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Old 04-27-2009, 03:55 PM   #46
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My parents are foreign born, so I've spent time in both of their countries and nearby countries as well. My mom is from Barbados. I was born in Tampa, FL and lived with my grandparents in the islands until I was 6. I've been to Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Martinique, Antigua, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts. I'm sure there are a couple more, but those are the ones I remember off the top of my head. Beautiful, beautiful places. I make sure I go to at least 2 once a year. We're going to Barbados this summer to celebrate my parents' anniversary, and I can't wait .

My father was born in Senegal, so I've spent time in West Africa (mainly my dad's country, Nigeria, and Ghana). I also went to Canada to see a Rush concert during their snakes and arrows tour. My husband is from East London, SA. I've only been there once......I would like to visit again and spend more time in southern Africa.

As far as the States go, I've only been to a handful of US cities. I went to Illinois, Boston, and Miami for U2 concerts. I lived in Memphis briefly, moved to Nashville, and I've never been to the west coast. My travel to-do list is Southern Africa, the Pacific Northwest <particularly Oregon>, and southeast Asia.
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I loved the mouth of the nile in uganda, vienna, tirana, varna, sofia, transdniestr, the taj mahal which is actually not overrated, sarajevo. But part of it really depends on mood, weather, people you are with...I wouldn't have liked Varna or Sofia under different circumstances but I would probably have liked Ohrid or Prishtina a lot better under other circumstances. Lived in 6 countries if you count 1 month or more as "living" which I'm undecided on so perhaps just 3, or 2, depends where you cut things off; been to 30 but I seem to be a bit stalled at this number.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:08 PM   #48
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Alas, we're widespread ALL over! There are Indians in every corner of the world... My grandparents migrated from India to Tanzania in East Africa, to seek a better fortune, so to speak. And my family makes it a point to go back to the motherland every year... Mumbai was chaotic - haven't been there recently due to academic constraints here in the US, and Rajasthan, Kerala and Goa were gorgeous.

Have you picked up any Hindi?
Mein acchi hindi nahi bolti hun, mein kalej mem tamil padhi thii. Kya aap ghar par hindi/urdu mem bolte hain?

Probably should've focused my language studies on Hindi, since it's becoming more and more of a true lingua franca all the time. Then again, when I first studied in India as an undergrad (Chennai, which is where I've spent by far the most time), it turned out my assigned host family spoke Telugu, almost no Tamil, and only one of them spoke any English...so, my first introduction to the fact that trilingual discussions, in which no participant is actually fluent in all three (or sometimes any) of the languages involved, are pretty commonplace in India! You have to be OK with just winging it. Of course some of the languages are fairly closely related (Tamil/Malayalam, Bengali/Oriya, Hindi/Gujarati etc.), which can sometimes be a help.

Interesting about the Kutch diaspora...maybe some of the Indian-Americans I've met who identified themselves as 'Gujarati' were in fact Kutchi specifically and simply didn't mention it; it's just that I'd never heard that before.
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I've been all over Florida though. And I mean all over. Even to the Yeehaw Junction trailer.
I've seen Yeehaw Junction too, haha. Not intentionally--we were trying to find Fort Drum (the wildlife/hiking area, not the historical site) and overshot it by several miles the first time around. Florida actually has some pretty good hiking if you don't mind getting your feet wet, and great wildlife sighting. We really liked Apalachicola, the Everglades, Cedar Key and the area around Ocala National Forest. For the most part we avoided the big cities though, except for Miami of course.
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Old 04-27-2009, 09:35 PM   #49
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US States: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona, Texas, California, Nevada.

I think that's half! Not bad for a non-American...

Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba.

In Europe: Ireland, England, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro.
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if they're all in europe it's the same diff.
oh come the fuck on.

you have no idea what you're talking about.
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oh come the fuck on.

you have no idea what you're talking about.
lost: 1x sense of humour?
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It is true that Europe (excluding the European portions of Russia, Turkey and the South Caucasus countries) is geopolitically the most thoroughly partitioned continent on the planet, and not because it's actually any more diverse than Africa or Asia by the usual indicators--language, cultural distinctiveness, majority religious denomination, past array of imperial influences, etc. So in some cases it might genuinely be misleading to measure 'well-traveledness' by number of countries visited. FWIW.
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US States: New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Massachussetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Arizona, Texas, California, Nevada.

I think that's half! Not bad for a non-American...
That's better than most Americans.

I've been to every state except Alaska, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. Two targeted trips could take care of all of those.

Next, I'm going to aim for all of the state capitals.


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yeah, alright. you got me there.

plus i acted like a complete asshole by saying what i did in the first place.

you win... THIS time.
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yeah, alright. you got me there.

plus i acted like a complete asshole by saying what i did in the first place.

you win... THIS time.
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I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post in this thread, because I've never been outside of Australia. But don't get me wrong, I'd love to be anywhere but Australia. My sister travelled Europe and lived in Northern England for two years (she only just came back home yesterday, in fact) so I'm itching to get over there. But really, any continent sounds good to me. I can't tell which one I'd like to visit first, but my sister, cousin and I made a pact that we're going to have a Turkey tour one day, so as far as I'm concerned that absolutely must be done - really want to visit Greece, Croatia (Dubrovnik is meant to be amazing), Spain, Czech Republic, British Isles, Germany... you get the idea, pretty much anywhere in Europe.

My has long lived in Chile so there's always that connection, I'm pretty rapt about visiting the Americas and wouldn't want to restrict it to just one continent, because it's got pretty much everything there. Personally, I think the USA is one of the most geographically beautiful countries in the world, and there are a lot of historical sites there I'd like to visit. Also you American guys have some dope microbreweries. Canada, man, Canada looks awesome - west and east both. Is there anything in between them, though? Calgary? That doesn't look like much.

Anyway, I'll get to Asia, Africa and the rest of Oceania some other day. Wait, Oceania's easy - I want to go to heaps of little Polynesian islands. I'm more interested in that than going to New Zealand, even though I know it's full of gorgeous scenery. I guess I just imagine it being too close to Australia, and I want to feel more like a tourist.

Alright, now about Australia. This is the only part of the post worth probably reading:
Best place: Melbourne is my favourite city besides Adelaide. It's got a lot going for it, great food (Lygon St ftw), great buildings, great culture (The NGV is amazing). It's busy, and fun. Probably the only other city in Australia I think I could live in easily.
Worst place: I've enjoyed every city I've been to in Australia to at least some extent, although my memory of Sydney is pretty faint - I haven't been outside the airport there since I was a kid. I'm going to say that dodgy Medieval-themed park in inland Victoria. Or Brisbane. Whatev.
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Is there anything in between them, though? Calgary? That doesn't look like much.
oil? you like oil?

and ice.
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Canada, man, Canada looks awesome - west and east both. Is there anything in between them, though? Calgary? That doesn't look like much.
Minnesota is between the coasts of Canada (at least in spirit and climate).

We have that little tip of land (mostly water) that extends up into Canada making MN the northern-most of the Lower 48. And, starting in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesotans sound like Canadians.


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Canada, man, Canada looks awesome - west and east both. Is there anything in between them, though? Calgary? That doesn't look like much.
Calgary IS western Canada. And the area around it (the Rockies with Banff and Jasper) is maybe the most beautiful place in Canada, and with due respect to our neighbours down south, our Rockies rock yours.
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