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I asked at reception for a plaster. The young woman at the desk shot me a blank look and shifted uncomfortably in her chair before giving a little cough and asking if I’d like an elastic band.

This piece is for anyone who’s ever thought that speaking the same language guarantees you’ll be understood! You can find it over at Expat Quotes, a website dedicated to providing relevant information for expats and international travellers. Have a read and a laugh at my expense, and be sure to leave a comment about any misunderstandings you’ve encountered…