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There was a couple of threads on specific thematics - about maps, about trevel for specific countries, about people's culture in different regions, so why not have united thread for everthung like this in one place? Disscus travelling of Ernst and travelling overall, show videos from exotic countries and tell others about place you live in. Interesting places and maps also allowed.
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I want start from very confusing question: Nigeria

From information I know, it have pretty high GDP for african country, it also have some nice cities and regions. Trought in outher sources it still described as dangerous to travel so I really want hear more objective view on country from other people who know actually more about it. I'd like to visit blck africa one day. So - Nigeria is what often described as "shithole" and same bad african country and really dangerous to visit, or it more or less okay for someone who have post-USSR standarts of quality (not very high)?
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Nigeria is a shithole with very high crime rate. If you want a nice African country go to Namibia. Nice nature and developed cities.
No. 13816
Nigeria has biggest GDP in Africa simply because it has the biggest population, which also means that it is bound to have some nice neighbourhoods full of rich people in its main cities, but the country is complete chaos. North part has muslim guerrilla, south part has poverty.
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unfortunately there is still slum poverty next to windhuk (katutura), but overall namibia is doing okay for an african country with little natural resources. it's politcally stable, too. also namibia and swakopmund in particular is still sort of german turf in africa :3
i wish the govt as well as private individuals would care a bit more about namibia. german remains an official language in namibia and the südwester community still feels connected to us.

t. has relatives there
No. 13820
It's not safe. Army robs you with guns. Basically you can be not afraid to die and rich zones are safe. But you will be definitely robbed if you are there for the first time.
No. 13821
There are tons of abductions all the time
No. 13823
Interesting. I should read about this more. I already forgot somehow that there was german colony in Africa. I guess in africa everywhere interesting nature one way or another, but well, if I ever going to visit africa I want best experienc possible.

Overall, exept arabian and south africa, what best african country in therms of quality of life and what african country have potential economicl grow in future? Ethiopia? Angola?

>t. has relatives there
This is really interesting too. You in contact? You was in Namibia multiple times?

Okay, so this is more unsafe than safe. About far deep regions, yeah, I heared that there... bad stuff happens.
No. 13857
>You in contact?
my mom takes care of maintaining the connection.

>You was in Namibia multiple times?
nope. i actually want to visit them and i could probably even live there for a while. but i'm socially awkward irl, don't have gf and never met them in person. it's too much of a challenge for me.;_; at least i'm not a kissless virgin
No. 13858
You should go, i would go if i had the change and might visit South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania as well and make a nice little IWO for Ernst.
I'm a social retard as well but i guess it would be worth it.
No. 14611
How overall quality of life of this german people in this country? African countries of cource not very rich and not very safe. German people feels better there than averege black citizens or they live kinda same? Why they not go back to germany for better life quality?
No. 14645
i don't know how to smalltalk plus i have no sense of humour, so i'm afraid that after we'd br done talking about family, news and general life here and there i'd snap back into my usual mode of talking very little and being a boring, middle-aged single uncle from germany.

i'm no expert as i never have been there, but i'd say compared with standards in germany german namibians lead generally a decent "middle class" or upper middle class life in terms of personal wealth, or they are wealthy business people. many black namibians belong to the middle class as well, but they also tend to struggle more often financially i.e. are poor.
>Why they not go back to germany for better life quality?
young namibians may come here to study. after they've graduated they may decide to not go back to namibia, because there are more and different career opportunities on offer here for them. for older südwesters it wouldn't make sense to leave, because they would have to sell their farms, close their business or quit their job. also they live there since many generations and feel themselves both as namibians and germans.
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I have a geography based question:

Do people in larger countries actually have decent knowledge of their country's geography?

I ask this because while reading about the Russian Civil War, I constantly had to pause to better understand where exactly was this or that city located in.
It's fairly easy to be a Portuguese person and understanding where all the 5 major Town sized cities are, but I find it hard to believe the average Russian juggles the knowledge of the several cities in his heda.

This also makes me think because in school we had to name all the rivers that our country has in Geography class, but I suppose anyone from a decently sized country wouldn't have this.
No. 15357
I dont know every river no, but in general yes I think we do. This is also because we are often severely atomized and have people we know or have known all over the country so I imagine with Russians it is much the same. Of course Americans also tend to know about fuckall beyond their own country though.
No. 15358
Most Americans have a very poor idea even of their own country. They will know where the most important states are, generally, but beyond that the other parts of the country will be names and vague cultural associations devoid of any firm place in a mental map.
I don't think the average Californian could find Pittsburgh on a map, and I don't think the average Pennsylvanian could find San Jose on a map.
Even within California, we have cities of several hundred thousand that Angelenos and San Franciscans don't have a firm idea of the location of.
No. 15369
Most Russians have a very poor knowledge of this country's geography. In fact, I'm pretty sure that most people in this country would not be able to name any five cities or towns, aside from Moscow and Saint Petersburg, if they were presented with a map like the one you posted only with all the names of the cities erased.
No. 15375
Australia is large but most of it is empty desert and the population is heavily focused around the major cities. So there is not actually much to know about.
No. 15380
It depends on person. We don't name all rivers of cource, but in georgraphy we learned biggest cities, deferal districts, production and economics of regions, climmate zones, minorities and internal republics, borders of countries aroun us, biggest rivers and also had separate pack of lessons about our own region, it's cities, rivers and all things like that, so on this lessons we pretty much learned things like people in smaller countries.

