Originally posted by Stargazer:
"I don't agree with the implication that Europeans are never rude, though! Unfortunately, I encountered several instances of rudeness in otherwise lovely London. (The stereotypical Ugly American abroad? Well, that's another story--long, sad, and all-too-often true---but for another time.)"
When we lived abroad in Augsburg, Germany, the people there were so helpful, kind, polite, and friendly! We loved that little quaint Southern Bavarian city!
Then, we were soon transferred to Frankfurt, Germany where we found most of the people we encountered to be rude, obnoxious, less than helpful or friendly.
I think the difference between the two cities was Augsburg was a small town where people came to live because they were more family oriented like many of our small cities here in America are. There were also more older people (over 60) who were the nicest of all. Frankfurt is a huge city (to me), and has a much younger population of career oriented people who live fast-paced lifestyles. I could be wrong about the way I am summing up both those cities, but at the time, it helped me to cope with Frankfurt's rudeness.
I always enjoy living in small towns versus big cities since I perceive the small towns to be more people-friendly. I was raised in a small town, and raised my children in a small town, so I am just a "small town" kind of gal, I guess!