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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    When you go to another country you not only fall under their laws nor have citizen's rights, but police, judges and jurors are always friendly towards foreigners. Increasingly this can be particularly true concerning Americans.
    We try to travel with caution. We use State Department information along with other sources. As much as there are risks in travel. I don't want to deprive myself of venturing out unless I have pretty clear evidence that tension is high or area violence is more than random.

    For instance, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, ...moving south...Egypt, Syria and other connecting countries aren't places that I would consider going.

    Buenos Aries...yep...I'd go.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    Well, you can always blow off the roofing job...head down to Club 21. Is that still open? As I recall good burger, music, etc.
    Club 21 burned down a couple of years ago (October 24, 2010). We must go to up 21 to Neiderwald for that good burger now (same cook - Mike Cowan), in fact, I took one home with me this evening. His new restaurant is called Grumpy's.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    We try to travel with caution. We use State Department information along with other sources. As much as there are risks in travel. I don't want to deprive myself of venturing out unless I have pretty clear evidence that tension is high or area violence is more than random.

    For instance, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, ...moving south...Egypt, Syria and other connecting countries aren't places that I would consider going.

    Buenos Aries...yep...I'd go.

    That is part of the dangers of foreign travel. My daughter, whose rather "tough" (but doesn't look it), when to Costa Rico with another woman had been in offshore Coast Guard (drug interdiction ship) and a Man who had recently got out of the Marines as a combat squad leader (she defines him as "a weapon" - VERY tough). They got off on a wrong road finding themselves is what they sensed a very danger shanty-area trying to figure how to get out of there.

    My point is that no matter how much caution a person can show, things can go wrong (here or in foreign countries). Also, in most foreign countries unless you have CASH or the money readily available on credit card in the event of a medical crisis or accident injury, they'll let you die as they don't treat a person without pay.

    The only country we travel to is the Bahamas, for which except in a major criminal case they prefer to just ship you back to the USA and bar you ever coming back, and Miami for hospital is close for airlifting for medical care, plus since the Bahamas is a rich folks haven they do have excellent medical facility. But even there, there is the "good" parts of the Bahamas and the rest tourists are advised to stay out of.

    "Staying safe" when touristing - particularly if a non-English country, a person has to fairly stay on the tourism path, which I tend not to care for.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Club 21 burned down a couple of years ago (October 24, 2010). We must go to up 21 to Neiderwald for that good burger now (same cook - Mike Cowan), in fact, I took one home with me this evening. His new restaurant is called Grumpy's.

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    Too bad. It wasn't rowdy place. I mean it was sort of a family place. Kids went...out dancing on the big dance floor. It was a unique structure, that's for sure. Didn't realize it was 117 years old.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    Too bad. It wasn't rowdy place. I mean it was sort of a family place. Kids went...out dancing on the big dance floor. It was a unique structure, that's for sure. Didn't realize it was 117 years old.
    Yep, it was old. Many of the good old south Austin bars, like Beverly's and the 81 Club on South Congress have closed too. We still go to Giddy Ups occasionally or to Riley's Tavern for live music. We rarely venture north of the river into Austin.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Yep, it was old. Many of the good old south Austin bars, like Beverly's and the 81 Club on South Congress have closed too. We still go to Giddy Ups occasionally or to Riley's Tavern for live music. We rarely venture north of the river into Austin.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    That is part of the dangers of foreign travel. My daughter, whose rather "tough" (but doesn't look it), when to Costa Rico with another woman had been in offshore Coast Guard (drug interdiction ship) and a Man who had recently got out of the Marines as a combat squad leader (she defines him as "a weapon" - VERY tough). They got off on a wrong road finding themselves is what they sensed a very danger shanty-area trying to figure how to get out of there.

    My point is that no matter how much caution a person can show, things can go wrong (here or in foreign countries). Also, in most foreign countries unless you have CASH or the money readily available on credit card in the event of a medical crisis or accident injury, they'll let you die as they don't treat a person without pay.

    The only country we travel to is the Bahamas, for which except in a major criminal case they prefer to just ship you back to the USA and bar you ever coming back, and Miami for hospital is close for airlifting for medical care, plus since the Bahamas is a rich folks haven they do have excellent medical facility. But even there, there is the "good" parts of the Bahamas and the rest tourists are advised to stay out of.

    "Staying safe" when touristing - particularly if a non-English country, a person has to fairly stay on the tourism path, which I tend not to care for.
    I've been fortunate in that I've traveled a bit and the only place I'd say was fairly dangerous was in Mexico. We don't go to the border towns anymore. Even Monterrey is isn't safe anymore. That's a shame. Interesting city of about 5 million people.

    We always try to check out indigenous sections of places we travel to. Like in Paris. There are incredible small restaurants that tourists don't usually go to. We like to get a personal guide to give a day tours of places with the purpose of seeing nontourist sights. Dunno. Life is way, way short. Life for me is really way, way short. So I guess I'm willing to take calculated risks, you might say. I'm not going to set myself up for trouble if I can help it. But, I'm just not going to live in fear and not take little adventures from time to time.

    For example...in the near by and by...we're going to Ushuaia, Argentina. The farthest city south anywhere...before the Antartica.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Yep, it was old. Many of the good old south Austin bars, like Beverly's and the 81 Club on South Congress have closed too. We still go to Giddy Ups occasionally or to Riley's Tavern for live music. We rarely venture north of the river into Austin.

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    Oooops...wrong Riley's. I live near Riley's at Devil's Backbone on Hwy 32

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    That is part of the dangers of foreign travel. My daughter, whose rather "tough" (but doesn't look it), when to Costa Rico with another woman had been in offshore Coast Guard (drug interdiction ship) and a Man who had recently got out of the Marines as a combat squad leader (she defines him as "a weapon" - VERY tough). They got off on a wrong road finding themselves is what they sensed a very danger shanty-area trying to figure how to get out of there.
    That was definitely not my experience in Costa Rica, and we were in a very off-the-tourist-path place.

    I think a lot of people falsely associate "shanty" with dangerous. Crime is Costa Rica is very low and foreigners, in any part of the country have little to fear. Honestly, I think parts of West Virginia are likely more dangerous than anywhere in Costa Rica.

    As far as I'm concerned, it's like the Switzerland of Central America.

    Again, I think a lot of people (even ostensibly tough types) falsely associate "shanty" with dangerous. Further, I think they falsely label places as shanty. Not everything is as hermetically sealed as buildings it is in the U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    "Staying safe" when touristing - particularly if a non-English country, a person has to fairly stay on the tourism path, which I tend not to care for.
    I don't think that's necessarily true, simply being respectful has taken me a long way.

    I've definitely been in closer calls on the tourism path in 'english speaking' countries than I ever have in non english-speaking countries.

    Honestly, I can only think of one even remotely awkward situation where two kids tried to intimidate me into giving them my wallet/ money in Kutna Hora, CZ.

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    Re: Would You Take a Free Trip to Paris?

    Quote Originally Posted by Removable Mind View Post
    For example...in the near by and by...we're going to Ushuaia, Argentina. The farthest city south anywhere...before the Antartica.
    That actually sounds like a really good trip.

    How'd you pick that?

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