Agree. I was in Italy once and overheard stereotypical obnoxious Americans bitching that no one spoke English. I cringed in embarassment and pretended I didn't speak English. No way in hell I was helping them. Hello! We are in Italy, try learning at least some Italian before you go. I think the US is lovely. Just like everything else, there is good and bad. I live in a big city, San Francisco, and some people love it and others hate it. I believe it is a city that is an aquired taste. We get tons of tourists. You see them on the corner with their little maps and lost looks. I like the mix of people. It truly is a melting pot. You get everything here and no one thinks twice about it. Very refreshing.