R13: that house in Bali was so tacky - yikes. Those shiny white tile floors were beyond hideous.
R16 most of the houses there have tile floors and people cover them with rugs. The houses there are kind of open to the outside and you have to be able to sweep. They are also usually constructed out of concrete due to termites. According to my relative there, if they used wood they would be replacing their houses every two years.
That one is depersonalized and staged to sell.
Anywhere in the whole world, and people are saying San Diego? Someone please explain this to a non-American.
St. Ives, Cornwall, UK.
I stayed their back in the 80s and it was lovely (off-season, of course).
If I could afford it...why wouldn't I just live there? I see multi-million dollar homes, just sitting around here, no one ever even visits. I think it's absurd...fuckers who have so much money that they can have vacation homes all over the world but they never even visit...I want those greedy fuckers, dead.
I picked San Diego because of the climate. Perhaps the best year round climate in the US. I don't care about much else in my old age. Few hurricanes on the West coast, no tornadoes, no blizzards, no oppressive heat or cold.
[quote][R16] most of the houses there have tile floors and people cover them with rugs.
Most houses by the water have either tiles or brushed concrete, but these tiles are really ugly.
R18, my guess is that they haven't heard of June Gloom...
How gay friendly is Bali? A friend and notable artist of mine was engaged to a guy from Bali. She drank the local alcohol given to her and died a few days later of methanol poising. Not uncommon there. I do love Indonesian food. Rijsttafel every day for me !
R20 I live near several large marinas and you would not believe the amount of pleasure craft that sits unmoving and unused for YEARS. I can't tell you how many of these boats haven't moved since I've lived here. Huge wastes of money left sitting to rot in the water merely so some rich fuck can brag about his 44 ft. sailboat or yacht in a country club somewhere in McMansionville.
Not sure if that house is by the water or in the mountains but I agree it's ugly tile.
Bali is a very friendly place for the most part. It's majority Hindu.
R24 interesting about the local alcohol. Did she get it from a bar or restaurant because I drank something derived from palm that was good but it was in a nice restaurant too.
London for me as well, R5. Want to be near the theatre district, Covent Garden and the British Museum.
Period exterior with a modern interior. Come visit!
[quote]Anywhere in the whole world, and people are saying San Diego? Someone please explain this to a non-American.
Simple: Americans are parochial, and don't know much about any place that they haven't seen. San Diego has a nice climate, so for the first couple of weeks one forgets that it has very little in the way of culture. Close to Tijuana, though.
On reflection, many Americans don't know much about any place that they HAVE seen.
You people picking San Diego and London must be loaded. Those places are way too expensive.
Key West. I'd live there for half the year.
Seattle. I'd live there for the other half of the year.
(actually probably more like 2/3rds Key West, 1/3rd Seattle)
We are talking about IFS not what we can afford. La Jolla would do nicely.
The alcohol in Bali was the palm stuff. Her guy is Balanise and it was at a local celebration not an establishment. About 20 people died from that alcohol. This is something that is not uncommon there.
Fuck San Diego! Tuscany for me. The countryside just outside Siena. A golden-stoned farmhouse overlooking vines and olives, with a terrace and a big oak table.
Don't call Americans parochial. I have seen the world. My partner and I were almost packed up to retire elsewhere. We investigated Mexico, South Africa, Portugal, France, Chile, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala,Ecudor. We were on the verge of buying a house in Mexico, near Guymas. We had many friends in Mazatlan also and have friends living in Baja. For us the hassles of life elsewhere were just more than we wanted to deal with. USA baby !!
How exactly does making alcohol work? Is there a process to keeping methanol out or what? Sorry to derail but this is interesting.
ITA @ R35. We are used to a very high standard of service here in the US that is not apparent until you go somewhere else (looking at you, Paris) and expect to get anything near what we take for granted.
Alcohol is distilled from fermented things. I suspect that cheap lethal methanol is just substituted for ethanol by unscrupulous venders for profit. It happens elsewhere in the world. Hard to imagine killing people for profit. Also depends on how much you drink and how much methanol there is in the drink. A lesser amount might just make you extremely sick, so many are sick but don't die.
The dollhouse campground on martha's vineyard.
I wonder how fundie it might be though, even for MA, since it's still officially owned by a church.