Personally I may say I know georgraphy well and may name main and a dozen of minor cities, roads, regions and all things like that and show them on map if you want.
No. 15386
I finally figured it out. I don't think it has anything at all to do with your fat fingers pressing the wrong buttons on a phone. I think you're dyslexic.
No. 15390
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>It depends on person
It's the same in the US. Schools teach a lot about geography, but whether or not the average adult retains it is another question. Songs can help a lot.
>50 States and Capitals Song by Wakko Warner

>Yakko Warner did one for world geography too
No. 16192
Unironically how I know all the Presidents.
Sometimes it takes a while because I have to sing up to that point in my head.
No. 16207
Singing has been the form of remembering history thorough the history of the mankind. Sagas, legends and so were sung.
So I think it's pretty natural if you have to sing up all the Presidents. It's just our nature.
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I find that the early 19th century is a real fogbank for my knowledge of US presidents.

In some ways it's embarrassing that I know about as much about US leadership than I do about Britain's, but then PM is a more boring role. Personal executive power is far more constrained in parliamentary systems.
No. 16277
Early 19th century was a time of a lot of important structural developments, but very little happening in terms of active politics. Even the wars were inconclusive or irrelevant except as part of structural processes.

I can forgive people for not knowing any presidents between Jefferson and Buchanan.
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Stop shitposting across all board.
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Maybe it's kind of lame idea, but I think we can share funny, interesting, horryfying or just wierd locations we found on google maps
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We used to need reconnaissance satellites to see things like this. The final resting spot for the Lun MD-160 Ekranoplan at a naval station in Kaspiysk. It's sort of sad; that plane was incredible.
Location: 42.881896,47.656551
No. 21032
These satellites used to have such high resolution?
That's incredible, I'd see again my places from years ago.
No. 21035
This is modern photos
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>These satellites used to have such high resolution?
Like >>21035 said, those are modern, but old spy photos were surprisingly good. This 1st picture is one of the earliest CIA images of an ekranoplane. That was taken in the 1960s, and by the 1970s they were taking pictures from space that are comparable to Google Earth. Picture 2 is from 1979 and the third one is 1982.

Declassified reconnaissance satellite program:
No. 21071
Tbh this pics of another ecranoplan, КМ-1
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Recently - like a couple of days ago was shown last episode of 3rd season of grand tour. And it was really great! They was on really fun trip in rural mongolie - their task was to build car from parts in mongolian desert, and then manage to reach nearby city that was like 600 or 800 km from where they was dropt by helicopter with limited food.

Anyway,I searched by google maps around monglian cities and fuck, mongolia is russia! But like even more poor russia than russia itself. Streets of capital exept like 2-3 buildings looks absoluetly like mix of very rural central russian city adn very northen half abdoned cities. Everythin on cyrillic of cource, with many russian words. Cars with number plates only very much looks more like far asian countries - china, japan etc.
I actually like how much space there - it's probably most empty country on earth. If I ever become billionere, I think, it'd be place where I'll live
No. 21234
Today going to watch this video. I already warched an hour of it. Guess it'll be fun when we will leave Canada. I know east coast not as good as west one.
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Driving on highways across America; those are some good times.
>I know east coast not as good as west one
California's Pacific Coast Highway is amazing; it's a combination of forests, mountains, and the ocean. In some spots you can pull over and just walk down to the water.


These videos are giving me serious wanderlust.
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God damn, that is way more cozy than I expected.

That feel when they drive past my old hometown. I've driven that stretch of 95 between South Jersey and DC so many times.
No. 21266
>California's Pacific Coast Highway
Funny that you metioned it, I found way from San Diego to Los Angeles very densley populated and highway is very restricted - like you driving not on road, but on bobsleigh track lol. However some places are really fun

There other videos I seen and found interesting:
https://youtu.be/YoHYD5YNybI - from Reno to Las Vegas. Not highway but mostly rural 2-side road that always turn, you know, this cozy old style of roads with soul.
https://youtu.be/Uax4swBEQJE - for some reason I like this higway, there a couple of interesting places on road. Guess my interest in this region and road birn after Fallout New Vegas game lol
https://youtu.be/Ndfv5VlzfW0 - and what can count as continuation of previous video, driving to hoover dam.
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>highway is very restricted - like you driving not on road, but on bobsleigh track
A perfect analogy. You can end up going 65mph just few feet away from a wall of orange barrels and concrete barriers. I've actually done the same Los Angeles to San Diego drive as this first video. Even with miles of signage before the last U.S. exit, I still somehow missed it. They allow you to do a U-turn at the border.

>Reno to Las Vegas
I captured a moment 9 minutes into this drive where something comes out of the desert in a cloud of dust.
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It's probably bike on dirt road or something.
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>Vegas to LA

>There was only one road back to LA. Just a flat out highspeed burn through Barstow, Baker, and Berdoo.

