a couple of years ago, i visited germany for a few weeks. i have a friend there, and i loved it. i didnt know any 'German', but it worked out okay. who else has been out of the USA? I also went to jamaica, but i want there as long. tell me your stories...
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I visited Thailand last summer. My family is from there, and it had been 7 years since I had seen my grandmother. She lives in Bangkok. On the day we left for vacation, there was a madman in the airport and he pulled a gun and killed some people at the El Al counter. People were running everywhere. We missed our flight that day, but left the next day. I had a decent time. Could've been better, but what can a 21-year-old gal really do with her parents in tow? read about it HERE (scroll down halfway)
Been to Buenos Aires once. also with my parents. I went for a week because school was out and my summer school session had not yet commenced. Loved the architecture.
Currently planning a domestic trip to DC. Georgetown has invited me to an open house on april 17 for prospective graduate students, and I feel I must attend. Now if only they would send me my acceptance, all would be good and settled. Never been to the east coast, except that I had been born there. ------------------ ¿Qué es el dealio?
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girlie: don't forget that many many people here aren't from the US to start with, and hence are "out of the US! by default!
living in central europe, it's quite easy to travel to another country: i live about 30 minutes from the borders to both france and switzerland.
as to countries...
germany. i live here. i've been to the majority of our states. i like berlin and hamburg and my two hometowns and so many other places.
the netherlands is our neighbour with more friendly people, legalised marihuana, vincent van gogh, cool houses and so many bikes. gotta love amsterdam.
belgium is quite similar to the netherlands, just with more chocolate. and they team up chips with mussles, which i find a bit odd.
france rocks. i love their supermarkets. if i had a car, i'd drive over the border to shop there (we have the same currency these days, did you know?). paris is lovely. i want to go to the cote d'azur sometime.
switzerland has good supermarkets, too, but because they don't have the €, it's super expensive to shop there. apart from that, it's a cool, multi-lingual place, with plenty of mountains and lakes. geneva is my fave so far.
spain is warm. i learned to walk on a spanish beach.
italy has the best language ever, the most attractive people in the cities, and the best food. and rome... aw. everyone should see the sistine chapel once, and climb the dome of st.peter. this summer: there's the idea of a little villa owned by a friend, close to the beach. 200km south of napoli, baby.
austria is like germany, just slower, and with less people and more mountains.
yugoslavia (it was pre-war) i hardly remember. just that it was chilly and that i had spicy food.
tunisia is hot and very north african. best couscous ever, and plenty of camels and palm trees around. my dad was offered "all the camels of a desert" if he was going to sell me. thankfully he didn't.
the uk is too good to be described in few words. i like the northeast coat and the south east, and london of course. a country that has brought us robbie williams, jamie oliver, the beatles and fish and chips can never be bad. london (and paris, too) is as multi-cultural as europe ever gets. am actually planning a trip to visit my brother in london after easter right now.
the us i only know from several hours at lax, so it doesn't really count. you us people have different toilets than we europeans. why is there all that water? and why does your tab water smell like chlorine? i was amazed, but maybe just because that's what long-haul flights do to you. i do like hersheys cookies and cream bars though, which will forever remind me of lax.
new zealand is lush and green and wonderful and full of birds and cool people and adventure sports. most beautiful. i recommend punakaiki. when there, stay at the punakaiki beach hostel.
hong kong is amazing. it's "happening" there! so many people! so many buildings! bustling with life. too bad that right now, it's where sars is worst. - i want to see more of hong kong.
singapore i've seen for just a very short time... it was humid and warm and has the oddest architecture surrounded by all these tiny green trees. it feels a bit like sim city. want to see more of singapore, too.
australia might be my new homecountry, soon. it's truly multi-cultural, outdoorsy, has great weather, sports. you gotta love it. so good i lack words to describe it.
...so overall, no too exotic places for me yet (am pretty sure i forgot plenty of places anyway). western europe feels a lot like home these days, it feels quite uniform (which is good and bad), and i guess i want some more adventure now. india is at the top of my list at the moment, and the us and canada are on my list, too, more to meet people though then for any other reason. i also have a standing invitation from my mom's best friend in iran that i'd really like to take on, but considering current world politics, i think i've missed my window of opportunity for that...
