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#1 Old 10-18-2007, 09:51 AM
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I came across this video about the travel rumor that France is all about romance. I don't remember France being quite like that but it got me laughing! So what countries have you been to? Any eye openers on your trips?
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#2 Old 10-18-2007, 10:05 AM
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I've been to France. Went to Paris (with family) and Strasbourg (French exchange.)

I've also been to the USA once (California) and Canada (Edmonton, the Rockies from Banff to Jasper, Toronto and Niagara Falls - also walked to the USA side of Niagara for a few hours)

My most eye-opening trip was to Zimbabwe December 1998. It might have been the guns that were pointed at my brother's head, been followed around by people with guns and the abject poverty of the people. I was 7 years old when I went and one of my main memories of the trip was a girl my age coming up to me begging for money. Mum grabbed my arm and pulled me away from her. I can still remember her face.

Oh and it was also the trip in which everything my father had done came out into the open and was the decider for my parents splitting up because he's cleared out Mum's bank account (join account) and was planning on leaving us there with no way of getting home.

The people we were staying with (a white couple who were family friends of my father's - he'd lived there from when he was 7 til he was 13 - but they sided with Mum over what he'd done and helped us get out of there) were murdered a few months after we visited them.



Quite an eye-opening trip.
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My most eye-opening trip was to Zimbabwe December 1998. It might have been the guns that were pointed at my brother's head, been followed around by people with guns and the abject poverty of the people. I was 7 years old when I went and one of my main memories of the trip was a girl my age coming up to me begging for money. Mum grabbed my arm and pulled me away from her. I can still remember her face.

Oh and it was also the trip in which everything my father had done came out into the open and was the decider for my parents splitting up because he's cleared out Mum's bank account (join account) and was planning on leaving us there with no way of getting home.

The people we were staying with (a white couple who were family friends of my father's - he'd lived there from when he was 7 til he was 13 - but they sided with Mum over what he'd done and helped us get out of there) were murdered a few months after we visited them.



Quite and eye-opening trip.



Holy s***.
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#4 Old 10-18-2007, 10:23 AM
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US

British and US Virgin Islands

South Korea (at the airport )

China
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#5 Old 10-18-2007, 10:30 AM
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England

Ireland

Wales

Scotland

France

Belgium

Holland

Luxembourg

Spain

Portugal

Italy

Malta

Germany

Tunisia

China

HK

S.Korea

Japan

Thailand

Singapore

Indonesia

Malaysia

Brazil

Oh, and the US when I was a baby so I guess that doesn't really count!

And I can truly say that everywhere I've been there's been eye openers for all types of reasons...sometimes good, sometimes bad.
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Quite and eye-opening trip.



Holy crap. No kidding.

I've been to...



Canada, the US of course, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates, India, Maldives, Singapore, Malaysia, China (Hong Kong), Australia, and New Zealand.



Everything except Europe was work-related. And my dad was gov't so the Europe stuff was due to a work contract he had, closing down military bases. All the travel has definitely given me a perspective I don't think I'd have otherwise.
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I've been to England, Switzerland and Nassau.
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Netherlands

USA

England

Ireland

France

Russia

Japan

Germany

Thailand

Italy

Mexico
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USA

Mexico (only Ensenada)

Canada (really only Vancouver)

Peru (Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu areas, Puerto Maldonado area (Amazon Basin))

Australia (Cairns, Sydney, Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley)

New Zealand (mainly the south island, but a little bit of the north as well)

India (mainly Bangalore, but also New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai (Bombay), Fort Cochin, Trivandrum, Mysore)

England (mainly London)

Wales (Cardiff)

Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Inland Sea, other places I don't remember)



Someone I knew prepared me for the poverty, filth, crowds and pollution of India, so I was able to look beyond those things to the hidden beauty of the country and it's people.



I went to Japan when I was 14 and it struck me as being very much like California with signs in strange languages and everyone speaking Japanese.



New Zealand was much more beautiful and varied than I was prepared for. It is truly a stunning country.



I wasn't as enthusiastic about Australia as I thought I'd be. I enjoyed my time there and would go back, but I wouldn't put it ahead of other places on my list.



Peru was practically heaven in places. I never expected it to be so peaceful and beautiful. I'd go again at the drop of a hat, but I'd leave Lima as soon as possible and would only return for my flight out of the country.
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Someone I knew prepared me for the poverty, filth, crowds and pollution of India, so I was able to look beyond those things to the hidden beauty of the country and it's people.



I agree. I think that if you recognize the poverty as a part of the culture and understand where it's come from, it's not so depressing. The poverty there is different. People live on the streets but a lot of them sell mangos, care for the cows on the streets, sweep the streets, sell cane juice... it was interesting to see & unlike anything I've seen in the states.



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New Zealand was much more beautiful and varied than I was prepared for. It is truly a stunning country.

It is. I was sitting at a cafe in Auckland looking out over the harbour and thought, "this is just like Seattle..." So if you ever need a NZ fix, just take a trip to the northwest. Lots cheaper, though no fancy accents.
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the UK (well, um, yeah 'cause I live here So I have spent a lot of time in England. I have been to Scotland a few times. I have only driven through Northern Ireland and I've never been to Wales).

