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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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No. 13815
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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.
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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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>>13815
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
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No. 13820
>>13811
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.
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No. 13821
>>13820
There are tons of abductions all the time
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No. 13823
>>13815
>>13819
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?

>>13816
>>13820
Okay, so this is more unsafe than safe. About far deep regions, yeah, I heared that there... bad stuff happens.
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No. 13857
>>13823
>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
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No. 13858
>>13857
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.
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No. 14611
>>13857
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?
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No. 14645
>>13858
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.

>>14611
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.
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No. 15357
>>15354
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.
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No. 15358
>>15354
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.
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No. 15369
>>15354
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.
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No. 15375
>>15354
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.
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No. 15380
>>15354
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.
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No. 15386
>>15380
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.
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>>15380
>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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0-0rJKtbVQ

>Yakko Warner did one for world geography too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x88Z5txBc7w
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No. 16192
>>15390
Unironically how I know all the Presidents.
Sometimes it takes a while because I have to sing up to that point in my head.
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No. 16207
>>16192
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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No. 16214
>>16192
Sames.
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No. 16253
>>16192
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.
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No. 16277
>>16253
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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No. 20391
>>20390
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
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No. 21032
>>21029
These satellites used to have such high resolution?
That's incredible, I'd see again my places from years ago.
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No. 21035
>>21032
This is modern photos
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>>21032
>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:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KH-9_Hexagon
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No. 21071
>>21046
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
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No. 21234
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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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>>21234
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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLDXKC9e7Zg

These videos are giving me serious wanderlust.
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>>21234
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.
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No. 21266
>>21239
>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
https://youtu.be/o4xTvovggvM

>>21261
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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>>21266
>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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>>21275
It's probably bike on dirt road or something.
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>>21266
>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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>>21327
>last gas for 50 miles
America small.
t. emptyland
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No. 21329
>>21328
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.
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No. 21331
>>21329
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.
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No. 21332
>>21331
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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>>21328
In places like that there most times just no roads at all
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>>21336
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.
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No. 21339
>>21338
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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>>21339
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.
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No. 21343
>>21340
>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.
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No. 21344
>>21340
> 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.
https://www.google.ru/maps/@46.7789807,-56.1732741,3a,60y,52.65h,89.31t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sF0RHoDK-zz9qC5y6HPFfMA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=ru&authuser=0

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
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/79/Saint-Pierre_and_Miquelon_EEZ_map-en.svg/960px-Saint-Pierre_and_Miquelon_EEZ_map-en.svg.png
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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
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No. 26166
>>26165
>hungarian
I know that one of the Russian tank museum holds the only working example of a Hungarian Toldi tank.
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>>26165
Is it Kubinka that has that Kugelpanzer? That thing is ebun.
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>>26166
Dunno about working but currently in hungarian part was shown examples of two different toldi and turan, also anti-tank Zrínyi.

>>26167
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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>>27410
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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No. 27436
>>27432
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. 27461
>>27436
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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No. 27522
>>27512
You go to Europe? What country you want to visit?
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No. 27527 Kontra
>>27522
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.
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No. 27529
>>27527
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.
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No. 27594
>>27529
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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>>27788
Yes, these are our mountains, they're quite pretty.
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No. 27802
>>27791
>>27786
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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No. 27804
>>27786
>Cuenca
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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No. 34229
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I read this article in which the author emphasized the disappointing aspects of world-famous tourist sites:

http://archive.is/bQtlN

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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No. 34230
>>34229
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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No. 34237
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>>34230
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
https://vimeo.com/253334732
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No. 34268
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>>34237
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.

>instatravel

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.
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No. 34295
NZ has some bretty gud dumpsters at times.
Sadly this morning I found nothing besides genuine scraps.
t.miser
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No. 34318
>>34295
What were you looking for?
I nabbed a pair of 10x50 1950s Carl Zeiss binoculars at the local dump a few weeks ago.
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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.
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No. 35093
>>34318
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.
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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.
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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?

Recommendations?
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No. 44542
>>44492
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)
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No. 44545
>>44492
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.
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No. 44560
>>35424
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
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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.
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No. 55903
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>>55778
>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.
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No. 56071
Dear lord, do I ever yearn for the world to return to normal.
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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.
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No. 68055
>>55903
reminds me of this private waste dump/city in the second season of True Detective.
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No. 68064
>>56071
It never has been normal.
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No. 68103
>>68052
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.
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No. 68261
>>68103
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.
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No. 68451
>>68261
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.

>>68052
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.

>>56071
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.
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No. 68501
>>68451
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.
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No. 68529
>>68501
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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No. 68575 Kontra
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>>55903
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'.
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No. 68747
>>68529
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:
https://youtu.be/xtaazW6NXXc

And then, we have the most Masshole accent of all time:
https://youtu.be/ONuids2-tqg
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No. 68755
>>68529
>Buffalo/Niagra region
Aunt=ant, Clinton=Clin'on, and soda is called pop.

What a Buffalo Accent sounds like!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjUw58c2QTg

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.
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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.
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No. 74441
>>74437
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.
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No. 74459
>>74441
>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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No. 74468
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>>74459
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.
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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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No. 74578
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>>74540
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?
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No. 74588
>>74578
An over-regulated, pathologically punctual and generally humorless society, perchance? :3
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No. 74590
>>74578
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.
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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.
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No. 74597 Kontra
>>74595
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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No. 74612
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>>74588
>>74590
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.
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No. 74613 Kontra
>>74612
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.
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No. 74618
>>74590
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.

>>74613
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).
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No. 74622 Kontra
>>74618
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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No. 74623
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No. 74624
>>74623
It's settled, I am going to Germany. The promised land of infrastructure.
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No. 74625
>>74624
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.
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No. 74627 Kontra
>>74625
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.

