ginger007 Posted August 24, 2008 Share Posted August 24, 2008 I'm in Spain at the moment, and well I'm fully bilingual (English and Spanish) and so of course I conduct myself in Spanish most of the time here. The problem amounts to situations like this one: I was at a bar today (one I frequent), they had the TV on and they were showing the medal ceremony for basketball (USA beat Spain to win the gold)...anyway so I acted somewhat elated. And this Bolivian bartender started with the 'come on you're not American', I showed him my passport (which btw every time I pay with credit card and give him the passport I can tell he's scrutinizing it)...and he's like "that's just a piece of paper" (and he's always asking if I speak English)...I don't know why I continued the conversation but I went on to tell him I was born in Mass., that even if I hadn't been born there Puerto Ricans are Americans...etc. I didn't tell him I've lived in the States over half of my life, that I pay taxes to Uncle Sam since I graduated from college and started working in 2003, that in the past elections I voted for Kerry etc. (Maybe I should have told him all of this when he said: "my girlfriend is more American than you and she doesn't feel American" ??? ...she was born in DC but apparently never lived in the States after infancy idk....how he made this judgment I have no idea as he has no details with regards to my life, ancestry etc. other than I have a US passport and was born in Mass. So this is pretty self-explanatory I guess, his judgement is irrational being he has no info on me, so can I safely say it all stems from envy? I shouldn't be bothered by it because that's probably the cause (i.e. envy) but it pisses me off that people can be so disrespectful and think that they can tell you what you are or are not. Really, gets on my nerves. (For this reason I think I'll only speak in English when at a bar, I had decided to do that before anyway, since pretty much all Peruvian bartenders (it's a bar hopping lifestyle 24-7 here in Spain hehe) think I'm very accessible just because I speak Spanish.) Link to comment
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