Two recent long threads on this website have generated some peripheral thoughts in my otherwise rusty brain. Chief among them, the frequent references on this website of travelers/tourists (I couldn't care less which term you use) wanting to "go off the beaten path" and "appreciate local culture". Rather than continue to mentally snark at these phrases everytime they pop up, let me ask some questions to the forum. Mainly, what exactly does it mean to you to "go off the beaten path" and more importantly, what do you expect to find there? I promise to try to behave and listen intently... unless you give me a completely cliched answer or a direct reference from some travel TV show (including the one starring you-know-who), then all bets are off!
On an unrelated topic, if you're in Europe this week, don't miss the continent's annual televised exercise in bad taste, otherwise known as the 55th running of the Eurovision Song Contest. Grab yourself a drink (or several) and enjoy!