>>74624
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.
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No. 74639
>>74627
>but the prices in Germany are not

That always depends on your standards and where in Germany you are.
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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.
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No. 76797
>>74468
>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.
Sorry, I didn't respond back earlier. I'll be in Lisabon next week, so if you could recommend any good bars that have soul and are not just a place that sells alcoholic beverages that would be appreciated. Also maybe some less obvious museums or other places to visit would be cool.
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No. 76868
>>76797
38.7158445, -9.1467042
I must insist you go here.
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No. 76872 Kontra
>>76797
>Lisabon
This is also neither German nor English. Lissabon ist gut, jah? I fear what conclusions you will draw from your stay here. The observer becomes the observed, scientific horror.
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No. 77037
>>76868
Okay this place is pretty hipster indeed
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No. 77038
>>77037
ebin :DDD ask for a whiskey sour
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No. 77039
>>77038
Is this some kind of secret code or will I just get a whiskey sour if I do? :DD
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No. 77040
>>77039
They'll show you the secret display.
it's actually just very good there
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No. 77041
>>77040
So no Arthur Schnitzler - Traumnovelle stuff then, too bad.
I actually never had a whiskey sour because I'm not a whiskey drinker at all, so I can't compare it but maybe I'll still order one
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No. 77042 Kontra
>>77040
Looking at coordinates, you might not be in the right place. Pavilhão Chinês.
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No. 77043
>>77042
Yeah, that's where I am right now.
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No. 77044
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>>77043
Excellent.
Should you go to Sintra, I'll offer you an unique opportunity to buy me lunch.
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No. 77047
>>77044
What's the best way to get their via public transport? I'll have to decide spontaneously if I can fit it in I think.
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No. 77048 Kontra
>>77047
*there
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No. 77049
>>77047
Train.
Rossio train station drops you right in the heart of Sintra. About a 40 minute train ride.
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No. 77081
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Well, guess where I am
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No. 77082
Holy shid :DD
Are you alone or with someone? Please describe your attire and/or identifying features to further help :DD
Go see the Pena Palace, it's cool.
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No. 77085
>>77082
I'm alone in an orange hawaiian shirt, kinda easy to spot probably.

>Go see the Pena Palace, it's cool.
Seems like it is impossible today. They don't want anybody to go in the area because of the high risk of fires it appears.
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No. 77087
>>77085
Outside the city hall in 18 minutes.
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No. 77088
>>77087
I can be there in 25 min. according to google maps
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No. 77090 Kontra
I hope they're using condoms.
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No. 77092 Kontra
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Why did you delete the ErnstCon Portugal 2022 reply? Anyway, too bad I forgot to buy a ticket.

>>77081
Portuguese Ernst living large. Nice.
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No. 77097
>>77090
This is just a chance of studying a German in person. My pocketbook is overflowing with notes.
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No. 77098
>>77097
I hope you gained some deep pyschological insights today then
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No. 77100
>>77098
Immensely productive discussions. Safe travels, Ernst.
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>>27804
I never thought about it but yes it is nice to see irl
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No. 77201
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Pictured: Further evidence the only political group that uses car stickers to spread the message are monarchists.
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No. 77204
>>77201
What is "the" message?
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No. 77206
>>77204
That the monarchy loves you and died for your sins
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No. 77208
>>77206
Oke.
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No. 77306
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Maybe not uncommon for you but it's the first time I see a railway
I wish the train was working too
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No. 77307 Kontra
>>77306
It's in Bogotá, suburbs
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No. 77309
>>77307
> it's the first time I see a railway
Where are you from? You aren't German tourist, are you?
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No. 77310 Kontra
>>77309
I'm betting it's a burger.
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No. 77311
>>77309
Small Venezuelan city
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No. 77312
>>77311
How did you find this here imageboard?
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No. 77313
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>>77307
>>77311
Neat! Please post more pictures of Bogota or your surroundings.

p.s. I'm this cat.
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No. 77314
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>>77313
More like sausage
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No. 77315
>>77312
I would be interested in an answer as well. But only if you are not the Venezuelan that has been here for a few postings every then and now some 1-2 years ago.
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No. 77316
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>>77310
Keked!
(but for the record: it's just a stereotype)

>>77311
That's interesting. Looking forward to new photos and reports.
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No. 77319
>>77312
KC, years ago
But I'm not a regular poster anywhere
>>77315
I'm the one who posted about el secreto de sus ojos and whisky in the movies thread and about Rome in the music thread about one year ago
Not sure if there was another Venezuelan
>>77313
It's hard to get good pics because it's very flat (and I don't know the city yet)
But I'll try my best
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No. 77336
>>77306
Why is there a plastic bottle hanging in the tree?
inb4 that's where plastic bottles come from
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No. 77337
>>77336
OH God I just noticed it
Tomorrow I'll see it closer if I get a chance

But it's not weird at all around here
My town in Venezuela has rum bottles hanging from everything, cables usually
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No. 77341
>>77337
>My town in Venezuela has rum bottles hanging from everything, cables usually
Some kind of local tradition, or just a lot of drunkards?
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No. 77345
>>77337
Interesting. Does it serve any purpose (lanterns? decoration?), or do they string them up out of boredom?
>>77341
I live in an area with street trees and a lot of drunkards. I see bottles on the ground and on street furniture, but never see anything hanging anywhere (except, very rarely, a pair of shoes thrown out of reach, probably by bullies).
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No. 77348
>>77341
I never asked
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No. 77354
>>77348
>I never asked
The local stuff is normal, yeah. Like, it's weird how that one Portuguese seems to find German culture and anything related to it fascinating (or he's just taking the piss) while for us it's bogstandard boring stuff.

