Being mistaken for a native?

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:50 pm

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I watched a pile of Icelandic films and you're in the ballpark.

Maybe a nubby turtleneck sweater would be a good winter look for you.
Also, BeatRaven was responding based on meeting me, not seeing a recent photo of Bjork.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by leela » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:53 pm

On my last trip, locals would see me and say "tourist!". So no.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by DCComic » Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:11 pm

"Genetic evidence suggests that approximately 62% of the Icelandic maternal gene pool is derived from Ireland and Scotland, which is much higher than other Scandinavian countries, although comparable to the Faroese, while 37% is of Nordic origin.[15] About 20-25% of the Icelandic paternal gene pool is of Gaelic origin, with the rest being Nordic.[16]"

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by BeatRaven » Sat Aug 25, 2018 4:07 pm

I have shaken Bjorks bony, little hand. Chip's too. But not at the same time.

That would be be great. Like Patty Duke in the mirror on that old show. Or maybe Bjork and Chip hammily running thru Me and My Shadow together.

I believe a full survey of modern Icelandic film and fashion mores is required to settle this, and since that's down to me, I say go nubby, Chip.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by Lost Soul » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:01 pm

DCComic wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:11 pm
"Genetic evidence suggests that approximately 62% of the Icelandic maternal gene pool is derived from Ireland and Scotland, which is much higher than other Scandinavian countries, although comparable to the Faroese, while 37% is of Nordic origin.[15] About 20-25% of the Icelandic paternal gene pool is of Gaelic origin, with the rest being Nordic.[16]"

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Just a note to the class: Scotland is Ireland in this context.

The Scots were an Irish tribe that invaded Pictland around the time, or just after, the German boat people invaded Albion.

The Welsh are the locals.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by DianaHaddad » Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:06 pm

Well for the record I understood the OP and subsequent posts and thought they were funny e.g. Björk pic. Other responses surprised me.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by equus » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:47 am

I was mistaken for an Ecuadorian by a taxi driver in Quito. He thought I was from Riobamba. It was dark, but even so, I think he didn't get out much.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:17 am

DianaHaddad wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:06 pm
Well for the record I understood the OP and subsequent posts and thought they were funny e.g. Björk pic. Other responses surprised me.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by NorthAmerican » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:16 pm

leela wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:53 pm
On my last trip, locals would see me and say "tourist!". So no.
They were more specific in my case; one native actually knew my name!

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:29 pm

Ah! Muy bien.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by lolasf » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:40 am

Dutch people want to claim me as one of them. I've had quite a few of them come up to me and start speaking Dutch to me (which I don't know at all). This is in other countries, I've never been to the Netherlands.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by northern_goddess » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:55 am

So far on this trip locals have guessed that I am German, from Brazil and two thought I was from Spain.

Not.even.close - was my response.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by equus » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:28 am

That's because they haven't heard of Canada ;)
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by northern_goddess » Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:54 am

Hardy har har. And sometimes true. :)

I've actually been getting a lot of positive comments from people when they find out I'm from Canada. At least from Americans and people from the UK. They seem to think the world is totally fucked right now and have said Canada at least seems normal and drama-free and even in Trudeau isn't perfect they think he's 'normal' and a lot better than what they are dealing with. And people actually knowing who our Prime Minister is also seems kind of weird.

That's a pretty small sample size but yah, it's better than "Where?"
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by GLimpet » Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:59 pm

I thought it was Bjork but wasn't too sure of what she looked like these days. Pretty sure chip wouldn't have posted a full face of herself.

I got mistaken for local in Mediterranean countries all the time. Not so much now.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by EMG » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:20 pm

For some reason I get asked if I'm Russian fairly often. I'm not sure if it's because I look particularly Russian or just coincidentally people in this part of the world think of Russians when they see white people, but I've been asked maybe 5 or 6 times, and a few of those were in Vietnam.

Then again people have also asked if I'm Australian or British, despite me not having anything like an Ozzie or British accent, so maybe people just guess randomly.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:22 pm

GLimpet wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:59 pm
I thought it was Bjork but wasn't too sure of what she looked like these days. Pretty sure chip wouldn't have posted a full face of herself.
I have.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by VinnyD » Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:56 pm

I thught it looked like Bjork, to the extent I have an idea what Bjork looks like, and that it didn't look much like I remembered Chip looking, but Chip had indicated it was her and I didn't see why she would lie.

On being taken for a native: I was handed a leaflet in Polish for an English-language school (I'm in Krákow), so I guess that counts. On the other hand, I don't think the reason the bike tour leafletter didn't hand me one was because he thought I was a Cracovian. Not do I think he had accurately sized me up as a pennypincher who likes long walks. I think that even though like all of us, I look ten years yunger than my calendar age, he doesn't give leaflets to apparent sexagenarians.

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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by equus » Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:09 pm

Vinny, I've leafletted a guy in a mobility scooter on oxygen for an urban assault course.
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Re: Being mistaken for a native?

Post by fishface » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:35 pm

Shit I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking that chip posted a pic of Bjork and nobody noticed.

I get mistaken for a local in Australia and the UK. Can't imagine why.

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