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HAL 

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:12 am
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luvdids wrote:
David, if you're wanting to crash with a stranger for a bit, you may want to rectify some of the things in the 'laziness' thread.... Wink
That David is a cool dude.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:24 am
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^ strange that HAL failed to reference the knickers!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:28 am
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Can you tell me any gossip?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:56 am
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^ yes Hal, David wears his fiance's knickers. Get with the program Hal!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:00 pm
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How does it look?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:10 pm
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HAL wrote:
How does it look?


When he wears the frilly crotchless ones it looks very untidy.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:33 pm
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^ An elephant with a coat.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:54 pm
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David I hope you have as much fun as the Griswalds did on their European vacation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-W50U2RP6g

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:30 pm
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Brenny wrote:
^ An elephant with a coat.



Ewwwwwww!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:07 pm
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David wrote:

Any thoughts


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:22 am
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annewilo wrote:
luvdids wrote:
David, if you're wanting to crash with a stranger for a bit, you may want to rectify some of the things in the 'laziness' thread.... Wink

lol
and the wearing of the girlfriends knickers!


That one is just going to keep biting David in the back of the Y fronts. Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:57 pm
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Just set up a couch-surfing profile and started the application process for my passport. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:42 pm
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Pied Piper wrote:
I'd be surprised and frankly disappointed if David went for something so cliched


And yet you are not surprised that David is doing the ultimate "poor uni student" backpacks Europe" cliche?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:45 pm
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And doing the ultimate poor uni student backpacks Europe cliche is [quotePied Piper]he or she'd be surprised and frankly disappointed if David went for something so cliched [quote] And you are not surprised that David.
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Make sure you get variety. Donít just do ďbookishĒ things. Low brow adventures can generate many happy memories. Definitely watch films / listen to music and read up on places (i.e. not just guide books but read good authors who come from a city / town you plan to visit) to give them a context / narrative. (For instance, my love and knowledge of the Ď80ís Hard Rock scene in L.A. brought that city to life for me).

And donít turn your nose up to every tourist trap. Yes, the Louvre will be teeming with tourists but if there is a work or an artist you really want to see, why let the throng of tourists who donít know the first thing about what they are looking at stop you from looking at something you know a lot about and love? Be very selective with art galleries / museums though. E.g. If you go to Madrid, donít just automatically select the Prado. Make sure you know what you want to see. Iíve been to two art galleries in Madrid neither of which have been the Prado. The DíOrsay might be a better option in Paris vs the Louvre too if youíre really into French Impressionism and pressed for time. Paris is a city you HAVE to study before going there. If you donít you will miss the hidden gems and wind up eating tasteless pizza on the Champs Elyses with everyone else (Take a look at: Paris: A Guide to The City's Creative Heart by Janelle McCulloch). I highly recommend going to the top of the Arc Dí Triomph at sundown as the lights come on. And yes, it is worth going to the top of the Eiffel.

In London, again variety is the key. I think youíd enjoy Electric Avenue in Brixton and probably the main street in Camden (donít miss taking a look at Cyberdog). I really found Killburn High Street interesting (there wonít be a tourist in site) also. To get a slight look into the posher side of English culture, buy a coffee and get a good seat at the Cafe Nero on the Kings Road (they have a really good farmers market there on Saturday too.... also, donít miss the Taschen store in Duke of York Square just off the Kings Road). Wimbledon Hill / Wimbledon Common is a lovely spot for a Sunday morning walk. If you want a suggested route, let me know. If you go in Autumn, the grounds at Cannizaro house are lovely. Also, if curry is your thing, donít miss Brick Lane. Itís famous, but it IS real. Half the people working there are probably family members of the restaurant owners in London from Bangladesh working illegally! Have a day when you buy all daily newspapers and then sit in St James Park (or one of the ubiquitous coffee chains) and read them all (You could make a photo of you reading the Sun your new avatar!). The level at which each newspaper is pitched provides interesting / differing insights into English culture. Catch buses wherever possible. Also make sure you try a ham cheese and tomato croissante and wildberry muffin from Pret.

Other comments:

The Bernese Oberland is achingly beautiful. Do the Jungfraujoch but leave enough time to take a look at Wengen and Lauterbrunnen. (Theyíll both be very quiet if you go out of winter season).

Go to Vokavar in Croatia. Much still hasnít been repaired since the war.

If you go to Budapest, stay on the non-mountain side. My favourite spot in Budapest was the main train station (I think it was called something like Keleti). I could sit there all day and watch people go about their business. It looks like it hasnít been updated in 50 years.

If you go to the football, England is the place to do it. If there are financial constraints ticket prices wise go to a Championship match (i.e. the old second division) instead of a Premier League match.

The best view of mountains going on forever into the distance that I have seen was from the Zuigspitzer near Garmisch/Partenkirchen south of Munich. Neuschwanstein castle is pretty cool too... as are the stories of the King Ludvigís dalliances with Richard Wagner.
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