Ok, please ask someone who might know next time you get the chance.
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No. 77356
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>>77341
Here they simply leave bottles on the grounds. So even if it's drunkards, it's their Latin-American tradition.
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No. 77358
>>77356
>75%
What's that stuff?
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No. 77359
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>>77358
Fanfurik (funfyrik). These formally aren't beverages (perfume, liquid for washing bathroom etc) so alcohol taxes and safety norms don't apply here.
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No. 77360 Kontra
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attached same pic twice
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No. 77427
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There were small trenches being dug by groups of diligent Germans.

In one of the ramparts, a German father guided his children on how to place water on the walls so as to make them more sturdy.
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No. 77428
>>77427
Trenching on the beach is important!
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No. 77429
>>77427
Atlantikwall intensifies
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No. 77437
>>77427
Ah, beach tradiations. One has to know how and when to use water for the sand castle and its trenches! Tausend Fluten wird das kleine Königreich überstehen!
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No. 77439 Kontra
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No. 77440
>>77439
Sorry I don't remember every post currently available on /int/
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No. 77444 Kontra
>>77440
I did not mean to imply you should, nor to "downvote" your post. I only saged because I wasn't contributing anything new.
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No. 77460
>>77444
At the current posting frequency they could do away with the kontra altogether
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No. 77462
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We took one of pic rel vehicles out to sea and snuck a plastic bag full of beer bottles on board. We were the only vessel with something to drink in a scorching 37°C sun. I offered a drink to a Brit one another of these vessels - called "gaivotas" and handed him a beer. His friend reached over and was also handed a bottle. This second friend took a big gulp of the refreshing drink in his hand, but it was just seawater in a beer bottle. Laughter ensues and we pedal away.

You can always get away with more shenanigans as a national because they always assume you're a local.
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No. 77463
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I suddenly realized that I live in Moscow. I suspected it before but was ignorant STEMcel didn't explore any places of interest. Instagram is blocked in Russia so a lot of shitposting incoming here. Beware.
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No. 77471
>>77463
>I suddenly realized that I live in Moscow.
>I suddenly realized
How does one fail to notice that?
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No. 77473
>>77463
>STEMcel
That's a nice one. I wonder what genius came up with it.
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No. 77502 Kontra
>>77473
I have seen a username on TikTok like that couple of months ago.
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>>77463
>a lot of shitposting incoming here
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No. 77516
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Is common for a city with less than 200k people to have such a nice library?
It really surprised me
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>>77516
Civic pride. Clearwater, FL wasn't a particularly large city, but has a beautiful library. Can't believe I don't have any pics...take these interwebs finds. That's a tourist town because of the beaches, so they had money to spend, but the library was always empty.
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>>77516
Looks nice. Here's Oulu city library, about a 200k population city in northern Finland. Nice waterfront location but it doesn't look that great unless you're a fan of brutalism(ish).

Found a cool document about the building's history, but it's in Finnish unfortunately. Has some nice pictures in case anyone's interested.

https://www.ouka.fi/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=590f8e06-a629-426b-8d73-825094034e99&groupId=78400
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No. 77525
>>77523
Carrying a moronic smile and I scroll past all those funny Finnish words.

>määrää vähentämällä.
:DDD
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>>77525
What's so funny about
>by reducing the amount

You punk!
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No. 77536 Kontra
>>77534
ebin :DD
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No. 77537 Kontra
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>>77534
Wtf? :D

Translation: Shut your mouth or you're getting a ban.
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No. 77538
>>77537
Blame the memeing Finns of old

t. not the elephant poster
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No. 77818
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Well, with a welcoming host, it's settled where I'll go to bydlo around this year. Stay tuned for adventures in the Polish Rzeczpospolita. Incredibly excited.
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No. 77828
>>77818
What places do you plan to visit in Polan?
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No. 77830 Kontra
>>77828
There is only one site I have marked to visit, the others will come as suggested. A hideous site.
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No. 77834
>>77830
Well, the only city in Poland I've been to is the one where my grandma was born (and lived the first 12 years of her life), which is Gdansk.
I was 13 when I visited that city with her; she's been dead for 14 years now.
My memory of it is pretty foggy, but I do remember that it was rather lively and that the city itself felt old, but not run down. I guess I'd like to see it again one day and I guess this is a sort of recommendation to you to visit it as well.
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No. 77835
I was thinking of spontaneously visiting Polan this month because it's cheaper and I was handed some 300 zloty that somebody had left over in my family. Not sure if I have the time nor where to go with this money I would spent transport and accomdation and then waste the zloty
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>>77818
Very nice. I'm looking forward to any documents of your adventures. Would like to visit Poland as well but at this rate it will only happen when someone carries out my will and takes my ashes there. Well that turned out pretty morbid.
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No. 77873
>>77818
Things you'll see may seem surprisingly familiar:
https://www.reddit.com/r/PortugalIsEastEurope/
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No. 77884 Kontra
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>>77873
I just thought: what if countries were like ships in world ocean and could change their geographic position? Referendum in Australia: "should we move 400km to North?" Poland would be somewhere near United States and I would live on island.

Also: do you observe webmrelated phenomena in Portugal?
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No. 77885 Kontra
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>>77884
What a fun idea! We'd probably be on the periphery of a continent, only connected to it by Estonia.

