From Part 2 of a series by Patty Vogan of Here is the previous entry, in case you missed it.

    “Here’s where another lesson–and the “fortunate” part of the story–comes in: Never forget that a smile is a universal tool. A kind, honest smile speaks volumes in any language. So I smiled at the Tongan police, unwrapped the brown packages, handed each one of them a bottle of wine and said in my best broken Tongan, “Gift for you.” Then I smiled again. Never underestimate the power of a smile; it kept me out of jail.”



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