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Old 06-12-2014, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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In Belarus, it's mostly some old, drunk (often both) people or weirdos who start such conversations. That's annoying.
I wish a nice young lady did it with me, however
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Mine either. I think even if it were, I wouldn't just go with a strange man.
Would you go with a strange woman? Did a woman ever go with you as a "strange man"? Is there a difference?
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Would you go with a strange woman? Did a woman ever go with you as a "strange man"? Is there a difference?
A random woman? No, I'd think something was up.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:02 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I talk to strangers in every country. They talk to me too. No problem
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I find in Vancouver that strangers talk to each other, depending on the situation. I take the bus infrequently,but people will talk to you on the bus more often than on the metro.
I and strangers have struck up conversations in grocery store line ups, sitting on a park bench, and even when biking.

Usually what starts these conversations is a shared moment where something funny or unusual happens.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:00 PM
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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.
Uh....you do realize that I was referring to the US how sadly you are expected to talk to strangers or be labelled potentially dangerous or mentally enstranged.

I agree with the European approach of not talking to strangers unless it is for specific reasons.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I don't like the "European" approach, although that tends to be my normal behavior. Young people, except those from small towns, generally have a reserve about them. Older and even middle-aged folk, it really depends but they seem more gregarious. Just the opposite of Spain, where the youth are generally open, and the elderly reserved. In Morocco, everybody seems gregarious and happy to have you in their country, and a lot of the personal boundaries that exist in the U.S. or Spain are crushed down and disintegrated. There are regional differences in the U.S. People from the city in St. Louis tended to be a lot more open and friendly than people here in Duluth or Minneapolis.

I think talking with strangers can be a beneficial activity. For a lot of people, it's the only informal interaction they have. That's probably why the elderly talk so much. As a solo traveler I feel delighted when somebody talks to me after a day or week with no non-business interaction.
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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A random woman? No, I'd think something was up.
You can tell.
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Old 06-12-2014, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I worked in Seoul for a year and they don't talk to strangers...everybody is glued to their smartphone doing something. Korean only talk to people they're introduced to from someone they know.

In the USA, it's pretty common to talk to strangers you just met...they might be friendly or may not, just depends on person and situation.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I don't like the "European" approach, although that tends to be my normal behavior. Young people, except those from small towns, generally have a reserve about them. Older and even middle-aged folk, it really depends but they seem more gregarious. Just the opposite of Spain, where the youth are generally open, and the elderly reserved. In Morocco, everybody seems gregarious and happy to have you in their country, and a lot of the personal boundaries that exist in the U.S. or Spain are crushed down and disintegrated. There are regional differences in the U.S. People from the city in St. Louis tended to be a lot more open and friendly than people here in Duluth or Minneapolis.

I think talking with strangers can be a beneficial activity. For a lot of people, it's the only informal interaction they have. That's probably why the elderly talk so much. As a solo traveler I feel delighted when somebody talks to me after a day or week with no non-business interaction.
I would say in America the young are less likely to speak to strangers to, although it depends I guess. Some have that sort of almost snobbish reserve about them.

Yeah old people can go either way, I've found. I've only met a few Spaniards while travelling and they seem very open and extroverted vs Northern Europeans. Australians and Brits vary, but a lot sort of think they're a bit above talking to other travellers, maybe there's less incentive to practice English too.
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