>and I would live on island
:DDDDDD
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>>77884
>if countries were like ships in world ocean and could change their geographic position
I like our current location, but it's a bit overcrowded. For more elbow room I would request Canada move further north, and Mexico further south. Hawaii also comes closer, but Alaska stays where it is; sorry Russia, but could you slide west just a bit? I'm sure Europe won't mind.
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>>77471
> failing to see a joke and understanding phrase literally
I wonder who could be behind this post :D
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>>77515
Yes, time to fulfill my threats. I just don't know where to start. I planned to walk a bit more on weekend to see a bigger picture but then felt lazy. Also no fun to walk in such heat!

So let's improvise. Moscow has S U B W A Y.

1, 2 -- from "Partisan's station".

3, 4 -- from "Roman station". Most of the stations are dedicated to great people or to corresponding geographical places but this one is exception.
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5 - Lenin's heda + workers.
6 - only Lenin's heda but in 3D.
7 - soldier of red army.
8 - that's from "Park of culture station" which is near Gorky's park.
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9 - Some stations are not placed underground. These are a circus, a park and Moscow-river seen from train's window at "Vorobyovy gory" station.

10 - this line is entirely upper-ground. It's elevated like monorail. At the scheme it's an outer circle.

I probably should have started with basic geography. Moscow has radial structure (in opposite to square grid structure). Center is where office & government buildings, museums and homes of rich people are. Kremlin is center of center. Western (and northern) parts are considered cooler. Eastern (and southern) parts are more prolish. South-eastern sector is a ghetto.
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I went from the Orkney islands to Copenhagen by train and ferry the last two days.

Everyone is tall, beautiful and wear sandals or Birkenstocks here. I never saw that much blond people in my life.
People seem to not cross the road until the light is green here. Culture of social democracy.
I went to the anarchist neighborhood of Christiana by mistake and took way too long to realize that all the stands were selling weed. I first thought they were trying to make me sign a petition. Also stumbled by mistake upon what might be the best comics shop in the world. Pics related.
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No. 77911 Kontra
>Center is where office & government buildings, museums and homes of rich people are. Kremlin is center of center. Western (and northern) parts are considered cooler. Eastern (and southern) parts are more prolish. South-eastern sector is a ghetto.

This is the socio-economic structure of every European city ever.
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No. 77912
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>>77911
Suburbs and "white flight" are exclusively American thing?
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No. 77931
>>77912
What you described is the structure of more or less all European cities that went through industrialization. In the east and south, the poor people are usually located. This has reasons like wind that carries smoke from smoke stacks to the east.

White flight is a ethnic thing that is coupled to the status of ethnic minorities and their social-economic position in western societies like the US. So where poor people live (and for black people in the US this statistically more often the case) people who are better of (usually white people) move away. But even blacks that are better of than most of their (black) neighborhood will try to move away (got out of the hood), why? Because they are better of economically and thus socially. A similar dynamic can be seen in European cities of course but the history is not comparable since Europeans did not import slaves and let them do slave labor for many many decades.

What you want to say about suburbs is not clear to me.
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No. 77943 Kontra
>>77909
It is highly illegal to cross the street on red light in denmark. Swedes who go there sometimes do then the police either throws you on the ferry or makes you run over the bridge naked. Just don't.

They have great comic culture though i.e. not American softcore comics.
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No. 77970
>>77905
>scale_1200.jpg.png
I don't even know when to start explaining how wrong is that picture. But okay, maybe it's just designed for trolling Muscovites.

The reality is that yes, there are more or less shithole areas in Moscow. However, assuming that the historical center is where the elites live (why would you even want to live there in the first place?) and, for example, that the whole South-Western district is evenly populated by "proletarians" is, well, a misconception, to say the least.

Of course, the real map would be much more patchwork-like and much more ambiguous. In part because we're still largely Soviet people and there are no well established elites in Russia (a lot of people who believe themselves to be elites, but that's another issue). The oligarchs and top-level officials (sometimes it's difficult to tell them apart) obviously stand out because of their ridiculous wealth and the possibilities coming with it, but other than that...
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No. 77971
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>>77909
Egsduse me but you have to visit Norma Comics or Continuarà comics in Barcelona. Search for some pigdures if you don't believe me.
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No. 77974 Kontra
>>77970
>Of course, the real map would be much more patchwork-like and much more ambiguous

This would also be true for European cities btw. But a general direction of distribution can usually be seen.
Regarding the elites, I think you can just think of people "who made it" that is who have a well-paying job and can dine fine, have a car and a big nice flat.
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No. 77975 Kontra
>>77974
>having made it
>living in a flat
Oh you :3
inb4 Eigentumswohnungen
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No. 77981
>>77974
There are quite a lot of people who made it over here, regardless of how you want to define their wealth. The thing is, the society doesn't have such pronounced vertical stratification yet in Russia (it's not like our wonderful rulers don't attempt to fix that, but so far they had limited success; you just don't change the society in the lifetime of a single geberation).
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No. 77990 Kontra
>>77975
You don't have to own a flat to earn considerable more money and have a high social-economic status than the rest of this county for instance? It was set in quotation marks so I'm not talking about entrepreneurs or super duper high ranking positions and heirs to multinational cooperations or somebody like that. In the end this boils down to what the concepts of elite(s) does mean.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elite#Elite_als_soziologischer_Begriff
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No. 77996
As far as apartments go, most Russians live in apartment houses (the absolute majority of which has from 60 to 1000 apartments).

