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Old Apr 9th, 2016, 02:30 PM
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nytraveler, I agree with you on the worst sacher torte. Worst toilet I ever encountered was in Helsinki… near a tourist site…. fort or something.
Worst meal I ever had was at a Hyatt in Jerusalem. (Serves me right for choosing an Italian restaurant.)

Worst RR station is probably our own Penn Station here in Nueva Yorka.
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Old Apr 9th, 2016, 02:40 PM
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finecheapboxofwine….hey, you got one of our better drivers! Fresh cab and fast trip and chance to learn a new language.

My worst cab ride was in Leningrad in the '80s. Young guy who had boom box turned up to the max and drove like a madman. Fortunately, there were no other cars on the streets. (Made our NYC drivers looks like little old ladies.)
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Old Apr 9th, 2016, 03:52 PM
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Worst bathroom: Pescara train station in Italy. No TP, no soap, no towels, smelled bad, looked dirty and some toilets were broken. Thought I caught it at a bad time, but every time I changed trains or buses over the next 5 days, it looked the same.

Have to say, though, that I wish I had traveled back in the 70s, if only to have great stories to tell.
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Old Apr 12th, 2016, 09:38 AM
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The worst campground ever - Prague's Transit Camping back in the commie days - folks from Eastern Europe flocked here just because it was one of the few places they could go and they were lined up literally all night to get a spot in the half-filled camp - we saw the same people in line the next morning (my friend and me just went in and pitched our tents and after the line finally died down the next morning we went and paid.

And the take out beer stand - beer in this country was in short supply- they would give each person a half-filled plastic cup on beer and that's it - and the line for that was hundreds of folks long.

I saw them stop selling for a staff changeover and it took them at least an hour to count and recount the money in the till.

So for worst camping site ever - Prague in the throes of inefficient bureaucratic Czechoslovakia.
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Old Apr 12th, 2016, 09:46 AM
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"After eating a bit of the fish and a chip, the inside of my mouth was covered with congealed grease."

That's because it was fried in dripping. Many foreigners dislike it - but it's practically universal in Scotland and NE England, where most locals regard any other kind of frying fat as immoral

Now you see how we feel about the repellent American habit of smearing mediocre bacon with some kind of syrup.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 10:17 AM
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Yuk you guys. My travel to Europe didn't start until 1996 so I missed the worst years of travel. On one road trip in Spain we got food poisoning in Córdoba. We didn't know it until we left the restaurant then all hell broke loose and we almost didn't make it back to the hotel. Funny thing is that the restaurant was very picturesque and we took lots of pictures of the staff serving out lunch and the guitarist playing and included the restaurant sign outside so whenever I see the pictures I feel very nauseous.
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Every time somebody recommends a doctor, he's always the best. "Oh, is he
good?" "Oh, he's the best. This guy's the best." They can't all be the best.
There can't be this many bests. Someone's graduating at the bottom of these
classes, where are these doctors? Is somewhere, someone saying to their friend,

"You should see my doctor, he's the worst. Oh yeah, he's the worst, he's the
absolute worst there is. Whatever you've got, it'll be worse after you see him.
He's just, he's a butcher. The man's a butcher."?

-- Seinfeld, Season 3 episode 1
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 10:51 AM
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Colleen, in my experience, food poisoning takes hours to become apparent so your ordeal was likely the result of an earlier encounter. You may now enjoy your pictures.

By the way, "the worst years of travel" were, in many ways, the best. No crowds or lines. Life on the planet was far less homogeneous. There really were "undiscovered" places. No questions to ask about what to see, do, where to eat because we were largely the leading edge. I speak of 50 years ago when I began traveling and look back with great fondness. Of course everything tends to be rosier in hindsight but from my perspective and with experience to compare, it's true. But you'd have no way to know.
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Oh, isn't that the truth.
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Old Apr 24th, 2016, 07:08 PM
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So true Mme and St.C… I remember when my husband got a hot tip from a
young friend that we should check out the Cinque Terre -
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