I am currently in Europe having an absolutely wonderful time visiting cities so old it makes New Zealand seem unbelievably young. There have been magical elements everywhere we've visited, and as the days count down to that long haul flight home I pinch myself for how lucky we've been to come over here.
Every time I visit a country that English is not the language spoken I learn (try) how to say 'thank you' used in the country I'm in. I find that people appreciate my efforts, even the not so good ones. In Croatia especially, every time I said Hlava the smiles widened and the service seemed friendlier. In Dubrovnik the girl at the supermarket I went to every day made a point of acknowledging me after my first visit.
Germany - Danke Sehr
Austria - Danke Sehr
Croatia - Hvala
Hungary - Koszonjuk (I can't put the dots over the o's and u - nor could I bring the photo through)
Czech Republic - Dekuji
Thank you to everyone who has shown us where to go to find our hotels, who've given me a smile, who've just been plain darned nice and kind and friendly. You've made our trip special.
What do you think? Is Thank You important? Or is it getting lost in the rush and hum drum of life?