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11. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

As a general rule, people from wealthy countries seem to be more obnoxious and up their own arses than those from poorer countries, who seem to be much happier and friendlier.

What a sweeping general statement that is though!! I didnt realise Ireland was so wealthy;).

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

Then Iceland must be the wealthiest country ever! We have some of the loudest and most obnoxious people I have ever met living here.

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

I have to agree in a very general sense about Americans. The loud ones really stick out, and drone on and on about themselves so that everyone within 50 feet can hear. Us Canadians will go to any lengths to make sure people know we're Canadian - you should see our faces when asked "Are you American?" You'd think we were being asked if we were cross-dressing circus clowns (not that I have anything against cross-dressing circus clowns...).

I found the Northern Irish very warm and friendly.
The English in a rush and kind of cool.
The French a tad self-absorbed.
The New Zealanders VERY laid back and always ready for a party.

14. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

Quoting Kingwindle

The aussies, yeah I have many mates here at work, they do love their country and trying to be the best, same as the south africans.

How funny - I've always found I'm the only one that thinks Aussies and Saffas are extremely fond of their country, and fond of telling you of their fondness for their country ! It's nice to find someone that sees it too !

I find Italians to be great people - I know it's a stereotype but they really are so passionate and chatty and dramatic. Plus they're generally so friendly and welcoming....I'd love to live there one day.

As for the English, a number of people have told me they like our reserved nature because there's none of this false friendliness that you can find with Americans - apparently the English make very loyal friends once people have broken through the barriers, whereas Americans love you the day they meet you and then forget the next. Having said that, I have some wicked American friends, so as always it just depends on who you meet.

15. Posted by brad_cat (Budding Member 15 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Us Canadians will go to any lengths to make sure people know we're Canadian - you should see our faces when asked "Are you American?" You'd think we were being asked if we were cross-dressing circus clowns (not that I have anything against cross-dressing circus clowns...).

Haha, not that there's anything wrong with that...

Haven't had much experience with people outside of my country (yet), so anything I could add is just what I get from TV 'n stuff. So yeah.

Brad

16. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

whereas the Dutch are happy with being "liberalized" ....

i always find that to be quite strange, my dutch friends pride themselves on being very liberal and open minded. Yet when I was there last ( a week and a half ago) there was certain subjects that could not be discussed openly without someone jumping to conclusions, we were talking about the Muslim and Mosque attacks, yet instead of people being open and discussing it they would try to ''trick'' you into saying something you don't mean, i found i wasn't given a chance to explain myself at all, I also find that many people in their 20's / 30's in the groups i found myself with randomly in pubs would judge you by what you wear, ie if you showed any skin then they thought you should be under a red light, what made it worse was some of them wore a lot less then me !!!

apologises for ranting but i had to get it off my chest but i also have to be honest that some of the Dutch I met are the sweetest , most open , friendly people that I have ever met !!!

there are so many stereotype ideas out there it is hard to know what to expect,.....

For me Yes I'm Irish, i'm a total chatterbox, I'm very nosey and like to know whats going on, i love to party, but i hate Guinness, Salmon, actually fish in general..... i would like to think that I was open and friendly but hey who's going to criticise themselves...

oh and apologises if this doesn't make sense or spellings are everywhere, i'm typing quick so the boss doesn't cop on !!

17. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

It's weird - I'm always hearing from people my own age in other countries that they hate to see the Irish coming - that we're loud and inconsiderate and all we do is drink...etc....yet wherever I have travelled I immediately find that being an Irish citizen causes people to become instantly more welcoming and jocular -everyone has some funny anecdote about an Irish relative or something that happened to them when they visited Ireland...and it's great. I love being Irish.

18. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i found that too, i've never heard someone hate the irish, nearly everyone i met had an irish experience, my only exception was in Kutna Hora in Czech Republic, it was a cold December night so we decided after an 8 hour trek what better way to end it then by having a hot whiskey, lo and behold the only bar was Irish, when we walked in there was two Scottish guys there who were on their first drink ( i wouldn't believe them - the table had loads of empties.. ) anyway as we talked to the barman he discovered that I was Irish, it turns out that I was the first Irish person in the pub, ( well its hidden down a side alley so it takes a while to find).... free drink all night for me, Arjan and my two new 'brothers'.... the barman kept saying how happy he was that everyone had an irish story but him .... (didn't think there was that many of us !)

19. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

yeah something similar happened to me in Pisa - stumbled across an Irish bar down near the river...turned out it was owned by an Argentinian woman who also owned the English bar around the corner. There wasnt an Irish person in sight - mainly Italian and Americans...so I ended up showing them all the siege of Ennis for a free bottle of Carolans and some free food! Excellent fun!

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

I was in Torremolinos, Spain a few years ago and our neighbours next door were an Irish couple. Once they came in at 3 in the morning after a night of drinking, and we were woken up by crashing plates and screams of "You're a #*&# bum, I never should have married you!" and "Why don't you get a job and be a real woman!"

I tried to get my boyfriend at the time to ask them to keep quiet, but he (at 6 foot 7) refused to go anywhere near them.

Needless to say, that was the only "stereotype" Irishmen I've ever met. All the rest were lovely, warm and very welcoming. They can drink any other nationality under the table, though. Except maybe the New Zealanders.