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Old 04-01-2003, 11:20 AM   #1
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American travelling in Europe?

In light of recent world events, I have a question for all of you from Europe, or have recently been there:

I'm an American student, 22, and I'm planning a trip to Europe this june. Ireland, France, Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland are on the agenda. I consider myself fairly worldly, and I speak very good French & a little German. What are my chances of being greeted lovingly/ignored/ harassed/ beaten/ firebombed/etc.?


To be honest, I'm not worried. I think Europe may be safer in upcoming months than the U.S. is, but that's a different story...My mother, however, is completely paranoid about me going, and I'd like to reassure her.


Thanks in advance,

-Mike
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Old 04-01-2003, 11:29 AM   #2
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I would think the vast majority of people would be nice.

If you really want to be on the safe side, put a Canadian flag on your backpack, lol.
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your mother shouldn't worry, most European people disslike the American government, not american people - they know to seperate that.

and well there are some radical fools everywhere - but they were there a few years ago too, radical idots like them are also in the US and in Canada, so don't be afraid. Chances of being killed by crossing the road are much higher than meeting one of this guys.

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p.s. you should add Athens on your trip - imho it's the startingpoint of European culture
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i'm not sure about that Klaus.... I think most Europeans associate the American government with the people... Put a Canadian flag on Mike, you'll have a better trip and you will be better received... Canadians are loved in Europe and are known as culturally astute and open-minded.
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Being European, I can assure you that most Europeans know the difference between policies of their governments and a tourist.

Your mother shouldnŽt worry about that. A Canadian flag will not make any difference. Europe is not a continent of racists.

IŽd worry about going to the Near East, but not to Europe.

I think you will be greeted lovingly or ignored, just like every tourist. The people who are interested in meeting nice people, will greet you, the dumb ones will ignore you.

You should add Vienna, Austria to your trip - youŽre welcome.
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PM me, if you need a place to stay in Vienna and some food!
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I'm European and i travel around quite often - i can assure that almost all Europeans know the difference.

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Being European, I can assure you that most Europeans know the difference between policies of their governments and a tourist.

Your mother shouldnŽt worry about that. A Canadian flag will not make any difference. Europe is not a continent of racists.

IŽd worry about going to the Near East, but not to Europe.



It's just like when French tourists come here. Most Americans will be friendly and nice, but you'll have your obnoxious few who will be rude.
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It's just like when French tourists come here. Most Americans will be friendly and nice, but you'll have your obnoxious few who will be rude.
Exactly. I always liked the friendly, opened american way. And they are so caring! When I visited America in my childhood, theyŽd fetch us from the airport and everything, they always made us feel welcome. Americans have big hearts.
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you should visit hiphop in Vienna. he cooks a DAMN good meal.

btw, I am an American abroad in Europe at the moment and have found Europeans to be intelligent and open-minded. Just don't be loud and obnoxious, stay friendly, and I don't think you'll have any problems whatsoever. I'm going to Paris in a few weeks and am not worried in the least. Speaking some French also helps.
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To Paris, hmmmmmm? Sounds good.
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Paris is wonderful - if you have the time take a look at the garden of versailles it's so beautiful, if you walk 5-10 minutes away from the castle you are almost alone and can enjoy the beauty of it.

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Uh i almost forgot, if anyone is traveling around in Germany (Frankfurt or Heidelberg) and is interested in meeting me (or needs a cheap place to sleep) - send me an e-mail (no p.m. i am no premium member and i can't access p.m.'s)
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I'm going to come visit all of you next year!

*This will serve as your official warning
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*rotfl* no problem, i can't cook like hiphop can, but i know some nice italian restaurants

see you, Klaus
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