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When in Vienna, do as the Viennese do

I wish that Americans, when travelling outside of their country, would show at least the effort of adapting to the local culture, and not assume that their conduct is welcome everywhere. It would make it easier (for me at least) to respect their presence in days of the negative omnipresence of the Excited States of America in the media.

Vienna is a city with strong cultural values and tradition. Tourists wearing jumpers to bars (or not taking their cowboy hats off), being loud and obnoxious in the streets, yawning loud and openly while talking, or making fun of locals in traditional clothing don't help the reputation.

I assume those knowing me to be able to place the above in the right light. I know and respect many Americans. But those generally try to do as the locals do.