In the elevator, the person next to the buttons asks me “Which floor?”
In the grocery store, the shop assistant wants to know, “Do you have a club card?”
And at the restaurant, the hostess sees me walk in and says “Would you like to sit inside or outside?”
All this happened in English.
I could have been a native Spanish speaker, a native French speaker, or a native Greek speaker.
But everyone goes straight to English.
I can’t imagine travelling without this language.
Sunscreen… a hat… a sweater….
Accidentally leave those at home and you can buy a new one.
But not English.