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March 19th, 2009

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09:22 am - No one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled.
The Telegraph recently ran an article detailing the amount of ludicrous complaints tour operators have received from various tourists who would have done better just staying at home.

One tourist was unhappy because there were too many Spanish people in Spain. Another one complained that the beaches were too sandy. And a third was bit by a mosquito and was thoroughly chagrined, because "no one told us they bite."

"No one told us" is a common theme. Wonder why.

Oh, and then there's the elephant. That might be the best one of all. G'wan and read it already.

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Date:March 19th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure U.S. tourists are about the worst in the world.

Even back in the mid-70's, when I lived in Europe for awhile, I heard about it. One day, this guy comes stomping down the middle of the sidewalk screaming "God damned fucking American tourists!"
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Date:March 20th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
I'm not actually sure about that. I've seen some terrible behavior by Americans, but the one (granted, completely unscientific) survey I saw on this several years ago, of European resort workers if I recall correctly, put Americans behind several other nationalities for sheer horribleness. The UK was the worst (the story was in a British paper, so there was probably a reporting bias induced by that angle).

I think some resentment of American tourists is just political or cultural-hegemony-based resentment of the United States as a whole, rather than a reflection of unusually bad behavior on the tourists' part.

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