I've never made that drive. But I've gone from Phoenix to LA. And let me tell you, that is some desolate country. They actually have to post signs like 'last gas for 50 miles' because you might die if you get stranded. But there's also the Patton Tank Museum there. Pic related.
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>last gas for 50 miles
America small.
t. emptyland
No. 21329
Straya is intense.

And here I thought Texas and New Mexico had wasteland. But even here, there are (dead, depressing) towns every 50 to 100 miles.
No. 21331
It's pretty similar for most of the country here. It's only once you get into the middle of the continent where it gets really sparse. That and Nullabor, but that place is so empty we've run a highway for nearly 150km without a bend.

It's also to do with the fact we have 25 million people in a country that has just slightly less land than the 48 connected states of America.
No. 21332
I grew up in densely populated PA/NJ. Moving to Texas was revelation. I had no conception of how empty the country could be.

Initially, I lived in DFW, which is basically urban sprawl for 50 miles in any direction. But once you get out from there, it's nothing but ranches and farmland.

Now I live way the fuck out there in the 11th biggest city in Texas. Where civilization is five hours away. It's a bit of a culture shock for me still.

I guess that's what makes it so weird for me. In America, you can go from Europe-tier citiscape to empty desert frontier while staying in the same time zone.
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In places like that there most times just no roads at all
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The roads exist. They aren't sealed though. At worst, they're 4WD only but most of the desert trails are actually highly compacted dust and sand that isn't actually that hard to move on. Tbh, I'd rather do the Gunbarrel than a sealed highway in Russia from what I've seen and the Great Northern Highway is both B I G and sealed.
No. 21339
Oh I mistypes, I mean in russia lol. Cities of Анадырь, Нарьян-Мар, Норильск, Воркута has no automoble road to them, and maintained by railroad or by sea and planes only. Магадан probably is only example of giant goad to shithole in nowhere.

https://youtu.be/SEmH_3PcqVw - From Saint Petersburg on R21 road in Legingrad oblast'.
https://youtu.be/5aG0r5fxpfo - Most important road in russia - from Moscow to SPb in winter
https://youtu.be/fykcG-6uuJM - Unnamed (!!) road in south Astrakhan oblast' near Kazahstan border (warning - full russian road experience!)
https://youtu.be/ojbjUOKIOHI - another Rural russain experience Magnitogorsk-Ufa
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Probably has a lot to do with no culture of highway on the Russia, though for most things the really isolated shitholes in Australia just use train or airlifting too. It's usually both faster and cheaper. The Gunbarrel highway really only exists because the government needed some form of access to bumfuck egypt for weapons testing. It's been replaced by the Great Central Road which is actually in good nick but that one is busier, in better condition and is considerably less post-apocalyptic mysterious & isolated.
No. 21343
>Probably has a lot to do with no culture of highway on the Russia,
This, combined with very tiny population plus fact that major parts of siberia is just one giant swamp on thousands of kilometrs and absolutely impassible during spring. Cleaning roads in winter also cost many money.
For this purpose of maintaining this cities (almost of them not natural, but artificial soviet oil or industry cities tbh) was created civil atomic fleet.
No. 21344
> The Gunbarrel highway really only exists because the government needed some form of access to bumfuck egypt for weapons testing.

Hah, kind of same reason why you have really nice road thought absoluetly empty Karelia - because many military and fleet stuff in Kola Peninsula.
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Want to make some posts in thread about particulary interesting random places I accidentaly found on map

Overseas Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon

This couple of tiny islands, which located directly south from Canadian island of Newfoundland. This basicly all what remaind of previously very big french colonial territory in North America, known as Nouvelle-France.
There a couple of historical things happened on this islands, like for example in 1778 this islands was attacked by British Empire for France Support of American revolution and they returned under French jurisdiction only after Napoleonic wars. During 2nd world war they was under vichy goverment, but in end of 1941 there landed troops of Free France and after some sort of plebiscite, islands obviously become part of Free France movment.
Most populated island is more small south one, Saint Pierre with city of same name with population around 5456 people. In island Miquelon there are around 624 people. And bigger twin island, and smaller one have their own Airfields.

This is a cool streetview of Saint Pierre city street near sea, as you can see, a lot frech flags, and while there some numbers of american cars, more cars are actually european, paticulary obviously french. Numberplates is Frecnh standart, but I see some north-american sized plates on some cars.

Winter there looks like not that hard for a russian, but I suspect there high humidity and windy because well, this is islands in ocean, and not biggest ones. I wonder how there with internet (probably okay, since it's near big canadian island which very close to continent, so this is not just 2 drops of rocks in open ocean)

They also have kind of wierd water economic zone around them
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IWO from Belozersk, remnats of probably most ancient plase in russia.
Poor as usual, but very quiet and cozy place. Almost no ussr times buildings - many imperial and even some pre imperial structures. Very peacefull place - also assburger statue.
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IWO from Kubinka tank musem. Giant set of hangars with hell lot of very interesting stuff. Soviet experimental and mass produced stuff you before can see only in documentaries - but some german engeneering you can't see anywhere else too, some collection of french, hungarian, USA, british stuff too. Yes, I touched Object 279 and Maus :--DDDD
No. 26166
I know that one of the Russian tank museum holds the only working example of a Hungarian Toldi tank.
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Is it Kubinka that has that Kugelpanzer? That thing is ebun.
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Dunno about working but currently in hungarian part was shown examples of two different toldi and turan, also anti-tank Zrínyi.

