Photos: One family's RV trip through Europe
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Day 2( Tom Gorman )
A German police van passes us, and the young officers wave for us to follow them as they pull off the road. I recall someone's advice: Don't let police lean on you for money, so I pull a bunch of euros out of my fanny pack and tell Cassie to hide them.
The female officer asks, "Sprechen sie Deutsch?" No. "You're American," she says with displeasure. "Oh, great." Her partner, in broken English and using his hands, tries to explain what I did wrong and then draws a picture. When two lanes merged to one, I didn't pull over quickly enough.
That will be 116 euros, he says. Aha! I'm ready. I open my fanny pack and pulled out all my cash: 23 euros. "I'm sorry," I say.
"We take American Express," he says.
Pictured: Rotweil, Germany