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Do you like meeting people from your country abroad?

Travel Forums General Talk Do you like meeting people from your country abroad?

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1. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

You are standing in the Roman Colliseum, savoring the moment, telling yourself that this where the great Roman emperors used to play their powers. You are feeling gratitude for the privilege of being able to get here in this life. You keep telling yourself, wow I am in Rome and I cant believe it!

Then suddenly, you hear a familiar language that sends you back to where you were born or work. Its a person who works in Rome and he or she hails from your country. Your moment of silence and reflection ends, as this person inquires about your ETHNICITY or nationality in your native tounge. In the name of politeness, you answered the inquiry, which opened the flood gates for more questions from your nostalgic interrogator.

Thank God, I dont meet Filipinos in my travel. Well ofcourse I met some in places that are designated as World heritage sites. I felt like writing a letter to the UNESCO to ban my own people from having a regular picnic in such area, because it RUINS the ambiance. Imagine you are visiting Venice and 2/3 of the people on the street speak English like KATIE HOLMES or Shannen Doherty. "So Where are you from?"

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Well, in that case, they must be just as disappointed to be meeting you in the middle of nowhere.

3. Posted by writergrrl (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

I have to somewhat agree. I don't want to run into a bunch of Americans while abroad. I see them all the time.

That said, I remember being in MX for a few months, and at one point, I just wanted to hear English--my brain was flat-out TIRED from translating in my head.

So for me, sometimes running into another American was a bit of break.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Preferably not, but don't have real problems with them. It's just that I would rather meet people from other countries or even better, locals. But there are nationalities that are even worse than Dutch

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

But there are nationalities that are even worse than Dutch

Ha! Name one! ;)

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

Preferably not, but don't have real problems with them. It's just that I would rather meet people from other countries or even better, locals. But there are nationalities that are even worse than Dutch

And besides you do expect to see European travellers everywhere.
But I don't see my people in the hostels that I stayed and according to most travellers they don't meet Filipinos in hostels either.

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting Utrecht

Preferably not, but don't have real problems with them. It's just that I would rather meet people from other countries or even better, locals. But there are nationalities that are even worse than Dutch

And besides you do expect to see European travellers everywhere.
But I don't see my people in the hostels that I stayed and according to most travellers they don't meet Filipinos in hostels either.

The last hostel I was in there were LOADS of Filipinos. Mind you I was in the Philipines.

I go to the Philippines a lot and one of the good things about it is that I never meet any other English people. Negros Occidental and Iloilo don't seem to have any western tourists there at all, so I never bump into any English

8. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

I have heard some amazing stories about people meeting each other abroad, people that actually know each other. My flatmate was telling my once that virtually two next door neighbours bumped into each other in Las Vegas in at the slot machines, both are fro UK, pretty slim odds of this happening....

But to answer you question, probaly not, maybe is one of the reasons you go away on holiday as you can pretend to some degree you are James Bond....

9. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

Quoting Utrecht

But there are nationalities that are even worse than Dutch

Ha! Name one! ;)

Well, mainly Quebecois

10. Posted by laurim (Respected Member 260 posts) 8y

Quoting andy11

I have heard some amazing stories about people meeting each other abroad, people that actually know each other. My flatmate was telling my once that virtually two next door neighbours bumped into each other in Las Vegas in at the slot machines, both are fro UK, pretty slim odds of this happening....

But to answer you question, probaly not, maybe is one of the reasons you go away on holiday as you can pretend to some degree you are James Bond....

Similar thing just happened to me in Italy a couple weeks ago. I was on a tour of the Palatine Hill wearing my University of Minnesota t-shirt. A girl asked me where in MN I lived and I said a suburb of St. Paul. She said, "Oh yeah? I live in Cottage Grove". Guess where I live! We went to the same elementary and high school, about 25 years after I did. What are the chances I would run into someone from my own town when thousands of miles away? I'm glad I wore that shirt places because it gave people an opportunity to start conversations with me and there were times I was glad to talk to someone from my home state.