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Old 04-26-2009, 09:57 AM   #21
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since i've never travelled out of the country (though that will change this summer), my responses won't be as interesting as everyone else's.

best: so far, i've liked chicago and new orleans the best. chicago, to me, is a nice big city but it's not overly intimidating or anything. plus there's lots to do there. and new orleans is a great city, with a nice vibrant culture. perhaps it's because i live in memphis so i've been exposed to a lot of the cajun culture, to me it's just such a great city. beautiful architecture, nice people, great food. i was there a year after the hurricanes, it'd be nice to see how the city's improved since then.

the worst city so far has been hot springs. there's just fuck all to do there. that's what happens when you try to plan some city that's not too far away but you don't have the internet to do research. not to mention the weather was horrible the whole time we were there.

also, i'm glad to see how many people are listing new zealand as a top pick. i'll be there this summer and although i know i'll have a great time, it's just reassuring i won't just like the company, but will also like the country.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:05 AM   #22
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close to home, i'd definitely advocate wellington in summer. beautiful city, you can walk almost anywhere.

i'd also say the southern alps, and the south island west coast have to be seen to be believed. it's real frontier country over there, and so beautiful at the same time.

can't say i ever really dug christchurch, and i know i'm not the only one who thinks that. it's a very odd place, but it does have some attractions.

places like taupo and rotorua, and the desert road are also spectacular.

having spent most of my life in auckland, i really don't care for the place, but it gets rave reviews from everyone i know who visits, so it can't be all bad.

worst place i've been in new zealand has to be lower hutt. i swear to god, everyone had an extra finger, toe or head.

in australia, i lived in sydney but it was some time ago. it's very nice, if you're in the right areas, and the harbour is to die for. the fact that everyone says melbourne is better means it must be a hell of a place. canberra gets a bad reputation, but if nothing else the drive from sydney is nice. i also loved the blue mountains national park, katoomba and also the central coast.

at the same time i also enjoyed the gold coast in queensland. it was nice, if not very touristy. hang away from surfer's paradise - closer to palm beach/currumbin and you've got a very nice area. i can't say i felt much love for the time in spent in brisbane.

let's see...further away, i loved inverness and kirkcaldy in scotland. i also have fond memories of glasgow and edinburgh. i'd love to go back to scotland and the uk in general. i don't know how i felt about london - it was almost exactly 10 years ago and it was hard for 11 year old me to take it all in, but i'd love to try it again. i'm not fond of the super sized cities, but i wasn't overawed.

the united states. here's where i have an opinion contrary to the rest of the world. i was there only a few months ago and spent time (albeit very little) in california, utah, arizona and a lot of time in tennessee.

one thing i will say right off the bat - the entire time i was in the states i didn't meet one asshole. everyone was as nice as you could imagine. the only person i didn't care for was the woman from california on one of my planes who was more interested in her iphone than saying hello to the guy who had to stand up to let her get to her seat. the people come across as genuinely friendly, and everywhere i was i felt completely welcome and i look forward to moving to the states later this year.

i spent the majority of my time in memphis, and it seems like a nice little city. it kinda feels like a more colourful auckland, albeit slightly rougher around the edges. nashville also seemed nice. i'm not in a rush to go back to los angeles, twice i've been there (albeit limited time again) and twice it didn't feel like my favourite place. i'm trying to think of these places sans the company, which may distort my view a bit.
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Old 04-26-2009, 11:18 AM   #23
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Best/most secnic - probably some mountains in India
Worst - probably Atlantic City, NJ
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:23 PM   #24
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Ive been to almost every state In the U.S. on tour with my band, but my real goal is to get to India, I want so much to go
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Old 04-26-2009, 05:22 PM   #25
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Dream out Loud! You will make it to India!
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by three months from now i'll have lived in 6 countries.

i'm not bragging, i'm just saying that i'm better than all of you.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:48 PM   #27
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What an awesome experience to have lived in so many countries. Which ones?
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if they're all in europe it's the same diff.
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by three months from now i'll have lived in 6 countries.

