Two years ago, I spent three months meandering through Europe. Crashing in hostels of all sizes and cleanliness, I drifted from city to city, savoring local delicacies and treasuring every conversation. At times, language or cultural references could be an impediment, but as my friend Phillip says, there are three topics everyone can discuss when traveling: American politics, fútbol and "The Simpsons."
Taken: America's sense of adventure
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