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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:51 AM


I'm with you on bars versus clubbing- where I've mentioned nightlife it has been bars. Thinking back Kalamata had some fantastic bars and, whilst food was quite expensive, drink was very cheap.

Lots of the places I went to seemed to keep you supplied with food or give you Ouzo with beer- like, you'd order a pint of Mythros and get a bowl of mixed nuts, a bowl of crisps and a shot of Ouzo too.

Spain has probably the best bar culture in the world; I love the Spanish attitude to drinking. Buy a drink, get a plate of food. I don't know if it was just limited to the bits of Andalusia I was in but in Córdoba in particular we seemed to be able to get whole meals free with a round of drinks. Order a couple of beers, get a plate of cured meat and some pastries. Order a couple more, get sandwiches and fried saltcod fritters. Order a cheap side salad too and you can have lunch and drinks for the cost of four beers.

 
In the South. Where i live this is NOT like this unfortunately.
Whereabouts? There isn't really a bit of mainland Spain south of Andalusia is there?

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:07 PM

Greece? That place is practically dead in the water.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:10 PM

I'm sorry but their economy is still in the sh*ter.
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:45 PM

Poland. :p


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:52 PM

 

 

I'm with you on bars versus clubbing- where I've mentioned nightlife it has been bars. Thinking back Kalamata had some fantastic bars and, whilst food was quite expensive, drink was very cheap.

Lots of the places I went to seemed to keep you supplied with food or give you Ouzo with beer- like, you'd order a pint of Mythros and get a bowl of mixed nuts, a bowl of crisps and a shot of Ouzo too.

Spain has probably the best bar culture in the world; I love the Spanish attitude to drinking. Buy a drink, get a plate of food. I don't know if it was just limited to the bits of Andalusia I was in but in Córdoba in particular we seemed to be able to get whole meals free with a round of drinks. Order a couple of beers, get a plate of cured meat and some pastries. Order a couple more, get sandwiches and fried saltcod fritters. Order a cheap side salad too and you can have lunch and drinks for the cost of four beers.

 
In the South. Where i live this is NOT like this unfortunately.
Whereabouts? There isn't really a bit of mainland Spain south of Andalusia is there?

 

 

Have you ever heard that Spain is diffrent micro nations put together into one? That happens with Spain. In the South (Andalucia and Extremadura) you go to any bar order a beer and they will offer you a snack for free. In Catalonia they would not if you want one, you have to pay.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 02:03 PM

Catalonia is a fair way north of Andalusia yet you said you lived in the South of Spain; I took that to mean near to or south of Andalusia. I'm aware of the regional differences in Spain.

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Sorry, I missed the full stop when I initially read your post. As you were

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 03:41 PM

You should participate in a public viewing event in a major city during the FIFA World Cup. I don't know if this is popular in other European countries but since the world cup in 2006 it's a big thing in Germany. On 26. of June the USA play against Germany in the group stage.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 04:43 PM Edited by Palikari, 20 May 2014 - 10:49 PM.

I'm sorry but their economy is still in the sh*ter.

Ok, they have bad economy and it's the only European country that it's not growing, they still in recession. But it's a developed and very nice country.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 06:56 PM

I'm not arguing with that, I tend to look at everything a country has to offer, bad habit if you just want to visit one.

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 07:59 PM


I'm sorry but their economy is still in the sh*ter.

Ok, they have bad economy and are it's the only European country that it's not growing, they still in recession. But it's a developed and very nice country.

Ill agree it looks nice, but going somewhere just for that reason isn't a good one. What if you go to a museum relating to a subject you really, really like. Would you still go there if the only way into the country was by horseback and there were landmines all over the place?

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:14 PM

I'm sorry but their economy is still in the sh*ter.

Ok, they have bad economy and are it's the only European country that it's not growing, they still in recession. But it's a developed and very nice country.

Ill agree it looks nice, but going somewhere just for that reason isn't a good one. What if you go to a museum relating to a subject you really, really like. Would you still go there if the only way into the country was by horseback and there were landmines all over the place?

I found Lebanon quite enjoyable to be perfectly honest.

Anyone who dismisses Greece because they're economy is a basket case is doing themselves a disservice. It's like kicking Mila Kunis out of bed because she doesn't make a particularly good Spanish omelette.

If (when) you do go, though, marvel at all the buildings that don't appear to be finished. This is actually the world's least subtle tax dodge- basically, in Greece, you can live in an unfinished house without paying their property tax. So everyone builds the foundations for an extra storey on their house, and just doesn't finish them. That way, when the tax man comes a'knocking, you can just say "it's not finished" and there's no way they can force you to pay.
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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:40 PM

If (when) you do go, though, marvel at all the buildings that don't appear to be finished. This is actually the world's least subtle tax dodge- basically, in Greece, you can live in an unfinished house without paying their property tax. So everyone builds the foundations for an extra storey on their house, and just doesn't finish them. That way, when the tax man comes a'knocking, you can just say "it's not finished" and there's no way they can force you to pay.