The worst are early commieblocks from Khrushchyov's era (poor territory planning, the lack of elevators, poor monotonous look from the outside, often - but not always - various design and construction flaws). Apartment houses from the late 1970s to the early 1990s are better and usually are a nice place to live in (some districts are just jewels of city planning), even though design and construction flaws may be occasionally present; that's probably where the majority lives in Moscow anyway (in smaller cities the situation may be different, and I will stick to describing Moscow). The actual social situation in the neighborhood depends on many factors (largely on who in particular was being settled in the area in the Soviet times; mostly former factory workers vs. mostly former scientists do make a difference - and you can add the cooperative houses into the equation, which automatically filtered out the most unpleasant lazy types who believes that everyone owes them something). Don't be fooled by frequent poor look of those houses, by the way. Our 9-storey longhouse from the 1970s got a proper cosmetic cleaning of the walls only several years ago (it's covered in ceramic tiles from the outside) and even now it doesn't look really fabulous (though I love it), but some people have safes full of precious metals in its apartments, as it has been accidentally revealed during the last fire (though it's a different story).

The few high apartment houses from the Stalin's era are generally considered as more "elitary" places (that trend, of course, largely comes from the Soviet period), but even despite they having been modernized since the times of their construction, living there is a matter of taste (though I wouldn't deny that most are sufficiently impressive aesthetically from the outside).

And there are all sorts of more modern apartment houses. Of course, the most typical are human anthills on the verges of Moscow (many have thousands of apartments). Most are aesthetically awful, the quality is unstable, and many are lacking the necessary infrastructure (to hell with schools and kindergartens - even parking your car or actually driving out in the morning is often a difficult quest). That's where the modern proletarians are particularly concentrated (largely they're gastarbeiter migrants from Central Asia - though relatively rich by the migrant standards).

Some of the recent houses are more pretentious, of course, which may take different shapes and have different actual value (I still remember a pseudo-elitary quarter for well-off fools in the middle of nowhere near Troitsk, which is half of the time plagued with unbearable stench, apparently coming from some industrial facilities in the vicinity).
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No. 77999 Kontra
>>77996
And yes, there are older apartment buildings in the historical center and near it. Definitely not the place where the real elites live (the main value of those houses is being old, well-built and, well, located in the center of the city), though the prices must be rather high.
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>>77970
Doesn't matter, they're not able to read labels on the pic anyway :D

>>77996
I like commieblocks. 5 floor buildings are best compromise between density and convenience. They just have bad reputation due to association with USSR and Russia. What design and construction flaws are you talking about? What's wrong with urban planning?

11, 12 -- typical eastern Moscow.

13 -- a lot of stray cats here. A LOT.

14 -- soon all districts outside of center will be brought to this common denominator.
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No. 78061
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Western Moscow, in contrast. Sometimes I see huge megastructures separated by wast empty spaces in my dreams. And think: "It must be somewhere in Krylatskoye".
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Center is eclectic.

There are pre-revolutionary buildings (mostly the same as European). Then there's soviet architecture (brutalism and so on). Then there is a nouveau riche style (Luzkhov). And now it's also hipster style (Sobyanin).

21 - Moscow state university.
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No. 78065
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My lecture is over. Now a bit of random stuff.

22 -- MSU again.

23, 24, 25 - Zaryadye, new hipster park in front of Kremlin. "Info center", "media center"... Cmon, I have laptop at home! But it would look neat if not megalomania.
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26,27,28 - typical Soviet trio: Europeoid, Mongoloid and Negroid children representing internationalism.

29 - Chukcha.
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30 - ad of AR-opera based on Pelevin's shitty book. 0_O

31 - funny monument of different types of sins.

32 - ten meter high screens! That's cool. Imagine going there to Macdonalds "Tasty, period" and ordering extra large Coke and double royal super bigmac.

33 - abandoned glass building
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No. 78070
>>78067
Ministry of Culture endorsement for anime VR. Very futuristic.
Also, >>78061 these kind of slav rises are very cool. They also look very kiberpank at night.

Excellent IWO.
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34, 35 - Firefighting station and education center. I call this style "discount Disneyland".

36 - Izmailov Kremlin. Actually it was built 20-30 years ago. Also Luzhkov built fake "300 years old palace" in Tsaritsino. I like his way of thinking. Who cares if this thing was here 300 years ago? What matters is whether it looks cool or not.

OK. That's all.
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No. 78073 Kontra
I also think that Luzkov's idea can (and should) be developed even further. Imagine going to excursion to Moscow: "Here's Darth Vader's palace. And here's elvish fortress. During heroic siege of Minas-Tirith it...". Paris wouldn't hold such competition and go broke.

But these days statesmen are boring opportunists only interested in re-laying of asphalt...
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No. 78100
>>78062
>Center is eclectic.
Paris is eclectic. :) The historical center (about the area inside the Garden Ring, which encircles Kremlin) has different buildings, but is still dominated by the buildings from the 19th and the early 20th centuries; many other buildings conform stylistically to those.

Of course, Central Administrative Okrug incorporates many other areas beyond the historical center (e.g. Moscow-City), but that doesn't make it "eclectic" - it just doesn't represent a single architectural area, that's all.
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No. 78154
>>78057
>I like commieblocks. 5 floor buildings are best compromise between density and convenience. They just have bad reputation due to association with USSR and Russia.
I consider 5-floor buildings optimal from the social perspective, but from the architectural perspective they're just too low. Grown up trees practically cover them to the roofs, essentially turning the whole architectural complex into some kind of a forest (that is, if we follow the good old Soviet paradigm of combining the living and the basic recreational area). They can be a supplemental element of the complex (consider how more recent 4-floor and 5-floor apartment buildings function in the 4th microrayon of Zhulebino - if anything, it was a daring experiment, entirely impossible in the modern market economy, if you ask me; luckily they managed to finish it already well into the 1990s).

Typical 9-floor longhouses are entirely convenient (from my personal experience of living there AND in a 5-floor house) and seem to have optimal height (though, again, they can be supplemented by higher and lower houses in the complex).

