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Have you been to...? Travel - what was good to do where?

#1 User is offline   Macros 

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:13 AM

Sort of in line with the have you read thread in OL, I figure our member base has seen a bit of the world.
I'm not talking about your big attractions that are listed on every tourist website and brochure going, I'm thinking more off the beaten track stuff, maybe really boring sounding stuff that surprised or amazed you.

I'll start it, has anyone been to Dubai?

I'm going for a week in September, and obviously I'll be going tourist mode to see the islands, the big towers, the new mall and Basakilas. But this is the stuff everyone does in Dubai, so has anyone been there and found something different, maybe more traditional or just really left field to do?


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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:13 AM

Can you post videos straight from your phone here on the boards? That'd prob come handy for this thread.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:33 AM

I don't think so no.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:25 PM

I defer to my fellow modgods of greater technological thinkymeatz, but i'm pretty sure posting videos is a no-go.
Bandwidth issues or overworked pixelfae or too many virgin chicken sacrifices or something.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:44 PM

View PostMacros, on 23 August 2012 - 04:13 AM, said:

Sort of in line with the have you read thread in OL, I figure our member base has seen a bit of the world.
I'm not talking about your big attractions that are listed on every tourist website and brochure going, I'm thinking more off the beaten track stuff, maybe really boring sounding stuff that surprised or amazed you.

I'll start it, has anyone been to Dubai?

I'm going for a week in September, and obviously I'll be going tourist mode to see the islands, the big towers, the new mall and Basakilas. But this is the stuff everyone does in Dubai, so has anyone been there and found something different, maybe more traditional or just really left field to do?


Dubai is a crafted city. It was created from the get-go to be a rich tourist mecca. It's gorgeous to look at, but it's all empty. The majority of the buildings (minus the hotels....and even in some cases the hotels) are not occupied.

I have friends who visited and the only reason they found anything to do was because they had a friend who had family there, otherwise they said it was kind of boring...as far as middle eastern culture is concerned. The way one of them described it like a Hollywood movie set of a Middle Eastern city. Like a Vegas that isn't really occupied.

It's simply not the type of place to look for stuff to do off the beaten path. As far as I know.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:53 PM

RESEARCH THE LAWS. Strange things about drinking, sex toys and sex outside of marriage.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:24 PM

The real fun is on the outskirts of the city, where the rave tent cities move around.
You have to find someone in the know and get in on the twitter feed - mine's out of date or i would pm it to you - , and they'll send you a GPS location for that night . Typically the GPS location is a kid standing around with a camel who will give you the proper coordinates and password .... the kid, not the camel... i always figured the camel was there as a 'getaway car' in case the scene got rumbled by the Dubai popo. Anyhoo the parties are legend, tonnes of repressed Dubai young adults and foreign workers getting drunk and high and laid and tattooed and pierced and i swear true story this one time a group seance broke out and they actually summoned an Elder God for about seven seconds which was just long enough for it to eviserate three Tunisian engineers, impregnate two backpacker debutantes with the anti-prophet (two backpackers, one anti-prophet... it's complicated...) and steal an Australian guy's wallet. We all cleared out but if you get to a party and see someone with the three tentacle tattoo, fair bet they were there that night. Don't even get me started on the Bedouin cactiiborgs...
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:30 PM

^^Why did I start reading that an think Abyss was being serious...

fuck. I got taken in.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:33 PM

View PostQuickTidal, on 23 August 2012 - 03:30 PM, said:

^^Why did I start reading that an think Abyss was being serious...

fuck. I got taken in.



Haha! Me too.
Right up until "I swear this is true"

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:09 PM

I saw an episode of No Reservations set in Dubai. Look that up if you wanna find some food places.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 04:16 PM

View PostSolidsnape, on 23 August 2012 - 03:33 PM, said:

View PostQuickTidal, on 23 August 2012 - 03:30 PM, said:

^^Why did I start reading that an think Abyss was being serious...

fuck. I got taken in.



Haha! Me too.
Right up until "I swear this is true"

Abyss never swears.



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PUST: Go forth, Hounds of Life! Go forth and do my bidding!
CHASE: (quietly) I dunno pups... he seems to be bidding us to hurt a bunch of people.
MARSHALL: So? I mauled Mayor Humdinger's face and set him on fire that one time and he was totally fine the next week.
CHASE: Good point. (louder) OK pups, Paw Patrol is on a roll!
PUST: WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN???
-The Malazan Book of the Paw Patrol
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

View Postworrywort, on 23 August 2012 - 04:09 PM, said:

I saw an episode of No Reservations set in Dubai. Look that up if you wanna find some food places.

