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51. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting bex76

Auckland (in my opinion) is not a "a boring shithole located at the arse end of the world."

If you actually took the time to explore Auckland you would find that there are many beautiful areas and suburbs and loads of things to do - the city centre is not what Auckland is about. I lived there for 15 months (and still didn't do everything i wanted to) and would certainly not describe it as a disappointing travel destination. if you want drinking and clubbing then no, Auckland is not the place to go, but if you want that then why would you travel anyway?

I've actually never been to Auckland, so how's that for ignorance? It's just that I hear time and time again that it's boredomsville, and if Evelyn also thinks so then perhaps it is.

Having said that, I've been to Wellington a couple of times (for work :( )and it was probably the destination that I expected very little of and was most pleasantly surprised about. There were no volcanoes though :(

52. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Wellington's great :) I'd be much happier living down there I think.
But well, the possibility of something erupting is just too good. I'm going to have to stick it out here!

Three earthquakes here on Wednesday! I didnt feel a thing though.

53. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

Wellington's great :) I'd be much happier living down there I think.
But well, the possibility of something erupting is just too good. I'm going to have to stick it out here!

Three earthquakes here on Wednesday! I didnt feel a thing though.

Sounds like you were with the wrong guy then

54. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting aprilsgal

I would have to say , it was the niagara falls...

I am not sure what i was expecting, butall i cud think was 'so what'... partly because i think it was very touristy, and way too many people when all i wanted was some quiet!!!

That's interesting: I was expecting tourism and major las vegas style. But it was ok and crossing to the american side was a good decision. But I have to agree, it is a small las vegas

Really? I was a little disappointed that i didnt get to go to the canadian side of the falls :)... actually, seeing the niagara from the top sort of kills the effect - even though u do get to go in the maid of the mist etc etc, i would have liked it better if my first view had been from the bottom rather than the top!

55. Posted by zmey (Full Member 9 posts) 9y

Quoting aprilsgal

I would have to say , it was the niagara falls...

I am not sure what i was expecting, butall i cud think was 'so what'... partly because i think it was very touristy, and way too many people when all i wanted was some quiet!!!

I could not agree more. Definitely Niagara Falls for me... Actually, the whole touristy setup made me feel like I am visiting a huge hydro-power generation station...

56. Posted by zmey (Full Member 9 posts) 9y

Quoting HafJafMark

London, Singapore, New York.

Don't get it: what's wrong with New York? How can one be bored in a city that never sleeps? I guess, one has to live longer in this city to really get the feel of it. For me, NYC is one of the liveliest cities I have ever seen (and I have seen quite a few). My tip for New York: hit the "street level" on a weekend to experience the city to the fullest: either Midtown or Downtown, both are great. Try out some ethnic food places (for greek cuisine lovers: "Ethos" on 3rd avenue between 33rd and 34th streets is a must) and don't be afraid of eye contact in the streets.

:)

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 7, 2007, at 2:41 PM by zmey ]

57. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 9y

i also thought London was great... fair enuff if u didnt enjoy it its your opinion.

There's alot to see and do there and its just one of those few places where someone asks you wats so good about it and you reply... its London!!! or watever city ur talking about

58. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Zmey

Don't get it: what's wrong with New York? How can one be bored in a city that never sleeps? I guess, one has to live longer in this city to really get the feel of it. For me, NYC is one of the liveliest cities I have ever seen (and I have seen quite a few). My tip for New York: hit the "street level" on a weekend to experience the city to the fullest: either Midtown or Downtown, both are great. Try out some ethnic food places (for greek cuisine lovers: "Ethos" on 3rd avenue between 33rd and 34th streets is a must) and don't be afraid of eye contact in the streets.

The phrase 'the city that never sleeps' Is the most overused cliche i have ever heard. What does it mean? That pubs and clubs are open late? Theres 24 shopping? These are a factor of any modern city, you dont have to go to New York or Toyko to find them. Ive lived in New York and London, didnt really like either of them. I now live in Manchester, (which incidentally doesnt go to sleep either) and it has everything London does bar the tourists and irritating celebrities, and I dont have to spend three hours a day commuting. I can buy anything that I could get in New York and people are nicer to each other because its not overcrowded. I can afford to live in a nice city centre appartment (which I could never do in London or New York).

Simply put, big cities suck.

59. Posted by Eleniki (Full Member 125 posts) 9y

Have to agree with you, Samsara, re Auckland. I stopped there for a week on a tour of beautiful New Zealand and found it dull. Why don't you leave though? Why are you locked into a year there?

60. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting HafJafMark

....and it has everything London does bar the tourists and irritating celebrities...

I find celebrities irritating also. They keep throwing me out of their limos.