Where has been the most exotic location to where you've traveled and what made it so, if you can describe it.
tiny village in shizuoka prefecture in Japan. one month. VERY Japanese. I will never forget it.
John Pennekamp State Park. It's located at the bottom of the sea.
We're confused. Isn't this thread about our album?
I'm not sure how exotic these are, but I've been to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Abu Dhabi.
Exotic? I haven't done exotic travel, but visiting cities and townships in South Africa really exposed me to the extent to which Americans are fed lies about the rest of the world by our media.
Samarkand, the summer palace of Ghengis Khan, in Uzbekistan.
Cambodia, Sudan, Ethiopia.
@ R5 Please please please expand on that!
I understand that most people don't have the opportunity to live overseas, but I find it funny when people believe a trip for less than a month changes them. Try living in another country for several years then reflect.
Ooh, I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece.
You sound like one extremely wise and all-knowing person, r9. You must have done just what you describe! I hope you are highly aware of how special you have become as a result.
[quote]but I find it funny when people believe a trip for less than a month changes them. Try living in another country for several years then reflect.
What's the appropriate time? A week? A month? 89.45 days?
Change is, of course, a matter of degrees. Someone could like in a county for years and not change at all.
r9 is correct. You don't really know a place until you've lived there. Your love for a place while vacationing is superficial because all you have really have is a small glimpse of it. Once you live there and become acclimated you either grow to love it more or you realize that it's worse than the place you left. It's just geography. Geography doesn't change the reality of governmental politics or human behavior.
[quote]Your love for a place while vacationing is superficial because all you have really have is a small glimpse of it
Essentially, you're saying that someone can't have an emotional or romantic response to a place in an hour or a day or an instant that isn't phony or trivial.
This sort of tiresome snobbishness runs counter to a great deal of poetry and literature.
r14 you either have a reading comprehension problem or just being deliberately obtuse.
r13, you're one of those cunty people that nobody really wants to be around.
R13 gets it. You cannot say a place changed you unless you were living a normal life in that said place, not a vacation style one.
r16 says the guy who is posting online on a Friday evening. Looks like we're in the same boat, buddy.
[quote]Essentially, you're saying that someone can't have an emotional or romantic response to a place in an hour or a day or an instant that isn't phony or trivial.
I did not read that at all. I think the fact that someone is on vacation and is in an elevated mood can have a huge impact on their impression. Living in a place while holding a job can create a very different impression.
r15 is right on the money about r14.
I'm in Morocco now, yay!
What can i say, its true what you've heard about moroccon guys;)
R9- you sound ridiculous. I have lived a few years each in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Madrid, and Mexico City. But my visits to places like Samarkand in Uzbekistan, Essaouira in Morocco and Chuquicamata in Chile did have very profound effects on me.
By your reasoning, I suppose I would have had to pitch a tent at the bottom of the largest copper mine in the world and live there for a few years to really "get" the place. Or maybe take up squatting in the adjacent ghost town. Good grief.
You lived abroad. Big deal. Don't be a snob. Experience is relative.
Many of us spend the majority of our time in the rat race barely having time to appreciate our own environments.
Visiting far flung, different and exotic places often gives us time to think, breathe and enjoy.
It can also helps us to understand that we are just a very small part of something much bigger and more important than our obsession with our first world lives usually permits.
So even just a few days in a new environment can be valuable to help you recenter and recharge yourself and can be life changing if the experience is profound enough.
Well, I grew up in Decatur, IL and one time when I was in middle school, my parents decided to drive us all to the capital Springfield.... [bold]WOW[/bold] !!!!!! I'd never seen so many people, ..... restaurants, ..... diversity, style, etc. It was amazing. I hope to make it back to the big city eventually, but I do love spending my vacations here in Decatur too !!!