Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 15, 2011

More global than local

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 10:14 pm
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In the mood after work for a plate of good Thai food from our local restaurant, I was on the waiting list for a table for one. A moment later two French women walked in, and in the process of perusing a shared menu we struck up what passed for a conversation across a language barrier. I invited this mother and daughter, traveling around the Southwest for 30 days, to join me at my table. The next hour was delightful — and they were so very very grateful for the assistance in knowing the food, the menu, the ordering process, whether you could get it without shrimp, how to say “not spicy,” etc. Of course they took pictures of the “ranger woman” who invited them, and we ultimately exchanged addresses and emails for future contacts. Naturally, there was the “you must come visit us in the south of France” added on, with complete sincerity, at the meal’s close.

FYI: In France, there is no such thing as a To-Go box. It is gauche to take your food home with you; you must consume it on the restaurant premises. My new friends thought that it was better our way as it “wastes little.” They have become adept at asking for boxes here!

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4 Comments »

  1. Yes, let’s visit them in the south of France!

    Comment by Ilsa Burke — September 15, 2011 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  2. In European countries, it is not unusual to sit with strangers at mealtime. We Americans are a bit too squeamish, IMHO, and miss out on a lot of life.

    Comment by leroqueleroque — September 16, 2011 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

  3. It was so great to hear of your adventures while working at Arches. I was there in August, but didn’t know how to contact you. What a great place. I will plan to see you in Austin this fall/winter.
    Sue

    Comment by Sue Radloff — September 18, 2011 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

    • Arrgghh!! I am sad!! I’ve been at Arches since Aug 14 in my ranger capacity and would have LOVED to show you around — it is such a treat to introduce friends to this gosh-golly-amazing place. NEXT TIME, Sue!!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — September 18, 2011 @ 8:39 pm | Reply


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