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Garden lounge in Dinkelsbuehl
I speak here from my own experience, but I would be prepared to bet that others feel the same.
When I dine out in Europe or anywhere else in the world at night, I always like to enjoy a leisurely drink before dinner. To this end, I have learnt only too well that in Europe, it is wise to choose a wine bar or similar to enjoy my glass of wine before proceeding to the restaurant for dinner. It seems that in most cases, the food arrives either at the same time as the wine, or just moments after the wine is put on the table. I don't blame the restrateurs for this, because it is obvious that they want to get their patrons fed and out of there so that they can use the table again.
For a long time I lived in hope when I went to a restaurant for the first time, that the system might be different and more relaxed. I even tried asking the wait staff to hold off on the dinner till I had finished my drink, and although they always agreed, it usually ended up that they came and asked me after a short while if they could now bring my meal. So I gave up in the end and decided to have my drink before going to the restaurant in a place more suited to having a quiet drink before dinner.
In Dinkelsbuehl, DE, I had the good fortune to stay at a little hotel that had a lovely little garden at the backe where guests were welcome to enjoy a drink at leisure before proceeding into the restaurant inside for dinner. I found this to be very pleasant indeed as I could write a few diary notes whilst enjoying my wine after a long day of sightseeing.
No one expects every visitor to Europe to be able to speak each and every European language fluently. That of course, is unrealistic to say the least. You will find however, that the locals are much more prepared to assist travellers who at least try to speak a few words of their local language. Hello, goodbye, yes, no, please and thank you will get you by just about anywhere. The majority of non-english speaking Europeans for instance, do speak English or at least some English as a second language, so you won't be totally cut off from communicating. This of course, applies to people who speak other non-European languages as well, not just to English speakers.
It's a point of courtesy to do your best to communicate in whatever small way you can in the local lingo. You'll be glad you tried, especially when the locals put you out of your misery by speaking fluent English when they see you are having difficulty.
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