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Author:  Mimi [ Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:11 ]
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What, dare I ask, is a wet train?

Author:  Kern [ Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:12 ]
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Mimi wrote:
What, dare I ask, is a wet train?


Eurostar are running several trains over the next few weeks sans alcohol.

As opposed to the Tunnel being breached.

Author:  Mimi [ Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:13 ]
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Ah!! Haha, yes, that makes sense. Enjoy your trip, Kern!

Author:  Kern [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:21 ]
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At Heathrow waiting for a flight to Poland! Weekend away as a friend is getting married in Gdansk. Never been to Poland before so quite excited.

Author:  Cras [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:38 ]
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It's impossible to say Gdansk out loud without then repeating it several times to the Pink Panther theme. FACT.

Author:  Kern [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:39 ]
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:)

I keep calling it Danzig...

Author:  MaliA [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:43 ]
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I don't feel like Danzig, Danzig, Danzig, Danzig

Author:  Kern [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 19:41 ]
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Kern wrote:
At Heathrow waiting for a flight to Poland! Weekend away as a friend is getting married in Gdansk. Never been to Poland before so quite excited.


And I left the invite at home so have had to ask the bride for the where and when...

Author:  Kern [ Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:32 ]
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Why did I only recently learn about Rome2Rio? It's great for planning routes that aren't covered by the ever-brilliant seat61.com. And, of course, good for giving me even more ideas for holidays.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:45 ]
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Going to Croatia in July! I don't normally travel in peak season but I'm too busy in May and June and didn't want to wait until September. I'm looking at Split and Dubrovnik, with overnight stays in Munich and Zagreb on my way there, and a night ferry to Italy plus night in Turin on the way back.

Anyone else got anything fun lined up?

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:21 ]
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I going to a wedding in Cyprus in the summer, and will be spending a week at an all-inclusive hotel. My +1 is a bit of a minger, though.

Author:  Mimi [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:24 ]
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Grim... wrote:
My +1 is a bit of a minger, though.

You're going with Craster?

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:29 ]
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Yup.

Author:  Zardoz [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:06 ]
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Only some of his forms are minging.

Author:  Cras [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:14 ]
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Ah, a week in the sun probably playing Factorio in the bar.

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:21 ]
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...

... ...

Well now you've gone and done it.

Author:  Zardoz [ Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:38 ]
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I remember the first holiday I went on after buyingt a Nintendo DS.

On the first day I got half a tan from lying in one position.

Author:  Kern [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:48 ]
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Just come across 'The Basetrip'. Looks to be useful site, giving key information about holiday destinations, such as average costs, power adaptors, and weather. Bookmarked.

Apparently beer is 46% cheaper in Split, Croatia, than in Oxford.

Author:  Grim... [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 13:21 ]
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Kern wrote:
Just come across 'The Basetrip'. Looks to be useful site, giving key information about holiday destinations, such as average costs, power adaptors, and weather. Bookmarked.

Apparently beer is 46% cheaper in Split, Croatia, than in Oxford.

That website has informed me that I don't need to take a power adaptor to Cyprus this summer. Good work, that website!

Oddly, it doesn't mention anything about languages.

Author:  Malc [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 13:36 ]
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Grim... wrote:
Oddly, it doesn't mention anything about languages.



I have checked a few and it does

Quote:
Bangladesh

Dhaka is the capital city of Bangladesh.

Official language is Bengali. Bangladesh uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Current time in Dhaka is 18:35 which is 5 hours ahead of London.

Author:  Grim... [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 13:50 ]
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Oh, okay. You'd expect them to say "X% of people speak [the language you're visiting from]" though.

Author:  asfish [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 14:00 ]
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Doing nothing this year :(

Our new baby is a bit of a nightmare, screams most of the day and night, nothing wrong with him he just has very bad wind.

Health Visitor told my wife that long babies (which apparently he is) that have fast delivers are more prone to this.

Was planning a week in Wales with my parents but cancelled it as its not really fair to subject them to a screaming baby for a week.

Also having to take the next 5-10 Wednesdays off work as holiday to give my wife a hand as she has both kids at home that day.

Still on the bright side, weather is set to be like Spain for the next 10 days were we live!