As for the Khrushchyovkas, most projects have just too many objective shortcomings, though many of those are related not to the houses themselves but to how they are positioned, how the territory is organized, etc. Anyway, I just personally prefer something more monumental (and the trick is that it should be cozy in the same time; I believe it was achieved).
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No. 78156 Kontra
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>>78154
>entirely impossible in the modern market economy, if you ask me
Not sure if I understand the whole context here, but generally housing density is a sum of a lot of factors. But in for example in USA the concept of five-over-one is incredibly popular due to being in a regulatory sweet spot. Maximum density for minimum investment. So a building with only 6 floors can work great in a modern market economy, though of course the other factors like land value play a big part. You probably won't find a five-over-one in Manhattan.
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No. 78159
>>78156
Well, in the USA they don't have central heating as a common standard, for starters.
Overall it's just much easier to build a couple of human anthills. Especially if you don't give a damn about the insolation norms and can pay the controlling officials off.
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No. 78161
>>78156
> Grown up trees practically cover them to the roofs, essentially turning the whole architectural complex into some kind of a forest
Yes and that's a good thing.

> many of those are related not to the houses themselves but to how they are positioned, how the territory is organized, etc.
Yes, I heard it. But I ask what specifically is wrong. Imho Perovo and Novogireevo have ideal urban planning (before "renovation" ofc).

>>78156
As I understand, in Murica it's the following situation: regulations prevent companies from building high buildings. Why? Because apartments there will be much cheaper than average so this place will be populated by nig underclass with high criminal rate. So each municipality thinks: "Not in my neighborhood!" and enacts these zoning laws.
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No. 78162
>>78159
...And yes, the main benefit of those human anthills is that they will be uniform. You essentially need just a single house project, not hell knows how many.
For reference: just type "Привольная ул., 65 корпус 3" in Google maps and watch the street view (luckily it includes most car roads inside the quarter).
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No. 78164
41 kB, 612 × 446
>>78159
>Overall it's just much easier to build a couple of human anthills. >Especially if you don't give a damn about the insolation norms and can pay the controlling officials off.
Human anthills vs. infinitely sprawling five-over-ones demonstrates well how different sets of constraints effect development. Good point. I like it.

In the case of five-over-ones it's incredibly funny how in most cases each apartment has their own AC unit sitting on the roof instead of a more efficient larger system connected to many apartments. A shared system would be gommunism and you can't have that in the US.

By the way is central heating the same as district heating? Or is it some gas boiler in the basement of a building? Pardon my uneducated question.
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No. 78170
>>78161
>Yes and that's a good thing.
If you explicitly want to cover everything you have built so it can be seen only at a point-blank distance - sure. :3

>>78161
>Yes, I heard it. But I ask what specifically is wrong. Imho Perovo and Novogireevo have ideal urban planning (before "renovation" ofc).
Perovo and Novogireyevo have lots of different buildings. If we're talking about something like the area around the Federativny prospect 52, the first obvious problem there are exactly those endless parallel rows of the 5-floor buildings. It's markedly unnatural and potentially creates anxiety, let alone it's simply boring (which is partly helped only by the fact that, again, everything ends up covered in trees - often too much trees, in fact, especially as those are mostly broad-leaved tree species). Compare that, for example, to how 9-floor houses are organized between the Ostrovityanova street and the Tyoply Stan street. Even without the 12-floor and 16-floor houses which are also present in the complex, the designers skillfully used shifting and rotation of the buildings to break the uniformity right to the necessary extent.

And, of course, another permanent problem of the typical neighboroods from Khrushchov's era is the inherent lack of normal sidewalks. Of course, back in the 1950s they couldn't predict the modern abundance of personal cars, but by the modern standards it's highly uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.
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No. 78173
>>78170
> If you explicitly want to cover everything you have built so it can be seen only at a point-blank distance - sure. :3
You look at the issue from architect's perspective. He built a house and wants to make his creation visible to plebs in order to jerk off his ego. I look at the issue from inhabitant's perspective. I don't want to see concrete blocks. I want to see trees. Living in forest in cool.

> it's monotonous
Argument accepted. Anthills surely may take more diverse forms than commieblocks.

> sidewalks
Don't know, I lived among anthills and among commieblocks. And in neither case had any problems with traffic. Maybe people with automobiles have some problems but I don't because public transport is fine in Mosque.
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No. 78176
511 kB, 968 × 746
>>78164
>By the way is central heating the same as district heating?
No. Central heating means the heat is produced centrally and then distributed through the building. As opposed to one burner per apartment or floor or room. And Americans do have central heating, many even had coal-fired central heating pre-ww2. Watch "home alone" for ancient American basement furnace (heavily stylized). But they commonly use air as a medium of heat-exchange, which works nicely with ACs/heatpumps

New York has some district heating/central heating with steam, I guess it used to be common in other cities, too. Those are late 19th/early 20th-century systems, they have special steam-radiotors, which look somewhat similar to old European radiators. To Americans, those look incredibly dated, ancient and backwards. (Like something from the 19th century, an ancient technology that has been long superseded.)

