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Old 09-04-2016, 01:30 PM
 
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I purposefully stay away from other Americans. Hell, I don't even like travelers from other countries. I find most to be obnoxious.
I heard it a couple times before from my Polish relatives and friends about other Polish people in America.
"You think where there is a lot of Poles is that fun?"
"Listen, where there is a lot of Poles it is not great"

Among the reasons for it was jealousy over who had a better life or looked to have a nicer house, cars. Which to me kinda sounded ridiculous. Some of my friends in Poland stopped talking after I announced emigration, while some stayed supportive and have continued to maintain contact.

Also there is another reason. When you are new to the country you want to practice speaking English as much as possible and having people from your own deterrence this opportunity. Rarely if every anybody whose English was second language wanted to speak English, except of those who were born here.
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Old 09-04-2016, 02:52 PM
 
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I don't go on vacation to make friends. I don't chat up strangers, period.
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Old 09-04-2016, 03:39 PM
 
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I found it awkward at first, but in each new circumstance I was cautious until the ice was broken. Then I could enjoy getting to know people.
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Old 09-04-2016, 04:51 PM
 
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I remember a trendy cafe we went to in Copenhagen. We meet some Americans the next table over, we have a few laughs, some camaraderie---it was a good time for an hour or so.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:07 PM
 
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The term "expat" to me means a foreign resident, not a tourist or visiting businessman.

But, since you brought up the topic - when I am a tourist in another country you almost naturally come into close proximity to other tourists just because of the nature of visiting well known tourist sites and locals, and yes many of them are American. Of course one hopes you get off the well beaten tourist path as well so that you don't encounter other tourists. But in those cases where you do, there is a certain comfort in engaging with your own countrymen, then you start talking about American affairs, news back home, other countries you have visited, etc. Anything but the wonders and culture of the country you are currently in it seems. You have a lot in common, sure.
But my recommendation - It's a convenient and comfortable trap you SHOULD NOT FALL INTO. You aren't traveling to talk to other Americans in a foreign country, you can do that at home in line at a checkout counter at Walmart, and it defeats the purpose of travel, you are traveling to learn about the country you are in. Stay outside your comfort zone, you have nothing to learn from your fellow countrymen.
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