Funniest Thing for May

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 JOHN LUDEMANN of Palm Desert, CA:

I was in Dubai and one evening took a taxi to the local market, where I was attracted to a particular wood carving. I asked the proprietor if it was made of a native wood. He broke me up with his reply: “Have you seen a tree?”