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11. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 6y

coldwarspy:):) (btw. it is the craziest nickname I ve ever seen in this site, and i am still laughing while writing)

I think you are underestimating usa because you live there. I visited some places in the east coast last summer. I ve been to ny, washington, alabama and florida. I am not saying it is the best country I ve ever seen or sth. but especially key eest area was great. I ve snorkelled down to coral reefs which was a perfect experience. Next summer I am plannig to visit some places in West coast espacially San Francisco and Los Angeles.

12. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 6y

maybe, im from Boston. I love it there, but to go on holiday there is puzzling to me. Especially when you have a continent like Europe to explore. And even Turkey, Istanbul is amazing iv been 6 times and I love it still.

Americans are so closed minded. That's the problem I have. America has natural beauty, great cities, and plenty of stuff to do, but the people are just awful in some places.

13. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 6y

Quoting coldwarspy

Americans are so closed minded. That's the problem I have. America has natural beauty, great cities, and plenty of stuff to do, but the people are just awful in some places.

I think the problem is our Educational System - pretty bad for such a rich country. Also, too few Americans consider foreign travel.

14. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

[quote=Daawgon]

Asia - most diverse and interesting #1 ) I'd swap these
E. Europe - still developing and quite interesting #2
) two opinions around
W. Europe - overdeveloped but rich in culture #3
Oceania - underpopulated but very friendly #4
South America - still developing and quite interesting #5
North America - overdeveloped and major problems #6
Africa - underdeveloped and major problems #7

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Jun-2010, at 12:24 by flyingbob ]

15. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

[quote=Daawgon]I would rate the continents this way:

Asia - most diverse and interesting #1
E. Europe - still developing and quite interesting #2

W. Europe - overdeveloped but rich in culture #3
Oceania - underpopulated but very friendly #4
South America - still developing and quite interesting #5
North America - overdeveloped and major problems #6
Africa - underdeveloped and major problems #7

I'd swap the order of #1 & #2

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17. Posted by jojojojopestesj (Budding Member 19 posts) 6y

Wow... I am surprised. Some of you have a very bad idea of the USA, specially some of the ones who live there.

I am from Spain, have travelled through Europe profusely and visited many of its countries. I have never been in the USA, but I want to go there and from my point of view it is quite an interesting place:

- Lots of natural places: parks, forests, lakes, mountains, etc.
- Long roads to make epic travels.
- The Far West with its history and scenery.
- Some notable cities with impressive skylines: New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago.
- Home of basketball and NBA (I love basketball).
- Home of Hollywood, where some of the most famous movies are made.
- I also find that there are some hot chicks there!

I could find a lot of things to do in the USA but I am not going to list them all.

18. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 6y

Quoting coldwarspy

maybe, im from Boston. I love it there, but to go on holiday there is puzzling to me. Especially when you have a continent like Europe to explore. And even Turkey, Istanbul is amazing iv been 6 times and I love it still.

Americans are so closed minded. That's the problem I have. America has natural beauty, great cities, and plenty of stuff to do, but the people are just awful in some places.

trust me if you find americans as close minded you dont wanna deal with turks. the only difference between them is; as turks we are in semi-poor developing country so we need tourists that's why they threat you well.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jun-2010, at 07:54 by eroltoksoy ]

19. Posted by flyingbob (Inactive 842 posts) 6y

Shame that some people here feel the way they do about N. America, but I have to say - I have felt very uneasy and unsafe in many parts of the USA from N - S and E - W, too. Canada was much more laid back and (dare I say it) friendlier. At least it was for me.
I really like the scenery and ease of travel in the USA, but I found masses of racism - even towards the Brits in places and after dark I wasnt so confident of going too far from my base, without being in the company of others that I knew.
Im not one to knock a place because of what I saw in certain places, but the USA isnt the greatest place Ive been to when it comes to friendliness and hospitality.. Sorry.

20. Posted by Medsummer (Budding Member 18 posts) 6y

So much negative thought here about a good country.
We are raised upon this myth that "America is the best country in the world" and many Americans just do not see anything else. Contrary to this thinking, if you are an American you must realize that it is not.
Simply... is there any "best country in the world"?
No, there is not.

I started to reply with a political answer, but that is not what this forum is all about. To go there would destroy any intelligent thinking going on in this forum! Governments are not the people, national political policies are made by only a few of the population thinking this is what the majority want. Even though the voting results say the majority wants this or that...if you take anyone of our governments out of the picture and just meet the people who live in each one of our countries you are going to meet some really nice people. Of course, you will meet some real assholes as well.
That is just life...there is good and bad everywhere.

This forum, it is about us, people who just want to experience new cultures and seeing new places.

Right now in America the country is having a very hard time economically, check out this website:
http://cohort11.americanobserver.net/latoyaegwuekwe/multimediafinal.html

Not that any other country in the world is doing that much better. Recently I was in a bar in Nice, France and one of the locals was telling me he feels like he is in a 3rd world country. He could not make any money to get ahead in life, his life was going nowhere. All his friends there felt the same way who were there. I'm sure many people we know feel the same way. I do sometimes looking at what I have and wondering where I will be in 5 years. I know I will still alive and my future is not negative, far from it. We always wonder what the future brings, it is what we make of it that defines us.

So if you look at anyone country right now and for example you compare Europe to America. Yes, you can say Europe has it's history which is rich in culture because of the span of time. Yet, if you go to "colonial" America and stand on the deck of the USS "Constitution" and read the history of this one ship and then go climb up the stairs of the nearby tower on Bunker Hill and look out across the city...it's not going to be an awe inspiring view. The view you need to take in is down inside the base of the tower where someone made a model landscape of what that view looked like back in 1776, then maybe you might see the view from the top in a new perspective!
The "bad" thing about America, which is just my viewpoint is if you go look at the demographic map I entered a few lines above. The map is showing the individual "counties" which every state area is proportioned in, (for example-Long Island N.Y. has Suffolk and Nassau counties) When I look at map and see that everything east of the Mississippi River is all these little squares. The closer you get to the Atlantic Ocean the more there are! Out in the western part of the country the shapes are larger and not tiny little places! Do you know how many people live in those tiny little shapes!
Far too many for me! The weather east of the Mississippi is terrible-it's humidity...One time when I was back in NY and set my wallet down for the night and next morning when I picked it up the money inside had a wet feeling!
Out west...god-you did a good job doing that one! Less people and the scenery is fantastic especially when you fly over it!
What America is cursed with is too many people and TV. However, what "population center" anywhere in any country does not have too many people? You think New Delhi is a park, or London is a pleasant drive? Back in the 70's if you didn't drive inside London once a month the next month the road directions were different! It is probably the same today! Paris has it's reputation for having rude people, the people in Florence are so tired of tourists that they want to close the city, you are hard pressed to hear Italian being spoken there during the summer! Fly into JFK airport in NY and get lost just driving out of the airport. They have been changing the roads and buildings inside the airport since the 50's and I do not think they will ever be finished!

Some people are saying there is a lot of Racism in America and that you don't see that in Europe.
Excuse me...what were those riots a few summers ago in France?
What happened to Yugoslavia while the rest of Europe did not want to get involved??? How many innocent people were murdered and raped? Please do not even say Genocide did not happen here...
You think the Brits are happy with all the Pakistani people in their country? No they are not. Is there anything wrong with the Pakistani people living there? NO, they are just people wanting to live like you and me.
Go talk with the Norwegians about the Swedes. Then go talk with the Swedes about the Norwegians...

People... where does it end...there is no "best country in the world"