Originally posted by CaptChaos
I can't even read this whole thread because it's embarrassing to me as an American! Most of you dingbats are proving the OP correct with all these
We've got every type of climate within our own borders, sure. You can just go to other states and experience a lot. I'm sure most of you have not
been to many other states, maybe the ones bordering yours. Duh. Most people will never go further than 100 miles from where they were born in their
I've been to 30 states and 38 other countries as well. Have any of you? I doubt it. I live in Cancun so I meet lots of American tourists all the
time. 90 percent of them it's their first time out of the country, and all they did was go to the closest and most Americanized vacation destination,
where they can be sure of having McDonald's, Hooters, and Wal Mart. Sometimes they will get radically Mexican and go to Senor Frog's, woo hoo!
Cancun barely even counts as a foreign country. I'm from Miami and our standing joke here is, "what's the difference between Cancun and Miami? More
people speak English in Cancun!" and it's NO JOKE.
Let's try a little test: How many of you "Americans" can even name the PM of Canada? The president of Mexico? How about the PM of GB, pres of
France, chancellor of Germany? I bet we see about a 10% pass ratio on this little quiz.
Even so, 95 percent, no, 96 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
Wow, I like you
When I went to Cancun, my first impression (and my last) was that its just like a 27 mile lagoon Miami but with less Spanish
I live in S.E. Asia, i say S.E. Asia because I have residences in Hong Kong, Manila (where I have offices) but my main residence is Thailand. I have
visited the USA on many occassions (in fact I am in my room at the Sofitel Los Angeles as I write this) and have travelled extensively throughout the
world several times, in fact I am on my way back to Thailand after a trip to South Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.
I come across Americans overseas all the time, some are really nice whilst some are very strange (usually the ones wearing shorts, sandals and knee
high socks LOL) some are quite intelligent and many are simply quite obnoxious! I have been instantly verbally attacked by an (African) American
because she heard my British accent and took an instant dislike to me and blamed me for all the things the British have done throughout history (I did
point out that the US governments have been doing their best to emulate that since WW2 but she didn't understand that point).
I do not dislike anyone and try to treat everyone with respect, I love visiting strange cultures but having been to so many countries around the
world, including the USA on many occassions, I dispute the pronouncements that the USA is the best place in the world! It has a lot going for it in
many ways but so do many other countries and very subjective.
Thinking that you are experiencing the delights of another culture by going to Little Italy or China Town is just plain stupid and as Forrest Gump
says, "stupid is as stupid does"! It's just like a Chinese person saying they are getting everything about US culture by visiting KFC or Mcdonalds
(actually....no lets not got there LOL).
Americans should not be so fearful of visiting other countries and I am not sure about this obsession with Europe, the world is such a large wonderful
place that the vast majority of Americans need to expand their thinking and look at other places. They have Mcdonals, Pizza Hut, KFC and Burger King
in most countries these days, so you shouldn't miss home so much (except in Mongolia, no US fast food chains there yet).
Think about India, Africa, Asia, Madives, etc.,
BTW, Vietnam and Korea are wonderful countries to visit, countries not wars!
Thailand and Peru are two of the most magical countries to visit with rich culture and history, UAE (especially Dubai), Hong Kong and Singapore are an
experience that will open your eyes (not least of how to run an airport). Israel and Morocco are beautiful, fun and offer a rich history. All these
countries welcome Americans, so don't be fearful!
Yes North America is a huge place and has some wonderful scenery and attractions however, wherever you go the towns and cities are the same, compared
to say getting on a plane and visiting somewhere very different and having a real experience. Of course budget decides but if you are determined
enough 'You Can Do It'!
For all the American haters, just think yourself lucky that only 18% of the US population have passports, can you imagine if the other 82% did? :p)
Seriously Americans, I urge you to get out there and experience the world, it is the best education you can get! Understanding other cultures would
also make the world less inclined to hate each other, you can get to know new people and their cultures and they can get to know you better!
BTW, as a Brit, i would agree the UK has become a Police state, but beware as I think its the test case before they try to impose it on the USA and
the rest of the world. You see, those cameras are very profitable and if its good for business....!
Lets forget these silly arguments about who won WW2 and how wonderful it is to own a gun and shoot innocent animals because that just proves the OP's
point! What the world needs is less guns, less weapons, less hate and more understanding. As the song say's 'Why can't we live together'?
on 7/3/11 by Hongkongphooey because: typo