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2013-05-18 04:07:25 PM

Bumblefark: ciberido: rka: Bumblefark: As for not walking around 3rd world hell holes, screaming, ""Murica, fark yea!"...meh.

Good thing there is a whole host of options between cowering behind a Maple Leaf, claiming to be Canadian, and running around yelling "Murica, fark yea". It was just a movie with puppets, not a travel instruction guide.

I only ever had one "bad" experience come from identifying myself as being from the USA, and that was in Pusan, South Korea.  I was walking home one night from a movie theater (which was conveniently located inside a shopping mall).   I had stopped before crossing a street, and this European guy came up to me.  At least, based on his accent and appearance, I assume he was European.  We have a very short dialog:

European guy: America?
Me: I'm from North America, yes.
European guy : But American?  Not Canadian.
Me: I'm from the USA, yes.  Not Canadian.
European guy : Sorry, I don't talk to Americans. [Walks off]

I wouldn't even call it a "bad" experience, really, just weird, especially as I was minding my own business and he started the whole thing.

On a somewhat related note, I try to avoid calling the USA "America" or myself as "American" because there are a number of South Americans who take objection to that.  I got tired of hearing "We are Americans, too!" or "Uruguay is in America!" so I try to avoid the issue by saying "USA" when I'm abroad.

Most gratuitous misrepresentation of my nationality:

I convinced a smoking hot French girl who I met in Avignon that I was only educated in the US (thus the accent) in order to convince her to have lunch with me. Think I claimed Iceland. No recollection. All I remember if the smoking hot French girl.

/Sorry, fellow countrymen: I'll disown you in a heartbeat if our poor global image as a nation threatens to get between me and a smoking hot French girl. I just will.


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2013-05-18 04:07:32 PM

Bumblefark: MNguy: Bumblefark:

Unless you have a 2nd language, the best answer to the question of where you hail from is, "Canada."

On what experience do you give this advice?

Pretty much all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, portions of the Middle East, the North Caribbean, and the South Pacific...never once had a bad reaction to, "Canadian, actually."


Well, good for you. You sound just spineless enough that Eastern Canadia may grant your wish for citizenship.
 
2013-05-18 04:26:29 PM

theorellior: Bumblefark: I convinced a smoking hot French girl who I met in Avignon that I was only educated in the US (thus the accent) in order to convince her to have lunch with me. Think I claimed Iceland. No recollection. All I remember if the smoking hot French girl.

Oh, c'mon, man. Fess up. Did you do her?


What happens in Avignon...

MNguy: Well, good for you. You sound just spineless enough that Eastern Canadia may grant your wish for citizenship.


What a smoking hot French girl might look like:

www.thestyleking.com

But, yeah, some random dude on the interwebs questioning my masculinity and/or patriotism -- file that under, "things that are a source of acute distress for me."

Wanker...
 
2013-05-18 04:38:03 PM
Bumblefark:

But, yeah, some random dude on the interwebs questioning my masculinity and/or patriotism -- file that under, "things that are a source of acute distress for me."

Wanker...


Haha.

Seriously, move to Quebec you pussy.  At least that way you don't have to lie to get yourself a piece.
 
2013-05-18 04:45:16 PM

MNguy: Bumblefark:

But, yeah, some random dude on the interwebs questioning my masculinity and/or patriotism -- file that under, "things that are a source of acute distress for me."

Wanker...

Haha.

Seriously, move to Quebec you pussy.  At least that way you don't have to lie to get yourself a piece.


Sage advice from someone so plainly secure in their masculinity, they had to find a way to shoehorn the word "guy" into their Fark handle, lest any passing stranger not know what a man they are.

Does it work? Does it keep the gay thoughts away?
 
2013-05-18 05:48:37 PM
This is classic yokel stuff. Go to the big shiny city, be dirty and crude, get robbed and taken advantage of.
 
2013-05-18 06:11:05 PM

Bumblefark: MNguy: Bumblefark:

Unless you have a 2nd language, the best answer to the question of where you hail from is, "Canada."

On what experience do you give this advice?

Pretty much all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, portions of the Middle East, the North Caribbean, and the South Pacific...never once had a bad reaction to, "Canadian, actually."


If this continues, Canadians will be considered the rudest tourists imaginable, just cause of the pretenders.
 
2013-05-18 07:15:33 PM

fusillade762: When I was travelling it always seemed like Australians were the most obnoxious tourists. Of course that's just anecdotal.


No, Quebeckers.
 
2013-05-18 07:47:50 PM
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Bill and Martha in China. I found these Americans in Beijing.

In my experience it is intoxicated Europeans that are trouble. Australians rate high as well but it is hard to generalize. I have seen Chinese tour groups in Pyongyang acting crazy because it is cheap. I meet expats abroad who will withdraw into their own kind so Asians will do the same. I find not that many Americans travel independently globally. I have always been met with shock by people who find out I am an American. I have seen all kinds of tourists acting badly but Americans screaming at a ticket clerk in a European train station has been one thing I have noticed frequently.
 
2013-05-18 08:36:20 PM

Farxist Marxist: Bumblefark: MNguy: Bumblefark:

Unless you have a 2nd language, the best answer to the question of where you hail from is, "Canada."

On what experience do you give this advice?

Pretty much all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, portions of the Middle East, the North Caribbean, and the South Pacific...never once had a bad reaction to, "Canadian, actually."

