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Posted by:May 19th 2008, 03:03:40 pm
Kimberly Do come back, UA ... we love nothing better than jousting with the creampuff likes of you ;-). Too bad that a battle of the wits with you is so one-sided, though. Tsk, tsk.

To answer your question, yes ... many of us posting here ARE the proud by-product of the local Harbour Island education system. Note to your alumni association ... we were taught to at least consider other perspectives.

In the meantime, if you find our kind simply too illiterate and unclean to tolerate, though, why bother making your way back here ;-)?
Posted by:May 19th 2008, 09:25:55 am
HeilDo you have anything better to do other than troll message boards?
Posted by:May 19th 2008, 08:59:43 am
UglyAmericanwell at least my posts are coherent! Are you a product of the lovely Briland educational system that creates leaders and prepares Briland youth for professional careers? (insert sarcastic laughter here)
As far as "never coming back" goes, I will come and provide my insightful observations as much and as often as I see fit!
Have a nice day!

Posted by:May 17th 2008, 09:04:04 pm
BrilandkidLet me add this UA (Unhappy American) I would like to suggest that your next vacation should be to Disney World or Universal there everything is artificial and man made you cannot handle and appreciate Godís creation the real world. You are to spoil and live a plastic world with plastic smiles.
Sometimes it is best that to be thought a fool than to open oneís mouth and remove all doubt. Plus you sound like a kid trying to create a controversial prank. Your posting has no merits andor sensible purpose.?????
Posted by:May 17th 2008, 05:11:09 pm
speechOk reading a little more closely... I need to change my tone....thank you for your feed back,hopefully we'll make an effort to clean the beach and town more...but seriously man no need to hate on the seaweed!!!! Its really cool sargasso sea weed!!!
Posted by:May 17th 2008, 05:06:18 pm
speechMy main man...Harbour island is situated at the edge of the Sargasso sea, the Sargasso seaweed we have is unique in the world fabled among sea farer's for centuries. It also is vital in helping the beach rebuild itself after hurricanes and rages, it is very useful when added to sandy soil as it helps plants grow, the little brown berries on it taste good you should feel blessed you got to see this wonderful seaweed and you should do yoursel and all of us a favour and never return to harbour island again in fact never leave your own house again the world is obviously to much for you to handle...
Posted by:May 16th 2008, 10:42:14 am
smittyServes you right for being in the south of France.You should be wrapped around a Kalik at the Harbour Lounge listening to me trying to ignore some guy complaining about seaweed on the beach...
Posted by:May 16th 2008, 10:10:32 am
kristiI said that I wouldn't post again on the subject - ok so I lied. Smitty you are absolutely right and that is what I had said earlier. UA has every right to express what he feels but once is enough to get the message across so there is no need to continue complaining. His message was understood the first time. This is usually the most beautiful time on the island but the weather is changing all over the world. Yesterday I got caught in a hail storm in the south of France - unheard of for this time of year.
Posted by:May 16th 2008, 09:54:05 am
smittyMy last post on this because frankly it's getting a little old.What UA describes is not Harbour Island.He/she obviously had a bad experience and has every right to vent even though many have been offended, UA doesn't deserve to be hammered the way he/she has been.Call me whatever you will, but I can tell you if it happened to me,with my big mouth, I probably would have done something similar.To you, UA, and the rest of the planet,I can only say I've never heard anything negative said or written about HI. Sorry, partner, that dog don't hunt.
Posted by:May 16th 2008, 09:25:32 am
smittyWhew! I tossed and turned all night ;)
Posted by:May 16th 2008, 03:50:18 am
kristiThis is the last time that I will post to this subject because UBFA is driving me up the wall - all I can think of to say is that you (UBFA) are the true definition of an a**hole.
Don't worry Smitty - I wont get angry at you !
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 07:50:50 pm
hobiecat Are you the ugly American?
POSTED: 4:12 p.m. EST, November 1, 2006

Certain actions -- whether stemming from ignorance or arrogance -- will brand you a jerk. Experts offer advice to avoid the 10 most common faux pas among travelers.

Find the local rhythm

Americans have a hard time adjusting to a pace of life that isn't as fast as their own, says Jacqueline Whitmore, author of "Business Class: Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work." As a result, they're sometimes labeled as rude and pushy. "In Germany, dinner can take three hours or more," says Whitmore. "It's an experience. You can offend the waitstaff by trying to speed up the process."

Make a good first impression

"In some cultures you hug, in others you shake hands and in others you kiss," says Cindy Post Senning, a director at the Emily Post Institute. "It's easy to disrespect locals if you aren't familiar with how to greet them, both formally and casually."

Avoid careless judgments

Travelers love to talk about how places are different from home. Unfortunately, says Senning, innocent observations can come across as superior and judgmental, as in: "Your cars are so small here!" or "I can't believe this restaurant doesn't have ice cubes."

