As long as I keep my mouth shut, I tend to blend in decently in Western Europe. Most people approach me speaking the local language. Maybe it's because I tend to wear fairly generic clothing that doesn't scream "American". And with my German "Benz" genes and less tourism in Eastern Germany, absolutely everyone approached me speaking German while I was in Leipzig. Whatever it is, I appreciate feeling a bit less like a tourist, especially when I'm carrying an obnoxious tripod and backpack with me. Granted, I can't speak a word of German beyond ordering a beer and couldn't possibly pronounce the name of this place, Völkerschlachtdenkmal ("Monument to the Battle of the Nations"). It commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig and, ironically, was completed the year before World War I started.
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