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Old 02-19-2005, 07:44 PM   #1
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Official Travelling Thread!

Have tried to find a thread about travelling and could not find one, so thought I would try to start one...

Am Irish, currently living in London. Have lived in both US and Australia and have travelled through Asia, Africa, Europe and South Pacific. Am due to be relocated with work to Asia end of year. Would love to chat to other U2 fans who also love travelling - sharing experiences, travel tips etc?
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Where in Asia? Work takes me there from time to time also.

I used to live in Japan, glory days.
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i'm going to poland again in two months.
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Where in Asia? Work takes me there from time to time also.

I used to live in Japan, glory days.
Most likely KL in Malaysia or Singapore - we have a few small offices dotted around the region but the two I mentioned are our biggest. How is Japan? Is it easy/hard to live and survive in?
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i'm going to poland again in two months.
Have never been but I've heard Poland is starting to get more popular? Was in Hungary last year and its amazing - Budapest is a great great city. Luckily being based in London, we can get relatively cheap flights to anywhere in Europe
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I love travelling; it is my favorite thing in the world!!!!!! I have travelled throughout Western Europe, Mexico, Dominican Republic and a bit of Africa, and studied/lived in Ireland for awhile.

This summer I am probably studying Buenos Aires and then travelling throughout S. America for a bit, then in the fall hitting up Australia and New Zealand, then studying in Tokyo next spring.....
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I'm Irish and have never left Ireland/ Uk. I just got back from a short break in London. In August I am going to Amsterdam, probably going to Spain in May/ June once I know where I am being placed on my year out. In Sept I am going to Spain to live for about 10 months and next July (2006) I'm going to France for 6 weeks to study. Travelling is something I hope to do a lot more of.
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Hey Lara, am Irish originally (from Kildare) and I left to go to Australia on the working visa thing about 8 years ago. You should try and go (you have to go before your 30). Anyways, gave me the travelling bug!

Best countries I've been to - Namibia & Botswana... I could talk for hours about these places - landscape, wildlife, people.. its just amazing. And New Zealand.. quite similar to Ireland excepth they have REAL mountains and lakes!!

Am heading to Australia for a month in April to catch up with friends when I lived there. Plus I've hounded my boss to get me a transfer to Asia somewhere - dont care where!

So, where has everyones fav foreign place been and why?
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I plan on going to Australia the year after my degree is over, I have a friend who is going and has said I could join him
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Have never been but I've heard Poland is starting to get more popular? Was in Hungary last year and its amazing - Budapest is a great great city. Luckily being based in London, we can get relatively cheap flights to anywhere in Europe
to be quite honest, other than certain cities such as krakow, posnan, and gdansk, there really is nothing all that "beautiful" in poland.

i quote "beautiful" because it's certainly an acquired taste, much like eastern europe in general. i know i had a VERY hard time adjusting to that sort of life, but that's ok. it makes you respect everything back home even more, and makes you realize just how good those of us in canada + us have it.

don't ever go to warsaw. really.
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I'm American. I have traveled to many of the states here including Hawaii. I want to add Alaska to my list.

I have traveled outside the US to:
Canada
Mexico
Bahamas
Ireland
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Most likely KL in Malaysia or Singapore - we have a few small offices dotted around the region but the two I mentioned are our biggest. How is Japan? Is it easy/hard to live and survive in?
That's cool, I've never been to Malaysia or Singapore (yet). I'd like to. I know our company is expanding into Singapore in the near future, and I'd like to check it out.

Japan is fantastic to get around in, because public transportation is so amazing. You can go ANYWHERE on the train, and anywhere you cant go you can get to by bus. I just had a bike when I lived there, never a car. At the same time, I now a lot of people who cannot speak/read Japanese have a pretty difficult time getting around and doing the basics of life. I studied pretty intensively before leaving, and studied Japanese 'religiously' every single day while I was there. Great place, finally got to go back for the first time since 1999 last month.

Places in Asia I've visited:

Japan
Philippines
Taiwan (airport only)
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Asia wise, I spent 6 months travelling through Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. This was all.. maybe 7 years ago now. When we went to Laos, the previous year they had opened up their borders to commercial tourism. Beforehand, it was like the last bastion of communism. Anyways, I remember going trekking through jungle in the north of the country and having locals come out and touch our skin and my (then) girlfriends blonde hair because they had never seen it before. Very surreal. Always recommended Laos to friends. However, everyone who has since gone has mentioned its on the path to over-commercialism akin to Thailand.
I guess when people realise how much money can be made through tourism, the existing way of life changes dramatically, which I guess is the biggest downside to tourism.
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1st I lived in england, then I moved to the USA 6 years ago.

Travelling wise I've been to:

Canada
Mexico
Belgium
Switzerland
France
Spain



I'm hoping to visit europe again in the autumn
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ribbons&bows and I just got back from a rainy weekend in Death Valley. Does that count?
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