It took me a while to notice that something is missing on this vacation—Russians. For 20 years, they have been a prevalent feature and often a minor aggravation that accompanies every foreign visit. That said, I prefer them to the insects in Florida…
Plenty of Germans, a scattering of Scandinavians, Canadians, of course (Temperatures may be warmer in the summer, but they have no beaches: ever try to swim in the Bay of Fundy? I have and would not recommend it.), and many speaking Spanish, which could be from any number of countries or states. Given the hysteria one witnesses in US media, I assume that all possessed appropriate papers and carry them at all times (television advertising has been running, which hope to collect donations to build a fence in Arizona).
Hordes of tourists from any country are never pleasant. There are enough clichés about masses of Americans, gaggles of Japanese with cameras, and armies of Germans spoiling the local color at various vacations spots and tourist attractions around the world. Chinese are beginning to show up in groups, whereas before they came in pairs, always recognizable by their bad clothes. At least, they are polite less demanding that some nationalities I could point out. Some countries do not do “horde”, the French in particular. Most tend to vacation in France, a far-flung dependant, or one its former colonies. One does encounter the occasional Ausreisser (the German word for the Tour de France rider that breaks out in front of the pelaton), and they always seem out of place.
Anyways, I don’t miss the clichés on this vacation…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.