Lecture at 10am; breakfast at university 9am;. Ham, eggs, bread, cheese?... sounded good to me! But ‘breakfast’ was something different!
Five of us, me, Gerald and three Ukrainian hosts standing in a circle. Breakfast was toast, five in turn! Chocolate covered cherries, washed down with local cognac. Five toasts, five chocolates; five cognacs and one me delivering a lecture at 10am to 50 students.
Enthusiastically I told students about marketing toilet paper.
“Pampered western bottoms expect choice. Softness or strength or fragrance... but your bog paper indicates that you Ukrainians are all a bunch of hard-arses!”
Fortunately, they laughed.