Should we bother? or Is this crazy?

Dec 12th, 2005, 04:45 PM
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LOL, I get your point, and agree with it, although trying to be understanding I write it off that the people who ask those kinds of questions are usually ones who have not traveled much and have no idea how silly their questions sound. To return the favour, though, I have to point out that a ridiculously large percentage of the Europeans and Australians I have met over the years (which is quite a few, given that I've lived abroad a lot) say they have "traveled to the US" sometimes even "several times" and when you ask where they visited, it turns out that it was LA and NYC, or San Francisco and NYC, and never anywhere else. So while they may not be trying to cram as many things in in a short time, likewise they are ignoring 98% of the country when they say they have "seen" the US.
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Dec 12th, 2005, 05:38 PM
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Thanks everyone for your advice. I have to go to sleep now as it's 2.30 am here and I've been micromanaging my trip all day, and I'm not going until Autumn 2008. But its not easy with 3 octagenarians, 2 toddlers, Auntie Mimi, who is young but blind in one eye and agrophobic, one vegan, me, my complete eurotrash sister and my husband.
Dec 13th, 2005, 04:39 AM
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Great stuff, lawchick ! But you forgot to specify you wanted non-touristy, didn't you ?
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Dec 13th, 2005, 04:50 AM
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To get the most out of my trip, I want to go skiing when I go to North America for my July holidays. I understand that Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada so it won't take me long to get there from Waco but I can't find a ski resort on the map? Can someone tell me where it is?
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Dec 13th, 2005, 05:10 AM
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if the "silly" questions from people who have never been to europe are funny, the answers from the american europhiles who have been here a few times (or just enough to be dangerous)can be much funnier.

their "rules", preachings and far too romanticised view of europe is a riot. at times it appears like a chinese person who went to the US a few times trying to explain america to fellow countrymen who have never been there...what to wear, what the people are like, how to eat, how to look and act american, how not to look chinese, etc, etc.

priceless comic value. from the european point of view, that is far funnier than the "silly" questions.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 05:20 AM
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No ski resorts that time of year in that area in Canada. After all, our igloos have all melted for the season, and we are all busy hunting moose for the upcoming season. But I digress. I hear that Detroit has awesome skiing -- it is north of Windsor, so you will have better luck if you go north. From Detroit, you can do day trips to Toronto, Edmonton (visit the mall!) and experience the polar bears in Churchill.
Dec 13th, 2005, 05:33 AM
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On a serious note, I was having a conversation with a Canadian guy in my office last week. I was jesting and saying that we have so many canadians here now I expect to see canoes in the car park and beaver pelts hanging out the window.
There was a Dutch guy listening and he said "beaver pelt - is that some kind of chastity device?"

You have to love the Dutch - but their English is far too good - it's freaky.
Dec 13th, 2005, 05:43 AM
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Very witty. Thanks for the humor (humour), lawchick!

By the way, should I go to California in March? Will it be too rainy?
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Dec 13th, 2005, 05:48 AM
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Without my sporty commuter canoe, I don't know how I would get to work each day. I find that it is ever so much more convenient that the ATC (all terrain canoe) that my husban favors. My commuter canoe is easy to park, has the handling of a kayak, without all those nasty tipping tendencies, AND I even have room to carry a set of golf clubs with me! The only problem is fitting both the clubs and the child safety canoe seat into my sporty canoe. Ideas?
Dec 13th, 2005, 06:00 AM
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All I know is that Chicago is windy - so you should not go there ever.

California seems very dangerous, but it's probably not so bad now that they have an Austrian body builder in charge of things.

Las Vegas also seems very dangerous and sinful and I hear the people never sleep but the drinks are for free.

Another place to avoid I would imagine is Buffalo - Nice to eat, but not sure my insurance would cover trampling.

I'm interested in visiting the "Land of Enchantment". That sounds nice and safe.

Dec 13th, 2005, 06:05 AM
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Re Installing a child seat into a canoe. I don't think it's too difficult, you need to contact Alisa Baer, the Car Seat Lady.
Dec 13th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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Just come to Alabama! We've got great food, great mountains, great beaches, Southern Culture at its best and it can all be done on a budget!


ps. Love your post! Very funny.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:18 AM
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Hi jp,

If I use Alabama as a base, can I visit New Orleans as a daytrip?

I'd like to rent a car, but have heard many stories about how dangerous the roads and drivers are. Would a train be better?

My TC thinks it woould be nice to visit the Clinton Presidential Library. Where in Alabama is it?

Thanks for the help.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:19 AM
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Yeah yeah, Alabama is great, until the poor unsuspecting European tourist gets chased off by Indians. I have to check my insurance policy for that.
Dec 13th, 2005, 06:26 AM
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Great thread! Super humour...excuse me...humor!

By the way, is California too rainy in March to visit?
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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:28 AM
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Oh wait a minute. I already asked that. Sorry!
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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:36 AM
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It NEVER rains in California, but as I said it might be a bit dangerous. I would pick a hotel near where Arnie lives. Leave all your jewellery at home and try to blend in and not look European buy getting perma tanned and have your teeth fixed before you go. You also need to break in those white sneakers as soon as possible so they are comfortable enough for pressing the "go" pedal in the car.
Dec 13th, 2005, 06:37 AM
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Some friends from Italy finally made their first visit to the USA last year. They headed to Florida for a few days first. Then up to Hilton Head, South Carolina. From there they planned to come to Maryland and stay with us for several days while taking in local sights and D.C.

They emailed to ask if we could drop over one evening for dinner on them and a chat while they were in Hilton Head. When I explained that it was about 1,000 kilometers away, they said it didn't look that far on their map.

Yes, they are Europeans.
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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:44 AM
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This was a very funny original post, but to be fair, could some of you Europeans tell your countrymen to stop asking if they can visit Niagara Falls as a daytrip on the bus from NYC? This seems to happen twice weekly on the USA boards.

It's the same distance from NYC as Avignon is from Paris or Glasgow is from London.

Really. It's VERY FAR. I know both are in New York State, but New York is a rather large state, it's 10,000 sq. meters larger than England. Just to give you a real sense of the scale of the USA, New York is the TWENTY-SEVENTH largest state in terms of area.

Don't even ask about California or Texas. IT'S REALLY BIG. BIGGER THAN WHERE YOU ARE FROM. TRUST ME.

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Dec 13th, 2005, 06:45 AM
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The Italians are not the cleverest, it's true.

Oh, I fogot to say, having discussed the matter of our forthcoming trip with Uncle Wolfgang, Auntie Mimi and the others, they are of the opinion that it would be dangerous for their health to remain in the US for longer than 30 days. Uncle Wolfgang is a keen hiker and ski jumper, even at 87, but after having seen the movie "supersize me" he's a bit worried.

Also, he's a little concerned about the peanut butter thread. He prefers muesli and schnapps for breakfast. Will that be available?

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