You Americans are the friendliest people I've met

by not bitter 30 Replies latest jw friends

  • redvip2000

    It depends on the area. I live in New York and believe me when i tell you that people here in the NYC metropolitan area are some of the most rude people you will find.

    But i've been to many areas of the country where people indeed are nice.

  • Faithful Witness
    Faithful Witness

    not bitter: I'm glad you had a nice time! It's good to hear that you had a good experience, and that the people of Florida was friendly and welcoming.

    Y'all come back now, ya hear? :) Thanks for visiting us!

    (I'm in Michigan... haven't made it to Florida yet. Your story is encouraging!)

  • LisaRose

    I am glad you enjoyed it. I have been to England, I enjoyed it very much, but people are more reserved. Of course the US is a big country, and each area has its own culture, but overall people are more outgoing.

    I live in California, I think it's a great place to visit, there is so much to see and do and so much natural beauty, so try it the next time you come. I am a native Californian, but new to the San Franciso area. After three years I still haven't seen all the things there are here. You haven't lived until you have seen the Golden Gate bridge, it's spectacular.

  • rip van winkle
    rip van winkle

    NY is not rude; a bit fast-paced and a little impatient, but NOT rude.

  • ShirleyW

    EXACTLY Rip Van Winkle !!!

  • PaintedToeNail

    When in New York City about 12 years ago, I was expecting rude behavior. It never happened. While on the subway, I watched as a young teenager got up and gave his seat to a old woman who just got on. While waiting for my group to finish shopping, I sat on a bench, the man on the other side of the bench engaged me in conversation and he wished me well on my sightseeing journey before he got on his bus.

  • LV101

    I'm with LisaRose - try to visit California next time. I think San Francisco is the most beautiful city anywhere - but I'm a native Californian, also. Haven't lived there in 45 yrs. other than vacation home but spend as much time as possible in southern Calif - beautiful beaches. I think it was Johnny Carson who said California had it all - beautiful mountains, oceans - everything and most beautiful place in his opinion.

    Glad you enjoyed Florida - beautiful state.

  • Wild_Thing

    In rural parts of Texas, when you pass someone on the road, you wave at them ... or nod. Everyone does it! Kids not from the area get a kick out of it when they visit because they love waving at everybody.

    On a side note ... this is a question for the ones that do not live in the states. Here in the US (in the places I have lived), when there is a funeral procession coming down the road, this is what it looks like: there is a hearse and all the cars behind it have their lights on to indicate they are with the procession. Sometimes the procession is escorted by the police. All the other cars on the road (on both sides) pull over to the side of the road until they pass. It is considered a sign of respect. Does this happen in other coutries? Just wondering.

  • Found Sheep
    Found Sheep

    Lived in NY most of my life. Had culture shock when I moved to WV they talked so slow, and wanted to ask personal questions. NYers don't ask personal questions. If you were not born raised and your mama and dada born and raised you were an outsider. So yes friendly on the outside but I prefered my NY honest love or not.

  • talesin

    Orlando is a lot of fun! And yes, it is tourist-oriented.

    I have to say, though, don't label the "Northern" states as unfriendly. You have never been to Maine, or Illinois, or North Dakota! People are the same everywhere ........ in New England, and the South-eastern states as well, people are so kind and lovely. One of the BEST road trip experiences I ever had was in Robbinsville, New Jersey, just south of NYC.

    I love my Americans. They are my southern cousins, a bit brash as a culture, as all young ones are, but all-in-all, very welcoming and happy to show you what is special to them about their home town.

    NYC? I was very young when I stayed there, but I have to say that ALL big cities (in my experience) tend to seem a bit 'colder' than the smaller cities and towns - people let the door slam in your face instead of holding it open, and small stuff like that - BUT,,, stop and talk to a New Yorker, or anyone, anyshere - who is open ........... hey, in the big city, strike up a conversation with the hot dog or bagel vendor - you will be suprised, pleasantly.


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