered not telling him one could buy Toblerone at 7-Eleven. But that just wouldn’t have been me.