Forums


Go Back   The TrekEarth Forums >

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools

Great PaulVDV 2021-04-15 13:01

Hello Kasia,
I also once spent an afternoon in Paraguay and two afternoons in Argentina. Twice from a border town in Brazil. However, I do not count these countries among the ones I have ever visited.
You have of course gained experiences there, but you cannot say that you have learned a lot about the country.
I like the photo taken through the airplane window very much. The mountain range looks indeed very enticing.
Were the croissants tasty?
I remember that in Laos and Cambodia they also have French baguettes but I think you should stick with the Asian food :)
So your main photo was taken at the international airport. Do you also have a picture of a cafe in Almaty itself?
Best regards, Paul

  #21  
Old 04-20-2021, 12:32 AM
emka's Avatar
emka emka is offline
TE Expert
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 4,747
Default

I see that I and Kasia, have different interests. I do not care about a big bureaucratic country (and although there is no country in the world that would be uninteresting if I haven't been there yet, these that fascinate Kasia, like Iraqi Kurdistan or Gorno Karabakh are at the end of my list).
I was three times in the USA (12 000 km by car in the West, a few thousand km by buses in the East plus Florida). And I would like to go once more to see New Orleans and Mississippi but that could be a problem because I was in Iran.
The same in China, I was twice and I still plan to go for the third time (from Urumqi but in opposite direction).
In Poland, the people do not like Russians and Russia, I am rather an exception. I just loved my two trips. They were of my bests. Probably it has something to do with the language. It is for me a great joy to speak Russian with the people and they are always and everywhere very friendly for me. I felt so happy travelling 60 hours in Transsibirian.
I have full shelves of Russian books, I know many poems by heart, more than in Polish.

Another question that I am asked very often: What was my dream journey? I am always enthusiastic when travelling but perhaps Peru was most important.
10 hours in Dubai and all the main attractions? hmm

Kind regards MAlgo
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 04-20-2021, 09:21 PM
PaulVDV's Avatar
PaulVDV PaulVDV is offline
TE Expert
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,986
Default

I also agree to say that no country in the world seems totally uninteresting to visit.
We all have our preferences, but actually there's no such country that I think I would never want to go to.


As for Russia: It was clear in your photos, Malgo, that you love Russia. Nevertheless, from time to time reading Jorge's notes at his Russian photos, I got the impression that for someone who doesn't speak Russian, it is not always pleasant to meet the population.
Am I judging too harshly? Maybe ... I don't know.
But I've been to many countries where I don't speak the language at all and where I highly valued the commitment of the local population to help a tourist anyway.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 05-03-2021, 05:27 PM
kasianowak's Avatar
kasianowak kasianowak is offline
TE Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 722
Default Countries

I agree that there is no country that is objectively not worth visiting. And as I said there are some places in the US that I wouldn't mind seeing but it's far from my priorities. Like Malgo and Iraqi Kurdistan. :-) If I were to live 300 years or so, I'd sure place USA on my travel list. But as things are, in the time I still have, I'd rather see Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Peru, Namibia etc. etc., and another about 30 countries, then revisit the ones I'm dying to revisit (like Nepal) before I contemplate going there.

I have been to probably the most bureaucratic country on earth - North Korea. And I feel that way about another country I have visited - Israel. But at least they are small... ;-)

Ok, jokes aside. Among the 30+ countries on my "strictly must see" list there is Russia and a proper visit to China. I almost went to Russia last October as they were allowing British citizens in. But only those travelling directly from the UK and I'd already booked a flight to Poland at the start of my holiday. Then my Dad died and I only managed 3 days in Santorini in the end.

Malgo and I may have different preferences but we have one thing in common: I do love Russian culture and literature and I was happy to have the opportunity to learn the language at school. For me learning a language is never a matter of politics. Russian turned out very useful when visiting former Soviet republics and, unexpectedly, Western China.

Re Dubai: I said MOST, not all, of the main attractions. Well, at least for me. I went up Burj Khalifa, had an ice-cream in Dubai Mall, visited the Al Fahidi District and the Creek and, importantly for me, saw the immigrant workers district (and did some shopping there), a camel milk advert and a thermometer reading of 45 degrees Celsius at 8 am. It was 10 hours of sightseeing by the way, NOT including the time in the airport, travelling from the airport to the centre etc. If I have a chance to visit again, I'd love to take some blue hour photos. But if I was to see a desert, I'd prefer to go to one of the other Emirates. And I'd love to go to Abu Dhabi one day.

Have a nice week everyone (if you're still following this thread)!

Kasia
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 06:45 AM.



Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.
explore TREKEARTH