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Old 07-15-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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I thought it would be cool if I made a thread where people could tell their stories about travelling to new places. Tell what you thought about the new place when you got there. Did you like it, dislike it? What were the people like? The lifestyle? Some examples could be something like going to Manhattan and being overwhelmed by the busyness and fast-paced life or moving to a small town from a big city and having to adjust to the size and pace of the town or moving from the suburbs to the city and loving it. Just stuff like that.

I guess I will start:
-A few summers ago I went to Vancouver, Canada. It felt like my first real urban experience. I was used to suburb-type places. In Vancouver, everybody was walking around and there seemed to be a lot of young people. In the evening on the main drag where most of the stores and restaurants were, it felt like everyone was out and about having fun with their friends. I really liked it.

-When I went to New York City last summer, I was overwhelmed by the crowd in Penn Station. Also, the subways were SOOO loud. But, I got used to it and I loved New York. I wish I lived there.

-When I went to England last December, I first realized how much I was accustomed to warm weather. London in winter is FREEZING, though it was a little colder than usual. But I loved how so many English cities had great downtown areas, often with pedestrian streets that have everything on them

Anyway, tell your stories of travel! Have fun!
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Old 07-15-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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I thought this would be a more prosperous thread but I guess not. C'mon guys! Just tell us your experiences and/or opinions on places you've moved to or visited!
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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New Orleans has always been an amazing experience the both times I've been. The friendliness of the people is unmatched to anywhere I have been, they are so hospitable there. I liked how old all the buildings were and how much character that city has. It truly feels like a city that has a "soul" or something and I can totally see why people love it so much and are so proud of where they are from despite all of its flaws. Everything is so walkable and compact too, makes it an easy city to get around. And both times I have gone have been during Mardi Gras and there is nothing like it anywhere else in America, except for the smaller Mardi Gras celebrations in other spots of course, haha. Mardi Gras is just the most fun I've ever had, it is a non stop 24/7 party and I never knew what a REAL parade was until I experianced a Mardi Gras one. Now whenever I am at a regular parade I can't stand it b/c it seems so damn boring w/o beads, doubloons, stuffed animals, and plastic cups being thrown at you and w/o a beer in hand. I really think everyone should experiance Mardi Gras at least once in their life or at least go to NOLA during another time of year.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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-A few summers ago I went to Vancouver, Canada. It felt like my first real urban experience. I was used to suburb-type places. In Vancouver, everybody was walking around and there seemed to be a lot of young people. In the evening on the main drag where most of the stores and restaurants were, it felt like everyone was out and about having fun with their friends. I really liked it.
I'm a bit confused, your location says SF and that is one of the most vibrant and urban cities in North America. Did you just move there or something? B/c I feel SF is more urban than Vancouver.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:27 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Even though I have been to a few border towns in Mexico in the past, I had never been to a real "third world" country until I went on a cruise and we stopped in Curacao, Venezuela.

Now there are people who would argue that Curacao does not qualify as a third world country, but once you get out of the prosperous downtown shopping district, and away from the casinos, the residential areas, are definitely third world.

Anyway, I really loved it there. It made me realize how much I would love to live in Mexico or some other undeveloped country.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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I just got back from Vancouver, and it was quite an interesting city. It is the first dense, urban city that I've been to outside of Europe. I expected it to be very Americanized like some other Canadian cities, but it had an unexpected foreign feel. It has a very impressive downtown for a city its size. It had more highrises than I was expecting, and most of them were residential unlike the office towers in most American cities. They all seemed to have the same glassy, minimalist design which was monotonous and a little bit unnerving because I'm so unused to it. It is the most diverse city I've been to, and I have never heard so much Chinese spoken before. It was very nice to leave the car parked and ride the bus/walk to wherever we wanted. Overall, Vancouver was a very cool experience, and I plan to return.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:56 PM
 
Location: hopefully NYC one day :D
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I'm a bit confused, your location says SF and that is one of the most vibrant and urban cities in North America. Did you just move there or something? B/c I feel SF is more urban than Vancouver.
Oh, Yeah, I actually don't live in SF. I just put that as my location for fun and so ppl don't know my real location.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Your Vancouver description reminded me of London, Ontario. At night, in downtown London, it was like an American city used to be in the 1950s on a night when the stores were open, with the streets full of people walking around.
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:42 PM
 
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My first time visiting New York. Blew me away.

After living in Philadelphia for years and now currently living in the suburbs, the New York experience made me ashamed to call myself a "city boy" becuz New York was the ultimate and real city experience.

New York was just ridiculously crowded, loud, and full of concrete ABOVE and BELOW ground. I felt suffocated by the swarms of skyscrapers in every direction you looked. I was jealous of the people living there cuz they lived in the biggest and most intimidating city ever.

I was really impressed with Manhattan at night time. Times Square was VERY crowded during late evening hours even til midnight. The subways during late evening hours were still crowded with a mom strolling a baby carriage (which would NEVER happen on a Philly subway). I was also impressed with the sheer density of areas outside Manhattan, notably Brooklyn and the Bronx. I was impressed with how many tenements and tall apartments were scattered all over Brooklyn and the Bronx.

It was sad leaving New York late at night, driving by on I-95 south, looking back and seeing the gorgeous Manhattan and Jersey skyline all lit beautifully and it made me sad seeing it become more and more distant. Arriving Philadelphia, it felt so small for the first time and so quiet. I became very ashamed once I got to my suburban home becuz I didn't live in a super city like NYC.
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Old 07-17-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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I thought this would be a more prosperous thread but I guess not. C'mon guys! Just tell us your experiences and/or opinions on places you've moved to or visited!
Perhaps its the thread location. You put this in the US topic area. For one, then you are supposed to restrict your talks to traveling within the US. Or I suppose comparing places in the US to other outside places would be as international as you could get.
People in this area just want to talk about whether NYC or LA is more important or where the most Gay Black disabled firemen live.
There is a specific Travel section further down the main page. Try lurking around there and maybe start a thread there if there isn't already one like this going on.
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