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3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM
Posted: 8 months ago
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.
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3/17/2016 12:16:03 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

The only place that's exactly very different that I've traveled was either NYC, or the Caribbean.

NYC was just different from NC due to how big it was. All the buildings, people, and random things that I saw. Everything was so big, so loud, and so expensive. The little town I'm used to has a couple schools, restaurants, churches, and neighborhoods, along with shopping places. NYC, on the other hand, buildings everywhere, cars everywhere, noise everywhere. Manhattan was a cool place though, and I did enjoy my trip. Probably the biggest thing I noticed was it was a lot more polluted than Holly Springs...

The Caribbean was a place I went during a cruise. It was nice, though a lot more rural. I enjoyed sightseeing, going around trails, and got to snorkel. It was all fun :3 I enjoyed my few days there.
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3/17/2016 2:49:52 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

Penis fountain?
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3/17/2016 2:52:39 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 2:49:52 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

Penis fountain?

Unfortunately as I'm at work, I can't google it to link an image. But it is as it sounds. A fountain in the shape of a phallus. It was near Cannabis College
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3/17/2016 3:04:08 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 2:52:39 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/17/2016 2:49:52 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

Penis fountain?

Unfortunately as I'm at work, I can't google it to link an image. But it is as it sounds. A fountain in the shape of a phallus. It was near Cannabis College

Interesting...
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3/17/2016 3:11:53 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 3:04:08 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 2:52:39 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/17/2016 2:49:52 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

Penis fountain?

Unfortunately as I'm at work, I can't google it to link an image. But it is as it sounds. A fountain in the shape of a phallus. It was near Cannabis College

Interesting...

Yeah, not something you see everyday... to say the least. This is a good example of why it was culture shock for me.
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3/17/2016 3:12:29 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 3:11:53 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/17/2016 3:04:08 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 2:52:39 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/17/2016 2:49:52 PM, Hayd wrote:
At 3/17/2016 10:27:33 AM, vortex86 wrote:
I enjoy traveling and appreciating different cultures and opinions. Gives you perspective and insight about your own life as well as enriches your understanding. So, I'm curious where is your favorite place(s) you've been? Could you highlight things you especially enjoyed or experiences you've had?

I'd say Culture shock is a good thing. When I arrived in Holland specifically Amsterdam it was an entirely different experience from anything I've encountered before from the smells down to the penis fountain. While the area I visited was extremely dirty, and stumbling into what I thought was a "caf"" in my sense of the word was a shocking experience, the architecture was beautiful. I will also to this day associate the distinct dinging noise to a fast going passerby on bicycle as they were rampant all over this different city.

Costa Rica would also be one of my most memorable destinations as it was the most active vacation I've ever had (5 miles+ a day easily of walking), yet knee of the most relaxing. Zip lining, whitewater rafting, refreshing culture with great food, lots of unique experiences finding little holes in the wall, and deciding if the local rope swing was worth the risks associated with it per the warnings of many (El salto). Trying to maximize every day and enjoy as much of the country as possible in my short time there. Creating my own experiences and attempting to travel the roads a little less traveled to find great discoveries (granted in heavily touristed areas). The gorgeous waters of the Rio Celeste(worth the time to get there) and the many breathtaking waterfalls. I'd recommend this to everyone and the locals are amazing.

Penis fountain?

Unfortunately as I'm at work, I can't google it to link an image. But it is as it sounds. A fountain in the shape of a phallus. It was near Cannabis College

Interesting...

Yeah, not something you see everyday... to say the least. This is a good example of why it was culture shock for me.

Lol
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3/17/2016 5:05:39 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Ireland for its beauty, especially during early morning and dusk. The colors of the landscape are stunning. People there are friendly. When I went 20 years ago the food had a lot to be desired. From what I hear that has changed a bit. The thing that struck me the most was, when seeking out traditional Irish music, you have to go to the tourist traps to hear it. Most local pubs played country western music.

Egypt was also amazing, not for just the pyramids but, the culture as a whole. I saw a mile square mud brick town that was in existence for funerary purposes; small homes to stay in while visiting the dead. Their sense of middle class is very different than what it is in the west and Europe. Traffic in Cairo is absolutely insane, no rules, demolition derby type driving, all the cars are banged up. Many would be considered un-road worthy in most modern cities. There was also a lot of sadness. I saw many women with small children homeless, begging on the street. I was told if a dead husband's family does not take in his family upon death, they end up homeless; welfare style safety nets aren't available. I wouldn't advise any western woman to take a walk alone, they'll end up with a posy of men approaching her to sell something or asked for a date; the men can be quite aggressive.
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3/18/2016 1:01:02 AM
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I think Israel is my favourite, but I also like Greece as it's an extraordinarily beautiful and historic place to visit--with very vibrant and friendly people.

