Just got back from a fantastic trip to Florence, where I stayed in a backpacker hostel with a lot of different nationalities. The majority was probably USA, Canada and Australian,
Anyway, it got a bit tiresome on how conversations would always turn to American politics, the war, Bush bashing etc. It would tend to be the Americans feeling kind of obliged to apologize for it all and feeling somewhat ashamed, and I guess embarrassed.
I actually feel sorry for a lot of the Americans packing around Europe cos they must get this shit on a daily basis…hearing how bad their country is from just about everyone they ever meet. Usually from the Canadians, of course, and often rather smug Europeans.
Some of the US guys would actually lie and say they were from Canada because it was less hassle. One girl said she hung a Canadian flag from her backpack when she was in Israel due to the shit it would cause as if people knew she was from the US.
Anyway, not sure what my point is. I liked a lot of the US guys and gals i met, and have been guilty of America bashing myself. I guess after seeing and hearing all the bashing for the last week i’m kind of over it.