What interesting places have you visited or lived in?

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  1. wildman

    wildman Registered Member

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    :) I have told before that the wildman was a world traveler. My adventures began at the ripe old age of 8. My father was a construction engineer. In approx. 1954 we left Portland Ore. (Grandparents lived there, Dad had proceeded us by about 3 months, an awaited housing accommodations to be completed.) and headed out across the vast ocean for the land of India. Dad helped build an addition to the Tata Steel mill at Jamshedpur. We lived there until approx. mid 1957.
    Some time I must tell you about the trip, it is a fine example of Murphy's law.

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  2. wildman

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    :D Please don't be shy. I know there are many of you who also have interesting stories to tell.

    O.K. the trip: The trip to India was the first of many to follow: We were to leave from Portland Ore. and go to San Francisco Cal. (My aunt and uncle lived there). The day we were to leave, Portland was fogged in, needless to say the plane was late (Coming from Seattle Wash.). I being 8 years old gave the air line people fits with my question as to how long before the plane would arrive. Needless to say when it did leave (8 hours late) I was the first to board. We spent the night in San Francisco with my aunt and uncle, and left for the airport with only having had about an hours sleep. The nimrod from dad's office, who took us to the airport didn't know exactly where it was, so we were entering the front door as they were announcing last call. Mom and I did the mad dash routine through the San Francisco airport. The plane to me was huge (propeller job, Pan Am clipper, no jets yet). Off to Hawaii it was. Refueled, and off we were to go (mechanical problem, back to the terminal). Six hours latter we take off for Wake Island. Leave Wake Island and are about an hour out, I lookout the window an remark to my mom that the wing looks like it is on fire. The pilot comes on the speaker and states that we are headed back to Wake Island and we are to remove all sharp objects and place our faces firmly in the seat back in front of us. Fourteen hours latter we leave Wake Island for Tokyo Japan. Arrive in the Tokyo airport as they are announcing last call for our Air India flight. Mom and I do the mad dash through the Tokyo airport. Leave Tokyo and are head for Bannock Thailand. We are about three hours out when the pilot announces that he has been skirting a typhoon and we will be making an unscheduled flue stop on Okinawa. We leave Okinawa and head for Bannock, no problems this stop. It's off from Bannock and on to the last stop Calcutta India. Dad said we circled the airport for half an hour before we landed.

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    Well I have lived in nine states in the USA and three countries during my time on this planet.

    Korea for a year and a half
    Viet Nam =two or three days at a time over eighteen month period
    Japan six months

    california
    arizona
    Oregon
    washington
    Texas
    oklahoma
    idaho
    south dakota
    wyoming
     
  5. iceni60

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    i lived in Florida when i was playing professional tennis. i wasn't very good though :D i was making enough money to get to the next hotel and tournament and that was it :eek: i got to know some great people though and brilliant tennis players, one won junior Wimbledon and another won a gold medal in the Olympics.
     
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    A family friend who works for IBM in California with his family often invites my family to go and stay with them for a while in California however my parents always turn him down. Don't know if it is the cost or if he is just too busy at work,

    Jimbob
     
  7. Fire-Ant

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    Visited:

    Europe:
    belgium, luxemburg, france, spain, switserland, italy, austria, ireland, germany,
    Scandinavia:
    norway, sweden, denmark,
    Asia:
    indonesia (Sunda isl & Komodo), Japan
    Africa:
    kenia, egypt (red sea)
    South America:
    peru (inca trail to Machu Pichu), equador
     
  8. Infinity

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    my mom is from spain and my did is from Holland so I guess I am a cocktail of sangria and old gouda, never tried it and don't try it...:)

    so I have visited spain (Valencia) and Holland (often ...)
    norwege (with my school once)
    France (Paris)
    Italy (Bianco at the very very south)
    Germany (Aken)

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  9. snowbound

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    Some of the international places i've travelled to,

    France
    Italy
    Germany
    China(3)
    Vietnam(too many to count)
    Laos
    Cambodia
    Thailand(4)
    Hawaii
    Japan

    In Canada, where i live, almost every province.

    In the USA, about 7 States.

    I hope to go to Australia next, that's if Blackspear and bigbuck will let me in. :p ;) :D



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  10. bigbuck

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    snowbound Retired Moderator

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    (gulp) Yikes!