Yeah, sadly there was not pz.I and II in desplayed collection - dunno if they don't have it or it was moved in different place for current time, same as Tigers and БТ-7
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Yes, this is exeact the same Hotchkiss H39 from this famous "Ebin" photo, it was just moved to another hangar X---DDD
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Just plotted this 40 mile kayak trip. What do you guys think, boring or epic adventure? Any other places good?
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You must be in great physical shape for you to even consider a trip like this one. Seems pretty inderasting so long as you don't collide with something in the middle of the lake.
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I will have a lifejacket and emergency phone incase something goes wrong. Usually i can go about 15-20 miles a day so i can take an extra day if i need to. Are you the russian who make that kayaking IWO on kohlchan?
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No, that wasn't me
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>hey man, are you a third-worlder?
>why yes, how would you know?
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You go to Europe? What country you want to visit?
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See top.
I could apply even being a millionaire, I'd be given a visa with a little term.
...Oh wait, I wouldn't need a visa at all if I were a millionaire.
No. 27529
I kept thinking if I were a multimillionaire I'd invite bernds out to drink in USA with me. That was before realizing bernds are fucking assholes and retards and notably 4kanker, but that was in like 2014.

Now I think that I would still actually invite Ernst over though. I mean like, 88 million rich. I could just pay brick to be my personal web guy and hire directly from here and pay for people's first year rent or something.
No. 27594
Except... who would want to go to the US and deal with all the harassment at the airport?

To pretty much all people I know here the US is dead in terms of traveling. Which is too bad, I'd love to see the rockys one day.
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Went to the Ukraine
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I suppose my country is "exotic" to most people on this boards so I'll show you a bit.
This is the capital Quito. It's usually considered to be divided in two, the modern part and the older part. I'll post the former first.
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And here comes the older part.
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This is the second largest city in the country, I don't really like it, but it appeals to some.
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This Cuenca, it is the third largest city in the country, and by far my favourite one.
This one also has new and older parts, some are older than the Spanish constructions.
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This si the historic centre of the city.
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Beautiful city tbh.
Very cozy architecture and geography. The mountains must be really nice.
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You can see where the river separates new from old, and also some ruins that contrast with he newer buildings in the background.
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Yes, these are our mountains, they're quite pretty.
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The mountain background and those high altitude lakes look super-comfy.

>I suppose my country is "exotic" to most people on this boards so I'll show you a bit.
I once worked together with a girl from Ecuador, she was pretty nice and also beautiful. Apart from that, I don't know much about Ecuador, couldn't even properly locate it on the map. I only know that it has the world's highest capital, and I'm not referring to drugs! Without checking I'd suppose it's somewhere in the reach of Bolivia and Colombia, a few hundred miles south of the caribbean area / mexican border.

Don't bother laughing at me for my ignorance, I'll check the map after sending the post and will probably still be laughing at myself when you read this.
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OK I checked, seems a was a little off with my estimate. For your convenience (and for humorous purposes) I marked on the map where I thought Ecuador would be.
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I love cities surrounded by mountains like this. When the land is flat, dense buildings slowly thin out into suburbs and then into natural rural areas. The transition from developed to undeveloped happens very slowly. But when there are mountains, even when they're in the distance, then it's like seeing two different worlds at the same time. The contrast always strikes me as beautifully surreal.
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I read this article in which the author emphasized the disappointing aspects of world-famous tourist sites:


To summarize her main points: The Egyptian pyramids are too close to the city; The Mona Lisa is behind glass and guard rails, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa is too small. Those arguments seem to be nitpicking, but it got me thinking about destinations, and how we approach them with certain expectations. People rarely travel without knowing exactly where they're going, what it looks like, and how prior visitors have reviewed the experience. All of that can be a set-up for an underwhelming day if the site falls short in one area or another. Of course there can also be places which are so incredible that they meet, and even exceed, expectations.

I would say the Grand Canyon stands out as exceeding anything I had imagined. That was undoubtedly due to the immense scale, which cannot really be translated via pictures. Plus, it was outdoors and I was able to move around freely, so it wasn't like there was a single spot where I had to stand and "look at" the canyon.
On the other side of the equation, I found The Statue of Liberty disappointing. My experience was mostly waiting in lines, and climbing stairs as part of a crowd-neither of which I enjoy. As far as seeing the statue itself, you get a much better view of that from the ferry.

Has Ernst travelled and found the destination disappointing compared to what you had expected? Or, have you been somewhere which was even better than you anticipated?
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The only time I traveled farer than the Netherlands in the last ten years was Rome, and I was not interested in the big sites. Visited somebody there and basically I was more interested in strolling the streets and see stuff away from tourist places. I saw the Colosseum from the outside tho and it was still cool to see.

I think the pyramids must still be impressive even tho a Pizza Hut is near.

