Fun phrases survive from the un-fun days of Spain's fascist dictator, Francisco Franco. Standing in front of Madrid's Royal Palace, local guide Nygil Murrel explains to me that, when a Spaniard suggests playing dumb to get away with something, he or she says you should "make yourself a Swede."
This is Day 7 of my 100 Days in Europe series. As I research my guidebooks and make new TV shows, I'm reporting on my experiences and lessons learned in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, and beyond. Find more at blog.ricksteves.com.