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1. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Usually when I am on the road, if I see another traveller (it's easy to spot in some places like Africa, South America or Asia), I nod and might say hello. In the past, I have usually gotten a polite reply.

But when I was in Beijing and Ulaan Baator, I noticed that other white people wouldn't even look at me. They walked right by with head pointed forward. It was almost as if they were delibrately trying to avoid making eye contact with me.

Has anyone else noticed this? I have no idea why that is. I have a few theories, though:

(1) I look like an axe murder more than I did in the past.

(2) Seeing another white face in the crowd destroys the illusion that they are on the "other side of the world."

(3) They are afraid I will cling to them, and spoil their day out alone

(4) They are all just jerks.

Do you say hello to fellow travellers on the road? If you don't, why not?

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

My travel area has been limited, but I say hello to travelers and locals alike. Sometimes I will be ignored, or given that look of "suspicion", but more often than not - I get a smile, nod of ackowledgement or an outright hello in return.

In your case - I'm voting for the axe murderer theory.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I would say hello back if someone said it to me first, but I don't think I would say anything firsthand. Maybe I would if I was in a small town.. dunno. If it's in a big city you would spend the whole day nodding and saying hello..

4. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 11y

I would at least give a nod and smile and acknoledgement, if I didn't say hello.

Definalty if i was somewhere where there aren't many other travellers. I'd like to see someone try it on Khao San Road though that'd be funny.

Its so rude not to acknowledge someone in return, even if you are having the day from hell.

Did they have white sticks and dark glasses? Guide dogs?

If not they were probably just jerks.

5. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

yup i've had that!!!
its number 2 with a little 4!!!

6. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

I would usually acknowledge the hello.

However, during my trip to Australia last week, I ignored a few unintentionally. I'm just not used to be greeted with "G'day mate" or "Hello mate" in Australian accent. So there were a few times when I was greeted by store/counter staff and I only realised that moments later because I was concentrating on looking at what they're selling. But if it's not too late, I would looked up at the person, nodded and smiled.

7. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

That happened to me today, actually. I saw a few people I was SURE were Canadians in Courselles-sur-Mer (they were dressed in red sweaters and ball caps), but I just couldn't bring myself to say "hi". It felt kinda cheesy, although I kinda smiled. I didn't mean to be rude - I was just a bit shy about it.

And on a related note, what's with these French keyboards?? The letters are in the wrong place! See how easily I adapt on my first day in a new place...grr....

8. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

Quoting Hien

I would usually acknowledge the hello.

However, during my trip to Australia last week, I ignored a few unintentionally. I'm just not used to be greeted with "G'day mate" or "Hello mate" in Australian accent. So there were a few times when I was greeted by store/counter staff and I only realised that moments later because I was concentrating on looking at what they're selling. But if it's not too late, I would looked up at the person, nodded and smiled.

"G'day champ" and "how's it goin' champ?" are also commonly spoken greetings from my fellow countrymen

9. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

And on a related note, what's with these French keyboards?? The letters are in the wrong place! See how easily I adapt on my first day in a new place...grr....

I know the feeling. When I was working there, they were nice enough to configure my computer with the American keyboard layout. However, they didn't have an actual, physical American keyboard. It was alright for me, because I am a touch typist, but did ocassional cause problems.

For example, while the key beside the tab key is configured to produce the letter Q, the key is labeled with the letter A. As I stated above, I am a touch typist, so this generally doesn't bother me as I am seldom looking at the keys. Occasionally I do peek down at my hands and that's when my brain starts doing circles.

Say I am typing the word "quiet." I will think the letter Q, and my finger will start to move to the Q spot and hit the key. However, if I am looking down my eyes will see that my finger is actually hitting the A key, and demand that the mistake be corrected. So my finger will start to move to the backspace key. But then my eyes will glance at the screen and see the letter Q, which is what we wanted in the first place. Suddenly, like a submarine trying to dive to avoid depth charges, my brain is sending out crazy abort signals on the backspace.

Greg

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting numero1

"G'day champ" and "how's it goin' champ?" are also commonly spoken greetings from my fellow countrymen

I think I've heard that one before too, plus a few others which I don't remember.

Ok, this is off-topic. What's with all these flies in Sydney, especially by the sea? They were sooo annoying!!! It was as if Sydney was a very dirty place. But it wasn't! Sydney was very clean when I was there last week. So where did they come from?! There were so many flying around you and they usually land anywhere on your face. And there were also another group of them who would stay still on your bag until you shake your body vigorously to get them away. In less than a minute, they will return. Flies aside, Sydney was a great place to be.