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User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2133 times:

Maybe a old topic, but anyway:

I´m just curius of what you US guyz seen and think of other culture and people!

Thx!

Micke//SE  wave 


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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2116 times:

I try to go to Europe once a year. I really like the pace of life, depth of history, culture, and people. It gives you an impression about how similar, and yet how different, people on the other side of the pond can be.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Bullcrap Mark. You just like the beer. You don't fool anyone.

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Why don't you just move to Europe then Mark. We'd sure be better of in US if this were to happen.  Wink

And what do you mean you like the pace of life? Maybe you meant they don't look at you like a loser when your unemployed??  Wink


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24928 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

KROC, You dont know something about Mark. When he talks about culture in Europe, he actually goes to France and turns into a French drag Queen named Sebolino  Wink


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Sigh... it's too early in the morning to go digging out the Piazza.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 5):
it's too early in the morning to go digging out the Piazza.

Yeah.....its not like you have anything better to be doing, like going to work.  Wink


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 4):
KROC, You dont know something about Mark. When he talks about culture in Europe, he actually goes to France and turns into a French drag Queen named Sebolino

Actually, I find this rather funny. Especially because it is ripping on Sebolino as well.  Wink

Quoting Usairwys757 (Reply 6):
Yeah.....its not like you have anything better to be doing, like going to work.

Troyvis has brought out the heavy guns. I think he is gunning for Mark's Consigliere spot.


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

'scuse me, Troyvis, do I have "Airlinelover" written at the top of my posts? As an on-the-books production designer, I'm missing the relevance of your unemployment references.

Remember, my friend, I'm not the one who had to leave the ATL for Sorrycuse just to find a job. How is the Carousel Center Brookstone, by the way? When they expand the mall, they might make you Assistant Shift Supervisor. If they can get you to stop playing with the "personal massagers," that is.



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2052 times:

I have been to Italy, Brazil and Portugual. I love Brazil the most, probably due to the girl down there I want to marry!  kiss 

User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

I used to line in Amsterdam in the Jordaan area of town I loved it!

I worked for a software company and worked in:

UK
Belgium
Netherlands
Finland
Sweden
France
Germany
Spain
Israel
Ireland

I vacationed in most of these countries as well as:

Italy
Austria
Canary Islands
Canada
Mexico
Australia
BVI (Tortola)
Bahamas

I can tell you that I wish it would be mandatory for US citizens to travel abroad, it might help with the vast majority of the populations ignorance of foreign affairs.

Sadly only 5% of the population in the US hold a passport!


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Quoting 1MillionFlyer (Reply 10):
Sadly only 5% of the population in the US hold a passport!

Wow. Does anyone have figures for other countries, to put this in context ?


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

1millionflyer, could you source that statistic? We basically need a passport to travel to Canada now, so the number has likely risen in the past couple of years.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2026 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 8):
'scuse me, Troyvis, do I have "Airlinelover" written at the top of my posts? As an on-the-books production designer, I'm missing the relevance of your unemployment references.

Remember, my friend, I'm not the one who had to leave the ATL for Sorrycuse just to find a job. How is the Carousel Center Brookstone, by the way? When they expand the mall, they might make you Assistant Shift Supervisor. If they can get you to stop playing with the "personal massagers," that is.

And LHMark turns Troyvis into The Coz. Well done.



User currently offlineBCNGRO From Andorra, joined Oct 2004, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting 1MillionFlyer (Reply 10):
I vacationed in most of these countries as well as:

Italy
Austria
Canary Islands
Canada
Mexico
Australia
BVI (Tortola)
Bahamas

Yeah, Canary Islands is a very nice country  Wink



At the bus station, buses stop. At the train station, trains stop. At my desk, I have a work station.
User currently offline1MillionFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

Well I know it is actually part of Spain, but it felt like it's own country to me!

Playas las Americas rocks


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

Quoting Solnabo (Thread starter):
´m just curius of what you US guyz seen and think of other culture and people!