Your post reminded me of another aspect, the standardized experience of mass tourism these days. There is this guy how layered X thousand or so tourist photos from a monument and it's basically the same photo.
While writing I remember a documentary about to students girls how to the 3 months SEA trip experience many wecterners have down and continue to do. They are filmed while visting the beach from the movie The Beach and its basically white wectern hordes on a beach with hundreds of small tourist boats infront of it. It closely resembled what I imagine springbreak to be in the US.
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I know what you mean about just strolling the streets. To me, that was almost always better than when I actually arrived at a "point X" and got in line with everyone else. It's what made the Grand Canyon so pleasant. You never have to stop strolling.
Oh, and I didn't go inside the Roman Colosseum either. Seeing the outside seemed good enough, so I walked around the whole thing looking in through the gated doorways. While I was there, I actually saw a tourist fighting with one of the costumed "Roman soldiers". He had posed with the "soldier" for a photo, but didn't realize he had to pay. Very awkward. They really should mention the price up front to prevent that.

>the standardized experience of mass tourism
I don't know if this video is the one you saw, but it's very related:

Instravel - A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience
No. 34268
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I took a quick snap from one of these people who give out flyers for food tourist traps, it was kinda funny, he approached me and I lifted my camera and he - not used to this reaction I guess - widened his arms and a welcome or "here I am" gesture. I did not digitize it tho.
The memory of this is more vivid than the Circus Maximus. I also did not see the Vatican.


Neat video. But I was talking about photo that really layered many tourist photos of a monument at night, so you could "see" all layers at once.
No. 34295
NZ has some bretty gud dumpsters at times.
Sadly this morning I found nothing besides genuine scraps.
No. 34318
What were you looking for?
I nabbed a pair of 10x50 1950s Carl Zeiss binoculars at the local dump a few weeks ago.
No. 34908
Sadly I have no money at all for such an extravagance particularly when Christmas is showing up in only two weeks. Oh shit that's right oh no wait I did my math wrong but still Christmas eve is literally exactly three weeks away to this day. I have to think about Christmas presents and traveling costs alone would be at least a thousand dollars. I don't think you can do traveling Europe or elsewhere as an American for under two grand.
No. 35093
Mainly food. I do it for fun despite having the appropriate funds to eat well and better than most.
I hit up the same dumpster last night and it was packed beyond belief with plastic rubbish, a search would have engulfed me or made a mess. I may be a vagrant and a dog, but I know someone has to clean up a mess that's made.

Also my next stop will likely be India. I need to properly learn some yoga and I've heard tales of their over the counter drug availability, which could please my frail heart until my wallet flutters in the wind as empty as my brain is.
No. 35424
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Dear Ernst, today I crawled out of my cave yet again as my wörk contract starts in under a week.
To pass the time, I decided to look up an old tent (2nd pic related) and suss a new one. Hiking with a 2.5kg tent grows wearisome after 10km and coupled with a rough night's sleep.
So being the silly dupe that I am, my thoughts revolved around purchasing the same old green model to continue stealth camping in urban and remote areas. Besides I used this tent in North American winter with only minor damage to the tarp due to drunken negligence and never had any issues during thunderstorms. At 50£ and 1.6kg, it was my ideal and my love.
Yet the fucking company decided to swap the colour pattern to a black and yellow pattern. Who thought this was a good idea? I could pike the suit's head who believed this was a good move since this tent will absorb all of the heat in any sunny setting making it a portable oven, not that the last version was any cooler but still.
Fuck. At least advance research hasn't changed heir bivy's. And at least Vango has the right idea to keep a green tarp setting for their lightest tent model.
What makes me go bald is the absurb weight of most low end one man tents and the lacking green tarp option. An absolute disgrace.
No. 44492
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Have any Ernsts traveled to any countries in former Yugoslavia?

I'm interested in traveling there one of these days. Which place has the friendliest locals? Least friendly locals? What places are safest? Least safe? Places where English is spoken more?

What respective customs should I be aware of and adhere to?

What about attire? What countries judge you more harshly on appearances? When is formal wear usually expected? What attire is accepted for casual wear?

As much as I like sights, I'm not a particularly physical guy, so long hikes/walks are out of the question unless there's a designated tourist spot. That said, natural beauty is always an attraction for me.

I'm also interested in historic architecture and other sights of significance. Best places to visit?

I'm not a club guy, so dance clubs are also out for me. I will go to bars or music venues for local bands, though. Best places for local talent?

Dining is always for me. I've got no dietary restrictions apart from my aversion to seafood. Best cuisine?

No. 44542
From people I've worked with:

>Croatia is fairly touristy
t. aussie line cook

>Serbia is alright, if a bit on the poor side.
t. serbian dish hand

>Albanians were more willing to live on barely above subsistence wages than stay in Albania
t. Greek chef (probably the most biased)
No. 44545
Croatia has nice beaches if I recall correctly.
I only briefly visited Serbia when I was like 13 or something. You can buy anything on the Subotica/Szabadka market. (They also accept any kind of money, be it the local dinar, the Euro or Hungarian Forint.)

The national food is the chevapi, spicy, ground meat which is grilled. Pretty tasty. The national drink is rakiya, which is a 40% spirit usually made from plum or apricots.

