Originally Posted by Piobaire
LD, looks like fun but beware your new local friends; they both have crazy eyes.
Ha, thanks. I'm pretty good at minding the line between having fun meeting random people while traveling and getting into tricky situations. Everybody has crazy eyes in a rooftop bar in the wee hours, I think. The dude was
a little crazy, but in a harmless way. India ex-pat rich kid returning to Mumbai to work in dad's luxury goods business, 24 years old and desperately eager to convince everyone he's a player. He made a big deal of flashing cash, paying for rounds and making sure the waiters knew who his dad was -- I actually had to work pretty hard to pay for enough drinks not to feel like a heel. He kept talking smack about all the money to be made in Mumbai, and when he found out I was a lawyer kept telling me most of the big money was off the books and in cash in India (some truth to that, of course) and an American lawyer could make a killing helping people turn their "black" money into "white" money. Which was pretty hilarious considering I was there for work doing anti-corruption/anti-bribery work. Also managed to steer him away from starting a bar fight when he started posturing to some guys who were chatting up his girlfriend.
Also got to experience first-hand in Shanghai an attempt to work the "tea festival" scam -- a local variant on the coffee house or bar scam that gets run in various countries. My girlfriend is of the opinion that I'm to willing to be chatted up by random people.
But I always find it fascinating to see how attempted scams play out.