I just enjoyed breakfast with a gentleman from China. He pointed to the empty seat next to me and I smiled and pulled out the chair. I had been reading some news stories on my phone prior to him sitting. I thought, I can continue reading or have a conversation with someone from a completely different part of the world.
I opened up google maps and I pointed to myself and said, California. I showed him Los Angeles on the map. He looked at me and smiled and said, “ohhhhh!” And I pointed to him and then moved the map around and he found China. He pointed to China and then pointed to himself. I pressed my hands together and gently bowed my head to him and smiled.
I pointed to Novgorod and made a motion with my hands as if driving and I pointed to myself. He understood that today I am driving to Novgorod. In the same manner, I told him I was going to Moscow the day after.
I opened my Translate app and then wrote,
”Thank you for having breakfast with me.” I showed it to him and smiled. I got up and bowed and he said, “bye bye!” I giggled and left.
There you have it, conversation by maps. Love it!
Have passport, will travel.