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comrade snarky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-07-09 06:30 PM
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91. Even without that you can do a lot
My wife and I were in Eastern Europe and ended up going to Budapest. Kind of spur of the moment because it was between us and our destination. Not a word of Hungarian between us. Had a great time, learned a bit at restaurants and the hotel but we started with nothing.

I'm totally with you on getting out of expat ghettos, I just wanted people to know that don't need to speak the language to go. We have some great memories because of the language barrier! We were trying to get to an airport at 3 am in Egypt but the only cabbie around spoke no English so we ended up pantomiming airplanes and running around in the street. We all laughed a most of the way there.

With a good attitude and basic pantomime you can go anywhere.
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  -Why do people travel to different countries and openly complain? It drives me NUTS! Locut0s  Jun-07-09 02:29 AM   #0 
  - Really makes you wonder why they bother to travel in the first place, doesn't it?  Mythsaje   Jun-07-09 02:31 AM   #1 
  - I agree.. nt  Grey   Jun-07-09 02:39 AM   #2 
  - It's like these people travel just so they can reaffirm their love for home. nt  Cant trust em   Jun-07-09 02:53 AM   #3 
  - I gives them something to brag about. They don't have to do anything  annabanana   Jun-07-09 05:08 AM   #6 
  - yup, nothing so narrows the mind like foreign travel, although theres nothing wrong  vadawg   Jun-07-09 09:36 AM   #29 
     - That's not what Rush Limbaugh says!  tabasco   Jun-07-09 06:46 PM   #94 
     - If only someone had pics.  madeline_con   Jun-07-09 08:27 PM   #100 
     - I know a lot of people like you back home. I've always wanted to see what was over the hill...  XOKCowboy   Jun-07-09 11:34 PM   #117 
  - It reminds me of a story I've read a couple of years ago.  jeff30997   Jun-07-09 02:56 AM   #4 
  - that's really stupid , is it a true story ?  JI7   Jun-07-09 08:32 AM   #21 
  - Yes,believe it or not.  jeff30997   Jun-07-09 09:17 AM   #25 
  - Amazing, isn't it?  dalaigh lllama   Jun-07-09 12:48 PM   #53 
  - Monty Python had a great sketch on this.,,about traveling Brits who complained about  Flying Dream Blues   Jun-07-09 05:04 AM   #5 
  - Yes! The Travel Agency skit  redwitch   Jun-07-09 09:47 AM   #33 
  - Go to the South Coast of Spain! It's "Little Britain"!!!  pink-o   Jun-07-09 08:27 PM   #99 
  - Actually I'm not right wing, but liberal and have lived abroad for five years  davidpdx   Jun-07-09 06:32 AM   #7 
  - Where do/did you live those 5 years? I Also from a family that did the same.  Locut0s   Jun-07-09 07:43 AM   #14 
     - I live in South Korea have have been here 5 1/2 years  davidpdx   Jun-07-09 08:21 AM   #18 
  - Good post  malaise   Jun-07-09 06:45 AM   #8 
  - "Why would you not try the local food?"  Johnny Noshoes   Jun-07-09 06:59 AM   #9 
  - Agreed - live in Phoenix  ChazII   Jun-07-09 08:49 AM   #23 
  - Well, that would depend on who you are traveling with  MrsMatt   Jun-07-09 10:19 AM   #35 
  - I am going to try avoiding all chain restaurants with my daughter  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 01:47 PM   #59 
  - not everybody has a strong stomach for one thing  hfojvt   Jun-07-09 01:23 PM   #57 
  - I live in Chicago (an awesome food town itself) and whenever we go to NYC we  grace0418   Jun-07-09 05:43 PM   #88 
  - When we travel, we make it a rule to eat the local food  proud2BlibKansan   Jun-07-09 08:30 AM   #20 
  - some relatives visited from England and they went to Mcdonalds, Taco Bell, Burger King etc  JI7   Jun-07-09 08:34 AM   #22 
  - hell I would take them to a steak house  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 01:48 PM   #60 
  - It's not just food. We went on an Alaskan cruise last summer. I had reservations about  grace0418   Jun-07-09 05:57 PM   #89 
  - Tour bus zombies.  moondust   Jun-07-09 07:01 AM   #10 
  - Especially when they do it and not realize that travelling abroad, for many of us, is a luxury.  HughBeaumont   Jun-07-09 07:15 AM   #11 
  - Trust me on this  SmileyRose   Jun-07-09 12:38 PM   #51 
  - 5 grand is about right  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 02:05 PM   #64 
  - Save your money. Go to Europe and take your family  XOKCowboy   Jun-07-09 11:44 PM   #118 
     - Heh don't come to Holland for teh food  comtec   Jun-08-09 07:26 AM   #127 
