Do You Like Being The Minority When Abroad?
October 18, 2007 1:03pm CST
I actually think it is wonderful that I am in a foreign country in a wonderful hotel where 90% of the guests are GERMAN! Not English, but GERMAN. Why? Because I really am ashamed to say that I do not like the English abroad because they let our country down! I feel more comfortable, at ease knowing that I am in the vast minority in the hotel!However near Faliraki which is a horror spot for the British ascending on it, it's a total different atmosphere there, although this time of the year it is much quieter, but where I am it is very very rare to hear English being spoke!I can't speak a word of German but it's strange isn't it that if I had the choice of being in a hotel full of Germans and full of English I'd chose Germans EVERY time! Does anyone else feel the same, feel ashamed of their own people in foreign countries? Do you like being in the minority?What are your views, what greater percentage would you want staying in your hotel?
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• United States
18 Oct 07
I think it is only natural, wolfie, that you would want to experience some cultural diversity during your travels. I have never been abroad, but, I can assure you that I would not confine myself to only mingling with my own kind. Sometimes our own people can be rude and obnoxious, whereas we wouldn't know if others are since we don't speak their language. I would assume that people are basically the same, no matter where they are from, so I wouldn't care about that.
• United Kingdom
18 Oct 07
Exactly! I love listening to their language and enjoying being around different cultures, German children are sooooooooooo well behaved that they put the Brits to shame. There was an English couple with a screaming child who couldn't control it and it caused so much noise and it's selfish to other guests. However all the other children were German and you didn't hear one single word or cry out of them! Amazing! Us Brits are also ignorant in languages too, most can only speak one language when you go abroad everyone is multilingual! Even the peasants in the village can speak Greek and superb English even better than some Brits LOL!
23 Oct 07
If the people are European. I would not mind. I probably would get mistaken for them, though. I have been mistaken for Danish, Italian, English, German, because I am right down the middle as far as European nationalities go. I would be out of place if we went to someplace like Africa or the Orient. And I would be in for a culture shock if I go to someplace like Italy, where the majority may be shorter than I and I am not that tall. Being here in Canada when I am looking up to many people is different from being someplace where the majority thinks that five foot four is tall. I am not ashamed of what I am, but then it is only those obnoxious people who shove the Canadian flag in front so people will not mistake them for Americans and beat up on them, that makes me ashamed. People should see each other at face value and not hide behind the flag.
• United States
19 Oct 07
As you may know Sweets..Americans while traveling are not always well liked... I have a cousin that travels under her husbands nationality because she fears for her safety while traveling as American...Most of the English that have traveled here were nice people but then I usually get on fine with everyone..I tend to treat everyone like a long lost friend and we always part very good friends. Hon just travel as the Darling we all love and never mind being English..Everyone will love you just like we do! xoxoxo
19 Oct 07
Hi Wolfie, it sounds like you are having a great time hun. to be honest, I like to try to avoid places where there are too many English these days. I hate to sound like a total snob but in the past I have been mortified by the behaviour of some English abroad and tried to avoid being anywhere near them. I much prefer to relax and enjoy my holidays, and my partner and I tend to pick somewhere quiet so we can enjoy the atmosphere rather than going somewhere loud and noisy.
19 Oct 07
Yes that is true.. sometimes I also avoid being with my countrymen .. it seems kinda may be of shyness. if you meet them the conversation starts and a lot of other stuff so you won't have kinda easy moment instead of which you could be with you.. I hink it should be the reason why you avoid your countrymen .. but it actually is not bad stuff.. you just be with yourself and about German people .. yes they are very and very developed nation.. they are rational and full of empathy people.. as you know those people know how to unite.. how to make fun and how to be quite and peaceful during all these.. they know how to grow up their children with discipline.. I love them.. they are fantastic.. kind of example for the world..
18 Oct 07
I don't feel ashamed of Canadians when we are abroad. We are a notoriously polite group of people. LOL When I am visiting another country though, I want to spend my time in places where the vast majority of the people are from that country. I don't just want to learn about the little touristy parts of places, if I can, I'll do my best to talk to the people who live there.
18 Oct 07
Interesting point raised over here. I'm an Indian, and I have felt like this towards my own brothers and sisters or my country many times. And, I generally had the impression that whites were united when it came to facing Asians. I never knew an English or an American felt the same way about his countrymen. I haven't travelled outside India. But, many times, when I have travelled to other states within my country, I have felt alienated and discriminated by my own countrymen. In fact, I have been discriminated or every Indian gets discriminated or discriminates his own countrymen when it comes to serving foreigners. And that's how we lost our country to the British for 200 years. It's not just about staying in your hotel or your country or another hotel or another country. The grass always looks green on the other side. Now I realise that it's nothing but human tendency everywhere. Man has to realise that he is only a man. And rise above the idea of nationality and come together in universal brotherhood. Sorry, I may not be relating to your topic, but I would like to be treated as a human being, whether I'm a minority or not, regardless of my colour of skin, nationality, language or religion.