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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Spineless in Italy

OK - Now I travel into what pissed me off in Italy and the quagmire of politics. I think I'm objective, yet when traveling overseas, you tend to find other Americans, from a distance, annoying. Problem is, I am the other annoying American that that American is seeing, as well. It's the way we dress (white tennis shoes are a dead give away), the way we walk (an air of arrogance - even the most wimpiest of Americans), the facial tics and body language and, of course, our language. We truly stand out as Americans, but the real annoying thing I saw while traveling were the Canadians! Often mistaken for Americans abroad because of the aforementioned idiosyncrasies, I saw several families/groups across Italy wearing clothes with the Canadian Flag on them.

Now you have to consider two things - First, what would think if you saw an American wearing the Stars & Stripes walking down some street in Rome...Does the Ugly American come to mind? Secondly, why would a Canadian wear the Red Maple Leaf so proudly...Would it be so others don't confuse them for being Americans; that they're better than the Bush led country to the South; that they are truly that different? You know they're insecure enough that they needed to wear the Maple Leaf.

Regardless how you feel about the Bush Administration & Policies, I was embarrassed for those other Canadians who aren't concerned about being perceived as an American. Bottom line is when traveling abroad, you do your best represent yourself in the best manner possible (be polite, attempt to speak the language, show some humility)and if they still hate you without knowing you, fuck'em! Life's too short to worry about what others think of you, all the time, even if you are one of those self-conscious, spineless Canadians.


Anonymous stepha said...

canadians. psh.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what wearing a US flag will get you? A punch in the face.

There is nothing that pisses me off more than spending time abroad with arrogant, ignorant American jackasses who think they are God's gift to the rest of the world.

- Proud to be Canadian, eh?

2:23 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

Well, Zeus, I'm Canadian and I can honestly say that I'm not offended in the least.

For some reason, I've always met the dorkiest fucking Canadians abroad. And, yes, they wear idiotic Canadian flags sewn on their idiotic backpacks.

I think that's lame, too.

Mind you, that's just the hostellers and they're all, like, 18 years old and truly retarded.

5:19 PM  
Blogger slskenyon said...

Well, another interesting sign, at least for Americans, is the accent. I've been here in the UK for some time now, and I can tell you, there are place and people who change in an instant as soon as you open your mouth and they hear your accent. I'll never forget the professor I went to see once who wasn't expecting me. I opened the door to her office, walked in, she turned around from her computer to look at me, and then she stopped quickly, and said "Oh, I was waiting for another American" in such a way as you could insert "Black Guy" or "Chinese Kid" in the place of "American" in her comment. So much for higher education creating an open mind.

12:47 PM  
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