A successful way to make new friends in a European country is to attend a sporting event. It does not matter what kind of sport. Our cousins in Europe are much like us, they cheer their home team, but their home teams may be much different than those in America.
The universe is a competitive place. When you say that your town is the most beautiful, or when your “doohickey” is the largest, or your “thingamabob” is the most whatever, the rest of the world may not believe what you say, so you better have a postcard to prove it.