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In Which Country were you helped the most?

May 6th, 2017, 11:44 PM
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Belgium. By my wife when I needed her. Lots of time actually.
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May 7th, 2017, 12:17 AM
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Most helped: Seville, Madrid, Paris.

Least helped: Rome. Romans are kinda grumpy. But I still love Italy.
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May 7th, 2017, 01:01 AM
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Portugal and Slovenia. And a train station clerk in Munich.
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May 7th, 2017, 03:44 AM
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I should just add Syria and Denmark.

In Syria, everyone of every religion was amazingly nice, including the family that took us uner their wing for a few days up in the Lebanese/Syria mountains, the tank commander whose tanks were in the hotel orchard, man who gave us a chickpea branch, etc etc.

In Denmark, the guy who saw us lost and crossed a busy road with his tablet to sort us out, the guy who shouted out the window of his car to point out the bike path, the hotelier who chased 10 miles out of his hotel to check we hadn't taken his room keys and was so nice when we showed we hadn't etc.
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May 7th, 2017, 04:30 AM
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Belgium. A restaurant owner in Brussels opened his restaurant a hour or two early when he spotted my husband and I stuck in a cold rain. My husband was sick with what turned into a sinus infection, so getting in from the cold was much appreciated.

Later this same trip, the British owners of our B&B in Ghent arranged for my husband to see a doctor on what was a national holiday. They then made sure we could find one of the few pharmacies open that day. They offered to drive us, but we managed on our own. Once at the pharmacy, we discovered we didn't have enough cash to cover my husband's prescription. I was about to run out to an ATM when the pharmacist insisted we just pay her what cash we had, apologizing that we had to pay anything at all since the drugs would have been free for Belgians.

Italy: the owner of the apartment in Spello where we've twice stayed is the kindest person we know. I think she and her husband go way out of their way to accommodate their guests. From rides to and from train stations and car hire offices, to charging a criminally small amount for the apartment, to having us over for gelato on our last night. They're truly dear people. I'd note that the owners of the agriturismo outside Panicale were equally warm. Rome is always a bit of a let down after spending time in Umbria as the service we get in Rome is often a lot chillier (although I hate to generalize). I appreciate the reasons why service in Rome isn't quite as friendly, but I notice it all the same.
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May 7th, 2017, 04:46 AM
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Wonderful memories from everyone.

bilbo - How long ago were you in Syria? It must break your heart to see what's happened there.

Not mine but....My friend was in Moscow in the 1970s with an American dance group. He was walking on one of Moscow's giant rings and wanted to cross the street which is almost impossible to do. He started to walk across and saw a policeman following him. He was damn scared. As the police got closer he froze. The policeman finally approached him and to his surprise directed him to an underground passage as a way to get across. Yup, he was following him just to help him!
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May 7th, 2017, 06:13 AM
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Diane, we cycled about for 2 weeks (even out to Palymera), yes it breaks my heart as does Merkel's and Trump's actions each in their own way got it/ get it so wrong.

Though far worse is Putin who is just following Stalin's theory, if presented with a difficult problem, keep killing the person who tells you about it until it goes away.
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May 7th, 2017, 08:45 AM
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Bilboburgler, what's wrong with Putin trying to get rid of Isis?

There are no moderate rebels in Syria. Islamist rebels should be eradicated from the face of the earth.
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May 7th, 2017, 11:18 AM
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Loacker - Guess it's a question of who's worse, Isis or Assad.
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May 7th, 2017, 11:50 AM
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Most: Mexico, by far, all over the country, and also Venice, Italy.

Least: Anywhere in Germany, where attitudes ran the gamut from politely distant to aggressively rude.

I have never traveled in Asia, Africa or the Middle East, fwiw.
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May 7th, 2017, 12:04 PM
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France...I have been offered help on many occasions without asking. But, honestly almost anywhere I find most are helpful. In Italy, a man helped us find a short cut from our hotel to the main road and it was blazing hot. He apologized throughout for sweating (seriously, not a cloud in the sky) and I found it so charming that he was apologizing for sweating...we all were!

I think this is one of the things that I love about travel is the warm memories of the small kindnesses we experience.
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May 7th, 2017, 12:25 PM
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Mexico : I let my backpack close to the car and went away, a woman ran after me to give me my backpack.

Germany : lots of nice people, but I've never been on holiday in Germany, always on business trip - you don't meet so many people on business teip and you don't need help : you go from the meeting room to your hotel and then to the airport.

Rome : We met a lot of Roman who tel us repeatedly 'la bella famiglia', helped to take pictures and other things.
Lovely people.

Prague : great people who rented their apartment to us and helped in broken languages...

Scotland : the guy who helped us change a tyre at their B&B.

Canada : the guy who came with his car, then a tractor to get my car out of where I had driven it when I was looking at the Saguenay river instead of the road.

Seems i need help everywhere !
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May 7th, 2017, 01:10 PM
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That guy knew you would eventually brexit when your lot had stolen enough towels>>

lol, WoinP - I think that it was before we entered the EEC as it was known then, but only just [and yes, I know I don't look old enough to remember that, so kind of you to say so] - so that would have been a bit of a stretch.
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May 7th, 2017, 02:16 PM
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England and Scotland.
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