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Travel commentary

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Discussion' started by Medora, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Medora The New Architect

    I just want a topic for commentary relating to travel. And that is because I was reading country-specific travel information (http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html) at Travel.State.gov, a website by the U.S. State Department. Unsurprisingly, I started looking at information for the Philippines, as I am Filipino and visited the country a few months ago. That said, the following under "crime" caught my eye (emphasis mine):

    Heh, since for my trip to the Philippines I stayed with family and relied on their transportation, rather than staying in hotels and in designated tourist spots, I used "jeepneys" and other forms of transportation that are not air-conditioned, expensive cabs; not by a long shot.

    No, when I read the sentence emphasized above, I immediately thought about the time I was in the hilly island of Sipalay, and the "jeepyney" driver was speeding down the winding, steep incline at what seemed 100mph. I still remember how hard the roof felt. I remember it even more when on unpaved roads, which was quite common.

    Also, a cab driver in Manila is one of the bravest guys you will ever meet.

    By the way, while on the subject, the following from the travel information page for Haiti and Kenya, respectively, caught my eye because of a documentary I recently watched called Blood in the Mobile, which shows the Congo as a case study of the hidden price we in the developed world pay for our cell phones. The Dutch director, Frank Poulsen, often attracted the ire of Congolese because of his filming them without prior consent; they would demand to know what gives him the right, or demand a lot of money in exchange.

    Anyways, this topic is just for anything travel related. Got your own travel commentary? Maybe something in the Travel.State.gov country-specific travel information pages caught your attention, or think that information should be added?
  2. Dracvs Resident Lightbearer

    : D

    No matter what you hear, about Venezuelan Beaches and the "most beautiful coast ever" do not come here. This place is an inferno with no fire.

    If you want to go to the beach there are plenty of places see:

    - Punta Cana in República Dominicana is one of the most amazing places, specially if you stay in a resort like the Bavaro Chain; you get to be attended so good you don't want to leave. this one chain is quite good. I sugges this one. No extra precautions. This place is completely tourist is difficult for something to happen to you.

    - Colombia: There are three places to go:

    The atlantic coast, Cartagena de Indias, the most beautiful city I have had the pleasure to live in.
    And "El Eje Cafetalero" thats the Coffee Axis. It's a tour throughout the country and it is just plainly amazing! i am planning to go myself real soon.

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