In my ‘How To’ series, visitors, locals, and newbies alike receive personal recommendations, dos and do nots, cultural ‘aha’s, and options six ways to Sunday that will get you out the door. The series, mostly intended for fun and information, is also my way of empathizing with the sheepish newcomer, traveling spouse, awkward tourist. Being out of one’s comfort zone is achingly distressing, but it’s also hilarious and foundational for a good story.

Think of me as someone who’s gone before you and made horrifyingly embarrassing faux pas on your behalf. I do accept donations for the cause.