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As I sit here sipping a cappuccino after a nice lunch at a Greek restaurant, the woman sitting at the table behind me is on quite a tear. I heard her from the outset, that kind of loud whiney person who is never satisfied with anything.

The topper is when she launched into a diatribe to their waiter about "our president whose initials are BHO, and do you in w what that means? Hussein! And he was born in Kenya!"

They are indeed everywhere.

And by Greek restaurant, I mean in Athens, Greece, where we are now.

It's been lovely, until just this moment.

Sorry I won't be around much for comments. We are about to resume walking about for a couple of hours.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "He is Joe McCarthy, he is bad news ... I hope Mr. Cruz does not have a nice weekend." - Chris Matthews

    by lotac on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 02:56:24 AM PDT

  •  I hope it is not catching (7+ / 0-)

    Greece has enough problems as it is

    "I decided it is better to scream. Silence is the real crime against humanity." Nadezhda Mandelstam

    by LaFeminista on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:17:42 AM PDT

  •  I'm afraid you've fallen prey to... (10+ / 0-)

    UAS (Ugly American Syndrome), which can strike the unwary American traveler at a moment's notice. You're on a train or touring a museum or (as you were) sitting in a nice restaurant and some American jackass nearby says something (always in English and usually very loudly) that makes you want to pretend to be Canadian.

    My sympathies, but be assured that most Europeans are very happy when an American turns out not to be an UAS carrier.

    Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

    by Stwriley on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 04:53:44 AM PDT

  •  Tourists and Immigrants Are Not Fully Represen- (3+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother, Aunt Pat, allie4fairness

    tative of a country's people. American tourists must of course have the money to travel abroad. That biases them to the upper half of income I'd think, and the higher incomes are more likely to be rightwing. There's also business traveling, also a conservative bias probably.

    In our very limited overseas touring we definitely met more Americans in the upper income and education demographics than everyday and bluecollar types.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 05:46:23 AM PDT

    •  Yea, but those rich yocals do cause trouble for (6+ / 0-)

      rest of us on occasion. I have encountered people in Europe, who were ready to skewer me over certain political topics. It can be a bit off putting because you are there to enjoy yourself a bit, learn something, and not be hung on the proverbial cross for someone else's sins.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:49:39 AM PDT

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      •  whereas, my daughter, who went to Okinawa as a (1+ / 0-)
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        teen and ended up on the receiving end of a history lesson from a gentle but politically firm professor she met there, came home and several years later apologized to me for having been embarrassed during high school by the strength of my political views and how it opened her eyes to hear the same thing from him on the other side of the world.

        We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

        by nuclear winter solstice on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 12:17:06 PM PDT

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  •  What happens when she says that in Turkey? (3+ / 0-)
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    AJayne, Aunt Pat, allie4fairness

    Just remember that you have the power to be the good example.

    "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

    by GreenMother on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 07:48:05 AM PDT

  •  I've been in two situations like that (0+ / 0-)

    Once in the French-speaking part of Canada.  I was in a store and there were these two very loud American women who seemed oblivious to the fact that they weren't the only people there, commenting on how much cheaper and better everything was in the US.  I was at the register and the woman behind it assumed I was French-Canadian (I'm one-quarter on my mother's side), and spoke to me in French.  Luckily, I speak a little, so I was able to respond coherently and I left the store as soon as she rang me up.  Another time, my husband and I were traveling in Germany and some really loud-mouth American tourists were making Nazi jokes.  Talk about waiting to sink into the floor! Again, my husband speaks enough German and our ethnicity is such that we could pass (I'm  half German and my husband is three-quarters), so we avoided more embarrassment there by once again pretending we weren't Americans.  Why oh why do some Americans who go outside the US expect everything to be just like it is in the US, or assume no one speaks English and they can say whatever ignorant thing pops into their heads!

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