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Aug 31st 2009 1:32PM amen! i met a kid while traveling through spain who told me that when he went to england, he wore a canadian flag on his backpack to hide his american identity.
as someone who has traveled quite a bit in some "unfriendly" (or at least perceived so) countries and had no problem, i got a bit, er, tiffed.
my response, "if I can be American, Jewish, Israel-born and a woman in Palestine, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Cyprus, and Jordan, you can be American as a white male in London."
not to be self-righteous or anything, ha :-P. we've all lied at one point or another while traveling, I just hate that people just assume Americans are hated everywhere!