Some insightful snapshots from this amusing Washington Post article about the 16 American cities that foreigners (or at least their governments) apparently fear the mostÂ — Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s actually mostly just the French – although the Germans clearly take home the gold for “most revealing recommendationâ€¦”
St. Louis:Â â€œEviter le quartier nord entre lâ€™aÃ©roport et le centre-ville, mais la navette reliant lâ€™aÃ©roport est sÃ»re.â€Â Translation:Â Avoid northern area between the airport and the city center, but the airport shuttle is safe. [Hmmm. The airport shuttleâ€¦ Very interestingâ€¦ Not that I’d ever mug anyone in St. Louis, but if I were going toâ€¦]
Washington DC:Â Northeast and Southeast should be avoided, and Union Station is dangerous at night . . .Â â€œLe quartier Anacostia nâ€™est pas recommandable de jour comme de nuit.â€ Translation: Donâ€™t go to Anacostia, day or night.Â [Uh – First of all, Union Station??? – But yes – ALL 5091 Anacostians do indeed passionately hate the French and probably always will.]
Richmond, VA: “Egalement, ne pas visiter le centre-ville Ã pied.” Translation: Do not visit the city on foot.Â [Aside from Civil War reenactors, does anyone really visit Richmond anyway??]
Germany doesnâ€™t warn its citizens about any specific cities, but it doesÂ cautionÂ against LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT: â€œAlthough the laws in individual states categorizing nudity as â€˜indecent exposureâ€™, are rarely asserted and punished, those laws should absolutely be followed.Â Nude bathing and changing clothes at the beach stirs up public agitation and can lead to unpleasantnesses.â€ [In case useful for your next trip to Deutschland: the German word for “letting it all hang out” Â – well, one of many, actually – is: “nachtbaden.”]
As for that last one, I’m fairly certain that EVERY American will join me in sincerely thanking the German Tourism Ministry.