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Old 03-26-2013, 07:54 PM   #31
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A lot of people are complaining about the French, both as tourists and as hosts, but I find them generally a lot of fun. The ones that come here to the UK are great, and when I go to France, they're charismatic and very helpful. What's the deal with everyone else?
While I do not have a bad experience with the French, they seemed generally fine to me, it's undeniable that most people seem to have had a bad experience and are not impressed, so there must a reason, George. There is no way around that.
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No worries. I do truly believe my country is one of the best when it comes to welcoming tourists. I have witnessed it many times, and I also do it myself. Recently, our National Tourism Office even released a video for the Portuguese inciting both the tourism sector and the people in general to be welcoming and nice to foreign tourists. If you understand a bit of portuguese here it is:



As for the language barrier, I don't agree that it plays that big of a role. People have ways to be nice and to help each other even if they don't speak the same language.
Yes i understood everything, it's so similar to spanish and a bit to italian too that I really don't find trouble at all understanding it even if I have never studied the language. Of course, i miss some words and phrases but, for the most part, it's very easy! When i have to speak it, then it is way more difficult to me my name is Antonio too, so when the girls were commenting on the guy attending them I felt an even better connection nicely done vid!

As for the language bit, I do agree with you in that there are more ways of helping out and communicating ideas, etc. but it does help a lot to be able to understand it and speak it, at least a little bit. Some people have good intentions but freak out when they can't communicate properly with a tourist they would like to help, for example.
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places i have visit

Italy - i have been twice, I paid them more when i wanted to buy something and they give the money back and told me the real price, i got lost with my cousin they help me find my way, the next time i was with ppl from work again the ppl were nice, i remember visiting the Vatican and i saw a few Nuns Excited by the presence of someone who pass by us, tall with big cross and was dress with some kind of a Black gown so i thought maybe its a Cardinal so i forced two ppl from work to Chase him all over the St Petros and when we meet him i told him hey, are u a Cardinal he said yes and smile so i told him we are from israel and wanna take a picture with him, he was very very happy and took a few pictures with us and ask us to tell him about the holy land (i dont remember what i told him) i still have that picture when ppl dont believe my story.

spain - great ppl, soo nice again we got lost and a lady Just come with us to show us when was the store and the Site we wanted to see, the men didnt stop hit on me and my bff..cute men i gave 3 of them a kiss on the Cheek, the ppl from the hotel help us time and again.
i remember visiting a Church in Montserrat and i wanted to see the prayer us close but there was a big line and some Franciscan monk not far from us asked us in english what Language is it, is it heb? i told him yes one thing lead to another we got a Private Tour.

France - People refused to speak in English so well..
one good thing i remember being stuck on The train at Disney up high for 20 minutes bc of a problem and the technicians apologizeand they gave us ride as much as we wanted and even wanted to give us two tickets but i know the next day im leaving so no point but it was nice

Netherlands- Very very nice, when i meet a Local and somehow the talk got from when im they told me they used to work in a Kibbutz, it was pretty weird bc it was 6-7 ppl, Very patient and calm.

Belgium - the ppl were ok, they never smile, always had a sad face i didnt get why and when we took a taxi the driver said that Tourists is the only thing that keeps the country and he was also sad but i never know why..

Hungary - great ppl, Always told me im in the wrong direction, The people at the hotel were great and when i told them i need Western Union asap they left everything to help me.
i meet a policeman when i wanted Guidance and he start telling us about the History and all.

Austria- i was there for a short time but the ppl were nice

England - we didnt like the hotel and it was pretty late 3 girls without hotel at the streets of london until we saw a hotel we enter and i must say the ppl in the hotel were the sweetest i ever saw in a hotel, they had a room problem so everyday we closed our Luggage and when we came back they already moved us to another place, they even gave us the Suite when no other room was Available and didnt charge us for it ans helped us bc we had a problem with the agency in israel, i left them a 50 pound tip for the help and they were in tears
i must say that b4 i came i was sure the english are Snobbish, cold and unfriendly...god i was wrong
Every time we stopped people on the street, they helped us to the tiniest detail, there was an old lady with Many groceries at the tube and i didnt want to sit next to her so she will have all the room but she smiled and told me i cant sit its ok, whenever i smiled they smiled back, the Tour bus driver was hilarious, we got free drinks at the pub and the owner came to see me when my friend told him i never drink...Bit embarrassing but he gave me Coke.
just wonderful People, polite, smiling, very handsome men (we got a few phones and fb adresses..)

Greece - Was very nice of them to Explain to me in English about the Greek cuisine, At the hotel the lady help us to find the best shoe store and where we could buy the best Ouzo.

