Is the term “Ugly American” still relevant? Are you one? Why do you travel anyway?
I often wonder why people travel to Europe, and expect to be greeted in English and never try to understand or assimilate into the local culture. If your goal is to simply see sites, visit museums, and take tons of pictures, maybe traveling the great old USA would be better. When I go to another country my main reason is to see how other folks live, eat, work, and play. Their culture is what interests me, and how it’s different from ours.
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