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Old 04-12-2018, 02:29 AM
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There is often an element of reality to many stereotypes, and there seems to be few stereotypes of Australia that have a degree of authenticity to them.

The rugged Outback populated by rugged bush types; which is fairly true for large tracts of the country.

The surf and beach scene; which is again pretty correct for most of coastal Australia.

A nation of multicultural cities that are a foodies’ heaven; which is also a pretty accurate description of most urban areas.

But stereotypes are rarely if ever “the whole truth”, and one part of Australia that doesn’t seem to fit any of the commonly images is the Torres Strait islands. Part of Queensland, the islands are situated between the mainland and Papua New Guinea. Their population is mostly Melanesian with strong cultural and trading tries to Papua which is located 4 km from the most northerly island of Saibai, and in terms of geography and climate, they are pretty similar to places in the Solomon Islands.



I'd also add Christmas, Cocos and Norfolk Islands, but they're all external territories rather than an integral part of a state or territory.
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:38 AM
Location: Kuwait
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For Washington state, probably Yakima or Pasco...dry, brown sunny, Hispanic, Republican, inexpensive.

For the nation, probably Hawaii.
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:12 AM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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For USA, I'd say South Dakota, with three different features that even surprise the few traveling Americans who dare to turn off the interstate highways:

1. The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
2. The Pot-hole country in eastern South and North Dakota
3. Any small town in the Dakotas.

The whole world is pretty familiar with the America that is used for movie sets, but the Dakotas are nothing like anything film goers would recognize.

As for cities, I think Galveston and Mobile are pretty out of character. For big cities, I think St. Louis or Pittsburgh would be unexpected.
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:15 AM
Location: London, UK
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For Colombia there are several that don't fit the stereotype.

1. Bogota the capital has the same climate clasification as London or Paris. It's cool, cloudy & rainy for much of the year. It's a more sombre city than its colourful counterparts in the country. Many bogotanos have 15-25% British&Irish ancestry. The surrounding countryside looks like something out of the Scottish highlands.

2. San Andres & Old Providence speak Caribbean English they're descendants mainly from Barbados, Jamaica and English Puritans.

3. The Pacific Coast of Colombia is like taken out of West Africa. You could easily confuse it for Accra or Cameroon. Nearly 90% is black with little admixture and people still carry pots on their heads.

4. The Guajira desert is home to many Arabs both Christian and Muslim as if they purposefully chose the place most like their homeland. One of the largest mosques in the Americas is in a tiny city on the outskirts of the desert.

5. The southern Andes has a high concentration of Native Americans where native American flute music is a folk staple.

6. The llanos is literally the serengetti of South America mixed with Texas-like cowboy culture. Wide roaming plains has many animals from Jaguars to deer to capybaras, caimán, pink dolphins, anacondas and giant anteaters. Here Colombia's very own cowboys & Indians history played out.

I won't get into the rest of the Andes and Caribbean cultures as it just gets complicated. People also forget that Colombia has Amazon too.
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