If this continues, Canadians will be considered the rudest tourists imaginable, just cause of the pretenders.


I would think the Canadians would just be happy just to be noticed for something.

/to be fair, I slandered the fine folks of Iceland as well.
 
2013-05-18 09:26:23 PM

Bumblefark: Farxist Marxist: Bumblefark: MNguy: Bumblefark:

Unless you have a 2nd language, the best answer to the question of where you hail from is, "Canada."

On what experience do you give this advice?

Pretty much all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, portions of the Middle East, the North Caribbean, and the South Pacific...never once had a bad reaction to, "Canadian, actually."

If this continues, Canadians will be considered the rudest tourists imaginable, just cause of the pretenders.

I would think the Canadians would just be happy just to be noticed for something.

/to be fair, I slandered the fine folks of Iceland as well.


Well, I guess that's ok. However you could have done it in one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_Canadian#Communities
 
2013-05-18 09:59:04 PM

Farxist Marxist: Bumblefark: Farxist Marxist: Bumblefark: MNguy: Bumblefark:

Unless you have a 2nd language, the best answer to the question of where you hail from is, "Canada."

On what experience do you give this advice?

Pretty much all of Western Europe, some of Eastern Europe, portions of the Middle East, the North Caribbean, and the South Pacific...never once had a bad reaction to, "Canadian, actually."

If this continues, Canadians will be considered the rudest tourists imaginable, just cause of the pretenders.

I would think the Canadians would just be happy just to be noticed for something.

/to be fair, I slandered the fine folks of Iceland as well.

Well, I guess that's ok. However you could have done it in one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_Canadian#Communities


damnit!
 
2013-05-18 10:52:11 PM

ciberido: rka: Bumblefark: As for not walking around 3rd world hell holes, screaming, ""Murica, fark yea!"...meh.

Good thing there is a whole host of options between cowering behind a Maple Leaf, claiming to be Canadian, and running around yelling "Murica, fark yea". It was just a movie with puppets, not a travel instruction guide.

I only ever had one "bad" experience come from identifying myself as being from the USA, and that was in Pusan, South Korea.  I was walking home one night from a movie theater (which was conveniently located inside a shopping mall).   I had stopped before crossing a street, and this European guy came up to me.  At least, based on his accent and appearance, I assume he was European.  We have a very short dialog:

European guy: America?
Me: I'm from North America, yes.
European guy : But American?  Not Canadian.
Me: I'm from the USA, yes.  Not Canadian.
European guy : Sorry, I don't talk to Americans. [Walks off]

I wouldn't even call it a "bad" experience, really, just weird, especially as I was minding my own business and he started the whole thing.

On a somewhat related note, I try to avoid calling the USA "America" or myself as "American" because there are a number of South Americans who take objection to that.  I got tired of hearing "We are Americans, too!" or "Uruguay is in America!" so I try to avoid the issue by saying "USA" when I'm abroad.


Similar experience: I "met" a guy who I believe was Scottish, by this accent, in the elevator in a hotel in Liuzhou China.  I was really tired, just got off a plane and checked into the hotel.  Dude's alone in the lift with me and says very clearly "I wouldn't be caught dead in Americer" (his pronunciation).  I ignored him.
 
2013-05-19 08:43:18 AM

fusillade762: When I was travelling it always seemed like Australians were the most obnoxious tourists. Of course that's just anecdotal.


Gonna guess Bali, Patong or maybe Hawaii.  'cos all the drunk bogans go to those places.

\Patong,....wasn't, uh, great
 
2013-05-19 11:02:47 AM

Fissile: Bumblefark: ciberido: rka: Bumblefark: As for not walking around 3rd world hell holes, screaming, ""Murica, fark yea!"...meh.

Good thing there is a whole host of options between cowering behind a Maple Leaf, claiming to be Canadian, and running around yelling "Murica, fark yea". It was just a movie with puppets, not a travel instruction guide.

I only ever had one "bad" experience come from identifying myself as being from the USA, and that was in Pusan, South Korea.  I was walking home one night from a movie theater (which was conveniently located inside a shopping mall).   I had stopped before crossing a street, and this European guy came up to me.  At least, based on his accent and appearance, I assume he was European.  We have a very short dialog:

European guy: America?
Me: I'm from North America, yes.
European guy : But American?  Not Canadian.
Me: I'm from the USA, yes.  Not Canadian.
European guy : Sorry, I don't talk to Americans. [Walks off]

I wouldn't even call it a "bad" experience, really, just weird, especially as I was minding my own business and he started the whole thing.

On a somewhat related note, I try to avoid calling the USA "America" or myself as "American" because there are a number of South Americans who take objection to that.  I got tired of hearing "We are Americans, too!" or "Uruguay is in America!" so I try to avoid the issue by saying "USA" when I'm abroad.

Most gratuitous misrepresentation of my nationality:

I convinced a smoking hot French girl who I met in Avignon that I was only educated in the US (thus the accent) in order to convince her to have lunch with me. Think I claimed Iceland. No recollection. All I remember if the smoking hot French girl.

/Sorry, fellow countrymen: I'll disown you in a heartbeat if our poor global image as a nation threatens to get between me and a smoking hot French girl. I just will.

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Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.


I was once entertained on a train headed for the former Leningrad, listening to a German wax indignant about how US war crimes in Iraq were reflective of American immorality.
 
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