Do I Look Like I’m From Here?

Maybe it’s my open face demeanor or my ability to blend in. Whatever it is I either look like a local or simply like I know the answers to questions. I HAVE spent most of my career providing answers to people so maybe that’s it?

It always amuses me when I’m visiting a new city, strolling around taking in the sites and I’m approached with ‘can you tell me where XYZ is?’

This happened three times while in Montreal. The first time, my friend Amy and I were trying to figure out where WE were on one of those big city street maps when a guy asked our help in finding a street he needed to be on. The second time, I was asked were the passport office was (I happended to see the sign in the building so was able to direct them). And my last night there, a passenger in a car asked if ‘this is the way to ….’ I didn’t catch the rest and just shrugged apologetically.

I’ve been asked directions in Washington DC and New York City and asked where the Tube was in London.

About the only place I haven’t been asked directions or for help is when I have been in Asia. I guess I don’t look like I’m from there.

Whatever the reason that people approach me with questions, I’m always glad to help out when I can. And I’ll continue to stroll along and attempt to blend in.

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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