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31. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1416 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Utrecht

Isn’t travelling about being curious and to explore, regardless of culture, people or any other reason?

I agree. I went to Israel and Palestine partly to see for myself rather than letting the news media form my opinions for me. I didn't warm to either place but I'm glad I've been.

Exactly!

Apart from the Idlib region, Syria (and it's people) is wonderful - even now (although the present military action in the Middle East by the US my change that area drastically).

We called in at Haiti on our present trip, just to see what it was like regardless of news reports. We've been, we've seen it, we have no desire to ever go back there again. It certainly didn't seem as dangerous as the reports suggest (the FCO advises against any travel in the country) but the people are unhappy and volatile and the country itself is so dirty; worse than anywhere I've been.

32. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

My husband and my daughter have been to Haiti (in the course of their jobs - it wasn't as tourists) and they agree with that assessment. OTOH I've been to the Dominican Republic which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and while the infrastructure is crumbling, it is a nice place to visit and we've been four or five times.

33. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1416 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Yes, Dom Rep was a breath of fresh air after Haiti. There's a Youtube video about the border and satellite pictures show the stark contrast between the two countries. The land of Haiti was raped in colonial days and, even since independence in 1801, still hasn't recovered.

34. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Yes, Dom Rep was a breath of fresh air after Haiti. There's a Youtube video about the border and satellite pictures show the stark contrast between the two countries. The land of Haiti was raped in colonial days and, even since independence in 1801, still hasn't recovered.

The debt France gave them certainly didn't help and they would only trade with Haiti if they gave 50% off exported goods which Haiti had to agree to since the United States formed a coalition of countries that all agreed not to do business with Haiti. In saying that when Haiti conquered what is today the Dominican Republic they could have treated the people better then they might not have revolted cutting Haiti of from the resources they had. I did see a documentary where it seems the young people still have hope in their country so perhaps the country still has a chance at going in a more positive direction:).

35. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

I agree. I went to Israel and Palestine partly to see for myself rather than letting the news media form my opinions for me. I didn't warm to either place but I'm glad I've been.

I blame Instagram. It gives the impression that travel is about everything being amazing and wonderful and you always have to love everything. You never see the #I'm disappointed in this destination photo. People think something is wrong with them because they didn't enjoy that destination.

36. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1398 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF


I blame Instagram. It gives the impression that travel is about everything being amazing and wonderful and you always have to love everything. You never see the #I'm disappointed in this destination photo. People think something is wrong with them because they didn't enjoy that destination.


I don't know that this is due to Instagram. I think this has been around before Instagram. 20 years ago people seem to think that if I was not unreservedly enthusiastic about a place, that it meant that I didn't like it. Nuances were overlooked.

Looking at restaurant reviews that I made on VT or Cruise Critics in the past-- 20 years ago people were complaining about any review that was in any way disparaging. One local restaurant 18 years ago I wrote : When we ate there, I asked them what the name meant, and had it explained to me, but I didn't remember what the reason was. In my opinion, if I can't remember what the name is about, then it has failed as a restaurant name. Then I went on to criticize the tables and chairs (not comfortable) and say that I thought $10 for what was basically a hamburger was too expensive. I immediately got a comment which told me again what the name came from and added. in my opinion it is the only classy place to dine in st. marys.". I am frequently accused of not knowing what "classy" food or places are.

I once did a review on Yelp and I think I said that the only good thing about the place was the draft root beer. The review was not posted - they said that they had enough reviews of that restaurant.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jan-2020, 05:05 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

37. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 46 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Thanks you guys for giving me some pointers on whether or not to go to Israel. I decided to go in group since I am all alone and still a bit hazardous about traveling alone to this country. It gives me some company as well and after all it is but for one week ... the only thing on my mind right now is if the trip is going through since President Trump decided to ruin the new year with dropping a bom. I so hope they leave Israel alone so that I can visit and see this beautiful country! Fingers crossed that's for sure!

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Jan-2020, 06:14 GMT by Ils1976 ]

38. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Ils1976

the only thing on my mind right now is if the trip is going through since President Trump decided to ruin the new year with dropping a bom. I so hope they leave Israel alone so that I can visit and see this beautiful country! Fingers crossed that's for sure!

I wouldn't be too worried. Relations between Iran and Israel have always been hostile so there is no change there. Problems will mostly be concentrated in Iraq due to Trump basically disrespecting them but as you are not visiting that country you shouldn't have anything to worry about;).

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