Apparently the place is pretty good for hiking and biking. The landmines mountains make it exciting, or at least my father told me so.
But the only reason why anyone here goes to ex-yugo countries is because of Croatia's beaches, family in Vojvodina or to stock up on cheap vegeta, alcohol, clothes and chocolate at the Szabadka-market.
No. 44560
That reminds me if I ever get my government UI gibes pushed through I really want to buy something actually useful in any eventuality for a change and get a tent. I have a whole wishlist for shit I've wanted to get for ages now that between all the different potential sources of bailout money that I'm not counting until it's in my pocket, the greater bulk of it is all plausibly within my reach. One of those things is a tent and some camping supplies and equipment. It's not like I can possibly regret that kind of a purchase at least, well so long as it's not cheap and made in China anyway. That way if SHTF at least I can sleep with a roof over my head and not just a bushwould recommend when it's not raining tbh Stalin is wrong man is not truly free until he is bereft of any roommate, boss, landlord, cop, parent, or government agent to bitch at him and tell him what to do and nowhere can that be immortally found than living in a bush
No. 55778
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It seems one can no longer take the train from Odessa to Tiraspol. In theory, Transnistria allows for visits, but this concerns me. I can't find any recent traveller accounts, and it's entirely possible their accounts are no longer representative after COVID.
I worry this 'nation' will disappear before I get a chance of going there.
No. 55903
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>With a corporate logo that is shaped like the five-pointed star of a US law enforcement badge, the Sheriff Company dominates nearly everything in this Russian-backed enclave. Sheriff runs almost all the supermarkets, importing much of the food that makes its way in from Moldova proper and abroad. It is the main if not the only player in the automotive industry, selling cars, spare parts, oils and lubricants, say experts on the region. The petrol stations in this Kremlin-dominated statelet are run by Sheriff, as is the local football club, which has become hugely popular. It also produces beer and wine, and manufactures textiles, and is building hotels.

>But there’s more. Sheriff, a shadowy firm managed by two former Soviet-era security officials, runs the local telecommunications network. It controls almost all of the broadcast media. And over the past three or four years, the company has dominated the presidency and the parliament through a political party which began taking over in 2016.

>“There’s virtually nothing that they do not have a role in,” says Stephen Wolff, an expert on Transnistria at the University of Birmingham. Employing at least 12,000 people, experts say the company largely runs Transnistria. In some ways, say the smattering of Balkan and east Europe specialists who keep an eye on Transnistria, Sheriff has replaced the Communist Party that ruled Moldova until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Sheriff builds clinics and hospitals, and rewards promising pupils with prizes at its retail outlets. It has managed to secure an agreement by which it pays little or no taxes.

I need to know more, I need to see this nation. Goronavirus will not stop me.
No. 56071
Dear lord, do I ever yearn for the world to return to normal.
No. 68052
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I spent a week in NOLA and flew back today.

Impressions: the city has seen much better days. It seems every corner is run down and dirty with sidewalks falling apart and teeming with restless natives and aggressive hobos. While the cuisine is good, too many dining experiences fell woefully short of expectations. One was just downright disappointing. Sadly, most of the joints that were of any acclaim were completely booked up and had no availabilities. The best dining experience was at a hipster creole joint that featured incredible flavorful gumbo, fried alligator drizzled with garlic mayo and smoked pork. Second best was Willie Mae's Scotch House which featured crispy fried chicken that has every major chain beat; went there three times. Also, the beignets were worth all the hype. I must've eaten at least three a day for the time I was there.

I wouldn't mind going again. The pre-Mardi Gras parades had just the right amount of hustle and bustle. Just enough people to make it festive but not too congested to get lost in the sea of humanity.
No. 68055
reminds me of this private waste dump/city in the second season of True Detective.
No. 68064
It never has been normal.
No. 68103
Pleasantly surprised to see palm trees. I know the climate is right, but at the same time gulf States such as Louisianna and Alabama just don't have a reputation for them like Florida and California.
No. 68261
I've been to the absolute best state to enjoy palm trees over 30 times in my life: Hawaii :DDDDDDDDDD Easily mogs all those other states with palm trees. No earthquakes, no gators, no trouble, just good vibes, consistently pleasant weather, a perfectly clear sky for stargazing and all things tropical. Only problems are the restless locals (including the Haoles) who occasionally get aggressive and drugs. Beyond that, you go there and get away from absolutely everything.
No. 68451
To be fair, no gators means you don't have the collecting-Japanese-skulls-in-WWII tier ability to assert your dominance over other megapredators by hunting and eating them. Your point still stands however.

Nawlins do note this is proper pronunciation, it's called nahw-lins roughly, hard to explain the slurred newah coupled with lazy drawl of near silent -leans converted into a single wordalso Oregon is pronounced Organ, even though Or-again or Or-agon are proper human pronunciations that should always be used around Oragonians. Also in New Englander states their h sound not to be confused with H, which otherwise is known as roofing tar on craigslist and is the crack cocaine or meth of notherner white ppl is completely silent, so Southampton is South-ampton as one word, Amherst is Am-erst, Whitingham is Whiting-am, Dunhill is Dunill, Durham is Durim etc. and sounds like Portsmouth is in fact Portsmith by their pronunciation.

Creole is in general a very interesting kind of sub-dialect, accent, and cultural and FOOD tradition. Actually come to think of it I really don't get that whole irritation with Kazakhs and food you got going on bro. As an American I can faithfully say that there's nothing more important than food. Cajun food is delicious, and along with general Southern cooking like bbq except for cornbread and pig snouts or chitlins is some of the best most amazing dishes we have here. I kinda dig the Cali put avacado and creamcheese on everything too though.

