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Old 05-21-2019, 10:10 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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4) Christmas markets
Not the tacky / trinket ones... but... the local craftsmen / artisan / regional 'collectible' markets.
Very interesting and high quality (and prices). Nothing like a USA mall selling cheap Chinese useless items to very hurried and non-purposed shoppers.

https://www.europeanbestdestinations...stmas-markets/
https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/b...kets-in-europe
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Old 05-22-2019, 01:58 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I spent a fair amount of time in Perth, Australia, back in the 1990s, and to my surprise, I had to hail a bus at a bus stop, much as you would a taxi. Huh?

My Australian hosts explained that the local bus stop was served by three routes. Let's call them the Number 45, the Number 54, and the Number 63. Only the number 54 would get me where I wanted to go. So when the Number 45 or Number 63 went by, I stood back in the bus shelter. When I saw the Number 54 coming, I'd stand out and wave, in order to flag the bus down. End result: the passengers on the numbers 45 and 63 weren't delayed by the bus stopping for me, only for me to say, "Actually, I'm waiting for the Number 54."

An efficient system, especially when multiple routes served the same stop.
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Old 05-22-2019, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Legal systems NOT based on a British precedent law which is cumbersome, expensive, unfair and unjust
The US System has it's historical roots based in English Common Law (and other European and Historical Law) as well as concepts such as Magna Carta and Habeas Corpus, as for precedent it is merely previous legal decisions being referred to in order to clarify the law.

The modern US Judicial System is very different to the English Judicial system, in terms of both the criminal laws, civil law and the court system.

Origins of American Law | Boundless Political Science - Lumen Learning

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Old 05-22-2019, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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In terms of the US, it has a lot of vast space in many states, fairly cheap quality housing, beautiful national parks, beaches and amazing geographical sites, whilst there is a sense of freedom in the US.

In terns of cities NYC has a unique 24/7 culture, whilst the US media and film industry is world famous, and film locations can be found throughout the US and especially in many US Cities.

Theme parks and tourist attractions are also often on a vast and impressive scale, and there is a diversity of very good local food in the US.

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Old 05-22-2019, 03:58 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Do you really not know? It's a crack down against public sex.
So nobody has public sex in other countries? I don't get why it's some problem that must be addressed in USA with big gaps in doors, but nowhere else. Also = they are often that way in office buildings, I'm skeptical that's an ongoing problem during the workday.


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Less packaging= less garbage ( especially plastic)

Safe food without man made chemicals and harmful dyes, flavorings, etc
I'm not sure where there is a big difference between my home country USA and most foreign countries. Fast food still comes in containers, convenience stores still give away disposable forks/spoons/chopsticks, some places limit plastic bags and some don't just like USA.

Whether a chemical is man-made tells us absolutely nothing about whether it's harmful, and again I'm not sure it's something significantly more prevalent in USA than others.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:04 AM
 
Location: On the road
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I spent a fair amount of time in Perth, Australia, back in the 1990s, and to my surprise, I had to hail a bus at a bus stop, much as you would a taxi. Huh?

My Australian hosts explained that the local bus stop was served by three routes. Let's call them the Number 45, the Number 54, and the Number 63. Only the number 54 would get me where I wanted to go. So when the Number 45 or Number 63 went by, I stood back in the bus shelter. When I saw the Number 54 coming, I'd stand out and wave, in order to flag the bus down. End result: the passengers on the numbers 45 and 63 weren't delayed by the bus stopping for me, only for me to say, "Actually, I'm waiting for the Number 54."

An efficient system, especially when multiple routes served the same stop.
Hmmm I thought that's how buses work everywhere when a stop serves multiple routes, including USA.

If the bus has passengers that have rung for disembark it'll stop, otherwise you have to wave 'em down. They slow down and you can see driver looking at you to see if you need a stop, but they don't usually just stop if someone is at the stop if no indication has been given that rider wants on. Hell sometimes there are people just congregating/sitting at bus stops to hang out or get the free shade.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Hmmm I thought that's how buses work everywhere when a stop serves multiple routes, including USA.

If the bus has passengers that have rung for disembark it'll stop, otherwise you have to wave 'em down. They slow down and you can see driver looking at you to see if you need a stop, but they don't usually just stop if someone is at the stop if no indication has been given that rider wants on. Hell sometimes there are people just congregating/sitting at bus stops to hang out or get the free shade.
I'm originally from Toronto. If the driver sees you anywhere near the stop, he or he will stop, whether or not you want him or her to. You have to say, "Thanks, but I'm waiting for the Yonge 97A," or similar.

If you put your hand up at, say, Yonge and Lawrence, to hail a bus; you'll have six taxis pulling over to get your business. I speak from experience. You do not hail buses in Toronto--you'll just get a half-a-dozen taxis.
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Old 05-22-2019, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Australia
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Fast internet.
Very high speed trains. Unlikely to see them here.
Extremely frequent suburban trains. Which have been promised here in Sydney and hopefully will be delivered.
Restaurants open past 9pm. Something that used to be common here but we have increasingly swung to a Day culture.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Central American Chicken Buses! I loved riding them down there, so much fun, and they're like shopping centers on wheels. Vendors always hopping on and off, during your voyage, trying to get you to buy everything and anything. Sure wish they allowed vendors on our buses in the U.S., as, perhaps, it might get more people to ride the buses.
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Old 05-22-2019, 05:41 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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An affordable, expansive, and efficient high-speed train system. When I was in China it was amazing how good their high-speed trains were and how cheap the tickets were. In comparison, Acela is slow and way overpriced for what it is. Sigh...
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