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Old 05-10-2021, 05:53 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I enjoy visiting London and years ago (not sure about now, after the recent changes by the CCP) I enjoyed Hong Kong.
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Old 05-10-2021, 11:02 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Another vote for France and, by extension French people. For some reason, Americans tend to have this misconception that the French are unfriendly, will treat you rudely if you can't speak French perfectly, and so on. In several visits to France (including to Paris) and in meeting French people in other countries, nothing could be further from the truth. I have had nothing but happy, pleasant experiences with the French. And, no, I do not speak French fluently. Rather, my French is atrocious. My efforts have always been patiently and graciously received.


In the spirit of the post, two other places come to mind: Russia and nations in the Arab world.
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Old 05-11-2021, 08:22 AM
 
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It's certainly not the only country that requires women to cover, but it is the only one your specifically mentioned.

And just because other countries do it, that doesn't make it any more respectful. Any country that requires me to cover up before I even get off the plane is not one I consider to be a "country where people treat each other with respect and dignity."
I agree respect & dignity are needed more.


However, we can't be respected or dignified with so-called artists making videos or music describing wet ___you know what's. The freedom to do or say anything for entertainment has made more people questioning if they are living in hell. A society with less and less rules being followed, disrespect for one another and spreading lies is a society approaching chaos.


I am not sure but if both women and men are required to cover up in public there is nothing wrong with that. It is the culture and country they grew up in. If you don't like a custom/culture simply don't travel there.

We need to be careful of negative knee jerk reactions or the tendency to come off as an arrogant narcissist towards those citizens. Their leaders accept tradition and sometimes spread misinformation just ours currently do.
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Camberville
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I'll add another France to the list. As long as you try in good faith to say basics and "I'm sorry, do you speak English?" in French, people are quite kind and understanding. My French isn't very good, but I tried and didn't have trouble switching to English or Spanish when needed in most cases. I traveled with my best friend who had a bit of an attitude about not speaking French (most notably saying "Mercy" instead of "Merci") and she perceived others are rude.


I really love Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. There's very little appealing about the coastal resort towns or the tourists who flood them, but the internal cities are full of culture, incredible people, talented artisans, and amazing food.
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:39 PM
 
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My fave country is Vietnam. So beautiful & diverse, amazing food, so cheap, easy to get around, great & welcoming people.
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Old 05-11-2021, 12:42 PM
 
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I love NJ! Beautiful state. My family spent summers at Spring Lake NJ. Beautiful place. NOTHING like that stupid Jersey Shore show. Very low key and upscale.

I agree that NJ gets a bad rap. I grew up on Long Island and except for the Hamptons, people make fun to LI too, and assume that everyone has a horrible accent, and conducts their lives like Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuco. I grew up in Oyster Bay on the North Shore - it's another world.
I'm an LI native as well & still here ... I also love NJ.

And yeah, where I live is ghetto (Freeport-like) so my life is anything BUT Hamptons.

We're not all rich, entitled japs ... some of us have to rough it a bit and get through life on our own, no money from daddy.
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Old 05-11-2021, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Hated France. I was a jerk right back to them when I lived in LA and Parisians were all over the place, lost, getting in my face.

Loved the UK and Switzerland, but I don't think those countries get a lot of hate. I found the UK to be incredibly friendly, and people were as interested to talk to us (Americans) as we them.
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Old 05-11-2021, 01:57 PM
 
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My fave country is Vietnam. So beautiful & diverse, amazing food, so cheap, easy to get around, great & welcoming people.
I'd like to visit there.
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Old 05-11-2021, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Somaliland, a "country" most people don't even know exists. Really welcoming, I spent a week in Hargeisa and Berbera.
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Old 05-12-2021, 03:44 AM
 
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Somaliland, a "country" most people don't even know exists. Really welcoming, I spent a week in Hargeisa and Berbera.
Yes. Desperatejy poor but happy and intensely proud of the way they make their country work. They are not diplomatically bound to do anything according to global or superpower demands.
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