France, but I was only 7 months old so I don't remember it.

Cyprus.

Spain.

Mallorca.

Gibralta.

Crete.

Iceland.

Sweden.

Norway.

Hungary.

Morrocco.

I hope I didn't miss anywhere.
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#12 Old 10-18-2007, 12:43 PM
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Cuba

Dominican Republic

Mexico

USA
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#13 Old 10-18-2007, 01:45 PM
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Crete.



Um, Crete is not a country, it's an island in Greece



Let's see...



Greece

UK - England, Scotland, Wales

Ireland

Germany

France

USA (Vermont, Connecticut and NY)

Turkey

ETA: The Netherlands (I forgot)



I won't count the airports of other countries, for obvious reasons.
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#14 Old 10-18-2007, 04:39 PM
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Never outside of the US - not even to Canada or Mexico. But I have been to 28 states within the US - I know it's not nearly the same thing, though!
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#15 Old 10-18-2007, 05:00 PM
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I've been to (and lived in a few)



Canada

USA (I've been to almost all of the states)

Singapore

Australia

China

Japan

Indonesia (Borneo, Lombok, all over Indonesia)

Thailand (at least the airport... )



... and I'm going to Spain and Mexico this summer.
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I lived in France from 1984-86, but I've also been to:



Canada

Mexico

England

Belgium

Netherlands

Sweden

Denmark

Norway

Germany

Luxembourg

Spain

Italy

Israel

Russia (actually the Soviet Union)

China

Honduras



I think that's it.
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Sweden

Finland

Denmark

Norway

Germany

England

Austria



Possibly Switzerland, not sure.

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France

Germany (lived there for 3 years)

USA
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Netherlands

USA

England

Ireland

France

Russia

Japan

Germany

Thailand

Italy

Mexico



You forgot Goa and Israel





US

Mexico

UK

France (only the south, not ghey paree)



Netherlands, the US again, and Japan I'm visiting early next year.

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Philippines (live here)

Taiwan

Thailand

Hong Kong

China

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France

USA

Canada

England

Scotland (briefly)

Italy

Switzerland



In California, our town is only 2 1/2 hours away from the Mexico border but I've never been! Hopefully by the end of my stay in Europe I'll go to The Netherlands, Ireland, and some other places...
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Holland

France



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Just the US (but I've been to quite a few states) and Canada. As soon as I get some extra money I'd love to do some real traveling. I might study abroad in the UK.
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I was sitting at a cafe in Auckland looking out over the harbour and thought, "this is just like Seattle..." So if you ever need a NZ fix, just take a trip to the northwest. Lots cheaper, though no fancy accents.



I've been to Seattle five or six times usually for several days at a time. I've always stayed downtown, so maybe that's where I'm getting this, but Seattle has a really strange vibe to it. I enjoy the city and it has a lot of great things, but there's some strange undertone I pick up on that isn't pleasant.



I think I'd go back to the San Juan Islands if I wanted a little taste of NZ here in the states. I spent a week up there in the early 2000's and had a grand time. We did a lot of bicycling and toured the islands riding the ferries with our bikes.
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Really? Seattle always has a great vibe to me - very down to earth, beautiful, and friendly. Have you spent much time in surrounding neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or Queen Anne? I love all the little cafes.
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I've been to:



England

Wales

Netherlands

France

Spain

Sweden

Denmark

Norway

Belgium

Italy

Mexico

and many U.S. states



It's a very small world. People really need to get along better.
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#27 Old 10-19-2007, 11:41 AM
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Really? Seattle always has a great vibe to me - very down to earth, beautiful, and friendly. Have you spent much time in surrounding neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or Queen Anne? I love all the little cafes.



As I said, I haven't spent much time outside of the downtown area and that might be the problem. The one time we did travel to the other side of Highway 5, I did find a better vibe and liked it better there, but overall I'm still somewhat disappointed. I am surprised about my reaction as well because I've always thought Seattle would be a great place and was very enthusiastic about going there.
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Um, Crete is not a country, it's an island in Greece



shhhh I knew that I thought about writing Greece but it didn't seem to convey the fact I went to CRETE



this sounds like a fabricated excuse
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#29 Old 10-19-2007, 03:29 PM
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Really? Seattle always has a great vibe to me - very down to earth, beautiful, and friendly. Have you spent much time in surrounding neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or Queen Anne? I love all the little cafes.

The eastside's better, Seattle proper has it's spots, but it gets old quick....... then again it is home, kinda.
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Obviously the US of A, and a lot of states within and Guam.

Phillipines

Hong Kong (British rule)

China

Japan

Singapore

Diego Garcia (which is actually a British island)

Cuba

Guatamela

Hondorus

Panama (including going through the Panama Canal)

Austalia

Yemen

Madagascar

South Korea

Kenya

Somolia

some islands in the south pacific of which I don't remember the nation (if any ) they were a part of; including

Yap, Truck, Bikini and Figi



I think there is some more, but I can't think of them right now.
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