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    Quote Originally Posted by mcski View Post
    The whole Tiananmen Square thing though. Fuck those guys.
    Spook gave them two thumbs up though.
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    I’ve heard the fortune cookies is in Yueyang China come with predictions of varying accuracy though
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    I’ve heard the fortune cookies is in Yueyang China come with predictions of varying accuracy though
    I was always led to believe that they didn't have fortune cookies in China?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    I’ve heard the fortune cookies is in Yueyang China come with predictions of varying accuracy though
    I think it could be a Mandarin-to-English translation issue.

    I've only been to Chinatown in NYC and that one in Montreal so I can't comment on China specifically. I trust spook though that they have them in Yueyang.

    Speaking of Quebec, its like going to France without dealing with the French. So there's a lot to like there, including much better car rental experiences. I'd like to cast a vote for Quebec even so its not a country yet.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    I've only been to Chinatown in NYC and that one in Montreal so I can't comment on China specifically. I trust spook though that they have them in Yueyang.
    Chinatown in D.C. hosts the Wizards franchise while SLC's Chinatown has a decent market next to a titty bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Spook gave them two thumbs up though.
    Crazy yesterday was 30th anniversary. I was there in May that year and left a week or two before the 4th. There's no way anyone would have ever convinced me then that China would ever get out of the 3rd world so I guess totalitarianism has its privileges

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromontane View Post
    Wizards franchise
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bromontane View Post
    Chinatown in D.C. hosts the Wizards franchise while SLC's Chinatown has a decent market next to a titty bar.
    And they all have fortune cookies?

    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Can anyone get me a decal for my Jag?
    Ruh-roh
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    Who needs stickers when you can get a tattoo. Chicks dig commitment.

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    I feel delco's commitment to that franchise may pale in comparison to this guy's commitment to Star Wars.
    https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainm...ks-tattoo-guy/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    I feel delco's commitment to that franchise may pale in comparison to this guy's commitment to Star Wars.
    https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainm...ks-tattoo-guy/
    I bet he has to fight off all the clunge with a stick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    I bet he has to fight off all the clunge with a stick.
    You mean a light saber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Albania
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    that's an odd collection
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    dougW, you motherfucking dirty son of a bitch.

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    Tanzania: I've traveled there many times and lived in Arusha for half a year. From the Rift Valley to Zanzibar to the western jungle, it's a fantastic place with very cool people.

    Japan: I lived there for a couple years but never felt like living there permanently. Anyhow, Japan is dope. For some reason, Japan has always felt more "exotic" than any other place to me, despite at least superficially having more western influence. I strongly prefer Osaka and Kansai to Tokyo.

    Syria/Jordan: Not being sarcastic about Syria. I spent three weeks there in 2002. The people were ridiculously friendly and hospitable (routinely inviting you to their homes for dinner), Damascus was a great city to wander around, there was little western influence, and you could walk around ancient Roman ruins in a place like Palmyra that surpassed anything in Rome without seeing any other tourists whatsoever. And the baklava (they obviously didn't call it that) that was ubiquitous in the country was crazy delicious. Given the more recent and ongoing tragedy in Syria though, I'll substitute in Jordan, which is also a very cool place (Petra!).

    Thailand: It's kind of a cliche, but it's hard to have a bad time in Thailand (unless you spend too much time in a place like Patong).

    Ireland: I haven't been there for 15+ years, but everything, even Dublin, felt very local and friendly in the late 90's/early 00's. Half the time I hitchhiked around, and I never had to wait long to be picked up. Often, when a car couldn't give me a ride, the person would nevertheless pull over and explain why they couldn't give me a ride. I was just a young traveler with a stupid backpack who deserved no explanation, but it was always touching. Also, there is no better drinking environment than a proper Irish pub.

    Honorable mentions: Nepal (mountains!), Canada (mountains!), South Africa (everything but mountains!), England (Leeds!), Malawi (the lake and Mulanje Massif).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougW View Post
    that's an odd collection
    Outliers are my taste and few, if any, of my fellow 'Muricans waddling around there.