Author:  Warhead [ Tue Jun 13, 2017 15:47 ]
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Grim... wrote:
Oh, okay. You'd expect them to say "X% of people speak [the language you're visiting from]" though.



YOU JUST HAVE TO TALK S L O W L Y AND QUITE LOUDLY FOR FURRINERS TO UNDERSTAND YOU, AS EVERY BRIT KNOWS.

Author:  krazywookie [ Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:32 ]
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asfish wrote:
Doing nothing this year :(

Our new baby is a bit of a nightmare, screams most of the day and night, nothing wrong with him he just has very bad wind.

Health Visitor told my wife that long babies (which apparently he is) that have fast delivers are more prone to this.

Was planning a week in Wales with my parents but cancelled it as its not really fair to subject them to a screaming baby for a week.

Also having to take the next 5-10 Wednesdays off work as holiday to give my wife a hand as she has both kids at home that day.

Still on the bright side, weather is set to be like Spain for the next 10 days were we live!

Longbaby.com

Author:  Jem [ Wed Jun 14, 2017 13:38 ]
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asfish wrote:
Our new baby is a bit of a nightmare, screams most of the day and night, nothing wrong with him he just has very bad wind.


That's what they said about Olly - he had CMPI.

Author:  asfish [ Wed Jun 14, 2017 23:19 ]
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Jem wrote:
asfish wrote:
Our new baby is a bit of a nightmare, screams most of the day and night, nothing wrong with him he just has very bad wind.


That's what they said about Olly - he had CMPI.


My wife is breastfeeding and cutting out some dairy from her diet to see if there is a change.

Author:  Jem [ Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:37 ]
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asfish wrote:
Jem wrote:
asfish wrote:
Our new baby is a bit of a nightmare, screams most of the day and night, nothing wrong with him he just has very bad wind.


That's what they said about Olly - he had CMPI.


My wife is breastfeeding and cutting out some dairy from her diet to see if there is a change.


I'm not suggesting he has the same thing (bla bla not a doctor) but if she wants to trial an exclusion diet to see if it helps she'll need to cut out all dairy.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:33 ]
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Hivemind: has anyone used an outdoor activity holiday firm before? I'm kind of tempted to go hiking in the Atlas Mountains (or something similar) next year and think I'm probably better off doing it through an organised group rather than going solo.

Author:  asfish [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 20:15 ]
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Kern wrote:
Hivemind: has anyone used an outdoor activity holiday firm before? I'm kind of tempted to go hiking in the Atlas Mountains (or something similar) next year and think I'm probably better off doing it through an organised group rather than going solo.



Guy at work used one to hike to Everest base camp said it was really well done and the people he went with were great. He had to be flown down by helicopter some way from base camp as he couldn't handle the altitude but other than that it was a great trip!

Author:  Kern [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 21:26 ]
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Which company?

Author:  Bamba [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 22:17 ]
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Kern wrote:
Which company?


Pffh, you don't want actual important information do you? Why would you need that?

Author:  asfish [ Wed Aug 16, 2017 22:39 ]
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Kern wrote:
Which company?


I'll find out for you

Author:  Kern [ Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:03 ]
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Thanks Ashfish! Any more?

Whilst this Guardian article falls into the usual 'make Guardian readers feel guilty for something they all do' trap, the argument about tourism destroying places for locals is something I've often been grappling with and feeling guilty about.

I like to go to historic towns because of the history and the sights. I don't want to feel that I've wandered onto a film set yet at the same time if everything is turned over to bars and restaurants with little actual life or business going on then that's kind of what these places are.

But I still go and do it and contribute to the problem because I want to see these places and so do millions of others. Yet whilst the Radcliffe Camera would make for an ace Wetherspoons, it's because it's being used for its intended purpose that makes it that much more interesting to visit but I get why in other places they've become bars etc so locals can earn a living.

In short, I'm a self-hating tourist, but will never call myself 'a traveller'. Arghh... just go and have fun people.

Author:  Zardoz [ Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:04 ]
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I've always found Tinkers Rucksack to be reliable for adventure holidays. Some of the staff are proper weird though.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:53 ]
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Paid my balance yesterday for my guided trek up Mount Toubkal in Morocco in September. About three days up and two down. Looks pretty reasonable although it's been a very long time since I've done anything at altitude. I'm also spending a few days in Fez and Marrakech beforehand. Looking forward to it - first new continent since 1995!

