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Wine Country Sojourn [27 May 2006|05:39pm]

Has anyone here toured the wine country in Burgundy, France? We've rented a cottage in Beaune over a long weekend for next month and want to know which wineries to hit while we are there. The teetotaling in-laws are also coming (mostly for babysitting purposes.) Besides walking and biking, does anyone know of other baby friendly activities they can engage themselves with while their son and I get hammered?
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[16 Oct 2005|12:32pm]

I have a friend who is Puerto Rican who is planning a trip to Poland. While I know it might not be as bad as the former Soviet Union, how scary a time will it be with all racism up and down the Eastern Bloc? I will forward all suggestions and ideas to her. She would also love ideas on where to eat in Poland, what to see, etc. Thanks! I know it's been quiet here, but i know there are some people who have been to Czech Republic and other eastern European places. It would be interesting to hear your experiences to pass on to her.
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Traveling this Summer [23 May 2005|10:27am]

Anyone here been to Guatemala? I'm going to be there for a few weeks late this summer. I know lots of young people study Spanish there. Anyone here?
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Ecuador slash Latin America [06 Jan 2005|09:02pm]

Hey, anyone been to Latin America at all, or specifically Ecuador, or anywhere in Central America even. Im trying to go to Ecuador for two months this summer and yah, I know its beautiful and all, but are there abnormallly high racial tensions between like mestizos, whites, and blacks? I read in a book about racism in Latin America that they're pretty high in brasil and dominican republic, so much so that 95 percent of students in the studies pointed out that they noticed it, which i thought was high, considering high schoolers are usually too stupid to realise racism exists, yah so i was wondering if thats pretty much what i could expect in ecuador, too.

thanks, anyfing helps.

feel the reef.
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new years rez [21 Dec 2004|11:07am]

christmas in buffalo, ny .
new years in frockaway, queens, holla if you need a job!
if my bro goes back to prague, ill try to go with him.
buenos aires?
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yadda [21 Dec 2004|04:35pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

As a Traveling New Year's Resolution. Where would you like (and will try to your best) to travel to in 2005?

Mine are:
New York City
Dublin, CA
Buffalo, NY
?, South Africa
Amsterdam (Can you believe i still havent really explored it?)

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New Years Eve [21 Dec 2004|02:41pm]

[ mood | gum chewing ]

What is everyone doing for NYE in their cities? Anyone traveling somewhere else?

Last year we were in Berlin, which was great, and cold, but great. I love Berlin and there is SO MUCH to do and see.

This year we had an opportunity to go to Warsaw with friends, and I have never been so that would have been awesome, but we couldnt really afford it. So we're kind of stuck in Amsterdam with nowhere to go (well, there are some choices but nothing to be too excited about).

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[20 Dec 2004|12:01pm]

hhhmmmm. spring break destinations?something cheap...maybe with snow? im thinkin bariloche...
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OOOOH [19 Dec 2004|07:10pm]

[ mood | cold ]

Student Universe is having some great roundtrip flight deals until March next year. Of course, the deals are for certain days, blah de blah. But these prices are phenomenal.

Sample Student Airfares
Washington - New York $99
New York - Boston $99
Chicago - Washington $148
Los Angeles - New York $212
Boston - San Juan $283
New York - Osaka $605
Seattle - Melbourne $1248
New York - London $181
Washington - London $192
Boston - London $192
Washington - Amsterdam $209
Minneapolis - Paris $262
Portland, Oregon - Frankfurt $346
San Francisco - Zurich $356
Pittsburgh - New York $99
Minneapolis - Chicago $135
Indianapolis - Washington $137
Seattle - New York $212
Charlotte - San Francisco $238
Washington - Honolulu $548

I bought my ticket from them when i went to Amsterdam this summer and it was $400 cheaper than the usual bargain flight shops. Their service is really excellent and the hassle isn't really there. Of course you'll need proof that you are either student or faculty. But regardless, it's great. :)

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Dreaming of Cape Town... [17 Dec 2004|11:12pm]

[ mood | peaceful ]

Hi, I'm Brie. I'm *loving* grennie for starting this community!

I'm a native Chicagoan who moved away for several years but I'm back here now, a tax-paying property owner who is likely staying put. But this has NOT curtailed my travels in the slightest (ok, maybe a little but not much!)