See, I've always thought Europeans have it good- so many countries and cultures at their disposal. I remember when I was at the De Gaulle Airport (Paris), there was all these flights heading to Africa. You almost NEVER see that- I don't think Canada has ANY flights to Africa, although maybe out of Toronto. It was neat to watch- all sorts of beautiful people in beautiful clothes.
I've been all over Canada, to a lot of the States, to Guadeloupe in the French West Indies, to a wee little town on the Mexican border, and to France.
quote:Originally posted by cupcake: You almost NEVER see that- I don't think Canada has ANY flights to Africa, although maybe out of Toronto. It was neat to watch- all sorts of beautiful people in beautiful clothes.
I know that here in Montreal, we have flights to Algeria (and I believe Morocco, as well). Many French Canadians take vacations there.
Back on topic: I've been to Sao Paulo, Brazil, which was lovely. It's kinda big for my tastes (by some counts, it's the biggest city in the Americas behind Mexico City), but it was really fun, really interesting nonetheless.
I've been to Monterrey, Mexico. It's that country's third city. It's in the desert. It's hot. Too hot for someone accustomed to -30c temperatures in the winter.
When I was about 7 or 8, I spent a week in Caracas, Venezuela. All I really remember is the bar in the airport on Margarita Island, that my mom and I waited in. It seemed like it was right out of the movies. Dusty, dingy. Like it was out of an old West movie or something. Funny the stuff you remember.
I've been to a number of American cities: Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, Chicago, San Antonio. They all just seem too similar. San Antonio has the Spanish thing to distinguish it, but still, where's the spice? Where are the non-fast food restaurants? Where are the distinctive neighbourhoods?
Not that Canada's a whole lot better. Montreal and Toronto have great neighbourhoods, but beyond that there isn't much.
I'm eager to go all over the place - but not so much to Western Europe. Scandinavia, Russia, South Africa and the Orient are the places I'm really eager to get to.
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I've lived every every everywhere...Right now I reside in Washington, DC, but I was born right on the border of Texas and Mexico (I lived in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, but my 'rents wanted be to be an automatic US citizen, etc). At age 1, I moved to Madrid, Spain. Age 2- Bilbao, Spain. Age 4- Casablanca, Morocco. Age 5- Chicago, IL. Age 7-Bogota, Colombia. Age 10-Florence, Italy. Stayed there 3 years. Age 13- Washington, DC. Been there ever since. There ya go. Heh. Peace, ~Alex
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The Netherlands- see Alaska's post, and I also have family there- added bonus.
England- was only there for a week in the winter. I found it fairly miserable, but liked the museums, castles, and all the wonderful history.
Ireland- was there for two weeks- in the winter again, but I absolutely loved it. Even more excellent museums, castles and history/pre-history scattered around the countryside, and a wonderful vibrancy.
Germany- was only there overnight, but I got to meet Alaska!
i love to travel! even if its just to the more forested parts of ontario! i've been to british colombia and quebec outside of ontario, but still in canada. i've been on quite a few family road trips in the eastern us. i've also been to california. i loved it! i've been to estonia twice. my grandparents are from there, and i speak the language fluently. i love the architecture! i've also been to the netherlands and belgium, but i don't remember them much. i've been in airports in sweden and finland, but i guess that doesnt really count.. i went to antigua when i was 11 months, so i dont think that counts either. i'm going on an exchange to france next year. unless of course i'm living in germany or england! (i don't speak a word of german lol.) i'll only move if the situation at home doesn't get better, but i don't want to get into that. i'm also planning on going to new zealand and australia eventually because i have family there. maybe when i finish school, i could start a travel show? lol dream job at this point.. getting paid to travel!
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quote:Originally posted by butterflywings: dream job at this point.. getting paid to travel!
I'm right with ya on that one, my dear!
Travelling cheaply has become an obsession with me and some of my friends. Mind you, I've got a few good buddies who'd rather loaf around shirtless and watch "the game," but most of my close friends are of the opinion that if anything is worth spending money on, traveling is it. And so we've had some good times in wild places.