    Need to get some TR's posted one of these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PNWbrit View Post
    Can anyone get me a decal for my Jag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Tanzania: I've traveled there many times and lived in Arusha for half a year. From the Rift Valley to Zanzibar to the western jungle, it's a fantastic place with very cool people.

    Japan: I lived there for a couple years but never felt like living there permanently. Anyhow, Japan is dope. For some reason, Japan has always felt more "exotic" than any other place to me, despite at least superficially having more western influence. I strongly prefer Osaka and Kansai to Tokyo.

    Syria/Jordan: Not being sarcastic about Syria. I spent three weeks there in 2002. The people were ridiculously friendly and hospitable (routinely inviting you to their homes for dinner), Damascus was a great city to wander around, there was little western influence, and you could walk around ancient Roman ruins in a place like Palmyra that surpassed anything in Rome without seeing any other tourists whatsoever. And the baklava (they obviously didn't call it that) that was ubiquitous in the country was crazy delicious. Given the more recent and ongoing tragedy in Syria though, I'll substitute in Jordan, which is also a very cool place (Petra!).

    Thailand: It's kind of a cliche, but it's hard to have a bad time in Thailand (unless you spend too much time in a place like Patong).

    Ireland: I haven't been there for 15+ years, but everything, even Dublin, felt very local and friendly in the late 90's/early 00's. Half the time I hitchhiked around, and I never had to wait long to be picked up. Often, when a car couldn't give me a ride, the person would nevertheless pull over and explain why they couldn't give me a ride. I was just a young traveler with a stupid backpack who deserved no explanation, but it was always touching. Also, there is no better drinking environment than a proper Irish pub.

    Honorable mentions: Nepal (mountains!), Canada (mountains!), South Africa (everything but mountains!), England (Leeds!), Malawi (the lake and Mulanje Massif).
    Dang, man. You've been around! Totally agree about Japan. Never had a bad time there and it's one of the countries I left having the most respect for the culture. Sure, every culture has its issues when you look beneath the surface, but Japan probably has the most little idiosyncrasies that I felt I wanted to learn from. Cleanliness chief among them. They make EVERY other country look a bunch of dirty 3rd world shitholes by comparison. Even the homeless camps in Tokyo are nice and tidy, so even their mentally ill and destitute have some freaking pride. I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post

    Honorable mentions: South Africa (everything but mountains!)
    Don't miss out on Lesotho and the Drakensberg - a range of peaks at 10-11k, lots of vert on approaches and even some winter snow. We loved hiking there and it looks like mountain biking is growing on the SA side. The peaks on the east side of the Western Cape were also impressively rugged. Not a very tall, but looked like fun to hike/scramble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Outliers are my taste and few, if any, of my fellow 'Muricans waddling around there.

    Need to get some TR's posted one of these days.
    spent 6 months in Oman ( all Muscat) and other countries I just can't see a theme, expensive very safe to eastern euro wide west to hot laid back 3rd world to very hot desert like but well run
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Dang, man. You've been around! Totally agree about Japan. Never had a bad time there and it's one of the countries I left having the most respect for the culture. Sure, every culture has its issues when you look beneath the surface, but Japan probably has the most little idiosyncrasies that I felt I wanted to learn from. Cleanliness chief among them. They make EVERY other country look a bunch of dirty 3rd world shitholes by comparison. Even the homeless camps in Tokyo are nice and tidy, so even their mentally ill and destitute have some freaking pride. I love it.
    Yeah. I always have deep admiration for people who have crappy jobs but nevertheless take them seriously and do their best, and Japan epitomizes this phenomenon.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Don't miss out on Lesotho and the Drakensberg - a range of peaks at 10-11k, lots of vert on approaches and even some winter snow. We loved hiking there and it looks like mountain biking is growing on the SA side. The peaks on the east side of the Western Cape were also impressively rugged. Not a very tall, but looked like fun to hike/scramble.
    I spent a few days hiking in Amphitheater and was blown away. It's not really "alpine" in my mind, but the scenery was unreal. We jumped into Lesotho for a day, so I can't really say I've seen the place. Ditto for Swaziland, where we spent only a few days. Honestly, SA could easily be on my list. I loved the place.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpinevibes View Post
    Outliers are my taste and few, if any, of my fellow 'Muricans waddling around there.
    I hear you. I really like the popular places (Europe, Japan, Thailand), but my favorite travelling has always been a little off the beaten path.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Yeah. I always have deep admiration for people who have crappy jobs but nevertheless take them seriously and do their best, and Japan epitomizes this phenomenon.
    Yup! Been a while, but isn't the word for this concept "Shokunin"? From garbage men to McDonalds fry cooks to engineers, the pride and seriousness that people put into their jobs is astounding. We could learn a lot. Haha.