Anyone been to Morocco?

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:56 ]
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Yup. I was in Marrakech a few weeks ago.

I really didn't like it there, I'm afraid. Although the quad bike excursion I did was cool.

Author:  Cras [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:06 ]
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What didn't you like?

Author:  Zardoz [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:08 ]
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Bad dates.

Author:  Zardoz [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:09 ]
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#WhipWhipWhip

Author:  MaliA [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:20 ]
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Ask my wife. She went.
Also, I am shit at quad bikes. Couldn't get used to it not counter steering and having to weight the back wheel all the time. My brain kept trying to make it ride like a MotoX bike.

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:22 ]
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Zardoz wrote:
#WhipWhipWhip

Actually, this. The way they treat animals (and each other) is horrific.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:32 ]
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MaliA wrote:
Ask my wife. She went.

Will do.

Quote:
Also, I am shit at quad bikes. Couldn't get used to it not counter steering and having to weight the back wheel all the time. My brain kept trying to make it ride like a MotoX bike.


How the hell do you cope with the Rover?

Author:  MaliA [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:33 ]
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Kern wrote:
MaliA wrote:
Ask my wife. She went.

Will do.

Quote:
Also, I am shit at quad bikes. Couldn't get used to it not counter steering and having to weight the back wheel all the time. My brain kept trying to make it ride like a MotoX bike.


How the hell do you cope with the Rover?


It has a wheel, not handlebars, and front wheels are driven.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:39 ]
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Grim... wrote:
Zardoz wrote:
#WhipWhipWhip

Actually, this. The way they treat animals (and each other) is horrific.


This is something I haven't come across in my guidebooks. Thanks for warning me of this.

Author:  Grim... [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:48 ]
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Also, it's kind of dry, but not really. In Marrakech at least, you can go to the top floor of most touristy places and they'll serve you alcohol - you can ask at the door, they won't be offended. They will, however, lie through their teeth, so you'll have to wait until you actually have the beer in your hand before you know if they do or not, so make sure not to order anything else but your drinks when you first arrive (which they'll try to get you to do). Kosybar near the Market Square had alcohol while we were there.

Speaking of the Market Square, prepare to be swamped with people who want your money. Don't dance to music, don't look at snakes or (beaten up) monkeys unless you want to pay someone. Get used to saying "no mercy" to a lot of people (the watch guys were especially persistent).

Taxi drivers (and everyone else) will put their price up massively because you're white - you can normally haggle them down to around half of what they start at, which will still be triple what natives of the city pay, but it's only about £3 anyway, so try not to let it bother you.

Apparently, the coffee to drink is a "nous nous".

Do take a wander around the streets though, just so you can be amazed at how beautiful all the shops are, how maze-like it is, how they can ever make a living when every third shop sells exactly the same thing, and how they manage to squeeze cars up market streets.

Author:  Kern [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:58 ]
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Much appreciated. Thanks for this Grim....

Author:  GazChap [ Wed Jul 04, 2018 14:46 ]
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My only knowledge of Marrakech is from the old Amiga game Titus The Fox.

Author:  romanista [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 20:28 ]
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This year
Denmark (swos)
Egypt (diving)
vlieland(kids)

And marrakech is fun but indeed irritant at times..
don't go for the leathering shops..

Author:  Goddess Jasmine [ Sun Jul 08, 2018 20:33 ]
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romanista wrote:
This year
Egypt (diving)

*Jealous* this is something I really want to do again.

We've already been to Venice this year. In September we're heading to South Carolina for a week then down to Savannah for another week. Looking forward to it and the photography opportunities.

Author:  Kern [ Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:32 ]
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romanista wrote:
This year
Denmark (swos)
Egypt (diving)
vlieland(kids)

And marrakech is fun but indeed irritant at times..
don't go for the leathering shops..


Umm... where did my reply go? Stupid Microsoft Edge.

Thanks for the tip. I'm not particularly interested in seeing or smelling tanneries so I think I should be able to avoid the more obvious traps.

Just looked Vlieland up. Seems a nice place for a chilled weekend. Is it popular?

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