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I haven't seen/experienced any anti-American sentiment anywhere I've been.

Neither have I. I've "heard tell", but my one trip to Europe was very nice. Of course I didn't get much opportunity to interact with the locals. They were busy with their daily lives. And, as you say, the ones who depended on people like me (tourists) were solicitous.

There was a German lady on our train to Austria (from Munich) who was going on and on about how horrible the EU was, especially for German people (because of how the mark was valued vs the euro). She was upset, but not with us.

But the few people I've known who did backpacking trips to Europe (granted, at least 20 years ago) all said they had Canadian flags sewn onto the packs. One even remarked that they encountered an actual Canadian backpacker who sort of complained to them about it. :-)

Perhaps the legacy of the "ugly American" has faded. No more "why can't you people speak English?!" and such. Fortunately, no one really bothered us about Bush either (our trip was early Oct 2008). :-) I still do my best not to advertise my American-ness. Blending is better.**


**Not so difficult in Europe, but impossible when 1poorlady goes back to the Philippines...I really stand out there.
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