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21. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

22. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Burqa maybe??

23. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I always travel alone. If someone strikes up a conversation (usually on an overnigt or long day train), it's got to be about something interesting, otherwise I'll do my utmost to switch off. I've always got a book, so can lose myself in that. The one thing that repeatedly comes up is, I live in Manchester and as soon as I tell a total stranger that, all I get is Manchester United for a minimum of 1/2 an hour every time. It doesn't help, that not only can I not stand the topic of M.U., but I also don't like football. Most of my travelling over the last few years has been in Eastern Europe, although I have travelled further afield on occasions. The Eastern Europeans, regardless of which country I'm in, are generally so incredibly friendly and once the chat starts - it's difficult to stop. If people want to talk about places to go or see, then I'll listen for what's hot and what's not. Otherwise - I'm not in the crowd.
There's nothing stuffy or unfriendly about wanting to travel alone. It gives you the chance to do the things you like, without having to listen to other people's plans all the time.

24. Posted by murphc09 (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

I always travel alone. If someone strikes up a conversation (usually on an overnigt or long day train), it's got to be about something interesting, otherwise I'll do my utmost to switch off. I've always got a book, so can lose myself in that. The one thing that repeatedly comes up is, I live in Manchester and as soon as I tell a total stranger that, all I get is Manchester United for a minimum of 1/2 an hour every time. It doesn't help, that not only can I not stand the topic of M.U., but I also don't like football. Most of my travelling over the last few years has been in Eastern Europe, although I have travelled further afield on occasions. The Eastern Europeans, regardless of which country I'm in, are generally so incredibly friendly and once the chat starts - it's difficult to stop. If people want to talk about places to go or see, then I'll listen for what's hot and what's not. Otherwise - I'm not in the crowd.
There's nothing stuffy or unfriendly about wanting to travel alone. It gives you the chance to do the things you like, without having to listen to other people's plans all the time.

Ahhh the joys of being from Wales.

It usually goes like this

Random : "so where are you from"
Me : "Wales, in the UK"
Random : "hmmm Wales?"
Me : "yeah, you know... Bangor, rhyl, aber, swansea..."
Random : "silence......."

25. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Can you even begin to imagine how many times I've told people abroad that I'm from Manchester - and all I get back is.... "Aaaaw, Manchester United!!"
Puke.
Really wish that football team would start losing and become unheard of - fat chance.

[ Edit: Edited on 06-May-2009, at 11:46 by Redpaddy ]

26. Posted by Buzzcock (Full Member 178 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Really wish that football team would start losing and become unheard of - fat chance.

You could always tell people that you come from Coventry instead

27. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Are Coventry a good team then or not?? As you can see - I aint got no idea of football at all.

28. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Eneli78

I like to blend in as much as I can. Because of my appearance and how I dress, I blend easily in Europe, and I don't like to have it made obvious that I am foreign and a traveler. It's like they blow my cover my making me open my mouth.

I can totally relate to this... I look local everywhere in Asia, and it blows my cover... I was just in a bar tonight and this creature won't leave me alone. He wants to practice his English, and I keep saying I'm local. I just wanted my beer without too many people staring and making guesses about my ethnicity.

And when they know you are a traveller, the long list of questions will pop out... "Where are you from?" and there is a crowd waiting for your answer. "I'm from Burkina Faseau or Timbuktu!" What? Where is that? Like they even know where is Portugal or Peru.

29. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Can you see where I'm coming from with this M.U. problem now?? It doesn't matter whether I'm in Malawi or Manitoba (done both). I can't sidestep it.

30. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Are Coventry a good team then or not?? As you can see - I aint got no idea of football at all.

well its me and the barbaric sport of Boxing...

"hey your country just won, and blah blah"- just the other day... and 4 times this month.

and then I shut them up with my BULLET PROOFED, debate speech on how boxing should be abolished.

I'm guilty, I also do that M.U. spiel... But I don't watch football and zero knowledge about that team.