Bulgaria - veryyyyyyyy veryyy friendly hotel, they did their best so we will feel at home until i asked them to change the channels (With the satellite in the hotel they could see Israeli channels) i never felt at home so out of home...some of them answered in heb in the Basic words.
I was mainly in the tourist area and when we left out of town we had a very charming Bulgarian guide, at the pub the band let us take a picture with the owner and the band bc it was my bday (my friend told them) again i still have the picture.
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While I do not have a bad experience with the French, they seemed generally fine to me, it's undeniable that most people seem to have had a bad experience and are not impressed, so there must a reason, George. There is no way around that.
Of course. I am just curious, and would love people who've had a bad experience with the French to go into a bit more detail about why they are different (in a bad way) from many other countries. I personally don't see it, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not well travelled and haven't been on this planet for that long!
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my fav ppl to visit my country are the americans, they feel so at home, i like it, they are so open and easy going.


the ppl who came to visit are so full of admiration, i guess the radical differences between Jerusalem (spiritually) to Tel Aviv (Western, open) does that..not sure.
I like to ask the ppl hey where are u from and sometimes i get answers like Palau Islands, Papua New Guinea or Taiwan..I'm really surprised at how far they had come
ppl from the bank visited all over the world and they always say the Moroccans are the nicest ppl there is, my family (most of them) traveled to south america and said the ppl in there were the nicest.
my other half of the family visited AO and NZ and said the ppl there are the nicest.
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Do you think of Russia as a left leaning country?

Also Argentina?
yes and yes. Russia, especially under Putin, has traditionally been at odds with the west in several aspects.

Argentina with Kirchner can certainly be regarded as left leaning. Even populist to some degree too.

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But, yeah. I've never heard any complaints about Bolivia. Also, I know I'm not up on these things, but I don't think of it as left leaning.
Bolivia is a traditionally poor and conservative-ruled nation but now has Evo Morales as president. A friend and admirer of the deceased Chávez and a person who has enacted several socialist policies in his country.

but to be honest, maybe the term i should have used would have been "at odds with the west" rather than "left leaning", which can be understood in many different ways.
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who says that?
It's not my experience, but sadly it seems to be the general idea among Europeans, even then ones that have never been to the country.

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places i have visit

Italy - i have been twice, I paid them more when i wanted to buy something and they give the money back and told me the real price, i got lost with my cousin they help me find my way, the next time i was with ppl from work again the ppl were nice, i remember visiting the Vatican and i saw a few Nuns Excited by the presence of someone who pass by us, tall with big cross and was dress with some kind of a Black gown so i thought maybe its a Cardinal so i forced two ppl from work to Chase him all over the St Petros and when we meet him i told him hey, are u a Cardinal he said yes and smile so i told him we are from israel and wanna take a picture with him, he was very very happy and took a few pictures with us and ask us to tell him about the holy land (i dont remember what i told him) i still have that picture when ppl dont believe my story.

spain - great ppl, soo nice again we got lost and a lady Just come with us to show us when was the store and the Site we wanted to see, the men didnt stop hit on me and my bff..cute men i gave 3 of them a kiss on the Cheek, the ppl from the hotel help us time and again.
i remember visiting a Church in Montserrat and i wanted to see the prayer us close but there was a big line and some Franciscan monk not far from us asked us in english what Language is it, is it heb? i told him yes one thing lead to another we got a Private Tour.

France - People refused to speak in English so well..
one good thing i remember being stuck on The train at Disney up high for 20 minutes bc of a problem and the technicians apologizeand they gave us ride as much as we wanted and even wanted to give us two tickets but i know the next day im leaving so no point but it was nice

Netherlands- Very very nice, when i meet a Local and somehow the talk got from when im they told me they used to work in a Kibbutz, it was pretty weird bc it was 6-7 ppl, Very patient and calm.

Belgium - the ppl were ok, they never smile, always had a sad face i didnt get why and when we took a taxi the driver said that Tourists is the only thing that keeps the country and he was also sad but i never know why..

Hungary - great ppl, Always told me im in the wrong direction, The people at the hotel were great and when i told them i need Western Union asap they left everything to help me.
i meet a policeman when i wanted Guidance and he start telling us about the History and all.

