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Do you like meeting people from your country abroad?

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11. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

Well, coming from Iceland (pop. 300.000) it's not very likely to meet Icelanders in the middle of nowhere. On a typical resort/beach holiday, maybe, but not the middle of nowhere. But when I have met Icelanders it's usually in weird random places. In line for an ATM in Rome or at a street market in Spain..
Icelandic people also tend to be a bit closed so it's not very likely they're gonna start following me around or expect a huge conversation just because we happen to speak the same language. So, in short, yes I like meeting Icelanders abroad.

12. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 8y

It all depends on their personalities. On my recent trip to Vietnam I met mostly Europeans and Aussies, and the other Americans I met were rather indifferent to be meeting me. If they were nicer, yes, I like people regardless of their origin.

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

Quoting bwiiian

[quote=Swept Away][quote=Utrecht]
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

Yes, it aint Bangkok... Are you blonde?

14. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

yes.. I like meeting another Filipino if I meet one.. especially if it is in a place where not too many Filipinos are around... At least I'd have someone share my experience with someone of the same lineage...

I did experience this when I had the opportunity of bumping into a small Filipino community in Hanoi...

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

It doesn't really bother me if its one or two people but if its a bus load then it can be very off putting and I can be really annoyed and have been known to sulk

Saying that there are times when I go looking for other Irish, ie when we were in Patagonia for paddys day two years ago and in holland this year for it............sometimes its nice not to have to translate or to share a joke that makes no sense to someone who doesn't have the same background or sense of humour......

.....on the other hand my boyf' hates meeting other dutch people abroad as he says it ruins his experience but had to eat his words when we met really nice dutch last year in bolivia and colombia , and guess what, we now live near close 'ish' so we kept in touch............

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

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting bwiiian

[quote=Swept Away][quote=Utrecht]
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

Yes, it aint Bangkok... Are you blonde?

haha, noooooo, i ain't blonde, i have shaved head!!! But i do get lots of looks when i am in Philippines because the places i go to don't really get western tourists so i think i am a bit of a novelty.

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

Quoting pau_p1

yes.. I like meeting another Filipino if I meet one.. especially if it is in a place where not too many Filipinos are around... At least I'd have someone share my experience with someone of the same lineage...

I did experience this when I had the opportunity of bumping into a small Filipino community in Hanoi...

So I am sure you will love Macau, its like visiting QUIAPO, if you go to the UNESCO HERITAGE sites, in the pm, you will see hundreds of Filipinos hanging out in SENADO Square and the RUINS of ST. Paul...

Its tragic for anyone who wants to feel like they are in Portugal.

18. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

hahah.. i bet I will enjoy Macau... ;)

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

Quoting pau_p1

hahah.. i bet I will enjoy Macau... ;)

In all fairness, the Filipinos in Macau are very helpful. I just hate speaking the language for political reasons. But I don't want to antagonize people with good intensions, so I am forced to speak a little tagalog.

Recently in KHAOSAN rd, I was spotted in as stream of people by a gay man from our country. I do walk distinctly, Filipino.
Well this guy burned so much of my time. He was telling me about a bad thing that happened to him in Bangkok and he keeps on repeating his sentences like a broken record. His face was too close to my face. He speaks in gay language with the speed of light and volume of thunder. He kept tapping my arm with his twisted wrist every 4 minutes. INSTINCT warned me that I am dealing with a CON artist. But I had to be polite, coz he could be telling the truth. If that happens to you, never give them eye contact... Some people get hypnotized.

He was lucky it was Khaosan road and I have been here for a month. If it was Angkor Wat, I will push him to a moat for ruining my illussion that I am Latin American backpacker.

20. Posted by Lachesis (Budding Member 26 posts) 8y

It has never occurred to me but I don't think I would enjoy it very much. I am never prepared for such coincidences!
I think I could recognize them before hearing them talk!