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Re: Traveling
« Reply #45 on: August 22, 2019, 12:03:24 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Where are you going?  December in Australia can be very hot, ruling out Northern Australia, which is also the cyclone season.



Melbourne and Sydney.  We were thinking about doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.  Will it be too hot there then?


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Haven’t you traveled yourself out yet?


Not really.  Even though we were away for a year, it was more like we were living in Europe than traveling.  Plus, the more time I spend in actual civilized countries, the less I like being in the U.S.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2019, 12:31:17 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Where are you going?  December in Australia can be very hot, ruling out Northern Australia, which is also the cyclone season.



Melbourne and Sydney.  We were thinking about doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.  Will it be too hot there then?


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Haven’t you traveled yourself out yet?


Not really.  Even though we were away for a year, it was more like we were living in Europe than traveling.  Plus, the more time I spend in actual civilized countries, the less I like being in the U.S.


Both Sydney and Melbourne can be very hot in December.  I don’t know whether I’d want to go hiking in the bush in December.  This morning I got an offer to take part in a trek in Tasmania, which is considerably more southern than Melbourne, in April 2020, which would be a better time.  Perhaps you should read Bill Bryson’s book ‘Downunder’ for ideas?  (reminds me, he’s doing an Australian tour next month, I think to publicise his latest book).  He recounted how once he visited Perth in summer, and got a very nasty case of sunburn (to the extent he was asked for a long time afterwards whether he realised he’d been sunburned).  Take a lot of sunscreen.  The Earth is very close to the sun in December.

I agree with you regarding living in Europe versus travelling in Europe.  The highlight of my last trip was the 11 nights I spent in Duisburg, during which time I basically did what I do at home.  I enjoyed Hamburg too, and imagined I could have happily spent several months there (but not in winter).

Actually, thinking about it, can’t you go at a better time?  Spring or autumn would be better seasons generally.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #47 on: August 22, 2019, 01:02:16 am »
I have often wondered what it would be like to live in Europe where you can drive for a few hours and be in a completely different country with a different language and different customs. Its mostly about the food for me. We have a little of that here but not to the extremes I like to imagine people have there. Or am I being naive? 

When you cross from one country into another is it obvious (other than signs or flags) Is it like Epcot where you cross a line then the architecture, language and food changes? LOL  Obviously not that extreme but you get what I am asking.

The only thing that really lets you know you just crossed into another state here in the US other than signs is some crappy roadside store selling you something you could not purchase in the previous state. (fireworks, porn, stronger beer, liquor, marijuana, abortions, etc)   >:D

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« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2019, 01:10:26 am »
I'd love to do a food tour of Europe. Although I think I'd get stuck in Italy.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #49 on: August 22, 2019, 01:40:46 am »
I'd love to do a food tour of Europe. Although I think I'd get stuck in Italy.

Yea I would get stuck in Italy, probably Parma but I could just a easily say that about a few places in Spain or France like Alsace.

Alsace is a good example of what I was asking about above, In my experience here at a local restaurant this French food has a heavy German influence (or maybe other way around)  I wonder if that is the norm in areas near the borders.  Is it a culinary gradient when traveling from France to Italy or is it ciabatta on one side and baguette's on the other?  LOL I really wonder if you actually have to drive to Italy to get "good Italian food" if you live near the border in France.

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Re: Traveling
« Reply #50 on: August 22, 2019, 02:06:07 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Where are you going?  December in Australia can be very hot, ruling out Northern Australia, which is also the cyclone season.



Melbourne and Sydney.  We were thinking about doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.  Will it be too hot there then?


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Haven’t you traveled yourself out yet?


Not really.  Even though we were away for a year, it was more like we were living in Europe than traveling.  Plus, the more time I spend in actual civilized countries, the less I like being in the U.S.


Both Sydney and Melbourne can be very hot in December.  I don’t know whether I’d want to go hiking in the bush in December.  This morning I got an offer to take part in a trek in Tasmania, which is considerably more southern than Melbourne, in April 2020, which would be a better time.  Perhaps you should read Bill Bryson’s book ‘Downunder’ for ideas?  (reminds me, he’s doing an Australian tour next month, I think to publicise his latest book).  He recounted how once he visited Perth in summer, and got a very nasty case of sunburn (to the extent he was asked for a long time afterwards whether he realised he’d been sunburned).  Take a lot of sunscreen.  The Earth is very close to the sun in December.


Thanks for the heads-up.  I'll look more closely at the weather.

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I agree with you regarding living in Europe versus travelling in Europe.  The highlight of my last trip was the 11 nights I spent in Duisburg, during which time I basically did what I do at home.  I enjoyed Hamburg too, and imagined I could have happily spent several months there (but not in winter).