>Or is it some gas boiler in the basement of a building? Pardon my uneducated question.
Central heating can be done with coal, wood, gas, light oil or a heatpump-unit. The concept is not tied to a certain kind of fuel.
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No. 78346
282 kB, 660 × 880
282 kB, 660 × 880
298 kB, 1174 × 880
239 kB, 1249 × 937
Went hiking in Bavaria/Allgäu.
Probably the best trip I ever had, somehow everything worked as planned and then some. The huts we stayed at were nice, weather was great considering there was supposed to be a storm, randomly found a really cool swimming lake on the last day. Also there's barely any reception up there so it's nice to detox a bit from the internet.
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No. 78393
>>78346
I like your photos.
You can see far, but no ads, no signage, no houses, no cars – how is that even Germany? Must be a national park.
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No. 78404 Kontra
>>78393
I don't like the Photos, there are no PoCs. This is racism.
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No. 78881
Ernst, I'm thinking about going to Budapest and Bucharest in autumn. There are cheap offers to Budapest from northern Germany, albeit I have to check if the tickets are still valid if I miss a train (in Munich are just 12min and Deutsche Bahn will make it a delay of 30min probably). From Budapest it's quite cheap (yet long) to Bucharest and hostels in both cities can be had for around 10€. Are 10€ hostels in these countries/cities good? What should I do, anything I should visit? Nature, other cities/place in these countries? Since the train fares are low it can be done and still would be cheaper than buying an interrail ticket at my age.
What would be necessary for the trip? How to handle money/payments abroad? Any tips for hostels besides having drinks and chats with people staying there?

I wish I could go to Slovakia and then Italy as well but that seems to get expensive quickly, I will have to do further research later.
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No. 78886
>>78881
Budapest and Bucharest are two different places, now I know.

Mobile version of wikipedia has a fun feature "places nearby" which shows articles about things located around you. Useful for travelers, can recommend.
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No. 78888
>>78886
>now I know.
Did you ignore the different letters between u and e before?
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No. 78896
>>78888
Have you been such a caustic cunt before? (just joking, no offence taken)

I just never thought about both words simultaneously, like with Slovakia and Slovenia. And even if I thought, it could be two versions of same name, similarly to Belarus & Belorussia.
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No. 78901
37 kB, 760 × 760
>>78881
I paid everything with a card in Budapest. Only brought cash in large notes which was a bad idea. Euro coins are useful at some touristy places like museums. I was in trouble when visiting the museum of fine arts since they required you to leave your bags in storage lockers and I had no coins for the deposit. Luckily an old lady who worked there was kind enough to lend me 2 euros which I then returned to her upon leaving. Thank you, Marta.

There's a small exchange fee every time you use a card but I think it was lower than at any exchange offices but you might wanna check with your bank for details. You also avoid double-exchanges if you still have some cash left when leaving the country.
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No. 78904
>>78896
>Have you been such a caustic cunt before
Yes, thanks for noticing
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No. 78905
>>78901
I will check with banking, so far it says EU countries are without fees. Would simplify so much if I can just pay by card. How is English in food places etc? Or do I have to be prepared for awkward gesturing a lot?
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No. 78922
147 kB, 957 × 1280
>>78905
>it says EU countries are without fees. Would simplify so much if I can just pay by card.
Yeah I'm probably remembering it wrong. It just could've been that the exchange rate with card was a tiny bit worse but didn't have any fees. Either way I remember comparing the two options and card seemed cheaper and easier. Of course it's a good idea to have some cash in case that your cards don't work for some reason. And I even paid my taxi from the hotel to airport with cash in euros. You don't need a taxi for that trip though as public transit is pretty good. But I was lazy.

>How is English in food places etc?
It's alright but even young people have quite limited vocabulary at places. But I got by with basic English everywhere.
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No. 78923
>>78901
>I was in trouble when visiting the museum of fine arts since they required you to leave your bags in storage lockers and I had no coins for the deposit.
Same on some Swedish ferries. They have lockers on board, but the deposit is 10 swedish crowns.

It makes the mind boggle. Were do they think I am going to get Swedish coins outside of Sweden, where I am clearly not, since I am traveling into Sweden by ferry? Hard enough to get one IN Sweden, since everyone pays for everything with mobile apps or cards, if they are old/tourist. Those lockers should work accept 1 Euro coin OR 10 Crown coin.
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No. 78926
>>78923
> where I am clearly not, since I am traveling into Sweden by ferry
This might sound strange, but some people go the other way. So, it's not completely impossible for a passenger to be in the possession of Swedish currency of the metal kind.
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No. 78929
>>78926
>It is not impossible
So there is a chance for some passengers to operate those lockers. I guess they are accessible to 50%-75% of the passengers, depending on the trip. So there's no reason for everyone else to complain, right?
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No. 79215
Is there any moderately big German city that hasn’t been burnt to the ground during world wars?
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No. 79216 Kontra
>>79215
Most of them?
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No. 79217
>>79215
Munich
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No. 79324
4,0 MB, 3000 × 4000
Look at this promising young emperor.
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No. 79327
10 kB, 238 × 406
349 kB, 1200 × 1200
362 kB, 800 × 589
213 kB, 1200 × 942
>>79216
Brits and Murricans really liked bombing down everything.

Pic 1: Population of my city
Pic 2-4: Pictures of my city from 1944

One of the most non special places in Germany, i think.
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No. 79328
>>79327
Huh, I didn't know Heilbronn was also bombed to the ground.
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No. 79329
5,9 MB, 3000 × 4000
Learning a lot during my stay here.
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No. 79330
>>79329
>Voting for Germany
>The Jew
Uh...
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No. 79347
>>79329
Hey portugal, since you're already rather close (if you are indeed in Oberschlesien right now), I would suggest you take a trip to Zakopane. As luck would have it there is currently a short documentary about it on arte:
https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/101124-003-A/zakopane-poland-s-mountain-escape/

I'd assume you would enjoy Zakopane a lot.
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No. 79352
>>79347
I am indeed in Silesia, but I have plenty of mountain walking for here. Zakopane does look cool, but it might be too far off the beaten path for me short stay.
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No. 79408
127 kB, 512 × 512
>>79215
This has little to do with travel, but did any currently German city suffer any damage worth mentioning in the First World War?
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No. 79431 Kontra
>>79408
ebin :DD
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No. 79499
>>79408
I think I read somwhere that Karlsruhe got very heavily shelled during ww1 but I couldn't find back the source.
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No. 79500
>>79499
You're right:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geschichte_Karlsruhes#20._Jahrhundert
I notice it doesn't say if there were any non-airborne attacks.
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No. 79502 Kontra
>>79500
…but the answer to that is probably obvious to anyone who knows the easternmost extent of the front line during the war AND knows how far away Karlsruhe was from it AND know the range of enemy artillery in WW1, which is probably the kind of person who would write such Wikipedia articles.
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No. 79518
>>79500
Hundreds of people is a lot considering the capacities of biplanes.