Mind your table manners

Educating yourself about local customs is the only way to know that Chileans expect wine to be poured with the right hand, and that the Japanese frown upon sloshing soy sauce on rice. As for those times when you're served food you can't bear to look at, let alone eat, but you don't want to disrespect your host? Smile and eat as much as you can, says Colleen Rickenbacher, author of "Be on Your Best Business Behavior."

Speak the language

You don't have to be fluent, or even close; you just have to make an effort. "It sends an offensive message when you don't even acknowledge 'good day' in the language," says David Solomons of CultureSmart!Consulting, which publishes country-by-country etiquette guides. "It's total and utter anathema to the French when an American starts a conversation without beginning it with bonjour."

Don't overtip

Monica Francois Marcel, of consulting firm Language & Culture Worldwide, says nobody tips as much as Americans (and that isn't always commendable). "It gets at the economics of a country," she says. "A taxi driver could easily interpret your tip as flaunting your wealth." Marcel recommends asking a concierge to explain local expectations, and then tipping the concierge the proper amount. Of course, undertipping is never a great idea, either.

Watch your gestures

The wrong move with your head, hand or foot can be a surefire way to get on a local's nerves, or even pick a fight. "We also fail to do our homework about space relationships," says Roger E. Axtell, author of eight international etiquette guides, including "Do's and Taboos Around the World." "Latin America and the Middle East have smaller personal 'bubbles,' so you must refrain from stepping away when they move close."

Dress respectfully

Classy everyday attire might have faded in the U.S., but it's always a good idea for tourists to look smart, says Whitmore. Conservative "global colors" -- grays, blues, blacks -- are generally safe bets. If you're going to a warm climate, avoid the temptation to pack only shorts and sandals. Include slacks and dress shoes, especially if you plan on dining at nice restaurants or visiting houses of worship.

Use clear English

Many people speak English as a second language, and it's hard for them to understand when tourists use slang and neglect to speak slowly. "We clutter our speech with jargon and sports and military terminology," says Axtell. "Try to stay away from idioms and slang, and watch for reactions to make sure communication is going well. Americans also forget to avoid phrases like, 'Hi, how are you?' in which we aren't really looking for an honest response."

Be a thoughtful guest

As in the U.S., if you're staying at someone's house or going over for dinner, bring flowers. Souvenirs from home -- T-shirts, refrigerator magnets -- are appreciated, too. Small gifts can smooth out everyday interactions. Gifts don't have to be expensive; as always, it's the thought that counts.

© 2006. Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 06:59:54 pm
UglyAmerican"I'm grateful for Hitler"
Wow is all I can say...maybe this is an indication of the level of education of all Brilanders?
Here's a tip, tune into the History channel now and then goof!
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 06:53:35 pm
hobiecatIsn't seaweed indicative of the beach? Seaweed is a natural occurrence, if you want a seaweed-free experience, you may wish to look for an artificial island or a cruise ship-owned stop where everything is perfectly manicured. The disneyfication of the planet's natural resources for the mere satisfaction of tourism is getting out of hand. Seaweed on the beach provides a valuable ecosystem and should not have to be raked up completely to still have a beach-worthy experience.

Oftentimes I walk the beach at seaweed level looking for a lucky seed to pop out at me, and the wet, glistening seaweed on the beach in the morning is the best time for lucky seed hunters!

I'm grateful for Hitler and his crew who walk the beach to pick up garbage that is left on the beach - not by the Brilanders - but by careless boaters and other polluters of the ocean. If Ugly American wants a cleaner beach, perhaps he/she should focus attention on the world's ocean polluters, and not expect Brilanders to run down the beach to alter nature to suit his/her sterile tastes.
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 05:57:03 pm
snowyInterestingly UA has chosen the pen name Ugly American....seems he/she named him/her self...kinda wierd to give yourself such a crappy name huh?! Does this add up? Do we have an undercover one stirring the pot here?
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 05:54:37 pm
ash12it clearly show,s that this UA character is a critic and it appears that he or she!! or should i say (it) as in (UGLY)sure is trying to deffimate Harbour Island and its locals according to earlier posts!!! whats up with that UA????!! or you,re just trying to be a comedian!! hotel owners,locals and harbour town counsil will do its best to not only keep the beach clean!!! the whole Island,,,,GEEEEEEEEEESSSSE!!!
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 10:59:42 am
Tuck ShopYes there sounds like there's an agenda here

Where did you stay UG ?
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 10:38:26 am
smittyWhew, Kristi, I hope you never get mad at me!
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 09:54:39 am
kristioh and sorry snowy for mistaking your teasing !
Posted by:May 15th 2008, 09:53:48 am
kristiI find it odd that BUA butt ugly american know's soooo much about Harbour Island (Humphrey being called Hitler etc) so he/she must have come to the island before and I am sure that the beach was clean then. Go away BUA or should I make that BFUA ?

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