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Re: Travel

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:52 am
by can-
amaz

is that a picture of a Nobbig? hahahahahahah

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:53 am
by can-
opps.. new page

here you go
Syeknom wrote:Thailand 2014

What an utterly wonderful country especially when you get to the quieter islands away from any tourist crowds. Did so much snorkelling, swimming and eating amazing spicey food. Started in Phuket, did jungle hiking in Khao Sok, overnighted in Krabi then hit Ko Jum, Ko Lanta and Ko Yao Noi before spending two days in Phuket Town again.

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Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:27 am
by ramseames
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This honestly looks exactly like the road i'm staying on, and not too far down from my guesthouse either.

Just got here yesterday at 2am. bit of a crazy night/day (didn't get into a room until 8am basically) so I haven't done much yet but sleep/walk to the 7-11 for groceries. Just gonna stay in phuket for 2 weeks I think, hemorrhaged money in japan/korea so I'm trying to finish off the trip on the cheap side of things.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:31 am
by Syeknom
It's Thalang Road in Phuket Town - wouldn't surprise me if you were on there if you're staying in that town, everything traveller is packed around that area. Was an amazing street market there on Sunday - too much cool food and entertainment.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:42 am
by ramseames
yeah im on talang, or thalang. seems like there's no consistent spelling for anything here when you translate it.

sweet, i'll stick around town this sunday then

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:54 am
by Syeknom
Gotta say I found Phuket kinda dull - not really worth more than a night or two. If you can afford it I'd highly recommend hopping out to somewhere like Ko Ya Noi (1 hour by longtail) and staying there for a bit - so much nicer.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:28 pm
by wiggly--woo
anybody here ever been to Valletta or anywhere else in Malta? I'll be there for a week, just wondering if there's anything specific to see/do that people would recommend?

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:35 pm
by wiggly--woo
took some photos in malta. quite a wierd place, feels a bit like 1970s/80s britain but in the mediterennean. locals were very passionate about the island's history.

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St. Julian's coastline
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In-land pics from Valletta
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hotel room with(out) a view
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Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:37 pm
by Renalan
MY BAD

planning on going on a short and long trip this year with a +1

trip 1 (short): seattle (never been, need recs) or nyc

trip 2 (long): 80% chance i'm going to the UK, all around - i know next to nothing about the UK, so suggestions/recs inside and outside of London to fill a 10ish day trip are welcome

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:53 pm
by Renalan
no car, need night life recs, shopping, general touristy stuff, a good way to kill 3 nights / 2 days

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:27 pm
by rjbman
yo you guys that's an excellent example of when NOT to use rep comments.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:34 pm
by frogosaurus
Super excited because I found out I'm doing a study abroad program at Oxford for six weeks this summer, and taking a creative writing course focusing on Americans in Europe. Cannot wait.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:29 am
by rublev
I'm gonna be in London for about 8 hours...??? I've not been to London since i was a kid (apart from passing through from train station to train station / airport) so i really know very little.

I'm gonna catch the matisse thing at the tate but apart from that i'm not sure what to do. @ London people, give me suggestion that are easy to get to for a london knowledge novice etc..., like things i should defo see / walk about in. Not sure if i wanna stray too far from the centre 'cos i'll probably get lost.

Also, please recommend the best cafes.... good coffee and food, nice open space, plants, things made of wood, you know the kind of crap i mean

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:30 am
by bels
Go humus Bros and carry a falafel wrap around with you for for hours.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:02 am
by oucho
rublev wrote:I'm gonna be in London for about 8 hours...??? I've not been to London since i was a kid (apart from passing through from train station to train station / airport) so i really know very little.

I'm gonna catch the matisse thing at the tate but apart from that i'm not sure what to do. @ London people, give me suggestion that are easy to get to for a london knowledge novice etc..., like things i should defo see / walk about in. Not sure if i wanna stray too far from the centre 'cos i'll probably get lost.

Also, please recommend the best cafes.... good coffee and food, nice open space, plants, things made of wood, you know the kind of crap i mean

if you haven't booked ahead for the Matisse you might need to buy a membership to get in

I'm reading a biography of Bruce Chatwin right now, I really like the idea of travelling across an interesting country by walking (as much as you can anyway), getting involved in da culture, maybe writing something about it, I don't really want to travel unless it's for a reason though, like retracing someone interesting's steps, or to write something

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:38 pm
by bobo77
Going to Spain this summer - Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo, and a TBD homestay. Hyped AF. Anything I should be aware of? I know Barcelona has tons of pickpockets.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:45 pm
by RycePooding
@bobo77

I lived in Spain last summer.

I was in Sevilla for six weeks taking classes and train hopping around southern spain staying in hostels etc for another 3ish weeks.

Southern spain is super duper hot, especially in August, with little to no air conditioning (tho hotels often do have AC) but once you get used to it, it's amazing. A very relaxed culture throughout, siesta is taken very seriously. The food is incredible, especially if you enjoy seafood. Some if it will gross you out at first I'm sure, but try everything you can, at least once, you won't regret it.

People may seem rude at first (I'm convinced this is why many Americans perceive Europeans as rude) but it's just a different culture. They aren't really treating you any differently then they would treat someone who wasn't American. It's a very open culture and they won't hesitate to tell you if they have a problem with something you're doing. I prefer it really. In my host stay it was a lot easier to get things right because they would just yell at me if I did something wrong and it didn't happen again. None of the bullshit tip toeing around the issue that happens stateside (often, at least.)

