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Old 08-04-2014, 07:20 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Erm it was the same as Spain tbh lol
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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Erm it was the same as Spain tbh lol
I wouldn't go to Spain when it's too hot either.

More than 30C is too hot.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:28 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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But then you aren't British.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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But then you aren't British.
My passport says I am.

What would that have to do with it anyway? I have lived in every type of climate.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:43 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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You are an American from a country with hot weather you DO NOT need to visit hot weather.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Gorgeous Scotland
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You are an American from a country with hot weather you DO NOT need to visit hot weather.
That actually makes sense to you? You mean since I have lived in a hot climate that it's kind of stored up for life and I don't have to visit a warm climate again I guess my two years in Uganda on the equator means I shouldn't go where it's hot for the rest of my life.

So I should just stay in Scotland all winter with the wind and the cold rain instead of sitting on a beach in Thailand this coming winter? Emm....nope. Already booked it.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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Most people on this forum seem to be extremely wealthy. (At least from all the travelling)
So I would doubt if they found 2000 as expensive. And yes I am aware of how jealous/uptight peope can get when money is discussed, I have experience with it before.
Many of us have JOBS and do a lot of travel with the job. I often stay a few extra days in an interesting place on my own dime.

I don't think anyone is jealous of you. I certainly haven't seen anything worth being jealous of--economy seats on long hauls and rental homes in nice but far from luxe neighborhoods.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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36 hours, Air India flight from NYC to Delhi, ran into problems in London. They kept us on the plane until it ran out of gas and they couldn't keep the AC going anymore. The toilets had all long since overflowed and there had been no food at all - not so much as a bag of peanuts - for over 12 hours. When they finally let us off the plane, everything in the airport was closed. We couldn't get food out of the vending machines because none of us had any UK money. When we arrived at the hotel they were going to put us up in, no one had told the hotel staff to expect us - so there was STILL NO FOOD because they weren't stocked up to feed a sudden influx of an additional 400 people. We were told it would be HOURS before they could serve us, and then it would be whatever they had leftover in the kitchen or could whip up from whatever they could scrounge from all-night mini-mart type of places (this was 1980 or 1981, 24 hour groceries were virtually unknown in the US and I assume that was pretty much the same in the UK at the time).

So we got some money changed, and left on foot to find a pub that was still open - where I had to ask some patrons to explain the coinage to me because it had (fairly) recently changed and the face value wasn't necessarily correct. But, at least we got some pub food, crawled off to bed, and were rousted out and onto the bus back to the airport after a few hours of sleep.

All this time, we had a relative waiting for us in the Delhi airport, and they kept telling him the plane would arrive "in an hour".

36 hours later, we arrived. He had spent the entire time at the airport because - it was India in the 80's - where the phone company had huge billboards up saying "Apply for a phone today! You might not need it now - but what about in 5 years?". In short - he couldn't leave and just call to find out whether the plane had actually arrived, because (1) no phone (2) pay phones aren't cheap or easy to find (3) They just would have told him the same "landing in an hour" lie anyway and (4) it would have been worse than sleeping in a chair at the gate because even if he could rely on an accurate report of our expected arrival, he still would have had to travel back and forth from home to find a pay phone, spend an Indian fortune on multiple calls that might not even go through, get NO sleep instead of hardly any, and finally risk not being able to find a cab should the plane finally land at 3 AM. I should say, a jitney or rickshaw. So as awful as spending 36 hours curled up in a chair by the gate was, leaving would have been worse (we couldn't have called from the airport either because - no phone to call).

All in all it was not a beginning that boded well for the rest of the trip. Fortunately the rest of the trip was nowhere near as bad, if we ignore having to bribe the guy at the Indian Airlines ticket counter to get our prepaid, reserved, tickets, LOL! 50 rupees is what it took. That is a nothing bribe even in India, even back then. We figured he forgot his lunch at home and just wanted enough to make a trip to the airport cafeteria, LOL!
I think you might be the winner of this thread. That sounds dreadful!
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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The only reason anyone goes to Orlando is Disneyworld. I'll never go. Anyway, WHY would anyone go to Florida in summer?!
Actually Disney World isn't even in Orlando, and believe me, there is MUCH more to the area then Disney. I do agree that summer is far from an optimal time to visit.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:51 AM
 
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No thanks.

We used to go to Florida but to the southwest, in winter when it's not too hot. Near the Everglades, great for kayaking and canoeing and bicyling.
You can do all that in the greater Orlando area. In fact Clermont, which is just west of Orlando, is well known for being a training ground for bicycling teams from around the world. The same area offers a chain of lakes which are perfect for kayaking and canoeing, and there are places which rent both as well as paddle boards.
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