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Old 03-12-2010, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by the3Ds View Post
Michigan, huh? I wonder if there is a study-abroad program that the university runs nearby. I lived in Italy for a year while I was in college and found a lot of other universities in Florence as well. Many of those students wore UMass or Stanford sweatshirts too.
Not around here. You see lots of tshirts for the big US universities, just surprised at the number of Michigan ones. I've seen quite a few fake ones as well - they'll say Michigan University and there's no such thing.
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:59 PM
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I didn't realize we were talking about countries that my friends lived in, I thought it was back to Europe in General...
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:33 PM
Location: The US of A
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Originally Posted by sunshineleith View Post
ROFL - tell me about it - I almost had cardiac arrest when my husband told me what "fanny" meant over here!
Originally Posted by yankinscotland View Post
Another one that took some getting used to was that '****' were cigarettes.

Thanks for info on the slang. The ones you guys told me have made me interested in looking up more: Useful Scottish Slang Words & Phrases Such as Fit Like Min, Aye And Ya Bas | London Is Cool

I may need to print this out and bring it with me. Lol. So many confusing words!
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:40 PM
Location: Queensland
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Originally Posted by MAK802 View Post
Here's an article on how to avoid looking like an American when traveling. How ridiculous! I'll have to remember to pack my ketchup packets on the next trip..... Somehow I don't think any of these tips would help me blend in with the locals in Ethiopia.

How to Avoid Looking Like an American Tourist | Interesting Pictures
The on on the left looks like a european tourist to me. At least the ones that hang out in Airlie.
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Old 03-13-2010, 04:37 PM
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who cares if you are "given away"

be true to yourself

if you wear ballcaps, wear a friggin ballcap - if someone discounts you because of it then that is on them ..... just be respectful like you would with any hat on when & where you wear one

if you are walking all over a city and your tennis shoes are comfortable, wear them - you'll feet will thank you ...... may not be fashionable or what the locals do, but i'm sure the locals aren't spending the day canvassing a location like you are

i agree about not shouting through a communication gap, being unaware of those around you, stopping in the middle of a busy area so you can get a photo or point and stare at stuff, etc

you can be yourself and be respectful - the two do not have to be mutually exclusive
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Old 03-13-2010, 05:24 PM
Location: on an island
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Originally Posted by Finger Laker View Post
you can be yourself and be respectful - the two do not have to be mutually exclusive
Yes--and to be yourself is to show *self* respect.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:24 PM
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No, stop it, I'm tired of americans posing as canadians abroad, no one will even believe me any more when i say that i'm canadian because you all
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by mintleif View Post
I'm traveling to Europe for the first time this summer and i'm excited but also a little worried. I realize we are not in favor of every country right now and i've heard some stories about Americans being treated bad for just being an American. While i know of the "arrogant American" travelers i can say that i will not be like that. I'm going to Europe to experience some of the world and learn new things and i actually can speak some of the languages in the countries i'm going to. lol. However, i'm still worried about the reactions of people if they ask where i am from and i say America. I don't want to get shanked. So, should i pose as a Canadian or no?
The only time I was approached by a lone American tourist in a European town who asked if she could walk with us until we were out of a neighborhood. Only then did I realized that we were in a district of mostly ME people, where I bought fruits and other groceries. Americans are more popular than Canadians in Europe. Darn .. the band played "Star Spangled Banner" 3x before they swung to "O Canada".
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