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Old 07-04-2010, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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No, you can go from Texas through Mexico, Central America to South America. Where's crossing the ocean?
The Darien Gap, in Panama, is littered with the wreckage of vehicles abandoned by adventurers who thought they could get through. You can't. I don't think any vehicle has ever gotten through, but I believe there have been a few trekkers who have made it on foot. You need to go by air or sea from Pamama City to a port in northern Colombia.

There will never be a road. Aside from the geographical difficulty of the terrain, there is concern about livestock diseases if cattle can be transported overland between Colombia and Central America.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:00 PM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Many Europeans own cars, but when in Europe, Americans usually do not have a car. So Europeans go to places you can go by car, and Americans don't. Camping is very popular in Europe, but few Americans show up at campgrounds. Europeans go to beach resorts a lot, but few Americans go to European beaches . Swedes do not go to Spain in winter to see the museums and stay in the quaint posadas. Americans do.

So, obviously, an American getting off a plane in Europe is going to go where a lot of other Americans get off the plane and go to, and sure enough, Americans will meet other Americans when they get there. It doesn't take very many Americans, all going to the same place, to observe that there are a lot of Americans there.
An excellent response. RIMINI in northeast Italy, I've heard is the the most popular beach in Europe, but Americans have basically never heard of it - nor do Americans go to Blackpool beach England, nor the Baltic sea beaches of Germany, Dieppe beach France, Lake Balaton Hungary, Bulgarian beaches, nor to European theme/ amusement parks (of which there are many, not just the Euro-Disney one).
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:09 PM
 
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It's been my experience that most famous tourist sites in Europe have lots of Europeans from other countries there.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:14 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Many Europeans own cars, but when in Europe, Americans usually do not have a car. So Europeans go to places you can go by car, and Americans don't. Camping is very popular in Europe, but few Americans show up at campgrounds. Europeans go to beach resorts a lot, but few Americans go to European beaches .
Hmm, I'm going to disagree with you there.
I know lots of Americans (myself included) who rent cars for at least part of their journey there, and lots of Americans visit European (or Thai, or Indian, etc) beaches.
We even camped a couple times, but it wasn't exactly roughing it.
Maybe I am missing your point? I dunno.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:39 PM
 
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A fascinating thread with a lot of good points as well as a lot of silliness.

Pizza Hut a necessity? Really?

The statement was made that there is little difference across the United States. I advise driving somewhere other than the cities...

Americans don't go camping or to beaches in Europe. We have camp grounds and beaches. We don't have the Louvre, the Coliseum, the Parthenon, Stonehenge....

Americans don't drive in Europe. Why would we? You have great mass transit. Won't a Europass get me close to pretty much anywhere I want to be?

Americans and a second language: I learned Spanish in grade school. I was quite fluent. It's the ONLY place I ever had occasion to use it. I lost the ability to speak or understand it.
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Old 07-04-2010, 02:54 PM
 
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A fascinating thread with a lot of good points as well as a lot of silliness.

Pizza Hut a necessity? Really?

The statement was made that there is little difference across the United States. I advise driving somewhere other than the cities...

Americans don't go camping or to beaches in Europe. We have camp grounds and beaches. We don't have the Louvre, the Coliseum, the Parthenon, Stonehenge....

Americans don't drive in Europe. Why would we? You have great mass transit. Won't a Europass get me close to pretty much anywhere I want to be?

Americans and a second language: I learned Spanish in grade school. I was quite fluent. It's the ONLY place I ever had occasion to use it. I lost the ability to speak or understand it.
That totally depends on where you go. Ireland, Scotland, Wales and parts of England you need a car unless you are going to cities only. But what's the point of even going if that's all you'll see? Countryside and islands you need a car. If you want to see the real country you need to get away from cities and where the trains go. That goes for any country in Europe.
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:06 PM
 
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Ireland, Scotland, Wales and parts of England

These are parts of Europe? I thought they were above being European.
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Ireland, Scotland, Wales and parts of England

These are parts of Europe? I thought they were above being European.
Well, last time I checked they were all in the European Union, so, aye, I guess they are part of Europe. We just don't want to use the bloody Euro.
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Are there any medications that can be taken as a preventative? Are there any countries that I should avoid?
Hello,

Honestly, sometimes, no matter how careful you are, you're going to catch something. I've been living/working in China for the past four years. My first bout of food poisoning struck me in Oregon my first summer home visiting my sister. I say, go to Costa Rica and enjoy yourself!

Scott
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Old 07-04-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hmm, I'm going to disagree with you there.
I know lots of Americans (myself included) who rent cars for at least part of their journey there, and lots of Americans visit European (or Thai, or Indian, etc) beaches.
You mean Americans actually fly all the way to Europe just for a beach holiday or they incorporate a stay at the beach in conjunction with the rest of their European holiday?

What beaches in Europe would be worth it? Greek ones? Portuguese ones? I'm curious. I've never really thought about Europe as a beach holiday. I even lived/worked in the Netherlands for two years and never even thought about it. Though, a lot of the Dutch I worked with would caravan to Croatia or go on packages to Turkey or Spain. Neither option appealed to me.

I can understand flying all the way to India or Thailand for the sole purpose of a beach holiday, totally bypassing all the major cities and cultural/historical attractions, as they have some of the world's most fabled beaches.

Scott
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