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11. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

I don't know... I think u r starting to scare me...

12. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Beerman and I have met our closest friends while on vacation and through TP. Though Pardus lives in Dublin, we've seen him more often in the past two years than we have some friends who live locally. We have friends in Toronto that we haven't seen in many years but we stay in touch. In fact, yesterday I received my yearly birthday card from them via Florida since they are vacationing. I honestly can't wait to see TP members again - those we met in Montreal and Dublin.

To answer the question (just a little), I think such friendships do develop because of a common travel-related interest. But, as I have come to realize, that's only part of the equation. Those who dare to venture away from home tend to be more interesting people as they have had more life experiences and are usually willing to tell the tales. Our friends who live in the same area as we do aren't quite as adventurous. They are settled is about the best way to describe it. Our conversations cover home, family and work - that's it. Though, we do live in a farming community so the time to travel doesn't present itself often for our friends. (That or they are busy saving for retirement because, oh my God, they are old! They aren't but have convinced themselves they are... But, I digress as usual.) I have a feeling that there was something more than just being a TP member that drew the three of you together even before you met in person. Something he may have said or done gave you enough reason to meet him. The fact that he also belonged to TP just made the decision easier. His leaving has now placed your focus back on you and the work-a-day world. That's enough to make anyone depressed for a little while. Did he leave any forwarding address, phone number or e-mail address? If so, keeping in touch will do wonders for your soul.

Purdy is correct - TP members are maniac drinkers!! Well, some of them anyway. I do know a tea-toddler or two too. I'm also glad I have an international calling plan for my landline because most of my calls are out of country these days! ;)

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

When is the best time to visit Austria? :)

Now, it is 40 degrees!

14. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting Hien

When is the best time to visit Austria? :)

Now, it is 40 degrees!

I'm content with 34-35C.

15. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 9y

Kathi20, you and my girlfriend sound exactly the same. She's a Berliner by the way. Can't stop talking about her trip to Turkey. Has the same attitude about prejudice. Lots of people share your views. Take care.

16. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

at the moment it is between 33-38 degrees, depending where in Austria u r....

17. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

I was in Lux 2 weeks ago and it was 11 and raining, and now it's 30 C!

18. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

"Those who dare to venture away from home tend to be more interesting people as they have had more life experiences and are usually willing to tell the tales."

Couldn't agree more Isadora. (Gee, I feel like I'm following you around on this site...) I've often thought as a Highschool Senior it should be a requirement to visit a foreign country. One would think that people would have a little more compassion if they knew what it felt like to try speaking a different language or counting your coins out like a five year old in a foreign currency.

Kathi, I checked out your photos and you and your husband make such a great couple! (It makes me angry that people would be mean to him...I just don't get it!)
Looking at your adventures together you both seem to be perfect travellers. I guess the best thing to do is set the example. There is a BIG difference between being a "tourist" and being a "traveller". Most people on TP strike me as travellers wheras the jerks you mentioned who are unfriendly are definately tourist.

BTW, I've always wanted to visit Austria, it's on my very long "To Do" list.

If you come to the States, make it out to Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Right! The middle of nowhere!) I'll put you guys up!

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~

19. Posted by Kathi20 (Respected Member 270 posts) 9y

we really should go to the States now... I better tell my husband about it... *g*

have u heard from that 'couch' thing... (can't get to the phrase now)- where people lend their couches to people for a few days or so and let u stay with them in their house... that's something I'd really like to try when we will finally have our own place to stay...

we love to have people from overseas and like with Rick, after we had picked him up from the airport and knew for sure that he really was such a nice guy, we'd often invite him over for dinner etc. and hang out with him as much as possible (unfortunately we both had to work during the week)...

to cut it short: if there's people out there who show an interest in us, our country etc. we r always happy to help them planning their time here (or somewhere else), show them around etc. if cirumstances and time allow...

looking forward to hearing from some of u again!

Maybe I should put some more photos of us and the province where we live in my profile! (it is definitely one of the most beautiful provinces in AUT- and definitely not 'touristy' like Salzburg etc.)

20. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

Kathi...I would love to see more photos! (the one of your friend riding an ostrich)...and I love the comment; "She is used to riding horses" That made me laugh out loud.

When I was in Hungary, I was fortunate enough to meet this person online, Beforehand, on Scotland.com. This incredible person, picked us up at the airport, drove us in to Budapest...took us on drives all around Hungary!

Unfortunately, my ex-husband and I divorced. My computer data was lost. I still wish I could find Zoltan, Anika, and their daughter, Zophie, (Speaking of the nicest people!!) In Hungary.

You know...travel is great. The photo op's really nice. But it's the unexpected...animals, people you meet along the way...that's the coolest thing ever!
(I got that in your photos, I so loved them!) And your husband looks so sweet. You are a very lucky girl.

LadyMacWilly ^..^ ~