SKYSERVICE_330 From Canada, joined Sep 2000, 1460 posts, RR: 5 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2273 times:
Some people never miss an opportunity. Apparently, a company a in New Mexico is releasing 'Go Canadian' packages and selling them to people in the states who want to travel abroad and avoid U.S. politics.
"For $24.95, T-shirtKing.com offers the “Go Canadian” package, full of just the kind of things an American traveler can use to keep a vacation free of U.S. politics.There’s a Canadian flag T-shirt, a Canadian flag lapel pin and a Canadian patch for luggage or a backpack. There’s also a quick reference guide — “How to Speak Canadian, Eh?” — on answering questions about Canada."
However, it should be noted that, according to the President of the company, that the package was designed as a joke and not as a slight against the United States or Canada.
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4648 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
This will be great to keep Canada's good image around the world
Then again, I guess the ugly Americans wouldn't think of wearing the shirt of another nation. Perhaps the Americans that will use this will be of the non-ignorant and intelligent type. Most Americans I've met overseas were really cool. The odd one would be considered an "ugly American" but I've met some "ugly canadians" too.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13630 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2180 times:
From 1983 to 2002, I have been in the UK, Ireland and many countries in Western Europe, Australia and NZ. I never recall a significant problem or being scared from being an American. BUT I try to keep my appearance low key, no flags or pins or clothing that clearly said "I AM AN AMERICAN". I try to use some of local language, beheave responsibably (only getting drunk once in a while ), try to see things not the hot spots for Ugly American tourists, say in simple lodgings (inexpensive motels, youth hostels), use local transit and trains, get good info from tourist info offices and studied before I left. I often talked about politics and culture of the USA at the time and leared a lot from those in the Country I was visiting in. Yes, today it may be a little different due to the policies of the Bush II administration. One shouldn't be ashamed of being an American or have to use a cover of being Canadian. Probably if your a blantent Red State Republican without a well rounded education or much of an open mind, then stick to Florida rather than France.
Canuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2109 times:
It's an interesting subject. American backpackers have sewn the good ol' maple leaf on their backpacks for years, sometimes just for fun, but like VonRichtofen said, I've met just as many Canadians who make asses of themselves as Americans while touring.
It's been my experience that Canadians poke fun at Americans when they really don't know what they're talking about. Sure, there are the hillbillies and bumpkins, but those who point fingers should take a look in their own backyards before making comments about the ignorant.
We're supposed to be the big, friendly neighbour who invites people over for beers, but I often feel like the snotty, two-faced neighbour who spreads gossip to all the other neighbours. Truth is, I've never had better hospitality than when I was in West Virginia ... and from republican, bible thumpers!!!
Canadians spend so much time trying to create their own identity by differentiating themselves from Americans ... and that's a mistake. There are just as many stupid Americans as there are Canadians....period.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2086 times:
Unless you're planning a trip to Baghdad or Kabul or some other hotbed of Islamic fascism, why should you have to lie about who you are?
Most people around the world who dislike Bush do not at the same time dislike Americans.
All this clap trap about people hating Americans is pure sensationalism by a stupid simplistic press out to sell stupid stories to those stupid people who would never leave their states, let alone fly overseas, even if their lives depended on it.
707cMf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
On a similar note, when I was living in the UK, a French coworker of mine was quite scared of the (assumed) anti French feelings there (way before 9-11 and Irak). So he was pretending around to be from Belgium...