Austria- i was there for a short time but the ppl were nice

England - we didnt like the hotel and it was pretty late 3 girls without hotel at the streets of london until we saw a hotel we enter and i must say the ppl in the hotel were the sweetest i ever saw in a hotel, they had a room problem so everyday we closed our Luggage and when we came back they already moved us to another place, they even gave us the Suite when no other room was Available and didnt charge us for it ans helped us bc we had a problem with the agency in israel, i left them a 50 pound tip for the help and they were in tears
i must say that b4 i came i was sure the english are Snobbish, cold and unfriendly...god i was wrong
Every time we stopped people on the street, they helped us to the tiniest detail, there was an old lady with Many groceries at the tube and i didnt want to sit next to her so she will have all the room but she smiled and told me i cant sit its ok, whenever i smiled they smiled back, the Tour bus driver was hilarious, we got free drinks at the pub and the owner came to see me when my friend told him i never drink...Bit embarrassing but he gave me Coke.
just wonderful People, polite, smiling, very handsome men (we got a few phones and fb adresses..)

Greece - Was very nice of them to Explain to me in English about the Greek cuisine, At the hotel the lady help us to find the best shoe store and where we could buy the best Ouzo.

Bulgaria - veryyyyyyyy veryyy friendly hotel, they did their best so we will feel at home until i asked them to change the channels (With the satellite in the hotel they could see Israeli channels) i never felt at home so out of home...some of them answered in heb in the Basic words.
I was mainly in the tourist area and when we left out of town we had a very charming Bulgarian guide, at the pub the band let us take a picture with the owner and the band bc it was my bday (my friend told them) again i still have the picture.
Do you ever have anything bad to say about anyone or anything?

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Of course. I am just curious, and would love people who've had a bad experience with the French to go into a bit more detail about why they are different (in a bad way) from many other countries. I personally don't see it, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm not well travelled and haven't been on this planet for that long!
Most people say they don't make the effort to speak in English. That's bad enough, because some of them to speak English. In my case, and it happened to me, instead of being unhappy about it, I take the challenge and give it my best shot at French. That's probably one of the reasons why I never had a beef with the French I like the challenge
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Well, the French aren't even nice when they are visiting a foreign country. By far they are the least liked nation of tourists who visit the tourist town where I live. They are rude to everyone and they refuse to tip. But, that's just a generalization. I have known some very nice French tourists who were lively and funny and others more reserved but still very nice. Not that even the nice ones bother to tip.
I'm studying abroad in France now and my favourite thing about eating out at restaurants is that the French don't expect a tip
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Do you ever have anything bad to say about anyone or anything?
i didnt even notice...

i have a lot of bad things to say about my work place and bankers in In general

i can and will trash them day and night, they are pigs


bad things about ppl.....i need to think about it more.



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I always find it difficult to generalize. For example, I've had wonderful experiences on the countryside both in Denmark and in Italy, with people going out of their way to help me when I needed and being generally the nicest people on earth, whereas in Copenhagen or Venice people are still nice in general, but in a more reserved way.

To be honest, I think I've never been target to any rude or hostile behaviour from people anywhere. I think the most indifferent I've seen was Prague, where they seem to care about you only to the extent you can spend money.

About the French: a little bit of the language takes you a long way. Actually I think they are right in a sense, it is a bit rude to go to a place and not even make an effort to communicate on their terms. Usually, if you start a conversation with a "excuse me, mister" in French, they will gladly switch to English and be really nice to you. I really like the people there, but I speak the language quite well so I was always taken as an immigrant rather than a tourist, I guess.
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portugal at number 7 . this list is load of crap.
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I always find it difficult to generalize. For example, I've had wonderful experiences on the countryside both in Denmark and in Italy, with people going out of their way to help me when I needed and being generally the nicest people on earth, whereas in Copenhagen or Venice people are still nice in general, but in a more reserved way.

To be honest, I think I've never been target to any rude or hostile behaviour from people anywhere. I think the most indifferent I've seen was Prague, where they seem to care about you only to the extent you can spend money.

About the French: a little bit of the language takes you a long way. Actually I think they are right in a sense, it is a bit rude to go to a place and not even make an effort to communicate on their terms. Usually, if you start a conversation with a "excuse me, mister" in French, they will gladly switch to English and be really nice to you. I really like the people there, but I speak the language quite well so I was always taken as an immigrant rather than a tourist, I guess.
How about Brazil? Honestly.

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I saw a lengthy research paper some weeks ago and I stopped at this exact part of it. The results seemed really weird, counter-intuitive and absolutely against my own experiences as a tourist (I've been to 30+ countries).

After a little digging, I realized that they've been polling a small sample of entrepeneurs (most of whom have nothing to do with the tourism industry) to get this data. So the methodology used in this BS poll is not just flawed, it is absolutely worthless. The sample size is way too small for the data to be representative EVEN IF they would've asked a random selection of regular people. Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics and sociology will understand this.

In other words, this has nothing to do with how welcoming countries are for tourists. Ignore the map and move on.
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