I sat in the crowded pub hoping that someone would notice that I was on my own and strike up a conversation with me. Nobody made a move – not even the couple next to me, despite my attempts to provoke them by stealing their black felt tip pen. I decided to leave.
The waitress stopped me at the door and asked me to pay for the tumbler of tap water that I had consumed.
“That will be four months” she said, quoting the price in the new currency. I was no fool. I knew the exchange rate. This equated to £8 for half a pint of water!
I pointed out that you could get a Coke for £1.65 at any other bar nearby, and stormed out without paying.