How to Spot an American in Europe

Old May 16th, 2015, 03:12 PM
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Wish fodors had a like option.
I love and agree with leSenators comment.
So true.
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Old May 16th, 2015, 03:54 PM
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the patronizing condescension toward Europeans by a couple of posters
is arrogant and unattractive ( to say the least).
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Old May 16th, 2015, 05:29 PM
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clausar.. your first choice is right, it's German.

kerouac.. and once a year (I cannot remember the exact details), the Flemish communities which surround Brussels - geographically, the capital region is an island in Flanders - go out on the streets to form a (more or less, probably less) human circle around the capital to remind it of that fact..

leSenator... I beg your pardon, but after 30+ trips TO the US, I think I have a very good record of bringing back that capital back to your economy. And while several regions in Europe may depend on overseas tourism, I would say that also Florida had fewer malls if there was less tourism from Europe.

While, as usual, it took only a mildly silly article on the web to take a thread further South than Antarctica, I think that there is also some truth is saying that even in the presence of (or maybe because of) the ongoing economic globalization, the relationship between the "cousins" on either side of the Atlantic has changed quite a bit over the last decades. At least during those decades I have been around.
Which is no wonder, I guess, as times go by and issues of the 1950s or 1970s have little importance in the 2010s.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 12:20 AM
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CowBoy

1st week end of september.
Funnily enough wiki présents it as a sportive event.
I've got some friends who do that, seems it is quite nice.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Gordel
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Old May 17th, 2015, 12:23 AM
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Oh,
Following Le Senator's comment, we could add on the subject of 'How to spot an American in Paris' :
- A guy who wants to show his money.
- A material girl living in a material world....
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Old May 17th, 2015, 04:05 AM
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LeSenator must live in Disneyland, handsome princes and all.

The past 20 years of leading the West into some sort of crusade against Islam must be a figment of my imagination. Along with the 20 years before that, with the crusade against communism, all leaves much collateral debris.

Think you'll find much warm feeling swinging towards the East now. Many Europeans have given up with the "bomb them to keep our economy going" culture which seems to exist in The States.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 04:13 AM
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Is this thread still boring on......oops
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Old May 17th, 2015, 07:33 AM
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I'm in Italy at the moment. This morning I heard an American woman asking her husband if he wanted coffee or coke for breakfast. Coke for breakfast ????
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Old May 17th, 2015, 08:24 AM
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Coke for breakfast ????

I think it was the Sufis in the 15th century who said the same thing about coffee.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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Yep, caffeine is caffeine.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 11:20 AM
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If I were desperate for caffeine I would have a Coke for breakfast, but Pepsi would be preferable.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 12:07 PM
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I just spotted a whole group of Americans in Bruges - wearing sneakers , beige pants and trackie type tops .
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Okay.. Coke (or Pepsi) for breakfast is an identifier. And weird.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 01:10 PM
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I drink coke (diet or zero) at breakfast time.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 01:18 PM
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OMG.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 02:33 PM
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I drink Coke for breakfast, but only Diet Coke.

Do I hear Germans and some others objecting who have beer for breakfast?
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<i>Do I hear Germans and some others objecting who have beer for breakfast?</i>

Can you rephrase this so it makes sense?
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They're the ones who still go on fast European tours despite their need for walking canes or wheelchairs.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 01:06 AM
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No
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I have to admit that breakfast in Germany with a little fizzy wine puts a spring in my step
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