01/22/2016 02:44 pm ET Updated Jan 22, 2017

One Hundred Tour Guides Walk into a Bar...

To kick off our 2016 Rick Steves' Tour Guide summit, we gathered over a hundred guides at the neighborhood bar here in Edmonds, Washington. I find tour guides generally smart, interesting, and with great social skills. Bring 100 of them together from about 20 different countries after collectively leading 900 tours successfully, add lots of beer, and you're in for a delightful evening. By the way, over the next several days I'll be posting many more reports from our busy week of work and play. Stay tuned.