  - Tell me about it.  knitter4democracy   Jun-07-09 07:33 AM   #12 
  - From my experience -  DURHAM D   Jun-07-09 07:38 AM   #13 
  - When I was in Amsterdam last year, I asked the bartender at the  CBR   Jun-07-09 07:44 AM   #15 
  - Oh yes I agree. Canadian myself. Germany and France are famous!  Locut0s   Jun-07-09 07:50 AM   #16 
  - germans and the english are by far the worst.  vadawg   Jun-07-09 09:46 AM   #32 
  - i hate squat toilets  JI7   Jun-07-09 08:04 AM   #17 
  - There are still some in France-old Turkish toilets.  AllieB   Jun-07-09 08:26 AM   #19 
     - or the pubic toilets in small towns in the countryside  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 01:49 PM   #61 
     - They are more popular in Japan  AzNick   Jun-07-09 02:25 PM   #71 
  - My sister in law spent several years in southern Africa in the old  old mark   Jun-07-09 08:51 AM   #24 
  - Ahhh traveling....I am dedicating my life to it...  Lucky Luciano   Jun-07-09 09:21 AM   #26 
  - Even the Europeans got sick of groceries closing at 6 or 7.  JVS   Jun-07-09 10:27 AM   #39 
     - The biggest store in the town I live in closes  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 01:54 PM   #62 
        - My town shuts down at 5pm.  14thColony   Jun-07-09 06:28 PM   #90 
  - different strokes for different folks.  dysfunctional press   Jun-07-09 09:30 AM   #27 
  - I never thought of that.  Catherine Vincent   Jun-07-09 02:05 PM   #63 
  - I agree with Anthony Bourdain.. They've been eating those foods for thousands of years..  XOKCowboy   Jun-07-09 03:43 PM   #83 
     - Chili peppers are from the Americas, though.  knitter4democracy   Jun-07-09 08:18 PM   #96 
     - "I'd rather eat from a street vendor in Nueva Laredo."  dysfunctional press   Jun-07-09 08:25 PM   #98 
        - the chicken tacos are actually really good  votingupstart   Jun-07-09 10:37 PM   #107 
        - Oh I know...  XOKCowboy   Jun-07-09 11:19 PM   #115 
        - Oh I will don't worry...  XOKCowboy   Jun-07-09 11:26 PM   #116 
  - I've found them even among backpackers.  bikebloke   Jun-07-09 09:33 AM   #28 
  - I'm from Paris, France, I could tell you a lot...  AzNick   Jun-07-09 02:15 PM   #69 
     - We are headed to Paris (and other spots)  Goblinmonger   Jun-07-09 04:15 PM   #85 
        - Just enjoy yourself and try a few different things!  AzNick   Jun-07-09 04:38 PM   #87 
           - We are vegetarian, but with that recommendation  Goblinmonger   Jun-07-09 07:20 PM   #95 
  - I've experienced that as well.  noamnety   Jun-07-09 09:37 AM   #30 
  - Same reason some people take TV sets with them when they go camping  NNN0LHI   Jun-07-09 09:41 AM   #31 
  - "Big Rude Whitey"  cherokeeprogressive   Jun-07-09 09:47 AM   #34 
  - yeah i saw that but for some reason my brain just reminded me i was on DU and it seemed acceptable  vadawg   Jun-07-09 10:22 AM   #38 
  - LOL Here, even Whitey hates Whitey.  cherokeeprogressive   Jun-07-09 10:40 AM   #42 
  - Yup, kind of ruined the whole post for me...  kiva   Jun-07-09 10:36 AM   #41 
  - Deleted sub-thread  Name removed   Jun-07-09 10:20 AM   #36 
  - because their mother in laws make them go and they dont want to be there? n/t  seabeyond   Jun-07-09 10:21 AM   #37 
  - I was in Brussels....and there were some Americans in a restaurant just BITCHING that....  marmar   Jun-07-09 10:31 AM   #40 
  - why not just eat the fries plain???  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 02:07 PM   #66 
  - Pommes frites et mayonaise  bikebloke   Jun-07-09 02:39 PM   #74 
     - I will trample another human being  comrade snarky   Jun-07-09 03:21 PM   #78 
        - Now that sounds good.  Goblinmonger   Jun-07-09 10:42 PM   #108 
           - Hit the fry place....  jberryhill   Jun-07-09 11:14 PM   #113 
           - Copied and pasted into our  Goblinmonger   Jun-07-09 11:19 PM   #114 
              - Ahhh...  jberryhill   Jun-07-09 11:54 PM   #119 
           - For vegetatians in Amsterdam  comrade snarky   Jun-08-09 01:02 AM   #124 
              - Hee hee In my town of Zwolle we have the Pannekoen schip!  comtec   Jun-09-09 06:09 AM   #131 
  - Americans don't have to travel to other countries to complain things aren't like 'home'  azmouse   Jun-07-09 11:10 AM   #43 
  - I was in Switzerland & I couldn't get a cup of Swiss Miss Hot 'Chocolate'!  laststeamtrain   Jun-07-09 11:22 AM   #44 
  - Please don't say "nuts" like it's a Bad Thing. It's offensive to us Nuts.  TahitiNut   Jun-07-09 11:32 AM   #45 
