As I emerged, I saw a weasely local just going into his room. He said hello, and I took the opportunity to practise my French with a little smalltalk. He seemed friendly enough, if a little strange, and even invited me in for a drink.

Maybe my judgement was slightly clouded because I'd had a bit to drink that evening, but the offer seemed perfectly reasonable at the time. Mix with the locals, integrate myself into the culture, this was what I was here for! So I followed him happily into his dingy room, congratulating myself on having found an Interesting Local to talk to.

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