    Looks like the no neck brothers! :eek: :eek: :eek:



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    Yep.. always knew it, now there's proof:

    Now there you have 2 typical BANANA-BENDERS :D ;) :D

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  13. Jimbob1989

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    Did you have any where else in mind? :p
     
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    Yeah, maybe i'll come over to England and have a little talk with u JB. ;)



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  15. Marja

    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

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    Maybe you should include places we would like to go to!!

    World Travelers, Inc. here!

    The only places out of the US I have been (and not in quite a while)
    are Mexico, a little bit of Canada and Columbia (before it got so rough).

    The states: California from top to bottom
    Colorado
    NewYork
    Washington DC
    Chicago
    South Dakota
    Montana
    Idaho
    Washington
    Nevada
    Arizona (There Is No Arizona- Great lyrics)
    New Mexico

    that's it!

    Want to go:
    OZ
    New Zealand
    Africa
    Holland
    England
    Ireland
    Japan
    Alaska
    NewYork (again!)
    Belgium
    France
    and on and on and on!! :D

    How about all the way around the world in every direction?? :D
     
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    BeetleBoss She who posts lots of <I>Smileys</I>

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    He does. :D
     

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    Well actually the only really interesting place I've ever been to is Wilders' Security Forums and I plan to settle down here and stay!! :) ;)
     
  20. wildman

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    :D Countries actually lived in:

    India
    Australia
    Israel
    Viet Nam
    Okinawa (Japan)
    Germany

    Countries visited:

    Egypt
    Greece
    Switzerland
    Italy
    France
    England
    Mexico
    Canada
    New Zealand
    Fiji Islands
    Spain
    Austria
    Thailand

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  21. Longboard

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    Father was corporate executioner, we moved a bit.
    Did a lot of travelling around while waiting to get responsible :)

    Born in Oz
    Lived in:
    Oz
    Switzerland (Zurich)
    Ireland (Dublin)
    England (South)
    USofA; Colo, Atl, Fla, NYC.

    Visited:
    Most of Europe
    NZ (love of life and mother of children Kiwi)
    Canada
    Fiji
    Hawaii
    India (go to India: changes you forever)
    Indonesia
    Thailand

    Often trips related to two major interests Surf and Ski
    Many trips with minimal possessions and no $. Good fun.

    Now stuck with rugrats, serious job and obligatory massive mortgage.
    V.Happy but somewhat less scope for exotic travel for a couple of years.

    Still on list:
    Russia
    China
    Alaska
    South America.
    Not throwing in towel yet!!

    I also have just had idea for new thread.

    Best.
     
  22. wildman

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    :) Longboard: You are so very correct about India changing one forever. I have never forgot the things I saw. My world travels have taught me things that books and teachers could never have. I consider myself a very lucky man for having had the opportunity to have had these experiences. Those who have been to South East Asia can also attest, that these places will get your attention as well. The people I came in contact with have had an array of tales to tell also, and some of them would make you sit up an pay close attention. All the places I have been, I would try and get to talk with the people, and go where I thought there would be the real flavor of the place. As a child it was easier, once adulthood came along it became more difficult.

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  23. Marja

    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

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    When I was very very young - about 6 or 7, I wanted to go to India, I wanted to see the Taj Mahal, the Ganges where I thought everyone lived, (maybe it could be considered they do?), and ride the elephants.

    As I got older, read about it, talked to people who had been there, I started thinking maybe I couldn't handle all I had heard and read about - so....

    What I would like to ask, if it changes you forever, do you consider that change good or what.... would you say?!?
     
  24. Firecat

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    Well....Looking at my own country outside my colony (I live in India) changed me completely. The Taj Mahal, Ganges etc. are great places, but certain areas are so disgusting I was thinking I should move to Taiwan when I grow up...No really, India has many good things, but lots of bad things too, trust me.

    Take me for example...I don't belong to India. I don't like to eat the traditional Indian food, relying more on bread and pizzas instead; and I'm not all good at speaking the Indian languages, and prefer English most of the time; and to my pride am considered one of the best English speakers (and writers) in my school; and sometimes outside of it too.

    No really, if you visit India and take a good look around a large area you'll have mixed feelings...
     
  25. greyfox

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    The most interesting places I have visited were Lima, Cuzco and Machu Pichu (sp.?) in Peru and Quito Ecuador. I spent a month in both both countries back in 1979.
     
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