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1. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

Hi guys,

Im coming to Europe on the 25th of April and I was
wondering if Europeans will help me out while im travelling
or give me the cold shoulder!

lol

Andrew

2. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 10y

I'm sure you won't have any problems with Europeans helping you out, most people have a fairly positive view of Australians I think, some might think they're a little loud maybe I guess. Personally I've met a lot of nice Australian tourists in Europe, they seem to be everywhere.

3. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

Hi there,
From someone that has been to Europe 3 times, and deal with them in business.. and a fellow Aussie, here are my tips.

-Smile and laugh a lot. Europeans are quite serious people therefore can't help but enjoy the Australian "she'll be right, mate" attitude.
-Try to speak as much of the local lingo as you can. Phrasebooks. Even if it's a greeting, or the old favourite "i'm sorry I can't speak much *French/German/etc.*, but I'm from Australia".

-Know at least counting, greetings/farewells and the name of transport (eg: train station = bahnhof, flughaven=airport in German)

-When speaking, substitute the word English into Australian. THe French have a problem with the British, and a lot of Americans can be considered ignorant. Just like Canadians like to distinguish themselves from Americans (and Kiwis from Aussies ;)). It's important that they continue to think Aussies are cool..!

-Also remember that AUstralians speak without spaces between words. Owyagoin'mate. She'llberightokaycatchyalater. Knowwaddimean?

- In short you should have no problems, and may even like you better if you state you're an Aussie. But be prepared for the crocodile wrestling, shrimp on the barbie, pet kangaroo assumptions. Don't forget to tell them about the dangers of the Drop Bears,tasmanian tigers or about the bunyip plague ;)

Enjoy!
Andrew

4. Posted by Aniat (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Yup, Australians are like Canadians.
Everyone thinks we're retarded because we're friendly:))
Why would you every ask someone how they are if you don't know them (as in, there're not related to you in some way)?!

Wors comes to worst in a bad place- if you speak english you'll have some other Aussie come up to you and be very glad to see you.
God knows there are so many of you everywhere! :)

Anyhow, I was paryting on a beach in Belgrade last summer and met 5 great guys from Melbourn/or rather some small place near Melbourn... and they travelled through Serbia on their way to Greece, but opted to stay there for 2 MONTHS! They loved it!
Great crowd, everyone likes to practice their english and everything is super cheap - buy someone a drink = you have a friend for life.

Have fun!

5. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

If you are an Australian just let people know where you come from. An english speaking tourist could be mixed as an american tourist and thanx to mr. Bush the europeans are not a fan of usa.

During the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 there were 2 country who made the biggest party : Australia & Netherlands. If you plan to come to the Netherlands you will feel more than welcome.

6. Posted by EuroAndrew (Inactive 35 posts) 10y

cool. im starting in Greece then going up to italy, switzerland, spain, france, amsterdam etc.

cant wait to get to Europe!!

Ill have to renember to bring my corked bushmans hat, the stubbies and the thongs!

7. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 10y

Quoting blitz

-Smile and laugh a lot. Europeans are quite serious people therefore can't help but enjoy the Australian "she'll be right, mate" attitude.

Sorry but I have to say that is absolute * substitute own profanity*

Andrew, I have nothing but love for Aussies, I never met a single one travelling that I didn't have a wicked time with!!

just be yourself,

mim

[ Edit: edit :) ]

8. Posted by Zoom (Full Member 131 posts) 10y

Wow Blitz, What amazing insight you have into the world. Now I want to get all of this down so let me do a review:

EUROPEANS = Quite serious people (all of them, right, a Greek or Swede, all the same right? OK, so far so good - I'm learning SO fast)
FRENCH = Problem with the British (OK, good to know)
AMERICANS = considered ignorant (well, yes, of course. A land totally full of stupid people. You are so young yet already so wise)
AUSSIE"S = cool. (Oh yeah, ask anybody about an Aussie and the first thing they say is "cool")
CANADIANS = (Do not want people to think they are Americans. Yes of course. Since maybe 25% sew the Canadian flag on their backpacks let's just say ALL)
-edit-
Wow, 3 times to Europe, that's SO cool. You must know it like the back of your hand. So please teach me wise one, I want to know what you know ENLIGHTEN ME BLITZ - PLEASE !!!

[ Edit: Lets not make assumptions about each other eh? and keep it civil please, cheers ]

9. Posted by blitz (Budding Member 47 posts) 10y

EuroAndrew: make sure you go to Cinque Terre in Italy, up to the northwest (close to Franch/Swiss border) it's a truly beautiful part of the world.
In Switzerland one of my favourite places is Interlakern.. in fact just catching a train around the mountains and lakes is an awesome experience.

Try to see some other parts of Holland if you can. In Amsterdam, make sure you see the Anne Frank museum, and go on a canal cruise. Forget the Heineken brewery. Utrecht is a wonderful city, but if you really want to see some amazing sights in a day trip.. go up to Enkhuizen or Hoorn.. less than one hour train ride north of Amsterdam. Small fishing villages on a lake (the Ijsselmeer) with still the original walls (walled cities). There is a really nice open air museum (called the Zuider Zee Musuem) of historic buildings from around the area, in fact one of my relatives houses is in there (from 1700's!!)

For Zoom,
I am Dutch and lived in Europe for many years, and have many of my european relatives and friends comment on Australians. I have hosted many european visitors in Australia, and these are a lot of their views. I'm not racist, it's a shame you didn't understand the tongue-in-cheek (ie: Aussie humour) post. But don't turn it into a flame. Every country has it's own culture and therefore it's own unique identity (and idiosyncrasies). Which is why the world is such a great place.
The other posters seem to enjoy an Australian's company. Buy an Aussie a drink, get a friend for life.

EuroAndrew: I sure you'll enjoy your trip :)

10. Posted by none (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Quoting blitz

-Also remember that AUstralians speak without spaces between words. Owyagoin'mate. She'llberightokaycatchyalater. Knowwaddimean?

Really? Oh no!! I hope that at least they can speak slowly