American tourists often get a bad rap. We are stereotyped as being loud, single-language slobs who are demanding, obnoxious and egocentric.
And sometimes they are right.
For a long time I’ve wanted to write a post about American tourists in Calabria and how 95% of the time, they bust that stereotype wide open. Then, a group of Americans will visit us who fit that mold and make me rethink the idea of the great American traveler.
After two years of running our B&B in Calabria, both my Italian husband and I think American guests rock. In general, they are most respectful, the most gracious and the most grateful guests who pass through our doors-and we love them.
In honor of Thanksgiving week, I present to you my non-ode-because I can’t write poetry-to American Tourists. Here are 10 reasons why we love you, American Tourists in Calabria.
We love you for …
– the nervous emails you send while planning your trip
– how we often feel like we know you, before you’ve ever stepped foot in the bel paese
– how you offer to bring little reminders of home, whether it is a new coffee press, Ziploc bags or English-language books
– the glimmer in your eye as you explore Calabria
– the excitement that radiates from you as you tell us about your journey
– how you marvel at every little thing you see and think each place you visit is better than the last
– how you aren’t afraid to try new things or eat unidentified dishes
– appreciating the locals and respecting their way of life
– respecting us, our bed and breakfast and the other guests you meet here
But most of all, American Tourists, we love you for loving Calabria, for appreciating her rugged beauty and timeless charm and for leaving us like you found us. We are just a little bit better off for having met you.
Happy Thanksgiving Week!