But all in all to be fair to your experience, even before Katrina nawlins was basically just an incredibly impoverished and spooky place outside the main strip, kinda like Las Vegas tbh. You've pretty much just got this one place for tourists to act like total degenerates, and the rest is just this see of poverty and desperation. All the hurricane did was strip the paint off it and remove the plastic smiley faces from more of the sidestreets off tourist zones to see what really is there.

Provided we don't have complete idiots insisting on spreading disease and jamming up logistical networks from their butthurt, it should be back to normal this late spring into early summer. Lots of mandates is already dropped and basically most of here at least either got +'d or vaccinated or both, which means our wave is totally died down as are in most places. Provided Europe and Russia doesn't fucks us and nothing else major happens like an economic crash I'm planning to buy the dip this week/month. My expectation is that once we have bydlo reaching consensus along with professionals feeding them thiswhich CDC basically already did do out of sheer exhaustion people are going to want to go travel a lot and take vacations. I was planning to buy major airlines and other travel and hospitality stonks but due to complete idiocy of the NPCs here I lost money on every single thing ultimately except my Irish airlines, which gave me near 20% gains and is still in the green even right now. Really what I should do is just buy European stocks, because Americans are proven too retarded to trust them with my money at this point.
No. 68501
Yes, I'm aware New Orleans is colloquially pronounced Nawlins. Odds are you were addressing non-Americans, but if it was aimed at me, I'm not Forrest Gump, you know.

>Actually come to think of it I really don't get that whole irritation with Kazakhs and food you got going on bro

Um, what? I know nothing of Kazakh food. There isn't a Kazakh community near me. We have Cape Verdeans, Azorian Portagees, Nepali, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Puerto Ricans and assorted slants.

>Also in New Englander states their h sound is completely silent, so Southampton is South-ampton as one word, Amherst is Am-erst, Whitingham is Whiting-am, Dunhill is Dunill, Durham is Durim etc. and sounds like Portsmouth is in fact Portsmith by their pronunciation.

As a lifelong New Englander, that's more true about Boston accents than Rhody accents. We also have little microaccents depending on what town you're from. People from Burrillville and North Kingstown talk different than people from Pawtucket or Providence. One particular thing about my home state's accent is pronouncing the word "idea" as "idear". Massholes do it as well, but it's more common in Lil Rhody.

Another thing, although this is more common in rural western Mass and Rhode Island, is dropping the T in certain words. I still catch myself pronouncing the name "Clinton" as "Clin'on". In other times, I mispronounce it as "Cliton"; oddly appropriate, I'll say.
No. 68529
Yeah sorry I was addressing multiple people who may read it over course of the week. Clearly I'm not going to start lecturing you about nawlins. That was more for foreigners wondering how we see different things here and will catch foreign spies by their pronouncing of things more correctly than any local. The Kazakh thing was because brick likes to complain about his countrymen and their supposed obsession with food, which warms my fat congealed heart.

Also what you just said is really, really odd to me because I actually associated a couple of those things like idear and clin'n more with the midwest rustbelt forget what it's called Great Lakes region. Or maybe I'm just confused. I know Buffalo/Niagra region aunt is ant and they drop them sounds, oh wait "I smoke winon lights" yeah okay now I can kinda hear it in my head again. I actually didn't mean Boston either, ye got any beahs consonant dropping which is its own little bizarro zone like how nehw yawk is it's completely separate accent from the rest of the country.

Actually now I kinda wonder how many towns this is true about. Like do people from Kansas City talk different than people from everywhere else in the state? Different Texan accents is reasonable, maybe microstates on East or West half like MA, but different cities, and only those cities, is kind of weird to me and I never really thought about it much before now. Mainly I just think of those two cities for being the Hungarian dialect tiers who sound completely different than literally everyone else around them as cities, because places like LA and San Francisco or Santa Barbara for example don't actually sound much different than the rest of the massive state.
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It came through. I want to go there again, after the war it might become the highest beacon of East Slav civilization. Tiraspol will become the Paris of Rus'.
No. 68747
Micro-accents in New England just reflects the wide amount of linguistic diversity we have. Sam Hyde, for instance, has the perfect Fall River accent, sometimes affectionately called Fall Reev by the locals. I knew lots of people who talked like this growing up:

And then, we have the most Masshole accent of all time:
No. 68755
>Buffalo/Niagra region
Aunt=ant, Clinton=Clin'on, and soda is called pop.

What a Buffalo Accent sounds like!

Has Ernst ever had a moment where you became self-conscious of your regional accent?

Me: Yes. Passing through Jacksonville, FL when I noticed their strong Southern drawl. In line at a convenience store I knew the moment I opened my mouth that I would be marked as "not from around here". Don't know why that would matter, but it was late, I was alone on the road and my situational awareness had kicked up a notch. Obviously in another country (Mexico, Canada) I expect to stick out, but that was the only time I felt that way within our borders.
No. 74437
This one goes out mainly to Portoball but if others know something feel free to share. Basically I'll visit a conference in Portugal near Porto in July and am planning to stay a few days on top on my own (without a car or the like).

