Nov 14th, 2002, 01:58 PM
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I am going to cyprus, is it safe for Americans to visit, without worry? Do people of Cyprus like Americans? Please let me know, I have concerns. I have never traveld outside of USA. Thankyou very much.
Nov 14th, 2002, 03:38 PM
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Given the political division on the island, you might be more specific as to destination to get a more-certain answer. I'd certainly consider the more-traveled areas of the southern part to as safe as most other destinations.

One other point ... I think the issue is not so much "liking" Americans a it is not "hating". Actually, my view is that one's own behavior/attitude determines the reception they receive more than one's nationality.
Nov 14th, 2002, 06:59 PM
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topping for Matt - if you can't find your previous posts just do a country search under Cyprus.
Nov 14th, 2002, 07:01 PM
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More info from Matt...

Author: Matt ([email protected])
Date: 11/14/2002, 10:40 pm
Message: I am traveling to Larnaca, and have never traveled outside of the USA. I am mostly concerned about my personal saftey obviously. If any Americans have been there recently and can assist me in my question, I would greatly appreciate it. Any other info that would be crucial would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Nov 15th, 2002, 01:02 AM
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you might want to check thte u.s. state department's web site to see if there are any travel advisories.
Nov 15th, 2002, 02:20 AM
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Hi--I have heard from several travellers that the people of Cypress do not like Americans due to our government's political attitudes. I would not go there as there are many other beautiful places to go.
Dec 25th, 2002, 10:00 AM
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people dont care if your american as long as you spend,spend,spend..its all about the benjamins
Dec 25th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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i agree..if a country depends heavily on tourism the last thing they want to be is picky with tourists
Dec 25th, 2002, 01:22 PM
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Matt - To equate dislike of American policy to dislike of Americans is just nonsense! Most continental Europeans dislike American policy and I have never noticed any hostility to me personally, though many Europeans have questioned american political motives - the last being a Serbian cabdriver in Vienna who asked why America was mad at Germany. "Isn't it wonderful that Germany is now the most pacifist country in Europe - They, like I know the horrors of war." Nor do I believe friendliness is based solely on money! That seems to be a unique American idea and possibly the reason why some Americans run into trouble abroad. Be open and friendly yourself and express interest in the local culture and customs. Even if the national dish would gag a maggot - smile and try to finish your plate. Enjoy and let us know how you faired.
Dec 26th, 2002, 04:43 AM
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I think Charlie has grasped the right idea. I just don´t understand why Americans here in Fodors think that they would be some kind of targets because of their nationality. Cyprus is safe for Europeans (Cyprus IS part of Europe, and soon EU), so why on earth it would not be safe for Americans? Thousands of northern European pensionaries have second homes in Cyprus. They would not if they would not feel themselves safe.
Dec 26th, 2002, 10:27 AM
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Thankyou all for the information. I will be departing January 10, 2003. I will only be there for a few days, I will let you know how it turns out. Anyone else with more info is much appreciated. Thanks again!

Dec 26th, 2002, 03:58 PM
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Uh, maybe because American interests overseas are constantly being attacked? Such as churches, embassies, ships, people, restaurants, etc.

Americans feel the same way -- they like Europeans a whole lot personally but don't give a crap about their political beliefs, which on the whole they find anti-Semitic, Anti-American and loathsome.
Dec 26th, 2002, 09:20 PM
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Dr. Roger - I'm pretty sure you're kidding, but in case you are not ...

"Americans" do not feel the way you claim. You should be careful to speak for yourself, not for an entire country. If it's your intention to make it sound as if all Americans are ignorant and self-centered - that ploy is old and tired on these boards. Of course it is not only "American" interests that are being attacked - although either way, "constantly" is a bit of an exaggeration.
Dec 27th, 2002, 04:47 AM
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Hmm, I know that political discussion is frowned upon but that comment about European antisemitism is worrying. I've noticed lots of comment to that effect in the American press. Of course some people are antisemitic in Europe and also may I say in the US. However, most Europeans would like the US to be more even handed about the Middle East. Naturally, everyone is appalled at terrorist attacks on Israelis going about their normal business. That does not make us anti-Palestinian. When Israelis attack, humiliate and assassinate Palestinians and refuse to obey UN resolutions about illegal settlements we deplore that too, but it does not make us antisemitic. There is of course the small disregarded fact that both Jews and Palestinians are semites.
Dec 27th, 2002, 05:49 AM
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Dr. Roger said: American interests overseas are constantly being attacked? Such as churches, embassies, ships, people, restaurants, etc.

I remember the military ship in Yemen and the church in Pakistan. But we are talking about Europe here. Perhaps Dr. Roger could tell me when and where were Americans attacked in Europe?
Dec 27th, 2002, 05:58 AM
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Matt- Just read in todays paper that some 30,000 Turkish Cypriots marched through Nicosia carrying olive branches and EU flags in support of the re-unification of Cyprus and the future integration of Cyprus into the European Union.
Before you go you might want to read "Bitter Lemons" by Lawrence Durrell- it is both a travelogue and history and will give you excellent insight into Cyprus, its beauty, customs, history and troubles.
By the way, I disagree with some American policies and do not consider myself to be "anti-american", let alone "loathsome".
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