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11. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1239 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

As an English person I've come across assumptions that I'm American in some places but by no means everywhere. In my experience it depends on where the majority of tourists tend to visit from, so if lots of Brits visit they'll think British, if lots of Americans visit, then they'll assume that, and so on. Based on this, because Americans are banned from visiting Cuba, I think locals there are less likely to assume a white person is from the US than they would elsewhere!

This is mostly my experience. When travelling through Mexico and Central America it was always assumed I was American but in Europe it was often assumed I was British. In French Polynesia sometimes they thought I was American and sometimes they recognised I was Aussie. Funnily in Swinoujscie Poland people would approach me speaking German

12. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1558 posts) 3w 2 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

Quoting ToonSarah

As an English person I've come across assumptions that I'm American in some places but by no means everywhere. In my experience it depends on where the majority of tourists tend to visit from, so if lots of Brits visit they'll think British, if lots of Americans visit, then they'll assume that, and so on. Based on this, because Americans are banned from visiting Cuba, I think locals there are less likely to assume a white person is from the US than they would elsewhere!

This is mostly my experience. When travelling through Mexico and Central America it was always assumed I was American but in Europe it was often assumed I was British. In French Polynesia sometimes they thought I was American and sometimes they recognised I was Aussie. Funnily in Swinoujscie Poland people would approach me speaking German

That reminds me of something that happened to us in Havana. We went into a travel agency to enquire about tickets for the open-top bus. My wife speaks very passable Spanish (I can order a beer, that's about it) so she asked in Spanish. The woman at the desk understood perfectly well but replied in German, presumably because she assumed we were German. Fortunately my German is better than my Spanish - I had to translate the German into English for my wife who doesn't speak any German. It was quite a surreal three-way conversation! :):)

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14. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2139 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting miawilson

Nice Post!!

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