National stereotypes that turn out to be true
The secret traveler
By the secret traveler
They are not all true. The English don’t complain that much. The French are not that pretentious. Brazilians are not all great footballers.
But when you travel you find that there are national stereotypes, horrible clichés, that ring true. You arrive in some countries to find that everything you jokingly expected is really there. Things like these.
1 Germans drink a lot of beer
That is true. Gather a group of Germans on vacation in a room and take a look at what they will inevitably do: drink beer. They adore it. They invented Oktoberfest. There are over 1300 breweries in the country. Even their churches brew beer. What is surprising, however, is that the Germans are also very friendly. It goes against the stereotype. Learn more about traveling to Europe here.
2 Americans are loud
You will hear them long before you see them. It’s a total cliché, but still Americans, especially tourists, are really loud. They are loud in cafes, they are loud in bars, and they are also loud just about everywhere else. This accent just seems to go through a crowd, to make sure you’ll always know when there’s an American in the room.
3 Italians are, uh, passionate
Okay, they’re crazy. Italians love arguments, mainly because they take things very seriously. What things? All the things. They take football seriously, they take fashion seriously, they take family seriously, they take religion seriously, and they take food perhaps most seriously of all. Play around with any of these things and you can expect an argument waving your hand and raising your voice to immediately follow. Learn more about traveling to Europe here.
4 The English love to talk about the weather
“Looks like we’ll have rain today.” “Nice outing, isn’t it?” “” It should be fine later. And so on. I have a theory about this: maybe it’s because the weather in England changes so often. Maybe that makes it something worth talking about. Whatever the reason, the British love to chat a bit about the weather. Come to think of it, Australians too. Learn more about UK travel here.
5 Russians are scary
Go to Russia and smile at someone. See what’s going on. At best, they’ll stare at you. Or they will probably ignore you. Russians are tough nuts to crack. These are people who consider it crazy to walk around smiling at strangers. Most of all, the Russians are kindhearted, but it will take you some time to get past those frosty first greetings.
6 Canadians are polite
The Canucks have a worldwide reputation for being extremely nice, and it’s justified. They talk to strangers on public transport. They apologize even though they haven’t done anything wrong. They will help you as soon as you look lost or confused. It is a pleasure to travel across Canada because you are never alone. And – outside of Whistler at least – they love the Australian accent.
7 Argentines love steak. And Diego Maradona
Argentina’s passion for a well-done slice of beef is matched only by their love for a little cocaine freak who also happens to be one of the greatest footballers of all time. Steak – cooking and eating – is a national obsession in Argentina. And it is extremely good. Maradona, on the other hand, is an icon that is above all critical and should only be praised if you want to make Argentinian friends, especially in the “La Boca” district of Buenos Aires.
8 Jamaicans love to smoke weed
They love it so much, in fact, that it’s actually a religion. Or at least part of a religion. Even for non-Rastafarians, happy weed is popular in Jamaica. You’ve probably seen the snapshot pics of dreadlocked guys standing blowing on baseball bat sized joints, and this is something that if you go to Jamaica you will probably come across in real life as well. .
9 Swedes are hot
There are no two ways about it. The girls are hot and the guys are hot. They are all blonde, with high cheeks, slim and suave, immaculately dressed and incredibly attractive. It almost doesn’t seem fair, and you’re sure to feel like a goofy slob in their presence. Maybe it’s something in the water. Maybe it’s just good genes. But any ideas you have about Swedes being sexy are true. Learn more about traveling to Europe here.
ten Australians love to drink
That’s our reputation: die-hard drinkers who will do anything to get their hands on a sip of cold, sweet beer. And when you travel with other Australians for a while, you realize pretty quickly that this is very true. We love to drink. We do it to celebrate, and we do it to empathize. We do it out of habit. We do this for fun as well, which makes most of the Australian traveling groups very good people.
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