Funniest Thing for January

Tell ITN about the funniest thing that ever happened to you while traveling in a foreign country. There are no restrictions on length. (ITN prints no info on destinations in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.) The ITN staff will choose each month’s winner, who will receive a free one-year subscription to ITN. Entries not chosen cannot be acknowledged.

This month’s winner is MATT HAUCK of Rector, AR:

After arriving in Barcelona, I sat in a park near the Ramblas with our luggage while my wife went to find a local hotel for us to stay in.

A vendor was selling snacks, so I bought a “toot” (paper rolled in a cone to hold the snacks). I casually asked the man sitting next to me, in my not-so-correct Spanish, “¿Quien es?” (“What is. . .?”), pointing at my snacks. (Later I found out that it really means “Who is. . .?”). He got up quickly and walked away.

The snacks were delicious.

When my wife returned, I had her ask the vendor what the delicious snack was that I was eating. He told her, “Pigeon food.”