I feel sorry for you, Davey Boy. You remind me of all the Americans who pass through, thinking they know more about the world than we do, yet unable to find the railway station without seeking help from us, "Doooo yooooou speaaaak English?"<quoted text>
Traveling with people from all over the world to other places in the world is our idea of traveling. I have traveled from New York to LA and from Florida to Alaska. If you traveled that distance in Europe, you would have gone through at least 10 countries, while we were still in the same one. Im 61 years old and Im not going to backpack across Europe or hitch-hike across Africa, but I will go to see the castles, the waterfalls, the art, the landmarks and points of interest as long as Im interested. We havent made up our mind yet, but we are considering a Viking River Cruise from Denmark to Budapest, then take a train to Venice and cruise the Adriatic. It will take us more than a month but Im sure we will meet lots of interesting people.
Yeah OK Davey Boy, I hope you find what you're looking for. I know what it is you're looking for too. You want to take all of your accumualtive prejudices and do everything you can to believe you've found justification for all of them, because in the end all you Americans want to sit at home and say "You know, I've been all around the world and I find that the U.S. is the best country there has ever been!"
I've talked to hundreds of your people Davey Boy. They'll ask me a dozen questions, all aimed at finding something (just anything at all) that might indicate the slightest dissatisfaction so they can claim "Social Democracy doesn't work!" In case you haven't figured it out, meeting a Greek crew member on a boat to Nassau doesn't make you an expert on Europe nor does it give you the tinniest insight to anything at all except the frustration of a bored and uneducated Greek cruise-ship deck hand. I just thought I'd tell you that now so when someone else tells you the same thing it won't come as a great shock to you.
Anyway, aside from my critisism I can still wish you the best. Perhaps you'll be one of the very few Americans who finds out that what I've told you is true.