I have lived in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, and have traveled to most Western European countries.

I have enjoyed the high standard of living in Europe (at great expense), agree with 95% of the politics, however IMHO there is still a greater chance for advancement and individual growth in the States.


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1975 times:
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I've been all over Europe, to Africa, Asia (both Near, SW and East) as well as Central and South America.

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 1):
I try to go to Europe once a year. I really like the pace of life, depth of history, culture, and people.

Having done a good bit of traveling to the four corners of this flat planet I can say that there is alot of culture out there, with each place seeming to have something of its own. One very interesting truth to be found.....the dominant culture that seems to show up everywhere in dress, music, films and food is American culture. You can't go somewhere without finding a Levis and tshirt clad teenager trying to find a KFC or Mickey D's while listening to Elvis or .50 cent on their Apple I-Pod. When they go home they are often watching reruns of US television programs, or satellite channels that often originate in the US. This sometimes tends to make me think that culture is all around us here in the US and we just don't realize it.

Quoting KROC (Reply 13):
Remember, my friend, I'm not the one who had to leave the ATL for Sorrycuse just to find a job.

If you have to leave ATL to find a job then there are issues.....



Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

Before I went to France, there was a stereotype that the French were rude, particularly to Americans (this is before they really hated us). I was skeptical about this. No one was really rude except for a few (more on that below), but what I found remarkable was the people all seemed to walk around with a very blank serious stare all the time; almost sad looking. Here at home people usually are more open in public and generally look up at each other in passing and smile. Not in France. Even when I smiled at people, they wouldn't smile back. I heard later that in France, to smile at a stranger is to hit on them. I don't know if this is true or just someone pulling my leg. However, once you engaged strangers with a question or ask for help, they were very kind and very helpful at that point. Strangely enough, the only rude people I encountered was the servers. Servers are supposed to be on auto-friendly for the sake of their job but they were usually very rude. At a local restaurant, a waiter started out friendly to a group of 8 of us. A few of us had problems ordering from the French menu. One guy tried to order French onion soup. The waiter was confused and said, "You mean onion-soup?" We reminded our colleague he was in France and they probably don't call it French onion-soup. We all cracked up at him and this pissed off the waiter (apparently thinking we were laughing at him). Then someone tried to pronounce something off the menu. The waiter didn't understand and again we all started yucking it up at our friend. The waiter said in a very harsh pissed off tone "Tell you what-If you help me with my English, I'll help you with your French." Obviously he thought we were poking fun at him. The last straw was me was I ordered a steak and out of habit asked if they had A-1. The waiter gave me a confused look. I was embarrassed for asking and said 'forget it'. Then everyone at the table started laughing at me for the dumb question. At this point he stormed off to turn in our orders.

Other than that, people were very kind when you talked to them. I was also amazed at how many knew English. But it only seemed to by the younger people. The older ones generally didn't.

The architecture was gorgeous except for the modern building. All the office buildings and shopping areas made me feel like I was in the 70s. But the historic stuff was just awesome.

Foodwise, i couldn't stand it. In fairness however, we went during the Mad-Cow scare were beef was never served. they served chicken or fish. The fish was served whole and very nasty. No one I was with would eat it. I got real sick of chicked after three days. Breakfast was even worse. Their idea of breakfast is bread and sugary pastries. By the time my trip was over, I was so freaking hungry.

So all-in-all, I loved everything about the trip except the food and the people serving it.



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1943 times:

Been to Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Equador, Chile, Argentina, and Cayman Islands so far. Coming soon, Japan and China. Learned a lot, had a good time, mostly. Can't wait to see Tokyo.


Proud OOTSK member
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6799 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1929 times:

I've been to 14 countries outside the US, excluding Canada and Mexico, and enjoy international travel for the most part.

I too think that it should be more prolific by Americans, but I would disagree with 1MillionFlyer in that such travel would fight stereotypes. From what I've seen, some of them, at least in Europe, would in fact be sadly re-affirmed.

