Local traditions and culture in New Hampshire

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    The little tour was interesting and...
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    As much as I hate to say or...

    by rscimagery Written Sep 8, 2002

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    As much as I hate to say or admit this, foreigners are not always treated equally up here. Though this is far from a universal rule, many people are clear headed enough to treat everyone as an equal. However, white New England folk are the norm, people of other cultures just stand out - really. This is not a race issue, it applies to people with accents from the South or basically anyone who doesn't fit the norm. I'm not saying you would be treated unfairly or assulted or made fun of - you will just on occasion, get very impolite stares, I see it all the time. You really have no idea unless you've been here and actually pay attention. So it probably isn't a racism thing, but more of an - oh-my-God - how to I deal with a person from another culture!

    It's hard to explain really, and I also find myself (after living here for 3 years) shocked by the racial and cultural diversity of other cities and regions. You just get used to everyone looking and acting the same culturally, up here its White - European/British-descent Americanism. I'm curious to see if anyone agrees or disagrees. But I think it's a great cultural tip that goes left unspoken.

    Oh, one more thing, if you're planning to visit and are an arrogant swine (think high-powered executive know it all type) and think the world belongs to you - visit somewhere else. We don't need you up here, and you quite frankly will not have a good time!

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    state symbols

    by davecallahan Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    the state bird is the Purple Finch.

    the state animal is the White Tail Deer.

    the state flower is the Purple Lilac.

    state nickname is "Granite State" in reference to the fine granite quarries and to the state's
    steadfastness in hard times.

    state motto is: "Live Free or Die"

    the state seal shows a ship in the shipyard indicating Portsmouth shipbuilding and commerce; cranberry leaves surround the seal indicating strength and vitality.

    the state flag is the state seal on a blue field

    New Hampshire welcome purple finch = state bird white tail deer = state animal purple lilac = state flower state seal

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    People in New Hampshire are...

    by luv2learn Written Aug 26, 2002

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    People in New Hampshire are perfectly friendly, but not warm and certainly not effusive. Natives will often answer questions with a laconic 'aayup' or 'nope.' Don't be offended.

    New Hampshire state-run liquor stores are great places to stock up on booze. Alcoholic beverages usually sell for quite a few dollars less than elsewhere, except for wine, and I wouldn't know about beer, and the stores are conveniently placed for tourists alongside Rte. 93 near the Massachusetts border.

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    Not really a cultural tip, but...

    by hayward68 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Not really a cultural tip, but take time to appreciate the beauty of the nature around you. See the struggle for survival that the local plantlife has trying to dig its roots around the many rocks to reach the meagre soil in order to grow. It really makes quite an impression on you if you take the time.

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    Autumn in NH

    by dambrosi Written Aug 25, 2002

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    New Hampshire has always been an agricultural state. There are many large dairy farms here, as well as feed and grain farms. A nice thing about NH is the country side and in the fall NH can be best known for its leaf peeping.

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    by Helga67 Updated Dec 7, 2006

    Tipping is more or less compulsory. In restaurants, waiters expect around 10% to 20%, as do taxi drivers, while porters and bellboys anticipate around 1 or 2 USD per piece of luggage. You are not expected to tip in fast-food restaurants or cinemas.

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    by Pawtuxet Written Sep 25, 2006

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    Our friends have a Jack Russell terrier who loves to stand out on the surf board. Looks like he's ready to go. I don't know if anyone has ever challenged him to a real speedy ride. :-)

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    You MUST paddle a canoe

    by Pawtuxet Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    No doubt about it, you haven't been to Lake Winnepesauke until you've taken a canoe out on the lake....and probably fallen overboard! Part of the fun.

    Susan and Chris go paddling
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    What's a Rotary?

    by Goner Updated Nov 6, 2002

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    When asking directions and they say go to the rotary, they mean a traffic circle or in Europe, it's a roundabout.

    Ready for Halloween
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