"It was good"
Some took it a step further and said "It was great" or "I really liked it" or "We had a lot of fun!" Don't let the exclamation point fool you. These were some of the most pointless answers I could have received...and I was left no closer to discovering the truth.
Now, granted, there's a lot to be said for filler language. People do it all the time at work, in public, or with people they know but don't really want to talk to. Perhaps the students and staff thought I was merely asking in order to fill an awkward silence. Perhaps I was. But even so, taking a trip warrants more than a one-word answer. The responses are often wrought when I ask people about their weekends, about a movie they saw, or about a game they attended. "Good", "Fine", "Too Short", "Fun", and "Pretty cool" are usually all the detail I received...leaving me no closer to the truth.
What's the problem? Why is "good" not enough? Because no one wants to know if you approved of your weekend, trip, game, show, or film. It's understood it was a positive thing. They want to know why. They want to experience a small piece of it. Or perhaps they want to hear that it was horrible and they didn't miss anything. Either way, when answering questions, there needs to be a serious expansion beyond "it was good". It may be true that we "just had to be there" but in the meantime, don't be boring when communicating. It's literally the only way people will understand your story.