  - You can get DU on the internet in China? Amazing.  BlooInBloo   Jun-07-09 11:34 AM   #46 
  - i am also a little shocked at this  votingupstart   Jun-07-09 10:30 PM   #106 
  - I lived in Moscow with USians who never rode the subway or hung out with Russians.  Captain Hilts   Jun-07-09 12:09 PM   #47 
  - Honestly, I disagree about learning the language  comrade snarky   Jun-07-09 01:39 PM   #58 
  - Yes, some phrases to get you around. Most US folks didn't do even that. They lived in English-  Captain Hilts   Jun-07-09 04:27 PM   #86 
     - Even without that you can do a lot  comrade snarky   Jun-07-09 06:30 PM   #91 
  - I met some in Nizhni Novgorod like that.  knitter4democracy   Jun-07-09 08:20 PM   #97 
  - The pizza and hamburgers in Paris are terrible!!  RufusTFirefly   Jun-07-09 12:13 PM   #48 
  - Actually, travel in China is probably safer than ...  hayu_lol   Jun-07-09 12:26 PM   #50 
  - Y'know? Three and a half months in Paris and I have no idea how the pizza and hamburgers were.  TahitiNut   Jun-07-09 12:54 PM   #55 
  - excellent!  reggie the dog   Jun-07-09 02:08 PM   #67 
     - (grin) I will say, however, that a little Skippy peanut butter on a fresh baguette is to die for.  TahitiNut   Jun-07-09 02:33 PM   #72 
        - peanut butter!  reggie the dog   Jun-08-09 02:45 AM   #125 
  - had a similar experience at an airport - several other Americans and I apologized to the staff  spooky3   Jun-07-09 03:28 PM   #81 
     - I was in a hotel in Paris that wasn't on a main arterial street..  XOKCowboy   Jun-08-09 12:47 AM   #122 
        - Great story! Thanks.  spooky3   Jun-08-09 08:17 AM   #128 
  - i don't know why  barbtries   Jun-07-09 12:16 PM   #49 
  - Because Chinese, French, Germans, are assholes who think in English then speak foreign to confuse us  HamdenRice   Jun-07-09 12:44 PM   #52 
  - +1  Iggo   Jun-07-09 12:54 PM   #54 
  - most of those people go to  WhiteTara   Jun-07-09 01:23 PM   #56 
  - There is an old saying in my family...  LeftishBrit   Jun-07-09 02:06 PM   #65 
  - I've found over the years that international travel is for the  Fire1   Jun-07-09 02:10 PM   #68 
  - I've been further than my "own back yard".  cherokeeprogressive   Jun-07-09 11:13 PM   #112 
     - Surely you realize even in the good ole U.S. of A, without  Fire1   Jun-08-09 11:33 AM   #130 
  - I remember some 20 years ago asking a friend's mom  truedelphi   Jun-07-09 02:22 PM   #70 
  - Business men  Brooklyns_Finest   Jun-07-09 02:35 PM   #73 
  - Like I stated. Disgusting.  Fire1   Jun-07-09 03:18 PM   #77 
  - Amen  14thColony   Jun-07-09 06:31 PM   #92 
  - Really?  donco6   Jun-07-09 08:29 PM   #101 
  - I would travel just to get AWAY from the local food n/t  pipi_k   Jun-07-09 02:43 PM   #75 
  - When we went to Australia, we avoided all American fast food  AnnieBW   Jun-07-09 03:07 PM   #76 
  - I get you  bigtree   Jun-07-09 03:26 PM   #79 
  - I gained 10 lbs. in 6 weeks in France, and that was with walking everywhere.  spooky3   Jun-07-09 03:27 PM   #80 
  - I hear you !  eowyn_of_rohan   Jun-07-09 03:32 PM   #82 
  - I can't eat spicy food.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jun-07-09 03:44 PM   #84 
  - Me neither  pipi_k   Jun-07-09 08:40 PM   #102 
     - Yeah I use a little black pepper and sea salt on a burger.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jun-07-09 09:01 PM   #104 
  - It can be fun at first  HughMoran   Jun-07-09 06:32 PM   #93 
  - Business travel is generally not so fun. One rarely gets to do much  Lucky Luciano   Jun-07-09 08:56 PM   #103 
  - You mean the "ugly American"? He's so common (AND I DO MEAN "COMMON")  MasonJar   Jun-07-09 09:26 PM   #105 
  - The only thing I complained about was the inability to get away  efhmc   Jun-07-09 10:58 PM   #109 
  - That's a pet peeve of mine, too.  TexasObserver   Jun-07-09 11:08 PM   #110 
  - If I didn't know better, I'd think foreign culture is defined by stuffing one's face and using the..  JVS   Jun-07-09 11:12 PM   #111 
  - Food is a key to a lot of cultures, really /nt  jberryhill   Jun-07-09 11:58 PM   #120 
  - This thread reminds me of our cruise stop in Nassau.  bumblebee1   Jun-08-09 12:41 AM   #121 
  - I lived in NYC and now live in the DC area. A**h**e tourists come from all over.  amandabeech   Jun-08-09 12:59 AM   #123 
  - They do it just to say they've been there, but they don't seem to  Cleita   Jun-08-09 06:57 AM   #126 
  - Yet people from other cultures come here and refuse to  BoneDaddy   Jun-08-09 08:43 AM   #129 
 

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