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Old July 3rd, 2008, 07:30 PM   #1
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My friend is in Europe right now and is not enjoying at all? What are your thoughts on Europe good and bad?
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Old July 4th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #2
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Why don't you start with what part of Europe.

You have many different cultures, languages, etc.

What is it that he is not enjoying?

I don't think I have ever heard of anyone going there and not having a good time, unless it is some kind of restrictive business trip, or a teen ager that misses his girlfriend, bro or video games.

OK, I take that back. Many years ago friends of my parents came back and complained about all of the drunks walking the streets of Amsterdam in the middle of the night. It was pointed out to them that they were walking, not driving. I too have walked home drunk from a bar in the Netherlands. Only time I ever came home in a car with friends, the car owners GF was designated driver and completely sober. Yea, they did the DD 30 years ago.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 10:26 AM   #3
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Did they ever pay us back for saving them in WW II ?
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #4
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Did they ever pay us back for saving them in WW II ?
Saving them? We fought against many of them.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 12:24 PM   #5
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I've known many people that don't enjoy overseas travel because they can not accept that they do things differently there. Rather than enjoying the diversity and the fact that things are different than back home they bitch about it.

Ironically, these same people usually complain when foreigners come here and do the same thing.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 03:56 PM   #6
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Saving them? We fought against many of them.
We saved them from themselves. LOL
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Old July 4th, 2008, 03:59 PM   #7
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From more than one person I have heard that Europeans are extremely rude.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #8
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I go over there for work now and then (to Germany). There is a lot more social responsibility, compared with the US. Consequently there is a lot less political correctness forced down your throat, because it doesn't need to be.

Good public transportation, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, more vacation time, nicer cars, raw feta cheese, no stupid lawsuits, blah blah blah. There's a lot of things it'd be nice to have here.

I haven't found europeans to be rude at all. I believe that is more of an issue of rude or poorly equipped travellers.

In my travels, from best to worst: Europe > Australia > Central America > South America > Asia
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Old July 4th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #9
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i visited europe a few years back, i went to Latvia with my church and we had a layover in london. I did not like london at all, it just seemed, dirty everywhere, some of the old stuff was neat, Big Ben is not as big as advertised.
Latvia was cool though, the air is very clean as compared to here in MI, they have good food too, but everything, and i mean everything has dill on it or in it. The latvians were very polite, and nearly enthralled at us because we were American. All the castles and old towns were very cool too, i have about 600 pics of 2 castles here somewhere.
bad, they drive on the wrong side of the road and it bugged me the whole time i was there, gas was 5 lats (10bux in 2005) for one liter in latvia, but many of their vehicles ran on propane.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:13 AM   #10
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I have been everywhere in Europe except the U.K. and Scandanavia and have to say that, just like the United States, there are good places and people and bad places and people.

As excited as I was to go to Italy, all of the major cities in general were totally overrun with Roma and tourists and Naples and Rome and Florence and Venice were very dirty. The people in these cities were the rudest I have encountered anywhere in the world (the smaller cities in Italy were great though).

The nations that I knew the least about before I got to them were the ones that I ended up enjoying the most (e.g. Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, etc.).

With so much history packed so closely together, if your friend cannot find something to enjoy in all of Europe, he's an idiot.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 07:16 AM   #11
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I would love to check out Europe sometime.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 08:22 AM   #12
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I have been to Germany, Serbia and Macedonia, all on business trips. In general, I found all 3 places to be nice. Obviously the cultures and wealth varied since one was formerly western Europe and the other 2 were former communist. Just like here in the U.S. I found some people to be polite, others bland and some rude.

Of the 3, Serbia suprised me the most. The people were all thin and very friendly. The women were extremely attractive and always dressed to the "T". The food was excellent.

I agree, a better description is needed to understand why they are not having a good time. A thought on this.............. I spent 9 days in Germany. 8 days were escorted by a host, the last day was not. I found communication difficult and frustrating.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 10:00 AM   #13
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never really thought about Europe before...
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Old July 7th, 2008, 10:07 AM   #14
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I have been all over east & west europe, asia, middle east, S America and Central America.

Unless my wife makes me, I prefer to vacation in the carribean. I do not really enjoy europe all that much. I think it is b/c I have been there wayyyyy to many times. I lived in Germany for 4 months while on an assignment there.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 11:01 AM   #15
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Fucking euro trash...enough said, europe sucks and so do the people that think its cool...
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Old July 7th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #16
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I loved Paris, London, and Oxford. Was a great experience and I'd go again in a heart beat...I'll let you know about Amsterdam after I visit it on Thursday this week!
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I stayed in ancient Rome for my honeymoon. I would GLADLY go back any time.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 06:13 PM   #18
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I have been to Europe quite a few times, I spent most of my time in Rome. I have never seen so much graffiti in all my life. I have been to Russia, and Germany. I loved Italy and cannot wait to go back. I plan on moving to Russia though, in the next 5 years.
Rome is amazing though. You get a real sense of history in Europe that the United States lacks, but I like the land in the states too, the people not so much.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 08:37 PM   #19
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I went about 8 years ago to France, Monaco, and Switzerland. I really enjoyed the trip, but liked the small villages in the country much more than the large cities. The people were most friendly in the villages.

The entire Med coastline is gorgeous. For my next trip I'd love to go to Turkey, Greece, and Italy. I think I'm going to wait for the current global sentiment to calm down before going to Turkey though.
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Old July 8th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #20
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I have been to Europe quite a few times, I spent most of my time in Rome. I have never seen so much graffiti in all my life. I have been to Russia, and Germany. I loved Italy and cannot wait to go back. I plan on moving to Russia though, in the next 5 years.
Rome is amazing though. You get a real sense of history in Europe that the United States lacks, but I like the land in the states too, the people not so much.

I think you need to look around...the US has had plenty of historic things happen, you just need to take the time to look....granted its not the same history that europe has, but important none the less...I still have family that lives in europe (Germany) but I have no interest in ever going there...expect for the Nuremberg Ring and going to see the Ilse of Man TT, those two things are on my must do list.
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