 

 

It amazes me how people find loopholes like that.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:53 PM

Mostly not in Europe, but I'd recommend Turkey. It's a beautiful country, amazing food and weather, interesting culture and history and it's still relatively cheap. Istanbul is always the main attraction and it is in Europe, but there are some great places along the Aegean Coast and all over for that matter.

 

I'm going to Sicily this summer, anyone have any experience there?


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 10:51 PM

I'm not arguing with that, I tend to look at everything a country has to offer, bad habit if you just want to visit one.

I don't only want to visit Greece. I've been in Greece many times and also have visited many other countries. Just happens that I love Greece.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:48 PM

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Adriatic coast along Croatia. Split -> Makarska riviera. Can also go down to Dubrovnik or really anywhere along the coast. Rented a sports bike when I was last there, and never had a greater time riding. Enjoy your trip dude.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:04 AM

Italy.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:11 AM

I've heard Amsterdam is quite pretty.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:53 AM

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Adriatic coast along Croatia. Split -> Makarska riviera. Can also go down to Dubrovnik or really anywhere along the coast. Rented a sports bike when I was last there, and never had a greater time riding. Enjoy your trip dude.

 

I second that. Dubrovnik, provided you can catch it between/prior to cruise ship load-offs is well worth a visit. Same goes for the entire coast of Croatia really, a true gem. I'd also recommend the Amalfi Coast and Florence both in Italy. Regardless of where you end up deciding to go, you're in for one hell of a great time.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 02:55 AM

I've always wondered what Rotterdam would be like as a tourist. All I know about it is that it's got the largest port in Europe and it's home of gabber.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 03:04 AM

I've always wondered what Rotterdam would be like as a tourist. All I know about it is that it's got the largest port in Europe and it's home of gabber.

 

It was virtually flattened during World War II so it is a very modern city. But it is worth a visit nonetheless, some great restaurants (very important) and great architectural feats. Pus it's a mere 45min by train from Amsterdam, so you can't go wrong. If you ever are in the Netherlands, Amsterdam and The Hague just to name a few, are well worth a visit as well. 


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 08:03 AM

I liked Utrecht and Gouda in Holland.


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:22 PM Edited by Fuzzknuckles, 21 May 2014 - 12:30 PM.

I hear Ukraine is lovely this time of year.

 

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EDIT: Actually, Ukraine IS lovely this time of year, I was there last year, before all the madness that's happening now, and it was incredibly beautiful, but full of contradiction. The Nouveau Rich seem to be oblivious to the struggles of the working classes and continue to indulge in cocktails and cocaine, while the average man struggles to pay bills and feels it necessary to join an armed militia. Beautiful country, terrible politics.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 12:58 PM

I hear Ukraine is lovely this time of year.
 
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EDIT: Actually, Ukraine IS lovely this time of year, I was there last year, before all the madness that's happening now, and it was incredibly beautiful, but full of contradiction. The Nouveau Rich seem to be oblivious to the struggles of the working classes and continue to indulge in cocktails and cocaine, while the average man struggles to pay bills and feels it necessary to join an armed militia. Beautiful country, terrible politics.


Actually Crimea is a very beautiful place. That's where the rich Soviet leaders spent their holidays.

PS It's not Ukrainian anymore, since Russia invaded and annexed it illegally.
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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:09 PM

Also, don´t visit Norway. It´s boring as f*ck. I should know, I live her.

I live in Norway too and I disagree with you. It's boring for us who see these things every day, but it's appreciated by people who have never seen it. Norway is very beautiful, like the hottest of all hot actresses :)


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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:12 PM

Pripyat is a really good place. You should give it a try.

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Posted 21 May 2014 - 11:44 PM

Amsterdam, Poznan and Bristol. Some of my favourite cities.


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 10:18 PM Edited by Doc Rikowski, 23 May 2014 - 10:27 PM.

Some more reasons to visit Lisbon :)

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 11:32 PM

You should visit Serbia. :^:

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:31 AM

Actually I've been to Serbia! I spent about five days in Belgrade with my girlfriend is from there. It's a lovely city.

 

Thanks for all the discussion and tips. I'd ask of Samuel Howitzer and Voit Turyv to be more specific than just naming a country. I already have a list of countries I want to hit and while I'm open to adding more countries to that list, I want to know WHERE in those countries I should visit. That's like saying "visit Russia" when it's a huge country with many places to go for many different reasons (note: I will not be going to Russia, except maybe the part on the Baltic Sea)!

 

I think I'll start officially planning my route out today because you all have given me a good rough outline of places I should hit. Please keep them coming and thanks so much!


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Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:18 PM

My rough plan is to start from Prague and head through Germany to Denmark

I'd highly recommend to visit Hamburg then. I love that city.

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