An interesting thing about Ocean City is that there are many people working in the hotels and stores who are from other countries. I suspect this is true of many vacation destinations throughout the United States, probably the entire world. Most of these workers are on a student work program, but others seem too old to be the typical college aged students. I don’t know if they come on a work share program or not. It doesn’t matter either way, but sometimes the communication is a little difficult.
I have never had a problem talking to anyone, and I mean anyone. I talk to everyone, especially when I am in a good mood. So, it is not surprising I talk the most on vacation because I am in the best mood.
It seems the people who work in the hotel industry, especially maids and maintenance crew, work every day and every hour of the day. I am always amazed by how often I see the same people and I try to make them feel appreciated even if all I do is smile.
Last summer, I walked out of our room and saw the same girl I had seen all week. She was reading a newspaper I believe was in English, but I am not sure.
I couldn’t resist asking, “Do you ever go home?”
Do you understand I am joking? Do you understand what I mean?
The girl is reading a newspaper (I believe is in English) and she looks up at me and says, Go home?”
I see the confusion in her eyes as much as I hear the tone of her voice.
Yeah, I was suddenly without any words. I just shook my head in embarrassment and walked away. I hope she wasn’t offended, thinking I wanted her out of my country.
I don’t think I will be traveling overseas any time soon. I can’t imagine how many times I would end up saying something completely offensive while simply wishing people a nice day.
Have you ever had a communication fail?