How many countries/cities have you travelled?

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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Adrianslont » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:41 pm

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Bluepaint wrote:Australia! Ace :) maybe you can tell me if swooping season is a myth or truth? Supposedly magpies get rather aggressive at some point in the year?!


There are a lot of fun myths, but this one is true :D I think magpies react to shiny things, and the birds in Australia have no fear. Cyclists are particularly at risk. Offhand I don't know the season but I'd guess it's when the skies are clearest with sunshine to reflect off things.

I remember the first time I went, I was in a park leaning my arms on a low wall, and a bird was wandering along it. It hopped right near my hands and didn't seem bothered when I moved them. Birds will also walk into shops. I'm sure it's a nuisance to the locals, but it's pretty funny.


Yes, swooping season = breeding season = spring. That varies a little depending how far north or south you live - pretty much August-October in Sydney. Those are male birds defending their nest. I haven’t been swooped for years but it used to happen too often when I was a kid kicking a football around the local park. They seem to go for people on bikes and people hanging out washing a lot, too. Cyclists who frequent certain areas have been known to wear helmets with spikes glued to them. People wear hats or plastic ice cream containers on their heads when hanging out laundry. All of this is true and can be verified using google if it sounds like some of the colourful BS some Australians sometimes spread. Magpies visit my yard but have never swooped me - I like to think it’s because I fix them with a steely eye. I’m not a birdwatcher but notice birds - this summer we have had lots of sulphur-crested cockatoos, lorikeets, other parrots, kookaburras and the pesky ibis (aka bin chicken). I’m guessing it’s ibis you’ve seen walking into shops - they have a lot of front.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Bluepaint » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:50 pm

In NE Scotland seagulls have been known to march into shops and occasionally fly into houses. They also take a lot of delight - it seems - in snatching food out of the hands of pedestrians :(
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Adrianslont » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:00 pm

Bluepaint wrote:In NE Scotland seagulls have been known to march into shops and occasionally fly into houses. They also take a lot of delight - it seems - in snatching food out of the hands of pedestrians :(

Haha. Yes, I’ve lost some of my fish and chips to seagulls, snatched right out of my hand at the beach.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Alch3mist » Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:23 am

As far as I remember:
Germany
Austria
Switzerland
The Netherlands
Sweden
Czech
Slovakia
Slovenia
Croatia
Italy
Spain
France
England
Scottland
Belgium (Brussels Airport :P)
Turkey

Outside of Europe:
Egypt
USA (Seattle, NYC)
Canada (BC)
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Hank » Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:00 pm

Hank wrote:Just to make everyone who wrote "I don't feel well travelled", and then proceeded to post 20 countries, here's my list to make you feel better.

USA
England
Wales
Scotland

:lol:

When I was a kid we travelled all over the U.S. and one time to Great Britain. My dad had a schedule for every day and tried to pack as much into each day as possible. No free time or really even time to relax. I hated that and really lost my taste for travelling. Since I started learning languages, though, I feel the travel bug. No schedules! My wife and I (and maybe my stepdaughter) are just going to show up and do whatever we want. Even if we just want to sit in a hotel room all day!

My current travel plans:

2018- Take a cruise to Mexico that hopefully also goes to a South American country or two.
2019- Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England


As of January, I can now add Mexico to the list!

I need to update the future plans, though. Due to a delay on our cruise, where we had to spend an entire night in the Gulf of Mexico and miss one of our ports, we were given a 20% discount on a future cruise. I'm really itching to go to Wales but we had so much fun on the cruise that it really didn't make sense to not take them up on the discount.

The new current travel plans:

2019- We booked a cruise to Mexico, Honduras, and Belize.
2020- Wales and Ireland. A lot of the flights to Wales stop in either Belgium or France, so maybe I can add one of those to the list as well. My wife says being in the airport doesn't count as being in the country but I don't believe her. :lol:

I'm a little disappointed to not be visiting the land of my ancestors next year but at least that will give me another year to study Welsh. :D The current itinerary is, subject to change of course, spend a few days in Cardiff, ride the train from Cardiff to Holyhead, ride the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, spend a few days in Dublin. A train ride across the entire country of Wales sounds like fun, and I want to see the Guinness brewery and Jameson distillery in Dublin.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby petr » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:02 am

I have been to:
Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK
Asia: Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Americas: Brazil, USA (CA, IL, NJ, NY, VA, DC)
Africa: Egypt, Mauritius, South Africa, Tunisia

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1> Poland, Belarus, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia
2> Slovenia, Croatia
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Vika » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:01 am

Have you ever visited Ukraine? And have you ever heard about it?
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Serpent » Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:07 am

I'm pretty sure all forum members have heard of Ukraine ;)
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby brilliantyears » Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:58 am

I've been to 23 so far (although there are a few that I might have visited as a kid but have no memory of :lol: )

Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Georgia, Jordan

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican City

North America: Canada, United States

I've got travel plans for Slovakia (for the Polyglot Gathering :D ) and Ukraine this year, and possibly Moldova.
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Re: How many countries/cities have you travelled?

Postby Vika » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:13 am

Serpent wrote:I'm pretty sure all forum members have heard of Ukraine ;)


And what do you think about Ukraine?
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