Location awareness is everywhere those days, all the way to your Google index page.
If you point your mobile browser to google.com (and you get redirected to google.com/m) you'll now discover a new field underneath the search bar that will let you update your position.
This will then transform, (if your location is precise enough) into the near me now function that lets you check out what's surrounding you.
Google actually put together a trailer to show it off:
Can you near me now?
[via Google Mobile Blog]
It does work overseas, I just tried it in the middle of nowhere, deep in Switzerland...