My brother was in Italy and wanted to get to a railway station. He communicated with some of the locals by making train sounds (Thomas the tank!) It did the trick. They pointed in the direction of the local railway station.
I was also in Europe and into my third week. It was my first chance there to use the internet. At a hotel in Lourdes, France, I was given a computer to use for the purpose. It was in the foyer and the lighting was very poor. I started to touch type and it came out all wrong. This was my introduction to the French keyboard! I never knew that the French keyboard was laid out differently to the one I use. My first internet session is Europe was a dismal one.