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Loved Europe, but disliked the cold unfriendly European people

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I loved visiting Europe for the first time last month. We went full out and spent over three weeks visiting many of the major cities in Europe in a variety of countries. I visited small towns, rural areas and big European Capitals.

I loved how Europe is so different than America and tried my best to adapt to the ways of the place I am visiting. It is their culture not mine.

Though it is still OK in my opinion to state what disturbed me about the common culture I found to be true in most of Europe. Here are my beefs:

I found most of the people I met to be cold and overly formal. I think no stranger in Europe owes me anything but if they work in retail or hospitality they should make an effort to be a little more pleasant. Even though I was nice to everyone and greeted them with a smile and an attempt in their language, I found almost everyone to be terribly cold, aloof and downright nasty in many cases. The worst was in Spain and France. What is wrong with a little smile between two human beings. Their communication with friends and relatives was so warm, why not with people they did not know?

My other complaint was the food. Sure there are some fine places to eat in Europe if you want to bust your budget, but mid prices establishments were generally terribe. I thought the food was poor and generally tasteless. I got a kick out the pictures of the dishes at each of eating establishments. Most had 20 year old pictures of the food that did not very good. The actual food quality was worse than the pictures.

That is my feedback on Europe.

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