Airplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5229 times:
Colorado is pretty nice. I've been there several times, but just to go skiing. The only complaint I have is that at least in the winter, it is so dry that you get shocked by static electricity everytime you touch something. I hate that.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5225 times:
I live in the UK, and go to the states almost every week, I love it there, I love its optimism, I love its support, I love the fact that people are interested in helping you reach your goals unlike the UK in where it seems to be the opposite. Optimism is the food of life
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2882 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5225 times:
Optimism is the food of life
I agree with you on that one. It's the same here in Sweden, everyone (well not all) are pesimists that believe that everything is impossible to accomplish. I actually feel a little like an american in some senses sometimes. My views just differs very much from most swedes or scandinavians.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5215 times:
I love it when i'm in america. I've been there 7 or 8 times over the last few years mainly to visit my relatives in New York and Detroit. One thing i like about the US is the relaxed and easy going attitude of americans, there's no fuss and hassle, evryone just get's on with their lives.
New York is cool to hang out and go shopping, but it's too crowded for my liking, i prefer a quiter city like detroit. It's a beautiful city with clean suburbs.
To put it simply, if i ever have to leave england, i'd head for america straight away.
TNboy From Australia, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5183 times:
Love the USA! I think there was more friendliness and innocence there 20 years ago, but maybe that's the case with everywhere. Have also noticed that - hell, how do I say this nicely - the average weight of the population seems to have increased significantly over the years. There are now a lot more l-a-r-g-e Americans.
My favourite places are Washington DC, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Chicago, Denver, even Los Angeles, which has a character all of its own. Would love to get to Charleston and Savannah (supposed to be there now, but had to cancel - next time!!), and also Santa Fe and I guess see some of Texas.
The first time I took my wife to the USA, she said she was disappointed because it was just like the movies - she had expected it to be different. Since then she has been back a number of times, and now hardly wants to go anywhere else on vacation (except maybe Canada).
Docpepz From Singapore, joined May 2001, 1971 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5172 times:
I've been to the USA 4 times and my fifth time will be just under 2 weeks, to California.
I love the theme parks, the culture, the hustle and bustle of New York, the serenity of Cape Cod..... the wide spectrum of people I get to meet. Rude New Yorkers. Pleasant people in the countryside. You just can't get this anywhere else.
Though one thing I can't stand about going there is the hours on end I've to spend travelling. It's usually 18.5 hours to the West Coast or 24 hours to the East coast on a same plane direct service with one stop.
Yes, I thoroughly enjoy my visits to the US and I usually feel more at home in English-speaking countries. though I'd feel more at home in Australia. I usually encounter at least one incident of racism when i'm there.
Things is, I'm ethnically half indian and half chinese, so I'm kinda dark skinned. As in, not as light-skinned as a pure Chinese, but yet not as dark-skinned as a pure Indian.
Since the vast majority of Americans can't tell the difference between middle easterns and Indians, (since I look kinda Indian) I expect to be racially profiled when I'm there. Since no one there (at least the security people) would know what the Singapore accent is like, or wonder what on earth the Singapore passport is, I'm wondering whether I should put on my best British accent, something which I can do quite well, actually!
When I'm there, I know this thread will be gone in 2 weeks, but I'll post a trip report of my flight there, plus little details of what I did after the flight! (which probably might be just SLEEP but who knows?? )
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5155 times:
LOT, im from Detroit...
The Downtown itself isnt bad, theyre really fixing it up and we've got some top notch entertainment/restaurants down there now.. The problem with Detroit is the residential areas of the city.. Theyre where things get scary and where the majority of crimes are committed... Downtown Detroit itself is very safe, thousands of people head down there daily to work (General Motors World Headquarters, Blue Cross Blue Shield MI, Compuware, Comerica Bank, etc). Even at night time Downtown is quite safe. There is nightlife in the city, especially in "Greektown" (the Greek quarter of the city), and "Foxtown" (the area around the Fox Theatre/Comerica Park/Hockeytown Cafe complexes). Where you never tread if youre a white person is the residential areas of the city.. Theyre dangerous.
The Suburbs are great... Birmingham, Troy, Novi, Northville, Plymouth, even Ann Arbor and Brighton, are all very clean and for the most part, upscale.
Pacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2734 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5138 times:
I love visiting the US and do so often. My next ambition is definitely Washington DC, museums etc but as yet none of my friends has moved there for me to stay with ...