Well, I was in Hamburg from November till April, arguably the worst 6 months of the year.  But I didn't mind the weather too much.  December and January were pretty harsh and the days awfully short, but the rest of the time wasn't so bad.  Plus the unpleasantness of the winter was offset by the many Weinachtsmärkte, where I discoverred Glühwein (spiced hot red wine) and Feuerzangenbowle (high-octane Glühwein). Besides, you get breaks in the weather, even in the middle of winter:



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Actually, thinking about it, can’t you go at a better time?  Spring or autumn would be better seasons generally.

Alas, no.  As usual, the trip will be in conjunction with lectures that my hotshot-scientist girlfriend has been invited to give. 
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #51 on: August 22, 2019, 02:09:14 am »
I'd love to do a food tour of Europe. Although I think I'd get stuck in Italy.


For me it would be a toss-up between Italy and San Sebastián, Spain.  However, it would not be France, in spite of their opinion of their overrated cuisine.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #52 on: August 22, 2019, 02:09:51 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Four weeks in New Zealand, at least a week on Great Barrier Island. It is mostly to see family, we will be meeting some babies/nephews for the first time.

The cheapest flights are with China Southern right now, has anyone town with them?

We would be stopping in Beijing or another major Chinese city both ways.

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Re: Traveling
« Reply #53 on: August 22, 2019, 02:13:00 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Where are you going?  December in Australia can be very hot, ruling out Northern Australia, which is also the cyclone season.



Melbourne and Sydney.  We were thinking about doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.  Will it be too hot there then?


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Haven’t you traveled yourself out yet?


Not really.  Even though we were away for a year, it was more like we were living in Europe than traveling.  Plus, the more time I spend in actual civilized countries, the less I like being in the U.S.


And the airports are quite terrible for the most part.

It is too bad, air New Zealand is great, but now you have to transit through LAX, which I will avoid.

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Re: Traveling
« Reply #54 on: August 22, 2019, 02:16:12 am »
To be honest, I mostly just want to call you an arrogant, condescending prick and tell you to fuck off.


Hey, Latinist, I just booked a two-week trip to Australia in December.  I wanted you to be the first to know.

Where are you going?  December in Australia can be very hot, ruling out Northern Australia, which is also the cyclone season.



Melbourne and Sydney.  We were thinking about doing some hiking in the Blue Mountains.  Will it be too hot there then?


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Haven’t you traveled yourself out yet?


Not really.  Even though we were away for a year, it was more like we were living in Europe than traveling.  Plus, the more time I spend in actual civilized countries, the less I like being in the U.S.


And the airports are quite terrible for the most part.


Yes, compared with major European airports.  I think I could actually live in Frankfurt airport.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #55 on: August 22, 2019, 02:21:27 am »
The cheapest flights are with China Southern right now, has anyone [fl]own with them?


I'm sure people have.  How many have flown with them a second time would be of interest.  :)
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« Reply #56 on: August 22, 2019, 02:21:52 am »
Thanks for the heads-up.  I'll look more closely at the weather.

Just remember to carry LOTS of water with you. More than you think you'll need. And don't go off the paths. Spring and summer is snake season.
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« Reply #57 on: August 22, 2019, 02:23:35 am »
Thanks for the heads-up.  I'll look more closely at the weather.

Just remember to carry LOTS of water with you. More than you think you'll need. And don't go off the paths. Spring and summer is snake season.


Okay, thanks.  I'll look into the snake situation, too.
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Re: Traveling
« Reply #58 on: August 22, 2019, 02:35:29 am »
The cheapest flights are with China Southern right now, has anyone [fl]own with them?


I'm sure people have.  How many have flown with them a second time would be of interest.  :)

I flew with them around 12 years ago, Hong Kong to Beijing.  They were fine, even economy (though nowadays, unless I fly business class, I don’t fly).
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« Reply #59 on: August 22, 2019, 02:41:11 am »
I have often wondered what it would be like to live in Europe where you can drive for a few hours and be in a completely different country with a different language and different customs. Its mostly about the food for me. We have a little of that here but not to the extremes I like to imagine people have there. Or am I being naive?


No, you are not being naive.  It's fucking great.

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When you cross from one country into another is it obvious (other than signs or flags) Is it like Epcot where you cross a line then the architecture, language and food changes? LOL  Obviously not that extreme but you get what I am asking.


As long as you are traveling within the Schengen area, which approximately corresponds to the EU, then crossing national borders resembles crossing state borders in the US: There's a sign on the highway: "Welcome to ...".  Of course, the cultural heritage, and hence the architecture, changes.
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