That said, I got stuck at the Hau riots.
The article itself reads like taken directly from the contemporary report and the happenings of the actual murder read like a comedy.
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No. 79542
7,6 MB, 4000 × 3000
I must have walked 5-6 hours today.
Didn't make it in time see Auschwitz I still. Sad.
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No. 79572 Kontra
296 Bytes, 17 × 18
>>79542
Should've taken the train.
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No. 80451
2,7 MB, 4032 × 3024
I got arrested by the border police at the Austrian border. Apparently, not only is my ID card expired, it was reported stollen.
As one of the two officers opened my bag the other looked at me smiling and said : "You seem tense".

Pictured; said border.
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No. 80799
32 kB, 958 × 1280
6,8 MB, 4000 × 3000
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233 kB, 1080 × 1920
travels time's

1 - Synagogue
2 - Area off the main plaza
3 - Drinks that were paid to me in a LGBTQ+ bar by a chubby girl who was being escorted by a short angry fella
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No. 80800
3,1 MB, 3280 × 2464
4,9 MB, 4000 × 3000
5,3 MB, 4000 × 3000
5,5 MB, 4000 × 3000
1 - Marketplace
2 - Schindler's Factory
3 - Vistula
4 - Jewish district (I think)
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No. 80802
629 kB, 926 × 1432
5,0 MB, 4000 × 3000
5,2 MB, 4000 × 3000
5,3 MB, 4000 × 3000
1 - Polish magical artifacts for sale
2 - Church
3 - Old city again
4 - Polish jonne with balloon in the distance
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No. 80804
6,4 MB, 4000 × 3000
7,6 MB, 4000 × 3000
7,4 MB, 4000 × 3000
Auschwitz slide
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No. 80807
5,7 MB, 4000 × 3000
6,7 MB, 4000 × 3000
6,3 MB, 4000 × 3000
5,6 MB, 4000 × 3000
1 - Katowice
2 - Pilsudski statue
3&4 more Katowice

Absolutely killed at karaoke.
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No. 80809
6,0 MB, 4000 × 3000
6,2 MB, 4000 × 3000
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5,1 MB, 4000 × 3000
1, 2 - Pszczyna town square
3 - Pszczyna Castle (aka die Schloss Pleß)
4 - Artisanal vehicle
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No. 80811
3,2 MB, 3280 × 2464
3,2 MB, 3280 × 2464
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4,5 MB, 4000 × 3000
1 - Palace concert hall
2 - Stairs
3, 4 - Animals I hadn't seen irl before
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No. 80812
3,5 MB, 3280 × 2464
6,6 MB, 4000 × 3000
6,8 MB, 4000 × 3000
6,1 MB, 4000 × 3000
More Krakow stuff, church in the main square and three castle pictures

The end!
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No. 80813
158 kB, 848 × 566
>>80809
>die Schloss
das
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No. 80814 Kontra
35 kB, 474 × 475
Wtf I absolutely love Poland now. Nicely maintained neoclassical and hanseatic(maybe?) architecture. Clean streets. Ordnung. I suffer without a piwo lane... Goddamn I really want to go to Poland right now. I wonder how it compares to Prague or Vienna. Also places I've yet to visit. Definitely looks nicer than Berlin.

Can you rate social interactions and building interiors as well. Infrastructure and public transport? How was the place(s) you stayed at? Thank you for posting. Amazing!
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No. 80820
236 kB, 1280 × 720
285 kB, 1050 × 682
>>80814
Maybe you should take a look at the part of Poland that didn't belong to the German Empire. The difference is visible to this day.
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No. 80821 Kontra
>>80820
Perhaps, but it only goes so far. For example places that Finland lost to Russia look pretty bad today, even compared to Finnish cities :D

Buildings and public spaces suffer greatly from lack of care.
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No. 80823
>>80814
Polish people are friendly and speak English. Your experience may vary. Trains are very good. Places were clean.


>i mäkke sufferings in islet of finland's
You are near them, you fool. I suffer from true European periphery, you ungrateful bog dweller. I hope your ferry sinks.
come to bordugal :DD
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No. 80826 Kontra
84 kB, 197 × 241
>>80823
>Polish people are friendly and speak English. Your experience may vary. Trains are very good. Places were clean.
Very, very nice.

>i mäkke sufferings in islet of finland's
>You are near them, you fool. I suffer from true European periphery, you ungrateful bog dweller. I hope your ferry sinks
>come to bordugal :DD
I'll come to Portugal alright. To whoop your ass! Piece of shit motherfucker... The audacity! You can take a train to ANYWHERE. I'm stuck on an island!
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No. 80831
>euros thinking they're at the arse end of things
Epic
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No. 80833
629 kB, 2560 × 1440
Today, I will remind them.
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No. 80835
>>80833
... of what?
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No. 80836
>>80835
That in sovok world, North America exists TWICE.
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No. 80837
>>80836
>TWICE
More like one and two thirds.
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No. 80838
>>80837
About a quarter of Canada hardly qualifies for "one third of North America".