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Old 06-11-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Towards the men too. I had an Arab man basically proposition me for sex (inviting me to his hotel room for a 'massage' after talking about his bisexual proclivities).
Steamy!
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:17 PM
 
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Goto a drinking place and talk to strangers is a culture in some places. Drinking by oneself is a culture in some places.

Travellers in a hostel talking to each other end up spending the next few days exploring the city together is very common.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:18 PM
 
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In Canada we are reputed for our friendliness. We are happy to help strangers and have no problem talking to you!
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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ive no problem talking to strangers though i cant remember having done it too often on public transport , some people think they are too important to bid others the time of day , its a shame !
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Old 06-11-2014, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Towards the men too. I had an Arab man basically proposition me for sex (inviting me to his hotel room for a 'massage' after talking about his bisexual proclivities).
Yeah, well so was I and I was flattered, not offended, but politely declined, it's not my thing.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Steamy!
Haha, would you have taken up his offer?

Even if I were so inclined I think safety would probably come to mind as well...
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah, well so was I and I was flattered, not offended, but politely declined, it's not my thing.
Mine either. I think even if it were, I wouldn't just go with a strange man.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:00 AM
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It is common, sadly.

In the US, society would think there is something wrong with you for NOT engaging with strangers or constantly smiling when talking.

Hostels and bars are different in Europe, at least, although the Nordic countries are very reserved even when hanging out over there


I got that a lot when I had reverse cultural shock returning to the US that my peers said I seem more distant when in public after traveling for 2 months in Europe (where hardly anyone talks to strangers).


I still go through it because I do not want to make nice with people I know I will never meet again.

That would explain why the TSA thought I was not American by persona until I gave them my passport.

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Old 06-12-2014, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Finland
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It is common, sadly.
Why would it be sad? I want to choose the persons that I have a conversation with, and have absolutely no interest in engaging in empty small talk with a random person in a bus being tired from work.

This is how we like it.
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Old 06-12-2014, 03:20 AM
 
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Indirectly, we all want to be social but practically people are tensed with their own life (I am talking in contrast to south Asian countries). I am from Nepal and people here are famous for friendliness - is that still the same at present? I doubt. But for tourists, we are friendly as far as we can. Tourists asking for directions is common here in Nepal and we try to be friendly as much as we can. As far as talking about strangers, we don't communicate unless there is a reason. I think so.
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