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  •  Mr. L & I have been told the same thing. (3+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, RamblinDave, Rashaverak

    But I sometimes wonder, how many of the Americans to whom they refer are face-to-face and how many are on TV?

    •  Some of the times.... (5+ / 0-)

      ... this has been said by people whose job involves interacting with foreigners.  

      I wonder what percentage of tourists (American or otherwise) view visiting other countries a precious privilege in which you get the benefits (almost for free) of all the many treasures those countries have to offer.  Yes one pays for lodging, and meals, and museum admissions, etc. -- but there is so much that is just ... there (no one charges you to walk along the Seine and cross its bridges, or to walk the streets of Rome (or visit most of its churches, etc).  

      A sense of gratitude really takes one a long way when one is visiting ... whether one's relatives or another country.

      •  Boy--what a beautiful post (3+ / 0-)

        I could have written every word. The greatest experiences were either free (sitting on a bench in the Place de la Concorde or by the Eiffel Tower, watching the sun set or the lighting of the Tower), or nearly-free (the hot chocolate at Angelina's and the greatest opera I've ever seen for 9 euros in Berlin).  

        A sense of gratitude, and really opening your eyes to your encounters with your fellow human beings there--best of all.

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