It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
I will not make them my new best friend, but odds are that I will talk to them. As long as I am not reading, which is usually what I do when I have to sit for a long period of time in public. Otherwise, I am not opposed to carrying on a conversation with a perfect stranger, not even if that stranger were a tourist. Especially when I consider the fact that the chatty tourist is usually me.
Take today for example.
Andre had a dentist appointment. I sat in the waiting area reading my evil CCNA book. At least until the dentist called me to the back. She was a really nice lady. If you are wondering how I found her, I found her on Yelp. Anyway…
We ended up having a conversation while she sealed Andre’s teeth. I think she told me she was Ethiopian, she is a natural, so amongst other things we discussed her hair and the issues she’s had keeping her hair from being dry. She was saying at home things go kind of slow, so you have lots of time to do your hair. Here, everyone is go go go, all the time, so she doesn’t have time to do anything to her hair. Needless to say we were still talking long after Andre’s fluoride treatment was over. Eventually her assistant had to come and get her because her next patient had arrived.
So nope, not opposed to having a conversation with a stranger. Not at all.