I appreciate the Asian cultures and would say that Japan has been my favorite this far, along with the Netherlands.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Quoting JetService (Reply 18):
Their idea of breakfast is bread and sugary pastries.

And what's wrong with that ? tartines au nutella - the breakfast of champions !  Smile


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13078 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1925 times:

Besides being in many areas of the USA (and you would be surprised at how many Americans see more than their home state or maybe California or Florida in their life), I have traveled on vacation to the following Countries and territories since 1983:
Australia (portions of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and ACT), New Zealand (both N & S Islands), UK 7+ times (including England, Scotland, Wales and No. Ireland), Ireland (2 times), Germany (3 times, when still E&W, when merging in mid-1990, and in 2000), Checz Rep. (mainly Prague), Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France (several times mainly to Paris, other areas like Lyon), Spain (mainly Madrid & Barcelona), Various Caribbean Islands (Bahamas, St. Maatain, Saba, St. Eustasia, and others) and for work, BVI (Tortola). I have also been to several Canadian areas by my car, including Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City.
In almost all cases I stayed in guest houses, B&B's, youth hostels; used intercity trains or busses, except in UK/Ireland, enjoyed fine scenery, fine art and other museums, different cultures, food, architecture. I cannot recall of any really bad experiences in my travels, or conflicts with people, unless I made a bad judgment. I cannot wait for the euro to balance out to the USA dollar better, so I can visit a European country soon.


User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 23, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

Jet service sideslips into a good point: Americans do awesome breakfasts. The German Brotzeit is very nice, too, but not in that Delightfully greassy eggy American way.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 23):
Americans do awesome breakfasts

This is true - cripplingly huge breakfasts are a highpoint of any visit to rural America. It's worth the trip for the waffer-theen extra-crispy bacon strips. Mmmmmmm bacon striiiipppssssssss - arteriosclerosisalicioussss !

Going from that to two bits of bread, jam and a bowl of viciously strong coffee, takes some adjusting I would imagine.


