I recently encountered the epitome of the Ugly American on a train in Norway. Unfortunately they still exist. A pity my camera wasn't ready, so I can't post of pic of him - He and his wife, about 33, stylishly dressed in some ultra-chic sort of workout suit (she elegantly coiffed as well) trying to be first off the very crowded train, had the arrogance of the self-entitled IPO winner (Oracle executive perhaps? Larry Ellison wannabe?). They had positioned themselves to be first at the doors, with their large suitcases behind them unnecessarily blocking the aisle. A petite Norwegian woman was trying to pass from one car to the other, but could not get by their suitcases. I was close enough to move someone else's suitcase a bit so that she could squeeze by, all the while, their arrogances ignoring her. After she passed, I said to him in English, "If you had just moved your suitcase, she could have got by you." He replied snarkily, "If she had asked me, I would have, but she didn't ask." Then,(to me) "Why were you insulting me?" Of coruse he assumed that everyone else would speak English. Amazed at his remark, but not thinking quickly enough to respond, I ignored him. He kept staring at me, and said, "If you want to continue this conversation, I am willing," the overly dressed frau continuing to stare out the train door. Nowhere to go, I returned the stare and said, no. I was so happy they did not board the same boat that we got on at that train stop - although I would have immortalized him in a photo if I could have.
I am reminded of Noel Coward's lament, "Why do all the wrong people travel, and the right people stay at home?"