In all my travels so far, my favorite place is at the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa. First, if you've never been to South Africa I highly recommend that you get there. It is one of the most amazing countries and Cape Town is without question one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sitting atop Table Mountain is simply majestic. You tell yourself that you hope this is sort of what heaven is like. You realize how insignificant you are, and yet how important and connected you are at the same time. You want to write poetry. You want to call your friends and tell them about it. You want to stand as close to the edge as you can with your head back and your eyes closed while the wind kisses your face and the sun smiles at you. You want to sit where you can dangle your feet and realize that you've never seen such vivid green, or such blue blues. You want to stay there forever.

This is an exterior shot that only gives a glimpse of what it's like:

Get there one day if you can.

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[17 Dec 2004|08:46am]

My name is Tab. I'm 21. I've lived in Japan, and I hop over the border to Mexico every now and then. It always amuses me when travel guides say to wear khakis and nice shirts so you don't attract too much attention when traveling, but, well, that tip is trumped by the fact that up until recently, I had locs down my back, besides just being black.

I was definitely a fond target for searches and drug-sniffing dogs (when I was arriving) at Tokyo International.

All in all, while I got some stares and some joking about my hair, I felt at ease with general interaction.

I want to go to Amsterdam to visit my uncle, and branch out to some major European travel from there. I also want to take a freighter trip somewhere.

Favorite place: A back alley yakkitori stand in Yokosuka. You eat as much as want, and you put your sticks in a little cubby. Once you're done, you give your sticks to the vendor, and he charges you something like 50 yen per stick. Great when traipsinig around town.

There's also a shrine in Asakusa, an older section of Tokyo, that has tons and tons of pigeons that like to attack schoolgirls and anyone with food.

And a little grill stand up on Mt. Fuji, at the 5th station. The corn is 500 yen per ear, but great.

How are all of you at acquiring languages?
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vamos arriba! [17 Dec 2004|11:20am]

favorite places?....uuhhhhh. hm. im a sucker for buenos aires and small mountain towns, particularly those with wild horses, lagoons, and bread stands. yeah and vineyards with grapes as far as the eye can sseeeeee.

anyone got info on working/volunteering in Chiapas? other than globalexchange that is.
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[17 Dec 2004|10:43am]

Hey everyone.

Thought I'd say hello. I'm Carmen, 20/f, half black half puerto-rican.

These are the places (outside of the US) that I've traveled to: London, Puerto Rico, and Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice).

I did not really experience any problems on any of these trips. In a month I will be leaving to study in Prague for 4 months, followed by a month of traveling to Bosnia, Spain, Nice, Paris, and Amsterdam (tentative plans). I am a bit anxious about living in Central Europe because I hear they often stare at people of color. Not in a bad way, just in an interested way. I am taking a Central European Film class and the culture really interests me, so different from America.

Anyone been to Prague or other parts of Central Europe?
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Bienvenidos [17 Dec 2004|10:36am]

[ mood | blah ]

Wow, I'm so glad that you started this community. I hope many people join so that we can have the full benefit of others' experiences. Because on more than a few occasions, a white person will come back from somewhere, usually in Europe and sometimes in Asia, and remark to me about "how friendly everyone is!" and I'm always left to wonder really, do you think they'd be so friendly to me? Anyway, best of luck on your community. I hope it helps a lot of people. un beso.

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HALLO! [17 Dec 2004|02:57pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Thanks for joining. As a sort of ice-breaker:

Pick any city or place you've visited. Choose a very nostalgic spot in that place that you think someone should visit. Say why. (Mind you, the spot can be a grassy area under a bridge or a section of the Louvre...)

In Kyoto there's this narrow marketplace downtown tucked away between the tall buildings of the shopping district and it's around a 100 meters long. What makes it so awesome is the fact that there a stained glass roof over it spanning the length of the market coloring the area soft orange and red and giving it a cozy aura. You'll mainly find housewives there buying wares and bargaining for the best prices in shitaki mushrooms and live octopus.

so yeah. SHARE!

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First post! [17 Dec 2004|11:49am]

[ mood | awake ]

I reaaaally want to go to Moscow but I've heard alot of disquieting rumors concerning the rise of violent neo-nazi's. Has anyone been to Russia recently? What was the political and social climate like?

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