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I Live With Shame... I Have Not Been To....  
User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1381 posts, RR: 8
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Hi everyone,

YES!!! YES!!! IT'S TRUE, IT'S SHAMEFUL... But the aweful truth is that I have not yet visited my nation's capital, Ottawa. I have been to over 25 other capitals in the world including some of the following:

Bucharest, Romania
Budapest, Hungary
Prague, Czech Republic
Tallinn, Estonia
Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm, Sweden
Riga, Latvia
Seoul, S. Korea
London, England
Dublin, Ireland
Berlin, Germany
Sofia, Bulgaria
Rome, Italy
Zagreb, Croatia
Belgrade, Serbia
Vienna, Austria

... and many more...

Now how on Earth is it possible that I have not visited Ottawa yet? I lived in Ontario (Toronto / Windsor) and haven't had the chance to go yet. I must go this year, even if it means missing out on another European trip.

Has anyone here NOT been to their nation's capital?

(Disclaimer: To my defense, I have dual Romanian / Canadian citizenship and I have been to Bucharest, which is my home country's capital... The first capital I've visited though was Budapest (since I grew up in Transilvania, closer to the Hungarian border)


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

Well, I haven’t been to my current country’s capital, but does that work for this thread?

 Silly


User currently offlineWaterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3653 times:

I've been to DC, but I've never been to NYC, which isn't the capital but it's certainly the most visited city in this country, and literally everyone else I know has been there and I'm fairly well traveled, so it's definitely a sore spot.

User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3647 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Has anyone here NOT been to their nation's capital?

Yup, I've never been to Ottawa and I even lived in Kitchener for 5 years as a kid. I have dual citizenship as well (Canadian/German) and I've never been to Berlin either. However, being born in West Germany (when there were two of course) I did go to Bonn.

So, no you're not alone. But to tell you the truth, I have no desire to visit Ottawa whatsoever, there's alot more of Canada I'd rather see and visit.



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3604 times:

Been to London loads of times  Wink

Other Capital Cities I have been to.....

Madrid, Spain
Copenhagen, Denmark
Prague, Czech Republic
Berlin, Germany
Bangkok, Thailand
Singapore, Singapore
Doha, Qatar
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Washington D.C, United States



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User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3582 times:

I've been to my country's capital thousands of times. It would be bad if I hadn't considering it's only 30 minutes drive away. Also, my dad+step-family live in Edinburgh, so it would be even more bad if I hadn't been  Silly

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):
Been to London loads of times

Same! *high five*

I've also only got Belfast, NI to visit and then I'll have been to every capital in the UK  Smile

Capitals I've been to, to Date;

Edinburgh, Scotland
Cardiff, Wales
London, England
Paris, France
Amsterdam, Holland/The Netherlands
Brussels, Belgium
Berlin, Germany
Dublin, Ireland
Madrid, Spain

I'm hoping to go to Zurich, Bridgetown (Barbados) and Johannesburg sometime this year in order to add them to the list  Smile

JG  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3575 times:

The only capitals I've been to...

Bonn, West Germany (prior to unification)
Berlin, Germany (including the time before unification, when Berlin was not yet our capital again)
Ost-Berlin, DDR (prior to unification)
Brussels, Belgium
San José, Costa Rica
Panama City, Panama
Willemstad, Curacao (Transit only)
Caracas, Venezuela (Transit only)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paris, France
Vatican City, Vatican
Rome, Italy
Monaco, Monaco
Luxembourg, Luxembourg


User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3570 times:

Ottawa is worth visiting, for the parks and historical/museum side of things. People often say it's not a very 'lively' city in terms of nightlife, etc. I have no reason to disagree, but that's not really my thing anyway. But Ottawa definitely has appeal on its own terms. If nothing else, a quick stop in to tour the parliament buildings (free of course) and walk along the canal is definitely justified!

I imagine that the problem of never having visited one's capital city is a lot more common in a large and (relatively) decentralized country like ours. I am sure that there are lots of people in BC and AB who haven't been to Ottawa, either. And I'm sure there are hundreds of thousands of people in Idaho who have never and will never visit Washington, etc.

