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One of our Costa Rican tour guides, when asked about American expats, simply said “Too many!”

Would have loved to ask why he felt that way. Though in truth, I have some idea. The American tourist abroad has a valid reputation of being loud and flashy, opinionated. Wherever I was people were surprised to find I was American, because I understood how to be part of the culture and blend in. My languages obviously did not hurt. Can't tell you how many times I found myself apologizing for my fellow American's behavior.

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