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Curious about other countries

Mar 03, 2017 3:49 PM

Hey guys,

To lighten the mood a bit, and since everyone on here is from a different area.....can you think of a stereotype about which you wonder if it's true, about people from other countries.

To start of with myself, I'm from the Netherlands. When I think about Americans, I think that people are always overly enthousiastic. Like they always ask how you're doing without wanting to know the answer. Or constantly complement you on something without genuinely liking it. Is this true? Do you have an image of Dutch people ( or other fun facts) you'd like to know?

Mar 03, 2017 4:41 PM

I think each country has things others might believe is true about them.

I am in the US. However I grew up with a dad who was in the military.. We traveled to several states here as well as living in Okinawa and in Korea. One thing I have found is people are pretty much the same every where. You will find those who are over enthusiastic and who may ask questions without really wanting an answer. You also find those who are slower paced, laid back and when they ask how you are they truly want to know. Having said that - I do see more of that in the Southern States. Oh but here in the South we do often complement people. The people I know don't lie about it though, for instance if someone asks if I like their new outfit instead of saying no I try to find something about it I do like and mention it. For instance i might say, " that blue is a great color for you."

For instance I lived 20 plus years in Minnesota. A large percent of the population there are decents of Norwegians who had come to the US and settled there. They are blond headed, blue eyes and very stoic. If you didn't take the time to get to know them you would think they were very stand offish. That isn't the case though. So yea, I think heritage plays a part.

One of my parents favorite things to do each year was to go to the Dutch tulip festival in Iowa. I asked mom what she thinks when she hears Dutch people. Her answer was Dutch shoes. Tulips and Windmills. :)

Mar 03, 2017 5:09 PM

Hi. Well i am from Canada . I was born and raised in B.C.
I can tell you i dont know how many times have i been asked these questions....Do you live in an Igloo? ( no we dont by the way😊) Do you wear a parka?( guess that depends on which Province you live in) and one last one which is Foreigners are astonished when they see our money cause it is all different colored.
Im curious about the Netherlands, lyness. I love the accent. That i know😊

Mar 03, 2017 5:53 PM

Alijoy - my son went to college in Winnipeg. (we lived over by Fargo, ND) at the time. On one visit we toured the place where money is made. I was surprised how many countries money they make there - even some of the US currency. I fell in love with Canada and it's people.

Mar 04, 2017 5:48 AM

Mimikay, the clogs, windmills and tulips are true to some extent 😊 the clogs were used, but not really anymore. I know my grandfather would walk on them, and I had a pair when I was little, but that was more for show. Tulips we still grow on a large scale, but I don't see what's so special about them? I guess you don't really have them? The windmills have lost their function as to ground grains for bread and such, but have been modernised and now used to produce electricity in an ecofriendly manner.

Alijoy, the euro has different colours too! The €5,- bill is green, the €10,- is red, the €20,- is blue and €50,- is yellow. So it doesn't seem so strange to me!

I know that dutch people are fairly direct, especially the province I'm from. I would never say about someones clothing I didn't like that I like the colour blue on them. Ok, I would'nt flatout say I find it ugly, I guess I'd say it isn't my style.

I think my idea of Canadians is that they are superfriendly, to a point where they would avoid conflict. I ls that true? And what do you think about the dutch directness?

Mar 04, 2017 1:14 PM

I was born and raised in Canada. Presently in Northern Alberta. The live in an igloo question comes up a lot. We are also known for saying "eh" alot and the "eh" is true. Igloos not true. Lol

Mar 04, 2017 1:17 PM

Hello, lyness.
I guess we are considered a very friendly Country. Im not sure about the conflict part. Maybe more direct, which is certainly not a bad thing.
My physiotherapist is from the Netherlands and he is so direct and some of the lingo i use he doesnt get what i mean .i just mess with him so i get to stay longer just to hear him talk😊

Mar 04, 2017 1:22 PM

Hey gibber!
Im glad you can relate. Igloos and parkas not true. I as well get from people outside of Canada say its to damn cold in ' Canada' . We have 10 Provinces and 3 Territories. Beautiful Country. Everyone knows that😊😊😊

Mar 04, 2017 1:25 PM

Its true that the Dutch are the tallest in the world. Known as the Venice of the Netherlands?

Mar 04, 2017 4:10 PM

Lynnes... I think that because of the tulip festival my parents went to and always watching the cloggers dancing there - it's what we think of when we think of Dutch. Also - while we do have tulips here, I have seen photo's of fields of tulips that are just breathtaking. Because I love nature - I think the tulip fields are beautiful. The pictures of the old windmills are also beautiful. When I look at the country side with the windmills and/or tulips I can imagine how peaceful those fields must be. :)

Mar 04, 2017 5:44 PM

Yes, I guess we are tall. I'm 1.72 m tall, that's pretty average for women over here.

In some areas we do have a lot of water, and of course the canals like in Amsterdam.

And the country is totally flat. The tallest 'mountain' isn't even officially a mountain.

I'm always suprised how known the Netherlands is abroad. We are such a tiny country. In size, we're in between the size of west virginia and indiana. Still, 17 million people live here.

Last weekend we went with the family to the Zaanse Schans. It's a tourist attraction to see the old windmills. Here's a photo:

Mar 04, 2017 6:02 PM

In my travels from S. Africa, SW. Africa-Namibia, London, Costa Rica, Brazil, China and Korea overall people appeared healthier and genuinely content with less resources. I have observed the attitude and intentions are more sincere without the a need to impress you. The people seemed more active and didn't rely too much on walkers/canes/ mechanical chairs to get around. The pharmacies or chemist stores are more health oriented unlike North America (US) choosing to sell everything but the kitchen sink (alcohol/cigarettes/junk food and other convenience items). In other countries you will find alternative medicine as well as holistic products with a very knowledgeable person to guide you if you've inquired. As far as pain is concerned like fibromyalgia it is interesting to see how pain management is applied. Our cases (US)for this disorder is much higher as in selected parts of Europe. Surprisingly in Mexico you can access all medication for fractions of the cost and even have vitamin injections to address selected symptoms. In Canada (Vancover) I questioned the high consumption of tobacco especially in eating establishments, I could almost taste it in my food as I did in the Southern states of the US & East Coast. Thank you for sharing the dialogue Lynne's, Mimikay and Alijoy. It was quite a pleasure to reflect on my travels and see the variations of culture. I do want to add in that Southern hospitality is very standard and authentic where folks will only address you if they're compelled to, but the racial tension is still present. People know how to stay in their place until offended. The Scottish people seem more rude than the English when having simple conversations in my opinion.

Mar 04, 2017 6:09 PM

Beautiful picture, Lynness❤

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