    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    I hear you. I really like the popular places (Europe, Japan, Thailand), but my favorite travelling has always been a little off the beaten path.
    Totally. Many times, the fewer the tourists, the better. Great place I want to go back to is Kyrgyzstan. Get out to the mountains out there. Amazing place. Actually all those countries in Central Asia/former Soviet republics really don't get enough attention. Been to 4 of the "Stans." Kind of nice going to remote mountainous countries where no cruise ships can get to with literal boatloads of Americans/British/Australians/etc. out on holiday swarming the place. Some day I want to do some ski touring out there. The options would be freaking endless!

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    The general SEasia mix of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam (never been to Myanmar, can't speak at the time it was a 4 week wait for a visa) has an awesome mix of generally friendly people, natural wonders & beauty, fascinating history and cuisine. Definitely a fun place to travel.

    I haven't been in a few years but even then, and perhaps moreso now the money thats poured in over the years changed some parts of it for the not-quite-so-nice to my taste and it is the time to go further into the hills. not bitter, some of the place I was "before" the change, some at the time, some after (it would have been kinda fucking cool to smoke opium in what was supposedly the last "real" Opium den in the world and that one closed in early 00s Vientiane - ya, maybe thats bullshit don't @ me and fuck up dreams)

    Which isn't to say Bangkok is horrible - it has some great food.
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    Wait, what? I’m interested by all that, but it seems really stream of consciousness
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKbruin View Post
    Tanzania: I've traveled there many times and lived in Arusha for half a year. From the Rift Valley to Zanzibar to the western jungle, it's a fantastic place with very cool people.

    Japan: I lived there for a couple years but never felt like living there permanently. Anyhow, Japan is dope. For some reason, Japan has always felt more "exotic" than any other place to me, despite at least superficially having more western influence. I strongly prefer Osaka and Kansai to Tokyo.

    Syria/Jordan: Not being sarcastic about Syria. I spent three weeks there in 2002. The people were ridiculously friendly and hospitable (routinely inviting you to their homes for dinner), Damascus was a great city to wander around, there was little western influence, and you could walk around ancient Roman ruins in a place like Palmyra that surpassed anything in Rome without seeing any other tourists whatsoever. And the baklava (they obviously didn't call it that) that was ubiquitous in the country was crazy delicious. Given the more recent and ongoing tragedy in Syria though, I'll substitute in Jordan, which is also a very cool place (Petra!).

    Thailand: It's kind of a cliche, but it's hard to have a bad time in Thailand (unless you spend too much time in a place like Patong).

    Ireland: I haven't been there for 15+ years, but everything, even Dublin, felt very local and friendly in the late 90's/early 00's. Half the time I hitchhiked around, and I never had to wait long to be picked up. Often, when a car couldn't give me a ride, the person would nevertheless pull over and explain why they couldn't give me a ride. I was just a young traveler with a stupid backpack who deserved no explanation, but it was always touching. Also, there is no better drinking environment than a proper Irish pub.

    Honorable mentions: Nepal (mountains!), Canada (mountains!), South Africa (everything but mountains!), England (Leeds!), Malawi (the lake and Mulanje Massif).

    Like your list.
    The Rift Valley is something I want to see.
    Nepal or (Nipple) as I like to call it is high on the bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberridge View Post
    I feel delco's commitment to that franchise may pale in comparison to this guy's commitment to Star Wars.
    https://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainm...ks-tattoo-guy/

    Dude, Jar Jar gots the powers.....




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