Most of us have probably met a few name-droppers. Much as I've tried avoiding it, I've succumbed to that obnoxious habit, although musical names I've infrequently dropped aren't worthy of even a muted "ooh", let alone a gasp. Consequently, when others name drop, I'm able to suppress my annoyance; a self-satisfied smirk at the offender is enough to maintain my superiority. But country-droppers? That's a bridge too far.
Compare my experience to your own and weigh in with a comment about your reactions when faced with these situations or others of a similar flavor that you've encountered:
* You're on vacation or otherwise away from home. In your first conversation with a total stranger, any casual mention of a foreign country you've visited - for business or personal reasons - is met with a list of several countries that stranger has been to, some more than once, including the country mentioned in your innocent statement. Wait, was your initial mention casually innocent?
* You're discussing a book that takes place in a foreign country. Another participant in the discussion (not you, of course) cannot resist interjecting their experience in that locale. The country-dropper's first self-aggrandizing sentence invariably begins with something like "Well, when I was in .. (fill in the country from the book)."
If you claim that either .. a.) you've never had an experience anything like the above or .. b.) you've never country-dropped yourself, then I'll look forward to either .. a.) seeing the decor of your cave or .. b.) watching you do that walk-on-water bit. Hey, did I ever tell you about my trip to Costa Rica? No? I've got pictures.