I agree! When traveling in foreign countries, we really need to remember not to be the 'ugly Americans'.
But one thing we've learned traveling around the world is that everyone everywhere is basically the same - we all recognize that it's politics and religion that causes the most problems - it's not the people themselves. Given the opportunity, everyone can get along with everyone else.
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