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Old 28-07-2016, 17:00   #151
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Old 28-07-2016, 17:35   #153
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Old 28-07-2016, 17:39   #154
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When I did the obligatory European tour in 1960, I went with a couple of Americans and they pleaded with me to give them a couple of Canadian flag patches to sew on their rucksacks.. Even in those days, Yanks were nervous about traveling overseas! Phil
Gosh, Phil, as it happens I too did the European tour in 1960... an American, travelling with another couple of Yanks. I certainly did NOT want a Canadian flag or identity, and I did not feel any particular anti-American vibes. Spent a short time in Yugoslavia, during the first few weeks that Yanks were allowed to travel there, and found great curiosity and warm welcome. In Spain, after a few glasses a local confided to me that "they treat Yanks like a younger brother who was kicked in the head by a mule and hasn't been right since". A sort of kindly benevolence, not anger or rejection... odd, but not threatening! All in all, we felt as welcome as other nationalities were.

I dunno why your friends were feeling so afraid or worried or whatever drove them to desire Canadian identity... could be you talked them into feeling threatened?

And now that i have been cruising in foreign lands for so many years, I too can say that I've not been afraid to show my nationality. I don't advertise it other than to fly the required flag, but I never have hidden it either... and I've seemed to be welcome where ever we have been. Out here in the Pacific islands, we encounter older folks who have told us how much they appreciated the Yanks during the war... how much better they were treated by the Yanks than the Japanese, or by other colonial powers before hostilities broke out.

In thirty years of cruising, there has been but one overt anti-American view directed at us... in New Zealand, of all places! There a drunken younger man shouted anti-American slogans at us from a tourist boat cruising past us when we were anchored in Whangaroa. His fellow passengers quickly subdued him and apologized for his behavior as they steamed away.

I guess we all have different experiences, but as others have said, if one treats the locals with respect and friendship, you will likely be welcomed, wherever you may cruise... active war zones excepted.

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There was no encouragement on my part, Jim... It came up while we were waiting for their passports in New York. I had my Cdn passport as I was on a student visa here at the time. It my have come up at their immigration interviews which at that time were needed because every European country required their own clearance into their country.
I spent many years in the Middle East from the late 70's on and the reason I was there was because the countries and areas where I was traveling was dangerous for Caucasians but particularly those with US passports. I was cautioned not to give up my Canadian citizenship and never to go to Isreal as a condition of my employment!
Go figure! Cheers, Phil
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Old 28-07-2016, 20:06   #156
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As one of likely many here that have traveled with armed guards in armored vehicles, I am aware that being diplomatic and having situational awareness isn't always enough.

Although I may cruise the west coast of Mexico someday, it won't be with my family nor will it be with a trouble magnet that can't discern between a true danger and an aggravation.
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Good point, Capt Eric... I spent many recent years delivering boats on the west coast and found that Mexican folks, particularly in the smaller coastal villages and towns on the west coast were polite, generous and wonderful to be around.
It really depends upon what country you are visiting. I know the Cates have spent many month/years down under and the reception they receive is warm and friendly. So much so, I married one! We have been to OZ about 7 times and the only even somewhat negative comment I ever received was from my father-in-law who as a Canadian with US citizenship called me 'nothin' but snap frozen yank'! All in good fun, I might add... It's the Aussie sense of humor to which I'm sure Jim and Ann Cate can attest. Cheers, Phil
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Sometimes I wonder if your full off ****.. or having a laugh..
So..... If I told you a pirate ship anchored next to me last night, I suppose you won't belive that either.

I'm actually very surprised you haven't heard of or seen the many hundreds of Turkish boats flagged with the stars and stripes and registered in Delaware. They're very common here in Montenegro, especially since the recent political problems in Turkey which have probably driven away some of their tourist industry.
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I thought you said the US flag was a rarity out there when in fact they are like flies round a fresh cowpat..
Pologies for the misunderstanding..
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I thought you said the US flag was a rarity out there when in fact they are like flies round a fresh cowpat..
Pologies for the misunderstanding..
I did say that. We rarely encounter US flagged boats, maybe only spoken to or seen 20 over the past five summers. Maybe we're doing a great job of staying out of the more common anchorages.

We've definitely met more Canadians and Australians.
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I did say that. We rarely encounter US flagged boats, maybe only spoken to or seen 20 over the past five summers. Maybe we're doing a great job of staying out of the more common anchorages.

We've definitely met more Canadians and Australians.
Most of them were probably kiwis.......

Back on track..... my younger son - when traveling in Indonesia - would use his British passport rather than his Australian one .

In SA I do the same but that is a financial issue... his was down to 'attitude of officials'.
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I thought you said the US flag was a rarity out there when in fact they are like flies round a fresh cowpat..
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You'll need to look very closely to find them on the Turkish boats from Delaware.

Have a go at this one, it's like playing "Where's Waldo."
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