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Old 08-20-2017, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Cannes
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Let's hear expectations vs reality about your travelings.
As you may or may not know i am fan of mountains. So the first time i went to Colorado i was super excited, but then when i landed in Denver i didn't realize the mountains would be so far away. At times it felt the city was nowhere near the mountains. I did love the city and people i met there but i had the expectations that mountains would be much closer like in Salt Lake City
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:30 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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That's kind of the same experience some people have with Calgary. They see the mountains in the background and believe the two are right next to each other.
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Old 08-21-2017, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I was excited to go to Portland, OR because I always heared how nice the city is, clean and liberal, good food and beer scene. When we arrived everything was full of aggressive homeless beggars lying in the streets, everything was dirty and smelly. And I was like WTF?
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Europe
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I found out that Statue of Liberty is smaller than expected.
Americans are more friendly than expected.
Customer service abroad is slower than expected.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:54 PM
 
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I was excited to go to Portland, OR because I always heared how nice the city is, clean and liberal, good food and beer scene. When we arrived everything was full of aggressive homeless beggars lying in the streets, everything was dirty and smelly. And I was like WTF?
The more liberal a place, the more homeless.
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Old 08-22-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Rome and Munich deceived somewhat. Rome, not because of the monuments and the historical heritage, but it's dirtier than I would expect. Munich, because I had expectations that it had more historical and beautiful buildings like Vienna, but it's too modern to my taste; it has a lot of low-height buildings in steel and glass.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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Rummaging through memories of mine, Bratislava Slovakia is exceedingly delivering far beyond what I used to have in my own imagination prior to visiting. One of the best downtown squares in all of mainland Europe. Hidden secretive treasures foreigners are completely oblivious on. Nothing broken down or industrial. Year round nightlife friendly. Tons of soul or character. Endless rhythm outside. Such extremely close proximity to Vienna Austria only one hour away. Extreme variation that fast between Western Continent to Eastern Europe.
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Old 08-25-2017, 10:45 PM
 
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The beaches of Seychelles have bigger waves than I expected. I thought they are lagoon-like just like Maldives or Tahiti.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:11 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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The more liberal a place, the more homeless.
Especially when the Mayor declares "FREE camping on all public city owned property" then the crowds of homeless grew nearly 3x! (overnight!) oops.

Expectations vs reality...
1) the world is actually quite small (with current modes of transit)
2) Graffiti is quite universal. Australia has plenty
3) Flying discount carriers makes traveling the world VERY cheap (much more so than I had expected)

reality... discount carriers are not too shabby if you keep your expectations in check.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:41 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I was excited to go to Portland, OR because I always heared how nice the city is, clean and liberal, good food and beer scene. When we arrived everything was full of aggressive homeless beggars lying in the streets, everything was dirty and smelly. And I was like WTF?
Wait until you go to San Francisco!
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