i'm not bragging, i'm just saying that i'm better than all of you.
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I have not really gone anywhere (well, many US states and east Africa), but as far as where I want to go, tops on my list are New Zealand, Zanzibar, Palau (or something similar), and a multi-country trip along the Mediterranean coast. I prefer warm climates, the more humid and tropical the better. Germany is definitely on the horizon but that is for dog sport, not so much travel for the sake of travel.
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in terms of places i'd like to visit...hmmm.

i definitely want to cover as much of the united states and canada as possible, and plan on starting that next year while i'm living in (fingers crossed) the us northeast. hawaii has been on my list of places i've wanted to go to for years, and i'll be doing that in january.

in europe i definitely want to go back to scotland and the rest of the uk - not so big on ireland, if we went we'd do it more for the countryside and maybe make a day trip into dublin. paris is a must, and apart from that i only really, really want to see berlin.

haven't given too much thought to africa and asia - i know the only place that is screaming out for me to visit in africa is cape town...it just looks like a spectacularly scenic place.

definitely also have my eye on melbourne - now a few years away - and some of the pacific islands and tahiti.
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Yes, when I was in Pune as a grad student I had a friend and classmate who was from Bhuj and invited me along on a visit home during break. That was a very charming town (though I'm afraid badly damaged by the Gujarat earthquake in 2001; haven't been there since) and while there, we drove around to some of the villages in the Greater Rann, which is really a spectacular area. (I think I might've needed a permit to do that, can't remember anymore.) As an undergrad I'd also visited Ahmedabad, a fun city with some interesting mosques and markets and also a good base for visiting (by bus) the temple complex at Palitana, which is beautiful.

I've also always wanted to visit the national park in Junagadh (Gir), but haven't gotten around to that yet. I think you may be the first person with roots in Kutch whom I've encountered outside India--it's not a very populous area.
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.

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I have not really gone anywhere (well, many US states and east Africa), but as far as where I want to go, tops on my list are New Zealand, Zanzibar.
Zanzibar One of the best beaches in the world for sure.

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in terms of places i'd like to visit...hmmm.
haven't given too much thought to africa and asia - i know the only place that is screaming out for me to visit in africa is cape town...it just looks like a spectacularly scenic place.
Cape Town is absolutely beautiful! Especially Table Mountain. You should definitely go if you have a chance... honeymoon maybe?
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Cape Town is absolutely beautiful! Especially Table Mountain. You should definitely go if you have a chance... honeymoon maybe?
ever since i first saw it on tv the whole city has had me drooling. table mountain is definitely an attraction to me. it's just...wow.

haha, the honeymoon is going to be the time in hawaii before the wedding, and hopefully ocean city over summer. unless you wanna pay?
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Make sure to go to the Stellenbosch Wine Gardens there too - another great sight to see
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Make sure to go to the Stellenbosch Wine Gardens there too - another great sight to see
oh damn, that is a pretty place.

i hope i remember this in 10 years when we have the money to go there.
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I would really to go to Cape Town and see South Africa one day. I know someone there who has invited me to visit. Same for New Zealand so that is another place one day I would like to visit. I just need to save money for all this globetrotting!
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I've been pretty much everywhere in the U.S.

I think if I counted it up I've hit around 40 of the 50 states. Haven't been to Hawaii or Alaska, and haven't been to a handful of the upper East Coast states. It really is a beautiful country, in every sense of the word. As hokey as that may sound. I love it. The state I live in, and have lived in most of my life, kicks a whole lot of ass but other than that I'd say my favorite place I've visited in the country is California. I've spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and San Diego and I think the world of all those cities. Just wonderful. Something about California just works for me. I don't know.

Unfortunately I haven't done much traveling outside of the U.S. I went on a big family cruise to Bermuda when I was like 8 or 9. That was cool. And I've been to a couple places in Mexico.

When it comes to places I haven't been...I'd most like to do the whole Europe adventure. Go to England, find me a nice British girl to settle down with. See France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, etc. All those big spots.

But I'd be fine staying in America for the rest of my life. We're the best.
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Something about California just works for me. I don't know.
the scantily clad tweens, likely.
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the scantily clad tweens, likely.
Yeah, that. And the sunshine. I like sunshine.
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