Rogalski 5 | 94 2 Jan 2010 #1So, you're a dinner guest at the relatives of a friend, and as you are a foreigner, you tend to be the centre of attention. All is going well and then the conversation turns to national comparisons and you're feeling kind of on the spot because there is obviously something else going on that just mere inquisitiveness. Of course, you get "patriots" in every country who get a kick out of proving how superior their country is to every other single nation on earth, but I have noticed it particularly in Poland where otherwise well-educated, middle-class people tend to engage with the "my tribe/gang/country/nation is better than your tribe/gang/country/nation" type of diatribe. Perhaps this is more common elsewhere than I have otherwise given credit (and as I type this I recall a couple of times English and Welsh friends nearly coming to blows over how terrible each other's respective country is!) and perhaps it's because I find myself in the position of being "The Other" that I am only now particularly noticing it, but does anyone have any experience/advice about handling this situation, other than imbibing the prolific glasses of vodka on offer and getting quietly sozzled??