Through the mouth of..

Through the mouth of.. Americans

Through the mouth of Americans

Welcome to the first part of our hopefully long series of Through the mouth of..!
B-but what is it?
I’m glad you ask! It’s a list of 10 random, crazy, weird or f-ed up things people said during our travel in that specific place.

We’ll start with, of course, the United States of America!

After explaining that we are traveling on the cheap, and hitchhiking.
“Oh my God! But how did you make it across the sea?”
It often takes a lot of effort to not put up a deadly serious face and answer “Well swimming of course!”

When walking on the Arizona Trail and talking to two stoned Navajo in their truck.
“Be careful out there. You know, even the scariest stories are true.”
dramatic pause
“Do you know Texas Chainsaw Massacre?”
Did we tell you they had a chainsaw in their truck?

This is one we’ve heard several times when explaining we are on a long trip with no return date.
“Do your parents pay for that?” Urgh. Really? Some even try to be funny about it with “So, who has the rich parents?”
Good one! My parents give me a ton of money to travel but only for food and accommodation, which is why we hitchhike. And bar the accommodation, we actually sleep in a tent. I mean, 25 year olds are not able to sustain themselves anymore, right. (Sarcasm. Laugh. Haha.)

When hitchhiking near a gas station.
“Here’s 5 dollars for your gas”
This one just deserves a confused look.

This only happens in America, and only people that traveled in the States will understand.
“Where are you from?” – Belgium.
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!”
“How old are you?” – 25.
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!”

I am sure it could it could go as far as:
“Do you wear socks?” – YES!
“Oh waw that’s amaaaaaazing!!”

One of our first encounters with a real cowboy.
“Do you have a beer for me?” – Sorry, someone just gave them to us, we only have two.
“What are you doing here in the States?” – Traveling
“Y’all trying to steal the American money, that it?”
Sure! We buy food, drinks, sometimes pay for motels or restaurants. Real thugs, I tell ya!

That awkward one when they criticize people without a college degree.
“So, what did you graduate in?”
Well… nothing.

When we tell them that we come from Brussels.
“Aren’t you afraid with all the Muslims over there?”this is often asked with a very concerned voice
Sigh. We’re just tired of this one. For the last time, terrorists are the problem, not Muslims. JUST HUG EACH OTHER ALREADY.

When crazy cartel Mexican picked us up. (click for story)
“If you are going to Mexico, tell your parents beforehand that if they get a call for a ransom, they shouldn’t pay up because you’ll be dead already anyway.”
Hmmm well, okay?

Tip from an experienced hiker.
“If you’re in the desert and you’re hungry just tease a rattlesnake with a stick, wait for it to snap at you and then CUT HIS HEAD OFF!”
Bon appétit!

BONUS
Because it doesn’t always have to be negative, here’s something beautiful and profound Kimmy commented on our blog:
“I went back to work this morning as you know..in my big corporate world..and was at a lost for the first 3 hours..day dreaming of what a wonderful adventure you both are having..and how us silly Americans believe we are living the dream by working everyday..and Not adventuring..what a paradox..”

Do you remember something memorable someone said to you? Be it nice, crazy, funny or even f-ed up? Let us know in the comments!

New series on Takoyacki - Through the mouth of.. Americans

44 Comments

  • Reply
    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    April 30, 2016 at 5:23 am

    This post was aaaaaamazing! 😉 Ha but seriously, I really enjoyed reading this.

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Hahaha glad you liked it! 😀

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    Carmen's Luxury Travel
    April 30, 2016 at 5:27 am

    Haaa! We’re not all this bad, I promise.

    • Reply
      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Haha we know!! We met so many great people this trip is an amazing experience!

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    Lily
    April 30, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Great post some of these made me laugh. On a more serious note your answer about Brussels… I’m so sick of hearing that question too. When will people realise its not a religion of any kind committing these acts.

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Heh glad it could give you a happy moment. 🙂

      It’s sickening indeed, but people will change, I guess. It’ll take time, but people will come to their senses.

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    R0xana S.
    April 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

    “oh, that’s amaaziiiing” :)) Great idea with this post. Really made me laugh. I remember I was on a trip to Niagara and there was this teacher from Belgium that couldn’t stop praising about Belgium. ” oh, we have this in Belgium”, “You have to go to Belgium”, “we are no.1” , “have you tried our beer?” “Do you know we have the most…and the …and…” Literally, all the way to the falls

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      But HAVE YOU tried our beer?

      Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

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    purvabhatia
    April 30, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Hilarious! Every country even cities have their idiosyncrasies. The biggest fun of travelling is discovering these. Lovely idea for a post! Please do take time to visit our blog and share your feedback: http://www.blueskydreamers.com

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      I like the way you put it; “the biggest fun in traveling is discovering these”. Glad you enjoyed the read!
      I’ll make sure to check out your blog! 🙂

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    stephane De keyser
    April 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

    That’s realy Amaaaazing lol

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    corinnevail
    April 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I wrote how I love to listen to what people say wherever we are. Funny and entertaining. I love it.

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    Dang Travelers
    April 30, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I’m not sure how to respond to this one. I’m slightly embarrassed as an American and a little offended at the same time because I don’t think this portrays most of us. BUT it was entertaining and I laughed out loud a few times. Hopefully your positive experiences outweighed the negatives since we can all learn from each other no matter where we are in the world!

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      Don’t be offended at all. The point of this article was to write down all the weird and funny things we heard. Overall, we had an “amaaaazing” experience in the States and have been blessed with meeting incredible and loving people, really. We absolutely loved the States and cannot wait to go back.

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    Vyjay Rao
    April 30, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Hilarious, but I am sure these kind of things happen everywhere and it is nice you take them in your stride in a lighter vein.

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Oh we do count on them to happen everywhere so we can fill up our series!! 😀

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    travelescape
    April 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is nice post in lighter note.I li say entertaining and engaged. Keep it up 🙂

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Glad you liked it, thank you for the kind words!

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    Kimmy
    April 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Excellent read, one can only be offended becuase deep down they know those are the people we share our country with and are voting for Trump..hahaha

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    Daniel L. Manske
    April 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I’m sure you only heard those asinine comments in the interior of the country, because we here on the coast are much more sophisticated (wink, wink) . . . and since my students couldn’t locate Belgium on a map we are studying geography more intensely now! It was so amaaaaazing to meet you and Kenzi, and the loft is yours whenever you do come back!

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      Takoyacki
      April 30, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Hahaha I’m not going to confirm that but you know the truth better than I do for sure!
      Heh, next step, locate Lichtenstein on a map! 😀

      It was great to meet the both of you too, Daniel, we were really lucky our paths crossed. I hope I’ll get to see you guys in September!

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    Vicki Garside
    May 1, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Wow! Some people say some stupid things!! But make for a hilarious post! Haha! Thanks for collecting them like this and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Haha indeed! And they make for a memorable trip as well. 😀
      Glad you enjoy the post!

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    Jure
    May 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    A fun little post, maybe you guys should pull them together from all your travels, that way you’ll have an even stronger post.

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Yeah I guess we can eventually do something like that when we gather more. 🙂

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    elizabeth
    May 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Very funny! It reminds me a bit of Bill Bryson’s book about America. if you haven’t read it- it is very funny!

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      We’ll definitely check it out, thanks!

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    Claire
    May 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Haha, the chainsaw massacre one really made me laugh!

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Yeah, we laugh about as well now. We didn’t laugh that much during the moment haha Lily was super creeped out!!

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    eostories
    May 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Will be following these series! Can’t wait to read about other countries/nationalities.
    This was actually quite funny even though a bit cliche and sad. But there are so many stereotypes even about the Americans

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Yay! Make sure to subscribe to have ’em right in your inbox! 😀

      It is cliché but keep in mind this is only a very small percentage that gave these silly comments; the rest of our trip was really a great experience!!

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    Nathan
    May 3, 2016 at 5:09 am

    I’ll cop to some of these but not most. My ex (a European) told me one time that the general thought about Americans are we are all really nice people but we are also all loud and wear the terrible white socks pulled up to our knees.

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      lmao that’s basically it. hahaha

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    Dan Ramos
    May 3, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    hahahah! This cracks me up, not because I’m from the states but because I just traveled cross country and when I was in seattle I had to explain to the barista where new jersey was as she told me she wasn’t THAT bad at ‘geometry’…. amazing what people come up with 🙂

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Hahahaha my God within her own country?! Should’ve showed her Jersey Shore; would’ve never forgot your state after that! haha

      Oh boy, did you correct her on the geometry thing? 😛

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    Stella @ Travelerette
    May 4, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I’m American, but I laughed at the “waw, that’s amazing” comment. It gets on my nerves when people talk that way too. And I’m afraid asking about college is very standard from Americans, especially from the East Coast. I am in the habit of doing it myself. But I am curious to see the rest of the series now!

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Yeah, I guess it’s a cultural thing.
      Happy you enjoyed the post! 🙂

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    Tom
    May 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I get the amazing line all the time when I say I’m English. They often look a little miffed when I say “ye, it’s not bad!”

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      hahaha I bet they can guess it from your accent already though

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    Laia
    May 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Haha this post made me smile 🙂 I also got funny comments while I was traveling, and was asked if my parents were paying for that, arrrghhh
    I think the funniest question I got was if I was 16 years old. I almost fell down. Then I told that I was 30… she almost fell down 😛

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      Takoyacki
      May 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Yeah that’s the worst! But if they think your 16; it makes sense that they ask if your parents pay for that haha but wow you must look crazy young if that happens!

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