This is exactly what you should be doing. Why not let Bourdain & Co. do your legwork?
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:10 PM

Good thread idea! I'm off to Peru and Bolivia in September for 3 weeks. The first half of the trip has already been planned - arrive in Lima, Lares Trek to Machu Pichu and some stuff around Cuzco. But then I have 10 days of time to spend before I have to be in La Paz for my flight home. So far, the main things people have told me are good to see are:

- Colca Canyon
- Bolivian Salt Flats

Anyone got any other recommendations about how to fill my time?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

View PostSir Thursday, on 23 August 2012 - 05:10 PM, said:

Good thread idea! I'm off to Peru and Bolivia in September for 3 weeks. The first half of the trip has already been planned - arrive in Lima, Lares Trek to Machu Pichu and some stuff around Cuzco. But then I have 10 days of time to spend before I have to be in La Paz for my flight home. So far, the main things people have told me are good to see are:

- Colca Canyon
- Bolivian Salt Flats

Anyone got any other recommendations about how to fill my time?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 06:40 PM

Has anyone here been to India? I read a few books about the country and watched a documentary, and overall it looks like a terribly filthy country. Overpopulated too, I don't think there's any breathing space there.
Well, a friend of mine always wanted to visit it and asked me to come along this October, but I'm reluctant. Is there anyone here with a positive impression of the country?
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

View PostNocturnal, on 23 August 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:

Has anyone here been to India? I read a few books about the country and watched a documentary, and overall it looks like a terribly filthy country. Overpopulated too, I don't think there's any breathing space there.
Well, a friend of mine always wanted to visit it and asked me to come along this October, but I'm reluctant. Is there anyone here with a positive impression of the country?


I have not been to India, but i have been told, repeatedly, by spoiled western fat white people who one would not expect to travel anywhere that does not have a Radisson and a Dennys, that the typical impression one gets, the one you have, is based on life in the cities, and that once you're out of the urban sprawl it's a wonderful place. YMMV but there it is.
PUST: Go forth, Hounds of Life! Go forth and do my bidding!
CHASE: (quietly) I dunno pups... he seems to be bidding us to hurt a bunch of people.
MARSHALL: So? I mauled Mayor Humdinger's face and set him on fire that one time and he was totally fine the next week.
CHASE: Good point. (louder) OK pups, Paw Patrol is on a roll!
PUST: WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN???
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:04 PM

Ontopic and without any reference to Cthulhu, i'd appreciate any suggestions re California, from LA up the coast to San Fran. What to do and see, where to eat, what to avoid.

...Ok fine, if your suggestion does in fact require ref to Cthulhu that's fine too...
PUST: Go forth, Hounds of Life! Go forth and do my bidding!
CHASE: (quietly) I dunno pups... he seems to be bidding us to hurt a bunch of people.
MARSHALL: So? I mauled Mayor Humdinger's face and set him on fire that one time and he was totally fine the next week.
CHASE: Good point. (louder) OK pups, Paw Patrol is on a roll!
PUST: WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN???
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:22 PM

@ Mac: If you're there for cool architecture, brand stores and fabulous weather, artificial beaches and waterparks, you're going to love it. One of my previous squeezes swore by Dubai as her go-to destination and a Maltese friend of mine loved it as well. Mind, they were both a bit of label freaks, very european and very female. Not sure how many of those criteria apply to you, though :)

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

View PostAbyss, on 23 August 2012 - 07:04 PM, said:

Ontopic and without any reference to Cthulhu, i'd appreciate any suggestions re California, from LA up the coast to San Fran. What to do and see, where to eat, what to avoid.

...Ok fine, if your suggestion does in fact require ref to Cthulhu that's fine too...


There's a place about an hour south of San Francisco where you can see Elephant Seals...they're pretty impressive creatures. You do have to go at the right time of year to see them at their best though (when I was there there were a lot of very young pups about, which was cool. I imagine the best time to go is when the males are fighting though, suspect that would be impressive). And just in general that drive up the coast is very picturesque.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:06 PM

View PostNocturnal, on 23 August 2012 - 06:40 PM, said:

Has anyone here been to India? I read a few books about the country and watched a documentary, and overall it looks like a terribly filthy country. Overpopulated too, I don't think there's any breathing space there.
Well, a friend of mine always wanted to visit it and asked me to come along this October, but I'm reluctant. Is there anyone here with a positive impression of the country?


Its on my list of places to go.
Anyone I k ow who has been there says that yes a lot of the urban centres are horrid and over crowded but staying on the tourist track in those areas is fine.
depending on what you're into India can be immense.
Historical its a veritable gold mine with stuff that you can visit spanning thousands of years of their history (I'll be checking that stuff out when I go)
If you want to party then Goa is still going but I hear its been well curtailed these days in comparison to its full flwoing hedonistic Mecca days.
Probably not that helpful but personally Id recommend going because you might not get the chance again, but Id book a few things in advance to make sure you see some of it.
Nothing off the beaten track here, come back to.me in a few years time, hopefully I'll be able to fill you in!
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