21 January 2000, 12:08 PM
Join Date: Sep 1998
Location: One of the sunny states.
Welcome back. Glad to hear you were on a ship that didn't break down/have overstuffed toilets/have crewmembers sexually assaulting female passengers.
Your comments prompted me to think about the different nationalities I came in contact with during my decade on a kibbutz. Since I was fortunate to deal with these people on a daily basis in a work situation, I saw a different aspect of them than I would have in a "tourist" situation.
These observations don't hold true for every individual, but pretty well apply on a group basis.
French: Pleasant, but poor workers. Even those who knew English were very insular.
Danes: Good hard working people, no matter how lousy the job. Most were well educated and interesting conversationalists.
Russians: Any excuse to avoid hard work and cry "foul" if they felt slighted.
English: I felt an underlying arrogance in my dealings with them, as if the Empire was still alive and had the solutions for the world's problems (English members of the forum, no personal offence intended).
Romanians: Keep your hand on your wallet.
Dutch: Can't praise them enough....I'd welcome them in my corner any day. When the chips were down, they were the only European nation that stood up to Arab threats.
Americans: The East and West coasters tended to be spoiled whiners, expecting Daddy and Mommy's money to handle every crisis. The Midwesterners would give you their right arm if they thought you needed help.
Of course this was in the 70s and 80s....I can't say what they're like today. And as I mentioned, there were individual exceptions to the above.
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