Former tour director here, serial expat, years in the UK etc…

Yes to every word, Mark! I couldn’t be so blunt as to spell all this out to my passengers but there are many times when I had to try and convey this exact same message with as much gentleness as I could without causing offense.

The one thing that’s always baffled me about Americans is how extra susceptible many get when removed from their natural habitat. Is it down to American exceptionalism or…?

(PS/I’m an American too now but since I wasn’t given a handbook about Americanness at my naturalization ceremony, I still have many, many questions and blind spots.)

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