This summer I actually want to finally get the chance to visit Russia, as I have some friends there.
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3/18/2016 5:24:51 PM
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At 3/18/2016 1:01:02 AM, Emilrose wrote:
I think Israel is my favourite, but I also like Greece as it's an extraordinarily beautiful and historic place to visit--with very vibrant and friendly people.

This summer I actually want to finally get the chance to visit Russia, as I have some friends there.

Greece was the next one that I had planned on visiting. For the food and historical places, I've also heard of some incredible views. Russia would be interesting, I've considered a Bosnian trip as well.
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3/18/2016 6:00:37 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
Germany, hands down.
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3/18/2016 6:23:27 PM
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At 3/18/2016 5:24:51 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/18/2016 1:01:02 AM, Emilrose wrote:
I think Israel is my favourite, but I also like Greece as it's an extraordinarily beautiful and historic place to visit--with very vibrant and friendly people.

This summer I actually want to finally get the chance to visit Russia, as I have some friends there.

Greece was the next one that I had planned on visiting. For the food and historical places, I've also heard of some incredible views. Russia would be interesting, I've considered a Bosnian trip as well.

Yes, Greece is just fascinating--the food is wonderful. Athens is obviously a great city but I'd highly recommend the islands...my favourite is Zante.

As for Bosnia, that's not overly far from Greece (probably just over and hour/30 mins), so you could visit there while seeing Greece. Hungary and other surrounding countries would also be interesting.
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3/18/2016 6:25:48 PM
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At 3/18/2016 6:00:37 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Germany, hands down.

Why? What places did you find the most memorable or would recommend to visit?
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3/18/2016 6:27:42 PM
Posted: 8 months ago
At 3/17/2016 5:05:39 PM, Peepette wrote:
Ireland for its beauty, especially during early morning and dusk. The colors of the landscape are stunning. People there are friendly. When I went 20 years ago the food had a lot to be desired. From what I hear that has changed a bit. The thing that struck me the most was, when seeking out traditional Irish music, you have to go to the tourist traps to hear it. Most local pubs played country western music.

Egypt was also amazing, not for just the pyramids but, the culture as a whole. I saw a mile square mud brick town that was in existence for funerary purposes; small homes to stay in while visiting the dead. Their sense of middle class is very different than what it is in the west and Europe. Traffic in Cairo is absolutely insane, no rules, demolition derby type driving, all the cars are banged up. Many would be considered un-road worthy in most modern cities. There was also a lot of sadness. I saw many women with small children homeless, begging on the street. I was told if a dead husband's family does not take in his family upon death, they end up homeless; welfare style safety nets aren't available. I wouldn't advise any western woman to take a walk alone, they'll end up with a posy of men approaching her to sell something or asked for a date; the men can be quite aggressive.

Ireland does look like a great place to visit (from what I've seen in movies). Egypt I'd love to travel to strictly because of one of the 7 wonders of the world residing there. I would also be interested in observing the culture as you described (once again gain an appreciation of my own)
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3/18/2016 7:44:30 PM
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At 3/18/2016 6:25:48 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/18/2016 6:00:37 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Germany, hands down.

Why? What places did you find the most memorable or would recommend to visit?

It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited. I spent the summer there when I was 16 and traveled across the entire country. There really isn't just one place though that stands above the rest - the entire country is magnificent. One of my favorite stops though was Neuschwanstein Castle.
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4/2/2016 2:10:20 AM
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At 3/18/2016 7:44:30 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
At 3/18/2016 6:25:48 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 3/18/2016 6:00:37 PM, Blade-of-Truth wrote:
Germany, hands down.

Why? What places did you find the most memorable or would recommend to visit?

It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever visited. I spent the summer there when I was 16 and traveled across the entire country. There really isn't just one place though that stands above the rest - the entire country is magnificent. One of my favorite stops though was Neuschwanstein Castle.

All of my buddies that were stationed in Germany talked about visiting the castles. That one looks pretty grandiose from the pictures. It looks more modern than I would probably want to visit though if I were to do 1 visit there.