Friday night after driving all day to get to San Antonio we decided to take the kids to the Riverwalk and to eat dinner at one of the many restaurants. We had wanted to go to the Alamo as well, but we were running too late.
I don’t know if you ever saw the video from Mama Kat after her trip to Greece about Europeans being rude, but I just have to say that they aren’t the only ones. Here’s the video for reference if you haven’t seen it.
Granted she was going over the top to make a point, but there is some definite truth to what she was saying. I think the fact is that different cultures see different actions as rude. Let’s take the people that were sitting around us on the Riverwalk cruise we took.
This is one of the things I was really looking forward to doing with the kids. David and I have been on one before so I knew the kids would love it. Plus Big Girl is totally into history and museums and stuff like that. I know. She’s a weird kid. But cool. And fun to take places.
Anyway… we were going to wait until after dinner to go, but the kids just could not take it. The minute they saw the boats they just HAD to go right that minute. We bought our tickets, waited in line, and finally boarded the overcrowded little cruise boat. We sat there bumping knees with the passengers sitting across from us.
On the boat with us was a huge group of people from either Brazil or Venezuela. I can’t be specific of course (because I didn’t ask them), but they definitely had that international vibe that jibed with other people I’ve met from South America. Plus this one chick looked like she could have participated in the Miss Universe pageant and we know how those Venezuelans are about beauty pageants (go google it if you don’t know).
Oh my word the rudeness. It started off with one particular woman in their party being extremely loud and taking tons of photos and practically shouting to the rest of her party right in my and Big Girl’s ear. I thought it would stop once the tour guide started, but it didn’t. Big Girl kept complaining because she couldn’t hear anything the tour guide was saying and she really wanted to listen.
I would have said it was just the one woman, but really she was just the loudest. Everyone in their party just kept yak, yak, yakking through the entire tour. It was extremely disappointing. Finally Big Girl had enough and she very loudly said, “these people are rude. They need to sit down and be quiet.” I don’t know if they did not hear her over the din, just didn’t care, or maybe didn’t understand, but it didn’t help.
Something that was supposed to be super fun turned out to be a huge pain in the ass for our family and probably several other families on the boat, all because of a cultural difference. I’m sure they didn’t think they were being rude. They seemed like very nice people, whom, I’m sure, in other circumstances were perfectly lovely to be around.
The lesson here for me was to really pay attention before I do something like this again. I want to make sure if I’m going to be trapped somewhere with a group of people that we all observe the same cultural norms. At least I’m going to TRY to do that.
Have you ever been in a situation like this? How did you handle it?