25 LHMARK : But our bread sucks.... nothing like a crusty fresh-baked pain de campagne...
26 Post contains images Banco : You mean, the ones you stole from us and re-named "American"? (Well, sort of)
27 JGPH1A : Since when did the great British heart-attack-on-a-plate feature pancakes and home-fries ? Or orange juice (which for decades in England was consider
28 Banco : 'Tis true! Though I always have liked their idea of putting a steak on there as well. Well. I could metion grits. What the hell are they anyway?
29 Post contains images JGPH1A : Some form of bathroom sealant, best I could tell. Or wallpaper paste, possibly. Not good
30 Gkirk : Grits, isnt that what we do to the roads when it's icy?
31 Post contains images Solnabo : Imagine this: Breakfast at a piazza in Milano, cappuchino and pain riche w salami n cheese looking at beatyful guys n girls walking by!!!! Mmmmmmm....
32 Captoveur : They are something to do with corn.. not bad with an egg if you ask me.
33 JGPH1A : Ewwuuwwuw - not for BREAKFAST ! What is it with North Europeans and charcuterie for breakfast ? It's not normal. Ham may possibly be permitted, accom
34 SlamClick : I remember one issue of National Geographic back in the 1980s had two pictures, in different articles; one of some European Royal children and the ot
35 Pilotaydin : DL 021, do u think that these cultural traits that resemble the USA are found in other countries because they want them, or because of imperialism?
36 Mdsh00 : I'm not going to answer for DL021 but on what you said, I think a lot of it has to do with the people wanting them. For example, when I see the mass
37 SLC1 : Here's my list: Aruba (it's stamped in my passport as Aruba, so that's what I'm going to say) Austria Canada France Germany Italy Liechtenstein Switze
38 Slider : I denounce the context of your question. You're implying that we FORCED our culture, entertainment, Hollywood, etc on the rest of the world. I don't
39 Post contains images Logan22L : Does not compute As for me I thoroughly loved Amsterdam. I actually did go for the culture - we didn't spend any time in the red light district at al
40 Jasepl : I've had a fair few American friends come visit me in Bombay. For some of them, one trip was enough. Some others keep coming back because they really
41 DL021 : Grits grow on large hedge bushes found in northern Georgia and southern Tennessee. They are grown as orchards (it looks like large hedgerows, sometim
42 Post contains images Airsicknessbag : Germany: 50% I'd be quite curious to see you elaborate a bit. Really interested. Thanks Daniel
43 JCS17 : I actually came back from Sweden and Finland a couple of days ago (I've also been to France twice, Italy twice, Belgium, the UK, and Spain). The cultu
44 JetService : Logan, the hotels/catering weren't serving it. Restaurants still did if you asked for it. We ate hotel food the whole time except the last day when w
45 Post contains images JGPH1A : I found the Asian food in AMS to be excellent in general - there are some wonderful little Chinese eateries hidden away between Dam Square and the Vo
46 Post contains images Banco : You're a very, very bad person!
47 ANCFlyer : In my lifetime, I've traveled to all 54 US States and Territories and 27 foreign countries. Some favorites: Germany, Holland, Demmark, UK, Egypt, Hong
48 JGPH1A : Aren't there more than 54 ? By my count 50 states + US Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Guam Northern Marianas US Minor Outlying Islands American Samoa
49 ANCFlyer : District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, US VI I understand the others are referred to as Protectorates, and are not States (obviously), territories,
50 Post contains images Banco : No, no, no, no, no! That won't do. With anyone else, yes, but with JGPH1A you must maintain a superior and smarmy attitude that only you truly unders
51 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Sorry, I shall endeavor to be more "prick-like" in the future . . .
52 Post contains images JGPH1A : For an ex-Sergeant-Major, that should be second nature ! Miserable old git ? Oh really ? Don't make me get the Gk**k word out again - I am seriously
53 Post contains images Banco : My dear fellow, I do believe you have missed the point, which pains me deeply. It surely is a badge of honour for us M.O.G's to be so named. We have
54 Post contains links JGPH1A : You are right - I misread your well-intentioned words, and I apologise. For truly those of us of shall we say mature years, have earned the right to
55 DL021 : Well, thats because we don't need them to visit the states two, four or 24 hours drive away. We also don't need them to visit most of our neighbors.
56 Slider : Daniel, well, without starting a flame-fest, which is not my intent, I was meaning that (I'll use France for example) that the stereotypes of the Fre
57 MD11Engineer : Ian, What is misleading is that for visiting EU countries us Germans don´t even need a passport, the regular government issued ID card is enough. We
58 DL021 : Jan....hope all is well, mein freund, I mentioned that because the Europeans are not far removed from a point when they did need passports to travel t
59 Banco : That's a fair point. Particularly given the ease of transportation within the US. For a reasonable comparison it would be interesting to know what th
60 DL021 : I would be willing to bet there is a higher percentage in Canada due to the larger ratio/percentage of recent immigrants and the frequency with which
61 Post contains images JGPH1A : Whereas of course, in Europe, we still use mules.
62 Post contains images Logan22L : This is something I am constantly aspiring to... Logan
63 Banco : Finally you admit it. And you wonder why us super-advanced, technologically brilliant Brits want nothing to do with you...
64 Post contains images DL021 : Yeah....well I remember not too long ago when the autoroutes were not finished and borders were still monitored and you couldn't go east of Germany w
65 JGPH1A : Fine... whatever.... (hops on TGV and is whisked to Paris in minutes, while Banco, on board his Virgin Pendolino, is shunted into a siding at Crewe a
66 Post contains images Banco : The train?!!! Good God, man! How could you even think that I would lower myself so. I'd have to give the chauffeur the day off, for heaven's sake!
67 JGPH1A : Oh dear, first it was Kirkie - now your channelling the spirit of Fbgdavidson ! Having a psychic moment, dear ?
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