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Are American Travelers Just Too Patient?

In our recent visit to Italy, as wonderful as it was, one thing that our group of travelers had to learn, at times, was impatience.
We purchased a few books while planning our journey and had learned a few basic words and phrases, along with a few etiquette topics, so as to not offend the country that we were about to visit. Nothing had fully prepared us for what we had experienced. It seems that at times and in most places where we traveled throughout the country, a key action of survivability in large the masses of people, was to push, shove, elbow, knee, jab, smile and verbalize our newly learned phrase, 'scuze! (skoo-zee).
We soon came to realize that it wasn't just the Italians, but was comprised mainly of Europeans. After all, it was tourist season, and we, along with many others, were tourists, mainly in tourist spots. I'll reserve revealing who the worst nationality seemed to be. If you've been to Europe, then you will certainly know the nationality that I'm referring to. Somehow, I don't feel that they will ever change. If you haven't yet been there, but plan to visit, you will learn about them very early in your journey.
After a bit of reflection, we soon realized that most every Italian citizen that we had personal contact with, was extremely nice to us, showed very little impatience, was rather comfortable in their ways and were quite easy going.
I must admit, after traveling in that environment after a short period of time, I soon found myself attempting to make the adjustment to my surroundings. My thoughts quickly turned back to an early high school class that I took in basic psychology where we learned a very important fact. You are your environment.
So then, are we to surmise that Americans are just too patient, just far too nice? When traveling abroad, that we need to quickly adapt to our new environment and resort to those ways, much like that of the sharks' feeding frenzy? Or should we simply smile, step aside, allow that moment to pass, and set an example for those that we have the fortune to come in contact with? Should we continue to show why it's great to be an American?
Sometimes, the easier road to travel is not the wisest.
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Posted by Cpt_Ron 11:09 Archived in Italy Tagged tips_and_tricks

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