Used to live in Houston/Galvaston for 2.5 years and more recently Ithaca/Syracuse New York for a year. I liked Texas except for the weather but did not have such a great time in NY state, more to do with the people I was around rather than the place but that is another story.
BTW I find American drivers the safest and most courteous in the world.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16989 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5128 times:
Im going to kind of reverse this,
Im an American who's been itching a long time to go to abroad especially to the UK, Europe and Australia.
I've been to Canada, Mexico, and the Carribean several times but thats not really foriegn. Although Cancun, Toronto and the Virgin Islands are amazing places, I loved going to Jays games at the Sky Dome in Toronto (amazing stadium).
I was going to go to Europe last Summer but I met my now girlfriend and decided to spend the Summer with her instead, Im trying to bring her there either in January (when she graduates college) or next Summer.
Places I want to visit with my Girlfriend many times in the years ahead:
Ireland ,my Grandmother was Irish and she was the sweetest lady I've ever know
Scotland: My Grand Father was Scottish and a avid Golfer, we used to play alot near his home in Florida. Golf is supposedly amazing in Scotland, but the one thing they lack that Florida courses have are the GATORS .
The UK especially Manchester and ofcourse London,
being born in NY and raised in NJ all my life Im a big city kid. I imagine London and NY sharing similar big city attributes, there's something about travel between NY and London which seems so glamorous (atleast to me).
Paris the City of lights and Love, enough said.
Germany,as a Political Science/History major in College I would Love to visit Berlin and Check point Charlie, also the Bavarian Alps. October fest would be nice too!
Swiss and Austrian Alps.
Barcelona and Ibiza Spain.
All over Italy (my Dad's side of the family are Italian immigrants).
Holland , get some good beer.
Greece, Athens and the Greek Islands
And finally Norway and Sweeden.
In Australia/New Zealand Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, and Sufer's Paradise/ Great Barrier reef.
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5116 times:
I guess I have been lucky enought to visit the USA over nearly a 20 year period since the first time I visited with my mother when she took my sister and I to Disneyland when we were kids.
Every time I have been there I have met the most wonderful and entertaining / friendly people you could meet anywhere. (Having said that, through most of my travels around the world nearly everywhere I have been I've been lucky enough to meet nice friendly people.)
The USA has something to offer everyone, from plain vulgarity to absolute beauty, from disgusting ugly cities to the most beautiful and clean. The scale is incredible but so is the American peoples resolve.
There are many things I dislike about American society, but the good and great far outweigh the bad.
Major & Minor cities I have been too: (That spring to mind.)
Salt Lake City
And countless other small towns and cities that are too numerous to name here like Santa Barbara, Provincetown etc etc.
Although the one quintesential Aussie experience for me was arriving in Boston Airport to pick up a rental car to drive to Niagara and through eastern Canada I had trouble at the Avis desk at UA. The kind girl behind the counter saw that I had arrived from Australia (this was 1990) and I was under 25 which was the legal age to drive a rental car out of the US and into Canada. The kind girl waived it for me and I was on my way. (Barely 20 and my partner of time 28 but had no drivers licence.)
We drove out of Boston after spending 4 days discovering that fantastic place up the turnpike and as far as Utica. It was here that quintesential Aussie experience happened, checked into the Best Western, I drove into the town centre to find a supermarket to get some beers and supplies. At the checkout of the supermarket the checkout girl asked to see my ID, which of course would have shown I was underage. Instead the girl looked at my passport and licence and said blushingly (and lound) "Oh your Australian!!", that sent the rest of the customers off in asking all manner of questions, invites and offers to dinner!
I had not experienced that in the USA as yet and perhaps because it was regional and perhaps a novelty it made me feel so good! We ended up staying in Utica for another 2 days just soaking it up with the locals.
It was such a fine privelage and I still correspond with a lovely couple who had my partner and I to dinner to this day.
TNboy From Australia, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5090 times:
That's a hard offer to refuse LHMark! One of the reasons that Australians love the USA is that they are just so glad to get there after that 13 hour flight! And for most vacationers, the first stop is Disneyland or Disneyworld, so the scene is set from there. I've always thought the people have been really helpful and friendly. On my most recent visit, with all the enhanced security at airports, I was constantly showing my drivers licence for photo id. The West Australian licence is sort of cute (apart from my pic) because it has a picture of a black swan on it - the state emblem. So every conversation I had started off with what a cute licence I had and what a cute accent. It was a really nice icebreaker.
