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View Poll Results: Which city and its surroundings, would you visit for a one week vacation (According to thread specif
Rome, Italy 24 42.86%
New York, USA 3 5.36%
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5 8.93%
Cape Town, South Africa 4 7.14%
Tokyo, Japan 7 12.50%
Sydney, Australia 13 23.21%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-13-2014, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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I'd pick Tokyo because of how close it is.
Or Sydney,for the same reason.
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Old 09-13-2014, 09:58 AM
 
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I have never understood the appeal of Las Vegas. Amsterdam yes, for 1 week, I would go during the annual North Sea Jazz Festival and split the time between Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Bangkok, yes, 1 week checking out their open markets. Ibiza, never been but will put that on my list.

Las Vegas? What else is there other than cheesy shows and gambling? I'd much rather go to Grand Canyon for true desert vacation.
I don't consider Cirque Du Soliel to be cheesy. Those shows and some fantastic restaurants are what I like about Las Vegas.
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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Flying from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro (13 hours, 20 mins) takes more time than flying from SF to Tokyo (10 hours, 30 mins) or Rome (12 hours, 40 mins)
Right, but for me jet lag has way more to do with time differences than just being on a plane. I've flown from Miami and Dallas to Buenos Aires before and I didn't think it was THAT bad. I'll admit that I didn't realize Tokyo is only a 10.5 hour flight. I've never been farther west than Hawaii, so Asia is a lot closer than I thought. Good to know
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:46 PM
 
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Let's imagine the following. Suppose you won a contest on some reputable game-show in your respective country, and the prize was a trip of a lifetime. The length of the trip excluding airfare time, was exactly one week or 7-days, 7-nights, however, you could only visit one of the following cities during the duration of your week stay: New York, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, Cape Town, Tokyo or Sydney. While at your destination city, you are not allowed to go further than 2-hours outside of the city limits for exploring during the duration of your visit. Which city would you then choose to visit, and why?
This is relatively easy for me. I wouldn't choose New York, because I was born and raised there. I wouldn't choose Cape Town, Tokyo or Sydney, due to the racism there (I'm Black), which means the only option would be Rome.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Don't know if Rome of 2013+ would be any better in terms of racism. The Italians are getting rather tired of assorted African refugees showing up on their shores.
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Old 09-13-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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When I was in Genoa, I saw countless black folks. Not sure about Rome though.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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Don't know if Rome of 2013+ would be any better in terms of racism. The Italians are getting rather tired of assorted African refugees showing up on their shores.
True. There were a LOT of scammers from Africa when we were there in 2012. The cops would chase them away, and three minutes later they'd be back.

I don't recall ever seeing blacks in Italy outside of the scammers in Rome, but then again I don't typically notice the color of someone's skin unless they are doing something that brings them onto my radar to begin with.
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Old 09-13-2014, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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The EU has its own version of 'wet foot-dry foot' and if you claim you're at risk of death if you go back to Libya/Syria/South Sudan/Somalia/Eritrea/Mail, it can take a long time for your asylum appeal to be decided, until which you can remain in the EU country where you hit dry land. And since the easiest way for the poor to reach the EU from northern Africa is to go to Italy by boat, the Italians are now stuck with the refugees that make it there.

If numbers continue as they have so far this year, Italy will get more than 100K of these migrants by the end fo 2014. In some of the coastal areas, it's pretty much like Mariel Boatlift 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:21 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Definitely Rome. I've been there twice and probably still haven't covered everything. I plan on going back again at some point, one of my favorite places.
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Old 09-13-2014, 08:25 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I don't consider Cirque Du Soliel to be cheesy. Those shows and some fantastic restaurants are what I like about Las Vegas.
Eh, to each her own.
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