Eye rolling means the same thing in any language

Fixer is back from Froglandia. Interestingly, he had the same experience I did last time I traveled in Europe-

While I’m in Europe, I try to avoid Americans at all costs. It isn’t hard. They’re usually the loudest, most obnoxious and stand out among tourists of many a stripe. I’m sure the natives look at us the same way. A hint: Just because you are yelling “DO – YOU – TAKE – CREDIT – CARDS?” over and over, louder and more slowly each time, at the store clerk, it won’t make him/her understand you any better. You just look like an idiot. Whip out your Visa and lay it down, it’s a modern country, trust me.

Next, when you’re in arguably the most romantic bistrot in the 7eme Arrondissment and you’re eating the most increible meal you’ll probably have in your miserable life, don’t be going on about how the French hate us and are a buncha assholes for not going to Iraq. There’s something called class, what the wait staff treated you with even though they understood every word you said. Trust me, they did.

Yeah, it wasn’t the natives who were rude when I was there, either.

Read the whole entry. It’s spot on.


  1. Damn, that reminds me of 4 of the 7 people I was stuck with this semester in Costa Rica. They were so ignorant, unwilling to try new things, and worst of all — loud and obnoxious. It’s true, the majority of American travelers are assholes that I want to slap.

    Never have I heard a rude or obnoxious European or Canadian during my 6 months away from home.

  2. lemonkey

    Yet when foreigners come to this country they insist on acting however they like as well.

    It should be a two-way street. One person’s culture is no more valid than anothers.

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