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How does one not look like a tourist in Europe?

Old Jun 18th, 1999, 12:15 PM
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We spent 2 weeks in Northern Ireland, and we were very glad we didn't have jeans...not because they wouldn't have fit in (tromping around the countryside is different than strolling through the Vatican) but because IT RAINED AND OUR PANTS GOT WET! Jeans don't dry out overnight; Dockers and leggings do. We wore denim shirts, oxford shirts, turtlenecks under sweaters...it was July and we would have frozen our twillies off if we'd worn 'summer' clothes. Make sure you have at least two pairs of shoes (see: rains and got wet) and extra socks. A good rain poncho! We were fine in pubs with the aforementioned outfits; ditto in a nice restaurant (took off the sweater, wafted a scarf a la Paris around my shoulders). I usually carry a pair of ballet slippers in case I want to 'dress up'; weigh nothing, take up no room.
Old Jun 18th, 1999, 06:42 PM
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Christine: being an old man and an ex-sailor, I learned a long time ago to carry extra cash in my socks. I must wear tall socks that go up almost to my knees, and it is easy to carry bills across my shins. Long trousers cover my hiding places with ease. I also carry a leg stash, a velcro-equipped cloth pocket that straps (with velcro) above my calf. Very comfortable, completely invisible, weighs nothing. Passports go into a neck wallet that tucks inside my shirt. In years of travel, I have never lost anything except in Santiago, Chile, where thieves used a razor to take cash from my left-front pocket, slashing my trousers from my waist to my thigh. All I lost was $50...and my dignity.

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