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Old 01-21-2018, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Interesting post, BNW. One reason there may be a drop in alcohol consumption is cost. It has always been expensive to purchase beverages out, especially alcohol, and that has gotten only more so over the years. If it gets high enough, something’s got to give. Coffee in a coffee shop, while decidedly no bargain, is cheaper than alcohol at a pub in absolute terms.
Half of Brits nowe shun regular drinking and this is particularly true in relation to the young and there is a rise in abstinence and teetotalism.

In terms of the price, I was actually arguing that some resorts where there are problems should raise the price of alcohol in order to discourage problem drinking.

I am not against people having a good time however sensible drinking should be encouraged as opposed to mile after mile of bars selling spitits (hard liquor) and beer for ridiculously low prices.

More coffee shops and reasturants and a reduction of bar culture might also help reduce problem drinking in some resorts and I do sympathise with the Mayor of Magaluf, and wish him every success in turning the resort in to a more family friendly one.

I also wonder about new resprts in Eastern Europe such as Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, which seems to be going all out to attract the wrong type of tourists, and maybe asking for increased disorder, bad behaviour and other drinking related problems.

Want a holiday where beer is just 70p a bottle? Head to Sunny Beach - Guardian

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Depends on the type of coffee you're buying. One of the more complex espresso drinks from Costa or Starbucks can easily run you more than the cheap pint option at a pub.


I agree Coffee chains are often very expensive and can work out similar to the price of a half or even a pint of beer.

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Old 01-21-2018, 06:17 PM
 
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Most people have better things to do than not like Americans. Sometimes you get rude people because there are rude people everywhere. And how do you suck your teeth? Did they have dentures?
Bite down open wide and inhale threw your teeth.
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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One gets the impression that continental Europeans don't much like the British.
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Old 01-25-2018, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Canada
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One gets the impression that continental Europeans don't much like the British.
I wouldn't let your judgement be clouded by a few people on an internet forum and their tited out of date sterotyping of entire nations and peoples.

You would think Canadians and Americans hated each other from some of the threads here, but we don't.
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Old 01-26-2018, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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You would think Canadians and Americans hated each other from some of the threads here, but we don't.
Yes we do.
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:31 AM
 
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New York City. If you can't walk & keep up with our pace, find a new city to visit.


No seriously & the ones that just stop in the middle of the sidewalk... keep walking people. Get moving or get out!
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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The thread was about tourists not being welcome, not certain religions being prohibited. Mecca accepts over ten million faith tourists every year, so clearly tourists are welcome.
They are not tourists. The Haj is a religious obligation, not a vacation. It entails considerable hardship. I saw livestock trucks in Mali, full of families enroute on a six month endurance across the Sahara to Mecca

There are over six billion people in the world, 85% of the world's population, who are not welcome in Mecca, as tourists or any other reason. That's good enough evidence for me.
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Old 01-30-2018, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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New York City. If you can't walk & keep up with our pace, find a new city to visit.


No seriously & the ones that just stop in the middle of the sidewalk... keep walking people. Get moving or get out!
how 'bout if I walk reeeeeal slooooow.....
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:35 AM
 
Location: On the road
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They are not tourists. The Haj is a religious obligation, not a vacation. It entails considerable hardship.
Negative.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_tourism
Religious tourism, also commonly referred to as faith tourism, is a type of tourism, where people travel individually or in groups for pilgrimage, missionary, or leisure (fellowship) purposes. The world's largest form of mass religious tourism takes place at the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. North American religious tourists comprise an estimated $10 billion of the industry.
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:05 PM
 
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Without speaking German? In Germany?

You'll get no sympathy from me. One of my biggest pet peeves is Americans/Canadians/Australians/Kiwis and others in foreign countries who don't learn how to greet people in the language of the country, count, ask for directions to the bathroom or order meals, etc. and expect everyone to cater to them in English.

You don't need to speak the other languages fluently or even close to it, but not to try is extremely rude.

Get a foreign phrase book. There are some pocket-sized ones that include most or all of the European languages. Then practice. Nowadays it is so much easier with pronunciation guides online.
English is the language of commerce all over the world.
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