You are in a foreign city, and you don’t speak the language. For two weeks you’ve been traveling with someone you love, but who has irritated you to distraction on this last day of the trip. You agree to spend the afternoon apart, and will meet back at the hotel at five. In case of a natural or political disaster, you agree on places to meet if you can’t get back to the hotel: the cafe where you had breakfast, the main post office, or as a last resort, the American Embassy.
You are now standing outside the American Embassy.