Do you guys have any insider tips or recommendations? What should I avoid? Would be greatly appreciated. I'm interested in a wide range from culture and museums to partying, so just feel free to share whatever comes to mind.

Sorry for contributing to turn Portugal into a travel shithole.
No. 74441
I don't have any recommendations for Porto, I could only name a couple of landmarks but any travel guide would have more info than me. For 50€ you can go to and from Lisbon via high speed train, where I can be of assistance.
>Sorry for contributing to turn Portugal into a travel shithole.
I accept your apologies for bringing money to our country.
No. 74459
>For 50€ you can go to and from Lisbon via high speed train, where I can be of assistance.
50 € sounds like a good deal, I was thinking about that anyway so I can spend a few days in Porto and then again in Lisabon amd fly back from there on sunday.
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It's 35€ or so if you don't need a return ticket.
In Lisbon I can point to all sorts of places, all manner of museums, neat bars - even some uniquely Ernstian places and if you got a free day, I'd advise you to go to Sintra. I'm biased, for it is my hometown, but it's a nice little town on a mountain full of palaces and castles. From the first romanticist palace in Europe (naturally designed by a German assburger King) to crusader era strongholds, Sintra really has it all. Beware of tourist traps. I suppose Sintra has changed so much in the last few years that the exceptions are the places that aren't overpriced tourist traps, but I can point you to them.
In Lisbon, many different types of places come to mind, for all types of people. Do you want the truly authentic experience of a small café that smells like body odor and cigarettes? Do you perhaps prefer a more toned down version - hipsterish "authentic" places? In any case, I offer my services as your sherpa, Ernst.
No. 74540
Mental health deteriorating, I must go on my annual hajj. My initial picks are closed due to war, so the question becomes - Balkans or Baltics? The first seem more in line with my preferences, but the baltic states might be worth checking.
I am not financially or spiritually ready to travel to Germany.
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Now I'm curious. I was born and have been living in Germany, nobody asked if I was spiritually prepared. What does that even mean? It's probably too late for me now, but what is it about Germany in particular that might damage one's mental health?
No. 74588
An over-regulated, pathologically punctual and generally humorless society, perchance? :3
No. 74590
It's a lot like deep sea diving, one needs to prepare himself by gradually increasing the pressure. To immediately arrive at Frankfurt airport without having prepared myself could have tragic consequences. Overwhelmed by infrastructure and guidelines, rules and protocols - I'd have something like sensory overload and be hit by an incoming tram. I must at the very least read the writings of that German journalist that was previously recommended.
No. 74595
Anyway, the only thing that I personally find attractive in the Baltic states are nature (a somewhat humidized variant of Central Russia) and moderately pretty women. The sea is cold, the weather is too cloudy, and the stereotypical German city architecture of the 15th-19th centuries drives me into depression.
No. 74597 Kontra
Not much of a perspective shift to go from central/western Russia to the Baltics. Different story for a southern man from Portugal.
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Oh you mean that, I laughed.
But, as in every country, Ordnung is only selectively enforced: For example, people abandon their rental e-scooters right on the narrow pavement (thus blocking it) at busy crossroads all the time with impunity. It's not allowed but never enforced. (Lawmakers aren't affected by this, as richer neighbourhoods have spacier pavements and less scooter traffic.) But try the same on an adjacent car lane and you will get into trouble. I think if I were to travel here as a tourist, I would only get depressed.

Balkans, like where? To me, Balkans is everything beyond Lake Balaton, all the way to Istanbul and Crete.
No. 74613 Kontra
Some sort of former Yugoslavia tour. Starting in Zagreb and possibly ending in Sofia. Something that would depend on travel options, still at a very conceptual stage.
No. 74618
Did I recommend a journalist? Infrastructure can be found everywhere but you better take a strong hit and come to Germany. A first world Eldorado of infrastructure which shows at the checkouts indeed. But behold, isn't that 9€-Ticket the perfect solution? Slow travel on the rail grid, a German dream and guaranteed authentic experience of Germany.

Sounds cool, I want to Interrail and the Balkans/East would be my preferred area. Only Belgium and Italy are on my list of EU destinations I would like to see or travel to again (Italy).
No. 74622 Kontra
Some writer than went by name of Kurt Tucholsky. What's this 9€ ticket? I hope to estimate the travel costs sunday, hadn't considered Germany due to the assumed costs.
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It's settled, I am going to Germany. The promised land of infrastructure.
No. 74625
Don't travel by train in the middle of Summer. The AC has a habit of shitting the bed if it's too hot outside.
No. 74627 Kontra
Do the regional trains and trams/subways all have AC anyway? I'm sure not all of them have them. And you seem to refer to ICE problems (which is known) that cannot even be used with the ticket. Many train lines are done by private enterprises btw.

The ticket is cheap but the prices in Germany are not, don't know your budget but I imagine Germany to be quite price in comparison.
No. 74639
>but the prices in Germany are not

That always depends on your standards and where in Germany you are.
No. 74645 Kontra
Yeah, the housing part of the German trip is rough. Accomodation costs are 3x those of Serbia. Damned Germans and high purchasing power.