JL



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7036 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3555 times:



Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 5):

Edinburgh, Scotland
Cardiff, Wales

Can you really consider these independant countries, it's more like visiting a state capital.


User currently offlineAcey From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 1028 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3505 times:

I have been to Ottawa; loved the visit. I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. That makes.... two world capitals I've visited.  Smile


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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1759 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

I've been to London twice, 6 times if you include transiting through London. The only other capitals I've been to is Valletta in Malta and Edinburgh in Scotland.


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4860 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3470 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Now how on Earth is it possible that I have not visited Ottawa yet?

Must be the prohibitive cost of air travel  Wink

Live in YOW for a few years (hence the handle) nice town, sleepy, government-y. Worth a visit especially on Canada Day.

YOWza



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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2703 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3448 times:

Capitals I've been to.....

Ottawa, Canada
Washington DC, USA.
Havana, Cuba
Edinburgh, Scotland (if you're a nationalist) Big grin
London, England
Paris, France
Bern, Switzerland

Quoting Pawsleykat (Reply 5):
I'm hoping to go to Zurich, Bridgetown (Barbados) and Johannesburg sometime this year in order to add them to the list

Bad news for you....
Zurich isn't the capital of Switzerland..... it's Bern
Johannesburg isn't the capital of South Africa.... it's Pretoria


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3428 times:

I live in London (well, the suburbs anyway, although I grew up in Battersea which is a lot more central), so it's fair to say that I have "visited" my nation's capital. I have also visited loads of other capital (both national and state) cities all around the world, but I'm ashamed to say that there are many areas of this small group of islands that I call home that I have never been to.

I've never been to the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, the Scottish Islands and soooo many other areas that I would love to visit. I've never even been to Blackpool!! Big grin And it's not as if any of those places are particularly far away, relatively speaking!

I guess it's true what they say, that you never really explore what's on your own doorstep.



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1381 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3388 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 11):
Must be the prohibitive cost of air travel

I had a feeling my post on AC was going to leave a mark .  Silly

But I should visit Ottawa soon, even if I have to pay an arm and a leg. Maybe I can turn this trip into a personal quest, of meeting "Stevey" (our PM) and showing him my airfare reciept...  Silly LOL...  Big grin



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

I had a layover in DCA, if that counts haha. But no, I haven't been to Wash. D.C. yet.

User currently offlineFruitbat From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3329 times:



Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 8):
Can you really consider these independant countries, it's more like visiting a state capital.

Woooaaahhhhh - thats like calling you an Aussie - watch out for the backlash!  duck   Smile

Back to the topic - flown to SXF many times but never been to Berlin - so near yet so far!!



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User currently offlineNWIguy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2009, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3327 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 13):

I guess it's true what they say, that you never really explore what's on your own doorstep.

I know the feeling! I was brought up in London and still live there for half of the year, but other than Norwich, where I go to university, I haven't been to anywhere else in the UK. I'm ashamed to say I've only been to 2 cities and that's it! The first time I ever visited a tourist attraction in London was when I had German friends come to stay, I guess you just take things for granted when you see them everyday.

On the plus side I have been to Paris, Berlin (and Bonn since it was before reunification), Brussels, Budapest, Luxembourg, Bern, Lisbon, Athens, Nicosia, Manama, Gabarone, Windhoek, Lusaka, D.C, Mexico city, New Delhi, Cape Town (if you can count it as the legislative capital), and a very brief visit to Harare.
I'll be adding Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta in three weeks time.



Happy Flying!
User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3300 times:

I've been to Ottawa but I haven't visited it. First time I was connecting through YOW on my way to LHR. Second time I travelled through part of it to some military base for a camp for the weekend. I don't really count it because I didn't see anything.

I have been to:

Washington DC, USA
London, England
Paris, France
Rome, Italy
Brussels, Belgium

And I get to add Amsterdam next year.  goodvibes 



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3278 times:



Quoting Photopilot (Reply 12):
Johannesburg isn't the capital of South Africa.... it's Pretoria

That's correct, and this reminds me of another common misconception, which is the one about Sydney being the capital of Australia (the capital of Australia is actually the city of Canberra). However, South Africa is a bit of a complicated thing, because while Pretoria is the capital, it has three government seeds:

The executive is located in Pretoria, the legislative in Cape Town, and the judicial is located in Bloemfontein.

Basically, in a way you'd have to visit Pretoria, Cape Town and Bloemfontein in order to say that you have visited the capital of South Africa.  Wink


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9174 posts, RR: 18
Reply 20, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3194 times:

Well, don't feel so bad. Washington DC is the only national capital I've been to, and the only country I've seen, other than Canada, but that was just up to Niagara Falls...

Quoting Waterpolodan (Reply 2):



I've been to DC, but I've never been to NYC, which isn't the capital but it's certainly the most visited city in this country, and literally everyone else I know has been there and I'm fairly well traveled, so it's definitely a sore spot.

I've been there at least a handfull of times already, and I've walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, climbed the Empire State Building, seen Central Park, experienced the chaos of the Subway, been to Chinatown and Little Italy, taken a cab there, and seen a Broadway show.

However, I've never seen the West Coast.

Also, I've never seen Falling Water, and I was BORN AND RAISED in PITTSBURGH!!  banghead 

What part of the country are you from/living in?



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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3176 times:



Quoting YOWza (Reply 11):
Live in YOW for a few years (hence the handle) nice town, sleepy, government-y. Worth a visit especially on Canada Day.

I have been there more than once, the best visit was on Nov. 11 Remembrance Day is it not in Canada? A little off topic, but I liked the Patriotism and the Respect shown to the Vets. It is worth a visit.



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User currently offlineRsg85 From Australia, joined Aug 2006, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

The majority of people i know in Australia have never been to Canberra, Australia's capital, but theres a good reason for that
Its the most BORING place on earth
Sir Walter Burley Griffin should not have been awarded for designing the city, he should have been locked up.


User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11466 posts, RR: 15
Reply 23, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3152 times:



Quoting Vio (Thread starter):
Has anyone here NOT been to their nation's capital?

Me. I have never visited Washington DC. I have only visited state capitals and one provincial capital: Victoria, BC. I would love to. I think state houses are fascinating! Parliment, Capital, or whatever they are called, are just fascinating to me. I have not been to many. AK, BC, WA, OR, CA, ID, CO, KS, and NE. I have stood outside UT, but every time (about a dozen times for 3 FREAKIN' YEARS!) it was under going retrofitting for all those severe earthquakes that strike Salt Lake City. As God as my witness, I will set foot inside the Utah State House!



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User currently offlineBritJap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3122 times:



Quoting BAViscount (Reply 13):
I've never even been to Blackpool!!

Do not let this get you down. This should be a source of great great pride!! It is for me! Big grin

Fully with you on the Scottish highlands though.

Born in London and lived there most of my life so no problems there. Only went to Tokyo for the first time a couple of weeks ago though and I was only there a couple of hours and didn't see anything. I should try to see the place more properly really.


25 TSS : I visited Washington DC in April of 1981, shortly after President Reagan had taken office for his first term. After touring the White House, I was sho
26 FXramper : I won 1st place in the 75 yd dash when I was in 6th grade.
27 MIAspotter : I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela so I did visit/lived in my country's capital. Other capitals visited. Paris, France Rome, Italy Vatican C
28 Airtrainer : Been to Paris and now living in Belgium also been to Brussels, so that's fine
29 Pawsleykat : I'm really not going to let this get into an argument. But since the UK is an amalgamation of 4 countries (Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Engl
30 ClassicLover : I've been to my capital, Canberra twice. It's the single most boring city on the face of the earth Other capitals... Washington D.C. - USA Tokyo - Jap
31 Post contains images NZ107 : I've been to 2 capitals: Wellington, New Zealand and Canberra. And if you call Hong Kong before it was reunited with China.. Indeed it's so boring th
32 LTBEWR : I have been in my (USA) nations capital, Washington, DC including inside the Capital building, a number of times as well as in 2 other previous homes
33 RGElectra80 : I have a dual American/Brazilian citizenship and have never visited Brasilia but have been to DC. The only other capital I've been to is New Delhi.
34 Us330 : Let's see: D.C. London Berlin Copenhagen (which, according to some really dumb Sacramento State students, is actually in Germany..."Where have you bee
35 Vhqpa : I've been to Canberra once in 2006 (and that was only for about 5-6 hours) prior to that I had visted Most of Australia by road (Around NT/WA/SA, seve
36 PlymSpotter : I didn't visit the city of London itself until I was about ten years old, although I'd been to LHR, LGW and LTN many times by that point. Capitals I'v
37 PNQIAD : Lived in India and US and been to both capitals. 3-4 times to Delhi and more times than I care to count to DC having lived just outside of DC for seve
38 AM744 : Although I know almost every beach resort in Mexico, I haven't been to ACAPULCO!!! And I live in Mexico City. I'm not very fond on driving and I'd rat
39 SW733 : I have dual citizenship and have been two both capitals, Windhoek and Washington DC. In fact I grew up in a national capital, Windhoek.
40 Qantasistheway : So far I have been to: Canberra, Australia Berlin, Germany Copenhagen, Denmark Stockholm, Sweden London, England (live here) Edinburgh, Scotland Vienn
41 Mayor : I'm surprised no one mentioned Athens, Greece on this thread. Washington DC, USA Athens, Greece Vienna, Austria London, England Dublin, Ireland Edinbu
42 BA : I have dual Lebanese/American citizenship and visit Lebanon's capital, Beirut, regularly (I have family there), and while I live in the United States,
43 AlexEU : I've been to 13 capitals, including Belgrade, Serbia, home capital where I live now. I am proud, to have been to all 3 ! Another interesting capital e
44 StarAlliance38 : Hmm...sound like a fun game National Caps (in order I've visited): Manila, Philippines Washington, DC, USA Amsterdam, Netherlands Brussels, Belgium Pa
45 Danfearn77 : Im 21 and the first time i went to London was last year. Had no need to go before so didnt go! Did feel a bit stupid to admit i had never been.
46 Allrite : I just passed through Brussels a couple of days ago. That means I've visited the capital of lots of European countries doesn't it? Other than that: Ca
47 AmricanShamrok : I have dual US/Ireland citizenship but have not been to DC, just Dublin. And sadly, Dublin is the only capital I've ever been to
48 PlymSpotter : Don't feel stupid, honestly. I know a lot of people who have never left Devon or Cornwall, some even who have never been more than 20 miles from wher
49 Comorin : I thought Den Haag (the Hague) was capital of the Netherlands - aren't all the embassies there? Dank u.
50 BA : The Hague (Den Haag) is the seat of the government and thus has all the embassies, but the constitutional capital is Amsterdam.
51 Wolverine : I have been to Berlin. It is a nice city, and worth a visit. As I currently live in Switzerland, I have to say, I haven't been to Bern, yet. Maybe I s
52 Bongodog1964 : Whilst i would tend to agree with you, especially about Cardiff, which has no long history of being a capital, having only gained the honour relative
53 Signol : I've been to quite a few capitals: London Dublin Paris Brussels Luxemburg City Amsterdam Berlin Copenhagen Stockholm Helsinki Talinn Oslo Moscow Vienn
54 MadameConcorde : I have not (yet) been to St Maarten and Maho Beach. This should be corrected in 2010. I want to book me at the Sonesta for in-room spotting when it g
55 Seemyseems : Your not missing much! Actually we do, but some say that Wales is a principality?? Capitals I've been to... London Edinburgh Cardiff Douglas Amsterda
56 Danfearn77 : You fail to mention England and the English taxpayer subsidise Scotland by around £11bn per year!
57 MadameConcorde : I was in Beijing, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vientiane and Rangoon (all have some sort of communist or maoist regimes) but I have yet to visit the Taj Mahal.
58 Post contains images Timlin88 : Hehe, that's what my mates told me who were there a coupla months ago. Don't worry, it's very common to have people think that. Geneva is also a clas
59 EISHN : HA HA! I too have dual citizenship, and have been to both DC and Dooooblinn. In fact, I'm off there tomorra. DC is a great city, so much to see and d
60 Jcs17 : I'm going drinking in our nations capital tonight. However, my biggest shame.... I have not been to Las Vegas. I've been to every major US city, from
61 TransIsland : Funny you should mention that, because when I started reading the thread, I thought that 1. I've never been to Ottawa, but then again, I've only ever
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