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Oct 30th, 2019, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by kja View Post
Really? You don't consider these to be generalizations? Because I must admit, that's how they came across to me. And while I didn't take offense (I didn't take them personally -- I took them to be the remarks of an ill-informed and potentially arrogant blogger), I will say that they could be construed as rather insulting generalizations -- suggesting that people believe only hype, fake news, and myths. Those statements almost made me stop reading. And I'm not even going to try to touch your more controversial generalizations / not generalizations.

If you want to share your observations (as you went on to do), I'm sure many of us will find them interesting. If you want to place them in a broader or more generalized context, IMO, you risk marginalizing yourself and your observations. And if you chose to offer political commentary, I think you can count on criticism. I could be wrong.
My thoughts exactly. There's a huge difference between: 1) presenting your first-hand observations and experience about the political environment of a place ("The people in Tehran seemed really Westernized, lots of guys told me how much they hate the government; other than the famous propaganda right outside the former US Embassy that you've probably seen photos of, I didn't see any anti-USA propaganda and certainly didn't see any Death to America rallies, in stark contrast to what's reported in the Western media"); and 2) making broad-sweeping political statements that are based on zero personal knowledge ("There aren't stonings or beheadings in Iran").
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Oct 31st, 2019, 03:44 AM
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"I'd say Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran are all in a tie for first place for hospitality / nice people. Hospitality is thoroughly ingrained into that part of the world, as militant/conflicted as it can be."

Ditto for Pakistan, but it's not very safe unfortunately. I haven't been to Kurdistan and Bangladesh yet, but I heard they're very hospitable. From what I heard Afghanistan and Sudan are also super hospitable.

But a combination and very hospitable and very safe is not that common.
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Nov 1st, 2019, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by BDKR View Post
"I'd say Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran are all in a tie for first place for hospitality / nice people. Hospitality is thoroughly ingrained into that part of the world, as militant/conflicted as it can be."

Ditto for Pakistan, but it's not very safe unfortunately. I haven't been to Kurdistan and Bangladesh yet, but I heard they're very hospitable. From what I heard Afghanistan and Sudan are also super hospitable.

But a combination and very hospitable and very safe is not that common.
If you want safe and hospitable try the South Pacific. Several Tahitian islands and Fiji are places we have been to and discovered both these qualities especially in Fiji. For example we as we exited from a taxi we a man just opened the door for us and asked if he could help with anything.
Later a young lady tried to get us to go to her store and I told her I really wanted to try some kava so actually there were three men drinking some in the back room of her store. They welcomed me, I sat in circle and they instructed me to clap three times in tradition before drinking the "magic root." . No pressure for anything. Then again if you are drinking kava you should feel pretty good.
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