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A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Italy on a Mission trip to work with some local missionaries and help them get their church developed. It was a great trip we got to go to Rome which I was really excited about. On our way back we had an 18 hour layover in Munich. So rather than laying around the airport we took a train into the city to find a place to eat dinner. We didn’t really know our way around so we went into a German restaurant pub sort of deal. This place was awesome. It was all brick in side and the servers wore actual and I kid you not the stereotypical bar maid server uniforms we so often portray Germans wearing in movies. Our waitress came over and she was EVERYTHING you would image a German bar maid to be. She looked like an opera singer, he had blonde hair done in big tails, and a deep voice that makes mine sound like a mouse squeaking. She comes up to the table with her thick German accent and says: Ok what kind beer you have? We said we were not having any beer. She thought that was hilarious. Oh please, what kind beer? Again we said no beer. When she realized we were serious her face dropped and she was really confused. No beer? What you drink then? Now as soon as she walked away all the people I went with started talking. “What do you think her name is.” Some said Ulga and the others said Helga. I was really annoyed by this. I even stopped them and said: are you kidding me right now, we are in Germany and you guys are acting like racists. Come on that is so rude to guess stereotypical names for a German waitress. You guys should really deal with your prejudice. It didn’t make me popular but it did put an end to our American arrogance. So then the waitress comes back with our drinks and one of the guys asks her what her name is. She smiled and said, my name is Ulga. I didn’t talk for the rest of the trip. What are the odds of that? Here I was thinking we were displaying our ignorance and all they were doing is accurately guessing her name.

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