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Old 06-05-2019, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Top of my list would be terrific rail system.
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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More towns that are centered around a downtown street/streets or a square. So many soulless towns in the US!
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Old 06-08-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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More towns that are centered around a downtown street/streets or a square. So many soulless towns in the US!

Indeed! That's one of the really cool things about Asia. Often times it's more expensive to go out and shop and cook than it is to go down to the street and buy a nice plate of food for $2. Therefore EVERYBODY goes out to eat and it's this huge food party from 6-9PM that is so cool! It's a social gathering where people hang out, mingle and have fun and blow off steam from the day. It's something that we don't get to enjoy here in the West and I agree with you, it creates a soulless environment when most rush home and eat food whilst watching Netflix.


There is so much discord and distrust here in America, we've forgotten how to enjoy each others company and it's only getting worse!!!!
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Old 06-09-2019, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Red Sox Nation
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The fancy musical, heated toilets in Japan!
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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bum guns being standard in US bathrooms! Now that i've traveled extensively in Asia, I come back to the US and dry toilet paper....that just doesn't do it for me anymore. All those poor bears dancing around on the tv commercials talking about pillowy soft fluffiness against your skin...yeah maybe, but it (bum) ain't clean, best believe!!
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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bum guns being standard in US bathrooms! Now that i've traveled extensively in Asia, I come back to the US and dry toilet paper....that just doesn't do it for me anymore. All those poor bears dancing around on the tv commercials talking about pillowy soft fluffiness against your skin...yeah maybe, but it (bum) ain't clean, best believe!!
Not to be too indelicate as I'm not familiar with bum guns, but what is used to dry your bum after use? Toilet paper? Hair dryer type thing?

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Old 06-20-2019, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I'm with all those who said they'd love to see better public transportation and more [passenger] rail systems in the U.S. It seems only the big cities have decent public transportation, and a cross-county train ride in the U.S. takes days instead of hours. The rail systems in the parts of Europe I've visited thus far are marvelous - fast, user-friendly and reasonably priced.

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Old 06-20-2019, 02:30 PM
 
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Beaches like the ones I visited in Denmark, where if you want to wear something, you do, and if you don't, you don't.

And nobody gives a damn either way.


I also noticed that in the newspaper, every day some newsworthy event happened at the beach, and there always was a pretty, topless girl in the foreground of the photo accompanying the article.
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: equator
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In Italy and Greece, the "mini-mart" is not a 7-11 full of junk food, but a mini complete grocery. Fresh fruits and veg's, local cheese and meats, local breads and wine---bulk nuts and beans. Maybe only one or 2 people can fit in it at one time, but they have everything you need.

We never felt the need for a larger grocery---mini-marts are full of healthy foods. Every tiny town has one.

Yes, we have to flag down our local buses too. Never know if it's the right one! But paying $8 for a 6-hour ride in luxurious seats with movies---not too bad!
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Old 06-22-2019, 12:38 PM
 
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I'm with all those who said they'd love to see better public transportation and more [passenger] rail systems in the U.S. It seems only the big cities have decent public transportation, and a cross-county train ride in the U.S. takes days instead of hours. .
If the high-speed rail went 250mph with no stops...which is highly unlikely...you could get from LA to New York in 12 hours. Don't know about you, but I'd rather fly.
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