Sevilla was great, recommend visiting, but only for a weekend. I got very bored of it after a couple weeks. Grenada was my favorite city because of the mountains (and Alhambra is incredible, but so is every touristy thing there is to do in every city). Honestly you can skip cordoba and malaga. HIGHLY recommend both Cadiz and Nerja. Very chill beach towns that aren't too too touristy.

Anyway, if you have any specific questions about andalucia (where I was most of the time) feel free to him me with a PM and I'll tell you what I know!

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:21 pm
by bobo77
RycePooding wrote:@bobo77

I lived in Spain last summer.

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I was in Sevilla for six weeks taking classes and train hopping around southern spain staying in hostels etc for another 3ish weeks.

Southern spain is super duper hot, especially in August, with little to no air conditioning (tho hotels often do have AC) but once you get used to it, it's amazing. A very relaxed culture throughout, siesta is taken very seriously. The food is incredible, especially if you enjoy seafood. Some if it will gross you out at first I'm sure, but try everything you can, at least once, you won't regret it.

People may seem rude at first (I'm convinced this is why many Americans perceive Europeans as rude) but it's just a different culture. They aren't really treating you any differently then they would treat someone who wasn't American. It's a very open culture and they won't hesitate to tell you if they have a problem with something you're doing. I prefer it really. In my host stay it was a lot easier to get things right because they would just yell at me if I did something wrong and it didn't happen again. None of the bullshit tip toeing around the issue that happens stateside (often, at least.)

Sevilla was great, recommend visiting, but only for a weekend. I got very bored of it after a couple weeks. Grenada was my favorite city because of the mountains (and Alhambra is incredible, but so is every touristy thing there is to do in every city). Honestly you can skip cordoba and malaga. HIGHLY recommend both Cadiz and Nerja. Very chill beach towns that aren't too too touristy.

Anyway, if you have any specific questions about andalucia (where I was most of the time) feel free to him me with a PM and I'll tell you what I know!




Wow thanks! I'm not sure yet exactly where I'm staying, but Ubeda is one of the options. I'll be sure to PM you when I figure out everything.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:11 am
by bels
@rublev

Hummus bros really is a good shout. Hear good coffee is available from Caravan and Workshop but have no first hand experience.

I genuinely don't know what's fun to do in london. Go tate modern maybe, walk along the thames. Catch the tube.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:25 am
by germinal
@rublev

if you're heading to the Tate Modern, you might wish to go to the Hayward gallery, Bankside gallery and the Southbank Centre none of which are far... BFI southbank is often showing something interesting if you're into cinema... and there might be something on at Somerset House and the ICA too. Jean Paul Gaultier exhib at the Barbican centre is good also. Elsewhere you have the National Portrait Gallery and the National gallery on Trafalgar sq; Natural History Museum, the V&A and the Science Museum in south kensington and the Tate Britain near westminster.
the nearest green space is probably St James's Park. Hyde park, Green park and Regent's Park are not too far either. All are pretty convenient for the shops (incl. Other shop). Oxford st for low-end highstreet, regent st for higher-end highstreet, Conduit and Bond sts for luxury. Berwick st often has a little market. I hear Dover st has a market too. lots of coffee shops around but i can't recommend any in particular.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:20 am
by sid3000
would like to put the pressure on @ramseames to post an album from his recent trip abroad as I was kind of looking forward to it

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:36 am
by ramseames
ramseames wrote:http://swearmouth.tumblr.com/

made this to dump photos/vids from my trip



ended up posting every single photo i kept. I'm no photographer and it shows, i tried to take a lot of multiples so I could delete the crap ones at least.

start is here in case you have a lot of time to kill= http://swearmouth.tumblr.com/page/50

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:57 am
by Bobbin.Threadbare
Will be in Dublin in a couple of weeks for one night. Ballin'.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:29 pm
by Rosenrot
Back from a month of travelling in Europe! I must say the most picturesque city has been Oslo - I simply love the balance between nature, history and modernity, it even trumps Cambridge (sorry bels).

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:31 am
by brlmski
Landed in Tokyo Narita an hour ago. Leaving for Taipei in about 3 hours. Going to Hua Lein and the National Palace Museum in Taipei, then going to Nanning on the 14th.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:46 am
by Rosenrot
Will post some pics soon, exprof and rjbman!

Including a snapshot with none other than :sweg:

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 1:58 pm
by stappard_
Just booked a week in South Carolina later in the year. Any Charleston-area c-t-ers got any recommendations for stuff to do?

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 4:42 pm
by missrowan
@rosenrot i'll be visiting oslo in june. any recommendations?

I will also going to: berlin, zurich, vienna, prague, stockholm, and antwerp. If you have advice/suggestions/stories/anything, holla at me yo. I'm travelling with one other person and I think we'll mostly be couchsurfing/airbnbing. I don't think we're tooo fussed on seeing sights (although we aren't opposed to it if it's really spectacular), mostly just want to see/feel the culture/jizz all these different cities.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 8:51 pm
by neon
Going to Seattle and Vancouver in about three days! Should be a lot of fun.

Re: Travel

PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 10:49 pm
by donut_milk
I just got back from Kentucky for a short weekend trip. It was raining and I was not adequately prepared because CA is going through a drought and it doesn't rain that much. I also ate tons of bad food (fast food everywhere) which I normally avoid. Went to a college party where I felt extremely old haha but everyone was really nice.

Prior to that, about a month ago, I went to the Philippines..aka the homeland to visit relatives. Went all over: Manila, Baguio City, Tagaytay, Lengayan, and Pozzorubio. Ate balut, too much (not enough?) pork, buko, ube sweets, and sisig. I got to ride this lovely creature:

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