I've been to 44 American states, and I will have those six done before the end of the decade, I swear! I've only been to the west side of Canada, going up and down through British Columbia by car and by boat. I've spent weeks and weeks in Mexico, both in Baja California and the western portion of the mainland as well. (Note to self: Next time in Mexico, remind friends not to spit on sidewalk)
In high school I was fortunate enough to be selected to go on a student exchange program, and I was shipped off to Gunma Prefecture, Japan. I had absolutely the time of my life out there, and found the people to be among the most wonderful and caring individuals I'd ever met. I've been back since then, and I'd like to go back in two years if I can swing it.
I adore England. I can't figure out why, but every time I go there (three times so far), I feel as though I'm "home." Which is odd, since my family was Irish, and even then they got kicked out over 150 years ago! One of the things I am working on in my job search is trying ot secure a position in England for a few years at best. We'll see.
In terms of mainland Europe, I've been to the Netherlands twice, Germany twice (once with Alaska and Beppie!); Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Spain once. Of those, Germany was my favorite. Both times I've gone I have had an outstanding time...
I guess if I had some serious money, I would spend all my time travelling. The way I see it, my time on Earth is pretty darned short. And the more I see while I'm here, the less I'll regret later on.
As far as US states go, I live in Washington, but I have visited Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming, and Utah. This summer I am going to Illinois, to Chicago.
Last summer I had the priviledge of flying to Australia. We flew in to Sydney during an "industrial action"--a strike. We had 1 hour to get from the International Airport to the Domestic Airport to catch a flight to Coolangata in Queensland. (Just an FYI--Qantas ROCKS! They give you more than 4 inches for your knees! And they serve Coke and have these really cool Wallace and Gromit activity packs for kids...I'm a kid, too...)
The Gold Coast was AWESOME. We stayed in the Conrad Jupiters. We're talking 5 resturants, a three level pool, and a Casino and Theater. That mall right across the street? Huge. And I will never get used to the crosswalk bells that sound like laser guns.
Absolutely amazing. I'd love to go again. Especially with airfare so low right now.
------------------ Where did your Christ come from?! From God and a Woman! Man had nothing to do with him! --Sojourner Truth
Fun topic, Girlie! This summer I am going to Costa Rica with some people from my Spanish class. It will be my first trip without my family, so I'm really excited. It's going to be "mi verano de español" (my summer of Spanish). Outside of the US, I've visted: Great Britain, Scotland, Iceland, France, and Canada. My favorite place of these was an island in Scotland called Mull. I hope to return there before I get too old and crusty :-)
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I've never left New Zealand, so I'm looking forward to doing my OE with my hubby soon! Australia to see his sister, then the pacific islands (Fiji, Rarotonga, Samoa), the UK to see his best man, Europe (Germany, France)... and maybe the US. We'll see!
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quote:Originally posted by Scribbled: This summer I am going to Costa Rica with some people from my Spanish class. It will be my first trip without my family, so I'm really excited. It's going to be "mi verano de español" (my summer of Spanish).
Omigoodness, that sounds like a blast!!! How much does it cost to do something like that? That's awesome.
My trip costs about $1700. That includes airfare, hotels, bus transportation, and some meals. My girlfriend is going too. We are sharing a room with two other girls. The issue is that they don't know we're a couple...We're going to talk to them about it soon. I get to stay with a family for a few days. I'm most excited about that, and the volcanos. Thanks for asking, Daydreamer :-).
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Welp I haven't been out of the US yet, but i've visited a number of states. The ones i haven't been to are Iowa, Michigan, Utah, Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida, all those little New England states except Connecticut, and Alaska and Hawaii. Oh, and Delaware. However, on June 8th i'm going to Scandinavia with my choir for a tour! We'll be visiting Norway, and i'll see at least the airports of Sweden and Finland. Plus, we're going to Estonia...it'll be a blast and i'm really excited! There's still that possibility that our trip will be cancelled what with the world situation, i think the school board's just paranoid.
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