Between high school and college I went to school in England and stayed often with a family in London. The parents, Tim and Caroline Gladstone, were the kindest and best hosts I've ever encountered. Whenever I rang their doorbell, Caroline would greet me, welcome me right in the door with my dirty backpack from the train station or airport, and ask me whether I wanted to eat first or wash up. While this seemed like an odd question the first time I showed up at their door, I soon realized that it was the BEST one and accurately captured the two greatest areas of need or discomfort I could possibly have upon any arrival. For the record, I usually took the bath.