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Old 09-02-2013, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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To be honest, I'd probably be anti-American if I encountered Ameriscot too.
Oh gosh, I'll cry myself to sleep tonight.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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Oh gosh, I'll cry myself to sleep tonight.
Well that wasn't my intention, but thank you.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Just because you have not encountered many negative comments doesn't mean no one else has. Everyone's experiences are not exactly like yours.
REALLY????? You're kidding!

Who knew?

Oh well - many people see what they WANT to see and disregard the rest.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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REALLY????? You're kidding!

Who knew?

Oh well - many people see what they WANT to see and disregard the rest.
You really should read your own posts. Saying 'oh please' implies the previous comments are BS. And stating that you are a 'polite traveler' implies that those who encounter anti-Americanism are not.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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You really should read your own posts. Saying 'oh please' implies the previous comments are BS. And stating that you are a 'polite traveler' implies that those who encounter anti-Americanism are not.
I do read my own posts, but thanks ever so for the advice.

I think that anti Americanism which creates rude responses from locals towards Americans are highly exaggerated in most cases. You know, I've lived in Europe and travel there pretty often - if such reactions were commonplace you'd think I'd run into them on a regular basis, and sorry but I just DON'T.

And I do think that negative reactions from locals toward tourists (any locals, anywhere toward tourists from anywhere) are more common when the tourists are rude or thoughtless or obtuse. And American tourists in general are no more guilty of that behavior than any other group of people.

You may or may not have ever been pregnant, but you know the old saying that when you're pregnant, or want to be pregnant, that you see pregnant women everywhere? Or whey you buy a particular type of car, all of a sudden you see it everywhere? Same thing applies to what we see in other people and expect from others.

Some people EXPECT negativity toward Americans. Some people even WANT to see that sort of negativity because it affirms their own opinions. Those sorts will generally experience or note more negativity than people who don't expect it or think it's inevitable, or believe it's justified.

I go into situations confidently and with a positive attitude, and with respect for others that is evident in my demeanor. Therefore I don't experience much negativity in my daily life, or in my travels. Not to say it has NEVER happened, but it's so rare that I usually find it humorous.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:51 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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What countries visited had an Anti-American flare? Give examples please.
They are usually too scared to show off their "Anti Americanism" too our face so it won't be easy to answer.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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I do read my own posts, but thanks ever so for the advice.

I think that anti Americanism which creates rude responses from locals towards Americans are highly exaggerated in most cases. You know, I've lived in Europe and travel there pretty often - if such reactions were commonplace you'd think I'd run into them on a regular basis, and sorry but I just DON'T.

And I do think that negative reactions from locals toward tourists (any locals, anywhere toward tourists from anywhere) are more common when the tourists are rude or thoughtless or obtuse. And American tourists in general are no more guilty of that behavior than any other group of people.

You may or may not have ever been pregnant, but you know the old saying that when you're pregnant, or want to be pregnant, that you see pregnant women everywhere? Or whey you buy a particular type of car, all of a sudden you see it everywhere? Same thing applies to what we see in other people and expect from others.

Some people EXPECT negativity toward Americans. Some people even WANT to see that sort of negativity because it affirms their own opinions. Those sorts will generally experience or note more negativity than people who don't expect it or think it's inevitable, or believe it's justified.

I go into situations confidently and with a positive attitude, and with respect for others that is evident in my demeanor. Therefore I don't experience much negativity in my daily life, or in my travels. Not to say it has NEVER happened, but it's so rare that I usually find it humorous.
Who said it was common? Not me. I said I've encountered it in England. And I've lived here 13 years, almost all of that time in Scotland but I do visit different areas of England often.

Stereotypes have their roots in fact and Americans do tend to be much louder than other nationalities. Makes me cringe. And it's very annoying to other people. Can't count how many times I've seen the rolling eyes and sarcastic looks when Americans on the tube in London speak so loudly that the entire car hears every word.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Who said it was common? Not me. I said I've encountered it in England. And I've lived here 13 years, almost all of that time in Scotland but I do visit different areas of England often.
Did I accuse you of claiming anti Americanism is common?

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Stereotypes have their roots in fact and Americans do tend to be much louder than other nationalities. Makes me cringe. And it's very annoying to other people. Can't count how many times I've seen the rolling eyes and sarcastic looks when Americans on the tube in London speak so loudly that the entire car hears every word.
It's rare to find Americans who could possibly be louder than a bunch of drunk Scots or Brits. And I've seen plenty of that boorish behavior when traveling. I guess that's why there's so much truth to all those stereotypes as well, huh?

Plenty of eye rolling in their direction from all in close proximity - Americans and locals alike. Such behavior makes me cringe too, and is very annoying to other people, regardless of whether they're at home or abroad. I'm sure many of the same eye-rolling people that you've observed showing their distaste for "loud Americans" would show similar distaste to their own locals who are rolling around and hollering in a drunken stupor - and they get to see that sort of behavior pretty often.

I guess it's easier to be judgmental of others than it is to see our own faults as others see them, isn't it? I'd say that's human nature and it isn't confined to any one ethnic group or country.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Did I accuse you of claiming anti Americanism is common?

It's rare to find Americans who could possibly be louder than a bunch of drunk Scots or Brits. And I've seen plenty of that boorish behavior when traveling. I guess that's why there's so much truth to all those stereotypes as well, huh?

Plenty of eye rolling in their direction from all in close proximity - Americans and locals alike. Such behavior makes me cringe too, and is very annoying to other people, regardless of whether they're at home or abroad. I'm sure many of the same eye-rolling people that you've observed showing their distaste for "loud Americans" would show similar distaste to their own locals who are rolling around and hollering in a drunken stupor - and they get to see that sort of behavior pretty often.

I guess it's easier to be judgmental of others than it is to see our own faults as others see them, isn't it? I'd say that's human nature and it isn't confined to any one ethnic group or country.
Totally untrue. Many people get loud when they are drunk. Americans are loud when they are sober.

And BTW, Scots are also British, so using the word Brits to mean only the English is not strictly correct.
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