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For better or for worse, American culture — from TV and movies to politics — has spread to some of the most far-flung corners of the globe.

That means that if you’re an American traveling abroad, you’re going to be confronted with a lot of stereotypes about the United States pretty much anywhere you go. I heard them everywhere I traveled, whether in Paris, Mumbai, Tierra del Fuego, or rural Malaysia.

Some of these stereotypes are way off-base: not all Americans drink and party around the clock, for example, despite what people in other countries may have heard.

Here are some of the most common stereotypes about Americans I’ve heard around the world: