Nice stories, Lee and Siava! I read all of the posts.... very interesting. Nice thread!
I've been to:
- Canada (As an American, hardly worth a mention if you ask me... no offense to Canadians! It works both ways, I guess.)
- Macedonia (North of Greece)
- Kosovo (Further North from Greece)
- Zurich for a couple of days... layover haha
- Antalya, Turkey
- Beijing and Shangai, China - Also stopped in a few of the smaller cities between the two.
I'll start with the exotic food. China of course was the least familiar to me, in all respects really, so I saw a lot of food that was a big change for me. We spent a few days in, I quote, a "small city" 3-4 million? The city is Taizhou, my professor played an integeral role in the creation of a Feng Shui museum there - so we were hosted by the city and given an expensive, formal dinner - the sea slug alone was $80!! There was also cow ligaments... I'm not an adventurous eater so I didn't try them, but there was plenty of non-adventurous food to choose from, too. Whew!
Interesting sights/moments... Spending half the day climbing up the Great Wall was absolutely amazing!! We didn't climb the renovated tourist area, so we had to go up and down some very large, steep stairs. It was a very hot, sunny day, so it was challenging but worth it! Of course we all learn how "great" it is, but having climbed it for hours and then being told how much ground we covered... it's humbling I guess? The group also got a chance to go to the World Expo that was held in Shangai - several countries had pavillions to share some aspect of their country. The crazy part is that they took years to put together, stayed up for a few months, and then had to be taken down. Just the amount of land it took for all these countries to put up temporary buildings... kind of mind blowing! In Beijing, we got to see the Bird's Nest and a few other buildings that were used for the 2008 Olympics. I love watching the Olympics so I enjoyed that.... We also saw the Forbidden City.... It was all cool! Loved it
I went to Antalya, Turkey when I was 14 so the adults determined all the activities, which meant going to the beach all day, every day. LAME. We took a trip to an ancient Greek city (in Turkey), so that was cool. Seeing the iconic white pillars, acquaducts and ampitheaters was all awesome! I need better adjectives haha. We also visited a city called Pamukale, which has these natural white hot springs. Check it out! Lastly, we went on a yacht with a bunch of other tourists and got to jump off into the Mediterranean Sea - one of my favorite travelling moments ever!
The places I still want to go to: Japan, Scotland, England, Germany, Thailand, Australia/New Zealand, Greece, and I want to travel more in the U.S.
You've already got a fair bit of travelling under your belt . Thank you for sharing that.
sea slug and cow ligaments! my word..it's a shame you didn't try it, I'd have loved to know their texture and flavour. Who knows, it may have tasted like chicken
I forgot about the great wall. One of the great landmarks I've resolved myself to seeing before I die. Do they have checkpoints, where you can purchase food and water? or did you guys just go in one burst?. Regardless, it's a privilege to climb the great wall and I hope I'll have that same priveledge sometime in the future.
I still hold the belief that, the Beijing olympic opening and closing ceremonies were the greatest of our generation, or at least the best I've ever seen (and I've seen a few).
What's the forbidden city? *scratches chin* I'm intrigued.
Thank you for that link btw , I appreciate your input.
Edit: Just saw the link! so pweetty *_*
Edited by Lee1234, 21 February 2013 - 02:56 PM.