Have you been to a country where you have been surprised to find the cultural stereotypes about that country are very different to the reality?

E.g. I think that the notion that British men (I am British) are gentle (gentlemen) may well be rather off the mark bearing in mind the problem we have with hooligans.

Or When I came to Japan I had imagined Japanese men to be like Toshiro Mifune or other heroes in Japanese period dramas and Yakuza movies -- macho, and not all that gentle -- but I find them to be generally gentle myself.

Replies, should anyone be so kind as to post any, will of course be subjective -- just how you feel -- and also only on a par with stereotype since there are off course all sorts of people in all the countries of the world.

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