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Old 03-10-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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Madrid, Spain - I was told by a gentleman that Madrid was “for me”.
Burgos, Spain - I have never been anywhere else where I have met people just so...contented and pleasant.
Chinchón, Spain - among the ruins, an elderly married couple wanting to share their memories of their courtship which made mine all the more memorable

Little things that meant so much to a complete stranger...

Oh, and Foley, Alabama - really!
When where you in Burgos? What time of year? It's a beautiful city! I'd be curious to hear more about what made the people come across so pleasant, b/c that's not the general reputation of people from Castilla y Leon.
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Old 03-10-2019, 04:51 PM
 
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Friendliest was Fiji


Unfriendly was never a place in general, but just certain individuals in various places.
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Old 03-10-2019, 05:52 PM
 
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Scotland was the friendliest place I've ever visited.

Montreal was the unfriendliest.

Several of us who only spoke English were invited to speak at a conference. The local populations as well as the conference attendees were consistently arrogant, rude, and unfriendly to us because we were not not able to speak French.

It is still a mystery why they invited us.
I've spent the last 25 years spending at least some winter season time in Florida "snowbird" country. I could go on for many paragraphs recalling the many interactions I've had with French Canadians. Wow, they are one different bunch of folks. Hard to believe that an entire culture could actually travel to a foreign country and act the way many of them do. Arrogant, entitled, rude, unfriendly and stunningly self-centered. We are in the process of buying into a resort community in Fl. The fact that, with hundreds of individual property owners in the mix, there are exactly zero Quebec licence plates in the community, was clearly a factor in our purchasing decision.
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Old 03-10-2019, 07:04 PM
 
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GotHereQuickAsICould....thanks for bringing up the 1967 World Expo.
i went there as a Boy Scout. my first and only Worlds Fair.

story:
four of us 14-year-old white boys (yes) got in a cable-car (our first).
then, a black family (wife,husband,son,daughter) got in with us.
we were dressed in our full-on Boy Scout uniforms and they were
decked out in totally FORMAL white. white shoes, white hats, etc.
THEN...in the most precise, clipped, British accent, they talked to us.
we could not speak for a while, until i asked where they were from.
"Bermuda, of course." they might have well have said Mars.
but...keeping with the thread here...they were excruciatingly
polite. we were....stunned.

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Old 03-10-2019, 07:30 PM
 
Location: GA
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Bermuda
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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A few bullet points, which I don/t know how to make.

90% of the people you meet are employed to serve strangers. Being nice to you is part of their poorly-paid job, and they may resent you, but have been trained to smile.

I judge a culture not by how they treat me, but how I see them treat each other, especially those beneath them in station.

The truly friendly are often too timid to interact with a strange foreigner. "Hallo Meester" is a sign of boldness, not friendliness.

I think one place stands out above all others, by orders of magnitude -- Newfoundland.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:49 PM
 
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Jamaica.

A local old man, with a grin from ear-to-ear, meandered up to our table at lunch and asked "What kind of bee likes breasts?'' I shrugged, "Don't have the faintest idea." He grinned even more and said "a Boo Bee".

True story.
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Old 03-10-2019, 10:59 PM
 
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Friendliest places:
Southwest Louisiana
Salt Lake City / Provo and Utah in general


Least friendly places:
Hawaii
Montreal


I generally do NOT have problems anywhere I travel. However, a few Hawaiian people we ran into acted like they really disliked tourists.

As for Montreal, staying at the University of Montreal during the 1980 referendum was probably NOT one of the wisest decisions I have made. In later visits, I stayed at McGill University. (Of course, most of the Montreal posters on this forum are great).
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:33 AM
 
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Friendliest-
Charleston, S.C
Dern Near every Mid west town I visited...
Mobile, Ala.
Bar Harbor, Maine
antwerpen, Belgium

Any place in Jamaica! From the tourist areas to the Mountain retreats...Lovely place!! No worries



least friendly:
NYC and all its boroughs....
Most NJ towns...
Houston, TX ( Got assaulted there ...)
Miami, FL
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:20 AM
 
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Being nice to you is part of their poorly-paid job, and they may resent you, but have been trained to smile.
This reminds me of a former coworker of mine who moved to Japan about 15 years ago. He told me that after enough years living in Japan he learned that sure everyone is so formally polite but behind that bow and smile they absolutely hate you.

I found that quite funny.
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