I also love your patriotism - all those flags, even more so since 9/11. Australians aren't really great flag-flyers, so it really stands out.
The other thing that maybe Americans don't quite appreciate is that, for "outsiders", everything has had such a great build-up in the movies and on TV. So many things and places that must be commmonplace to you, are a source of wonder to us, and almost like a homecoming. For you, the skyline, the statue of Liberty, etc., are there - for us they are something to dream about until we get that maybe once-in-a-lifetime chance to see them.
Damn, now I'm going to have to go down to the supermarket and buy a 6-pack of Bud and get all nostalgic!
TNboy From Australia, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1131 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5084 times:
Hey, Mx5_boy, with your passport and my licence we could take the place by storm! Each time I have been to the USA, I meet people who have met few, if any Australians, and are really interested to learn more about the country and people. This intrigues me, as it seems that every Australian that I know has been over there at some time. Maybe most of the rest go to Disneyland/World and therefore when we go to other places, we get noticed more. Whatever the reason, it's great - they are really fine people, and most hospitable.
PH-BFA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2002, 562 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5087 times:
I have been to New York, Seattle, Miami, Kansas, Denver, Colorado and some more places. Really like the USA because it is so huge. Every state is almost a whole country! I think the best memory I have thinking about the USA is when we went to my parents friends a couple of years ago.(Americans they met in Groningen, Netherlands, about 30 years ago) They live in Kansas and they where probably one of the most fiendly, warm and great people I have ever met. We had a wondeful time over there. I also like the fact that there are a lot of people who live in the States, who have Dutch ancestors. The place I would like to live best in the States is definitely Seattle. We went there 2 years ago and it has everything you can imagine: planes, beautiful city, nice weather(we went there in the summer), beautiful nature, mountains and very important: very friendly and relaxed people.
CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4838 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
I think the nicest, most friendly people I've ever met was on vacation in the US.
I haven't travelled all that extensivley in the US, the major cities I can remember seeing include Boston, Philadeplhia, Washington, Pittsburgh, Norfolk and Seattle. Maybe when I get a car I can travel more.
I remember back to around 1995 when we were driving back to Toronto from Myrtle Beach, SC. The car got a flat tire on the interstate somewhere in NC, so we pulled off at the next exit into a small town. It appeared that most of the town was at church at the time, but after we pulled the car over and my father started walking towards a shop to use the phone, a lady opened her door and offered to help. Not only her, but three other people too. We were also invited in for coffee while waiting for a tow truck.
I'm sure that there are some places in Canada (maybe Newfoundland) where you would get such unconditional hospitality, but certainly nowhere in southern Ontario. It was so refreshing.
Other memorable times were meeting the same couple three times in three different locations, once in Sault Saint Marie, ON, the other time on Makinac Island, and once more too (I can't remember where). They were always willing to chat although it was a bit funny when they asked if there were two or three hundred thousand people in Toronto.
SunAir From India, joined Jun 2009, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5066 times:
I've been to the USA three times in my whole life. The first time I was 2, so I can't remember a damn thing. The 2nd and 3rd times were fantastic. The USA really is a beautiful country, and as people have said previously, the USA has many things to offer. From Jerry Springer to Disneyworld. Amazing stuff.
I've been to:
-- New York (absolutely beautiful. I would love to live there one day since I love the city atmosphere)
-- Washington DC (another great city. It was quiet, and the buildings there are great)
-- DisneyWorld/Orlando (My mind goes off on a tangent when I'm in Disneyworld. Would love to go again)
-- Miami (I would love to go there now cos from what I saw, the place never sleeps. I was too young when I went to Miami to fully enjoy the city)
-- Kansas City (too young to remember a thing)
-- St Louis (ditto)
-- Atlanta (I made a puddle in the middle of ATL Hartsfield. Woo-hoo!! Too young to remember the rest of the city though)
There is just ONE thing I don't like about visiting the US. I don't know about other airports, but when I entered the US through MIA, the two lines were: US citizens and alien citizens. Now I know you probably don't mean to insult here, but I don't see what is wrong with "Non-US citizens". It's a bit weird being referred to as an "alien citizen".
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