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  1. Really People?

    Really People? New Member

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    Hahaha!!!

    I wish I could do more traveling...

    As things currently are, I don't get to leave the area often...

    Maybe one o' these days, though...
     
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    I was an Airman at the time, serving on an aircrew on short layover for a refueling stop at Shannon Airport..
    AFI 11-202, General Flight Rules, which states aircrew shall not consume alcoholic beverages within 12 hours of take-off

    Those are soldiers in the photo in ACU.
    Army Reg. 670-1

    3–3. Occasions for wear

    a. Personnel may not wear utility uniforms in establishments that primarily sell alcohol. If the establishment sells alcohol and food, soldiers may not wear utility uniforms if their activities in the establishment center on drinking alcohol only.
     
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    Soooo, you're complaining about the uniform not the seating arrangement?

    j/k
     
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    cenydd Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Most parts of Wales, Scotland and England (and Cornwall!)
    France
    Belgium
    Netherlands
    Luxembourg
    Germany
    Austria
    Switzerland
    Italy
    Bulgaria
    Canada (Ontario, Quebec)
    USA (Florida, NY State, California, Arizona, Nevada)
    Australia (NSW, Queensland)

    That's about it, I think. Haven't done much international travelling in recent years - the costs and ties of having kids and dogs!
     
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    I really wanna travel around Europe...

    Seems like there's so much to see...
     
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    cenydd Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    There is - so much, and so much variety both in culture and scenery (there's huge variation of both even in the UK alone).

    What's often slightly frustrating is hearing about people 'doing Europe' in a couple of weeks by going from capital city to capital city. It's a terrible shame to do that kind of thing - it's missing all of the best and most interesting bits, and most capital cities aren't at all representative of their countries. Some of them are nice places in their own right, of course, but still not really representative. I'm very glad that when I went to Oz, for example, we were visiting family in a small town, and hired a car and did a round tour up the inland of NSW to Brisbane and back down to Sydney along the coast, and got to see a bit of the real place as well as taking in the cities and touristy places.

    Personally I'd rather spend a couple of weeks exploring one country than trying to get to as many countries as possible and not seeing anything of any of them, if you see what I mean - going from the US, if I only had a few weeks vacation to use, I think it'd be better to spend that few weeks exploring the UK or Germany, for example, than going from capital to capital across Europe and not really getting a feel for any of the countries in the process. Maybe that's just me, though.
     
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    Meh, I prefer to wander off the trail, and, see what the less traveled parts of the places I visit have to offer...
     
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    The rocky coastline is striking during a late summer thunderstorm.
     
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    In a country with the size and diversity of the US if you can't find anything interesting, it means you didn't want to.
     
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    I'm from London in the United Kingdom.

    When I first left England, it was to Philadelphia, PA in 2001
    I saw Willow Grove, Philadelphia, Independence Hall, Hershey, Scranton, Delaware, New Jersey, Seaside Heights, Tom's River, Fort Dix, NYC, Manhattan, Battery Park, Ground Zero 2 months after 9/11 and I smelt it still smoldering and a city still grieving, Wall Street, Time Square, I turned 15 in my 2 weeks in America, I also celebrated Thanksgiving and drove from Willow Grove to Tom's River from PA to NJ to do that, first meal I had in America was Applebee's, America also introduced me to Subway before I found one in London.
    Went back in 2004 to Willow Grove/Seaside Heights/Tom's River, saw more malls, saw more of the board walk, met people who I later saw on Jersey Shore.
    Decided to see England outside of London and the South Coast and Essex Coast and odd village inbetween or the time I took myself to Ipswich for the afternoon; I saw a bunch of cities as day trips with my first g/f;
    Bristol, Oxford, Leeds, Stratford Upon Avon and going there I saw Coventry (I spent the night in some nice hotel), Stoke On Trent via Birmingham just to see Birmingham, it was summer, 18:00/19:00 and was like a ghost town and cut my time short by 45 minutes and took an earlier bus back to London, arrived home at midnight and everything was open pretty much as I'm used to life and coming back to London from Stoke a second time I saw Leamington Spa ib a more direct route, used a service station outside Derby and another outside Northampton (I local workers where in the country I was near because I was a passenger and had no clue and remember being told those 2 places doing that; once saw the bus stop for Reading; most depressing site ever I cannot believe that that was Reading, more of a side of the road with a food on wheels trailer selling hot dogs or something and it's right by the motorway and that was all I got to see of Reading.
    Amsterdam twice in 2015 & 2016 from London by land via Calais, France up through Belguim and half of the NL. The chocolate factory in Belgium was disappointing and I was afraid of being stranded there lest I wonder off.
     
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    Hmm, I have been to 43 US states.

    Canada, Mexico, Panama, Japan, Philippines, Greenland, Germany, Kuwait, and Qatar.
     
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    Hmmm, home state is KY, lived there 29y, from birth to about 33, minus my 4 years in OK, 23y in Houston TX, minus about 14m or so on St. Croix, USVI. Been to AR, TN, MO, FL, WA, CA, DC, NH, MA, NV, GA, AZ, NC, SC, IL, KS, CO, LA, MS, AL, WV, OH, IN, CT, NJ, NY.

    Been to Caracas and Jose VZ, Aruba, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt AM Main, Vienna, Almaty and the Tengiz oilfield camp.

    July of 1997 - My most memorable travel experience by far was in the Italian Dolomites and the little village of Andalo and Lake Molveno and all the little kids that ran up to me and wanted to touch me in this amazing alpine field / fieldhaus / barn because I was an American. I was just hiking, crested a ridge and there was a valley below me with this surreal sound of a range of tuned cowbells ringing out as the cows grazed. I hiked down the trail to a sweet little house and barn with what I guess were maybe about 40, 5 to 8 year olds having some sort of summer camp. As I walked in from the trail to see the place they started to walk to see me and one of their teachers / camp guides walked up and said hello, where are you from? Germany? No, England? No? (Funny, she wouldn't let me answer without making guesses - it was cute and I had no idea the stuff that would happen next - I guess that alpine valley doesn't get many folks there from the states) So finally I got to say, I from the United States.

    Mind boggling the reactions I got to this. Every single kid smiled like they'd just received a present and ran toward me in a surge just to touch me.

    I don't know what is wrong with me, but I absolutely can never remember this without ****ing crying.

    Then I continued the hike back up the south side of that valley and hit a trail leading east toward Lake Molveno.

    At a certain point in this hike, somewhere between 1 and 2 hours until dusk as I was still in the Dolomites, I noticed this weird blue glow in the sky and had to stop for a second to check it out. As it turns out, it was basically a cone of blue light being reflected up into the sky from the lake. I wish I'd had the proper gear to have captured that - it was very unique.
     

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