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The sport of American tourist spotting

Mexicans, and I’m guessing people in many foreign countries, have a way of recognizing American tourists from the moment they are heard saying, “Hey, how ya doin’?”

As an American, I can vouch for the following behaviors often seen by many of my countrymen and women. These observations can happen anywhere around the globe.

1. When Americans are asked where they’re from, they never say from the United States. More often, they start with the city they’re from: “I’m from Charlotte’s Bend, just north of Clarenceville.”  As though everyone on the planet has a map of Clarenceville, Ohio on their walls and dreams of visiting it one day.

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