Have you travelled anywhere unusual?

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  1. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    Inspired by the "eating food in weird places" thread and the "bucket list" thread. Tell me all about somewhere unusual you have been (I love hearing travel stories) and if you have one or two photos to upload, show them to me!

    I love travelling and am lucky to have been to a couple of places where I don't know anyone else who has been there: Kuwait and Georgia (that's terrible English in that sentence I know). Here is a bomb in a weird museum about the Gulf War in Kuwait! And here are some strange food combos (like trout with pomegranate served with bright green tarragon lemonade) from Georgia. Neither of these were my favourite places that I have visited, but I immensely enjoyed going to both as I didn't really know so much about either place before visiting and discovered a lot of new things.

    Tell me all about your travels.
     

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  2. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    I've been to Honduras.

    Visited Copan Ruins, kayaked on a river in the rainforest, travelled onto Utila (Bay Islands), went horseriding around the island (galloped actually, horse didn't want to walk), scuba diving, snorkling on a reef a short walk from the house.

    Loved it. Would go back tomorrow

    ETA: House we stayed in:

     
  3. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    Ooh that sounds fab! I would like to see more of central America. I have fancied a trip to Guatemala and/or Belize for some time, never considered Honduras before so should take a look.
     
  4. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    We have family who live on Utila. My nana's aunty (I think?!) married an american in the War and moved to Ohio then retired to Utila with her daughter. Her daughter now owns the house in my first post. (she rents it out now)

    My parents have been back a few times to different places in Honduras. One they recommend is:-

    https://www.picobonito.com/
     
  5. maryp0ppins

    maryp0ppins Well-Known Member

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    Oh and I went to Jordan last year. Its an amazing country full of history,saw tons of families there on holiday and the locals were all very welcoming to westerners. Food was AMAZING,although by the end I swore I would never eat hummus again. Petra was out of this world. We took a flight to Amman and travelled to the south slowly. We were there about 2 weeks.
     
  6. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    ^^ I would love to see Petra!
     
  7. binxyboo

    binxyboo Well-Known Member

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    I went to the Philippines a few years back. I stayed with my workmate and she showed us all around Manila. We then flew to another island called Negros Occidental for a few days.
    We also drove up yo Bacalod City in the mountains.

    On my phone at the moment, but will post a couple of pics later.
     
  8. binxyboo

    binxyboo Well-Known Member

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    A couple of pics from my Philippine trip

    A Jeepney (public transport)
    https://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/208157_5439771454_7788_n.jpg

    Manila skyline
    https://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/215752_5439846454_2773_n.jpg
     
  9. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    ^loving the Jeepney!
     
  10. binxyboo

    binxyboo Well-Known Member

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    they are EVERYWHERE!!
    you hail them like taxis!
    And they are all painted in amazingly bright colours! I would have loved to bring one home to drive around!!
     
  11. hellohefalump

    hellohefalump Well-Known Member

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    I've been to Xiamen in china, I have family there. They live in a little place in the countryside of china and they have a lychee-like fruit that grows wild in bushes
     
  12. cococobain

    cococobain Well-Known Member

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    Been to Phuket & Bangkok - Thailand. Enoyed the local cuisine, rode an elephant, got an elephant 'massage' (the elephant just rests his foot on your back) got stung by a jellyfish, visited the temples, etc. We made friends with a thailand family that owned a sea front restaurant, we used to sit and eat with them every night in the kitchen. We sent letters to them back and forth for a while - this was before the tsunami.

    Lived in Abu Dhabi - UAE for six years when I was a kid. My mum was a scuba instructor. We used to take the dive boat out on weekends and search for uninhabited beaches to spend the day on. Rode camels, camped out in the desert, did off-road driving on the dunes, that kind of stuff. I learned to speak and write arabic in school, but it's been so long I've forgot it all.
     
  13. foquita

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    I've been all over thailand, laos, vietnam and cambodia.

    thailand is just kinda standard holiday fare really, it's nice but I wouldn't rush to go back! if I was to go back it would be to the north of the country. the islands are nice but there's not much to do except sunbathe. the thing I didn't like about thailand was that going from place to place by bus was so boring, in the other countries that was one of the most exciting parts because there was loads to look out out of the window. thailand was just roads, not really any interesting villages or fields or anything :haha:

    vietnam is the absolute best place ever, I'd love to go back! the people are friendly, the food is brilliant and there is loads of interesting history and culture. I can't really think of that much that I didn't like about vietnam :cloud9:

    laos is amazing too, their village way of life looks so much better than ours, it's sad to see big massive adverts for nivea and stuff on the side of houses in small villages though :wacko: we just zipped about exploring on motorbikes and all the local kids used to run after us shouting hello, they were so excited to see white people :haha:

    cambodia was a bit hard work, it was really sad. I don't know if I would go back, though seeing the killing fields and S21 was really interesting and angkor wat is amazing :thumbup:
     
  14. HBGirl

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    I leave for Zanzibar on Tuesday :)
     
  15. 3dlittleone

    3dlittleone Guest

    I have traveled large parts of the world :) including last year where me and my partner hitchiked around the world :) No more hitchhiking now...the baby might not enjoy all the long car ride (the world is pretty big after all)
     
  16. 3dlittleone

    3dlittleone Guest

    I've spent 3 years in this area, 2 of them in cambodia. Cambodia is great! you need to see things other then the sadness. there are so empty beaches, beautiful mountains, wild animals...so amazing!
     
  17. Cleo

    Cleo Happy mom to F & L!

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    We hiked the Inca trail to machu picchu before we had kids. We've done a bit of traveling but that was one of the coolest things we've experienced.
     
  18. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    Definitely on my wish list! I've done a bit of travelling in central and south America. My favourite thing was seeing Angel Falls and the Sapo Falls.
     
  19. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    I would absolutely love to do this!

    As well as see Angel Falls like Discoclare.

    I'm going to have wait until the kids have flown the nest 1st! (In about 40 years :rofl:)
     
  20. OmarsMum

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    Bangkok & Phuket. I went to the floating market in Bangkok, that was weird, no cars, transportation is on wooden boats, they cook & sell food on boats. You see kids & babies swimming in the river & men fishing, women washing clothes on the river side & others grilling food at the side of the river or on boats.

    In Bangkok everything is done in the street, kiosks are all around the streets. They sell clothes along with food, drinks & they also offer massages in the middle of the street. No one is bothered about the rats that are all over the place!
     

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