Observing Young Americans in Prague

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By: leelefever on October 20, 2006 - 3:38am

It's Friday and at home that means a special treat : a latte. Today we held up this tradition in Prague and got some fancy coffee at a place with good coffee, terrible techno and wifi. In walking to our seats we walked by 2 young women with Apple computers. Little did we know, but these girls would reveal more to us about themselves than we ever wanted to know.

They were American, college age and filling in a profile for a community web site for college students called Facebook. What was special about this situation was that they conversed about every part of their own profile, loud enough for everyone to hear (an American trait it seems).

So there we were, listening to these two girls debate the section of the profile that required them to describe themselves in adjectives - a unique window into the psyche of these two.

This produced such deep quotes as "I'm using 'welcoming' because that's how I am when people come over" and "I'm 'musical' because I listen to Coldplay A LOT". Apparently the word "workaholic" was a no-no and the ensuing discussion it caused ended in one explaining to the other "You just don't understand - I'm not mad at you." In the end this was the list that was defined by one of the girls to describe them to other Facebooks members:

musical, adaptable, idealistic, random, fun loving, disorganized, welcoming, rambunctious.

We would add these two words to their profile: "Loud" and "Entertaining in Public".

By: Anonymous (not verified) on October 20, 2006 - 8:18am
Better yet, is if you can speak the language of the country you are in and hear what the locals are saying about these "Loud" Americans. At least in Europe. If only they knew :-)
By: american on December 16, 2007 - 10:55am
Americans are often targeted for being "loud". As you all seem to find us so entertaining and wish to eavesdrop on our conversations, I would think the higher the decibel level, the better for you. If our loud voices are annoying you, do what we do in America: move tables, or ask the people to lower their voice(s). Dirty looks are effective as well. Perhaps it is time for you (whoever you are) to find something in your own life as interesting as lampooning the Americans who are interested in travel and culture.
By: nadine Buckinger (not verified) on October 20, 2006 - 6:26pm
One of my favourite pastimes ... eavesdropping in coffee shops. I am always equally entertained by, and embarassed for the people I am listening to. I just came across your web site, and think it is wonderful! I plan on going back to day one and start following your journey.
By: wailea (not verified) on October 21, 2006 - 12:30pm
Coffee shops are a great place to start up a conversation, overhear some good chit chat, and soak up the culture. This is something I've done for years while traveling.