Wilbur Posted July 9, 2018 Share #1 Posted July 9, 2018 This observation comes from 40 years of travel and hotels so it isn't something I just observed yesterday. When an American enters an elevator you are in, they always say "Good morning!" but don't initiate further conversation. Once I initiate a conversation, the are generally good about keeping it going. When Europeans or Canadians enter an elevator, their eyes go straight to the floor and skip the salutations. If you initiate a conversation, Canadians generally reciprocate whereas Europeans tend to remain quiet. If you are in a Canadian hotel, full of Canadians, often, there are are no words or greetings. It is strange. When at a restaurant, an American server will almost always start with a "Hey, how are you" but are caught off guard when I respond with "Excellent, how are you?" They always come back with a surprised look and "Fine, thank you for asking!". Subtle differences but I think Americans are better at salutations. I am always surprised when Americans claim Canadians are so friendly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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