Subject: Re: Americans abroad

I just returned from three weeks in Italy, and although it was clear that just about everyone was able to determine that we were Americans (although we spoke Italian while we were there, if we didn't speak first, people addressed us in English), people were lovely and friendly, and no one breathed a word about the war or the American government. We didn't wear shorts and sneakers, but that wasn't about concealing an American identity -- just respecting the customs of another country.

Hope this helps!

Sheila in Portland, Oregon