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21. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

Ok, this is sort of fitting after LV's post. It might come under the Too Much Info heading, but here goes.

It was also in France, and it happened after a night where there really were no 'preservatifs'. I trudged sheepishly to the chemists on a Sunday morning, suffering from not enough sleep and far too much hangover, my command of French having completely deserted me, and tried to make the assistant understand that i needed the morning-after pill. There was a gaggle of old housewives in for their weekly prescriptions and my attempts to explain became the subject of intense scrutiny by everyone as I got more and more blunt.('baiser'was one of the few relevant words i could remember, and i think thats been explained already)

Finally a feisty old dame of about 80 caught on, started cackling gleefully and winked at me. She had a few words with the assistant, who sorted me out and off i ran.

Just something to keep in mind girls, if you're not going to take precautions, for gods sake at least take a phrasebook!

22. Posted by Cbppc25 (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

"Ich bin ein Berliner!"

23. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

My friend is called Pippa, which in greek means 'blow-job'. it never failed to ammuse me introducing her to people in Greece!!!

24. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Then, do they want to shake hands, hug or kiss her?

25. Posted by Caroline25 (Full Member 27 posts) 11y

The first time I went to Spain, my girlfriend's town was having its annual fiestas. We were dancing outdoors and it was so hot. Trying to impress my new friends with my Spanish I exclaimed how hot I was. Unfortunatly there are 2 words for hot: 1)temperature-wise 2)good-looking. I of course, used the latter and these people thought I was being snobby. We all laughed about it later.

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