Severnaya From Russia, joined Jan 2009, 1465 posts, RR: 2 Posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7640 times:
I saw the topic 'Favorite cities' - Your Favourite Cities? (by LGWflyer Apr 6 2011 in Non Aviation) and I thought why not to start a thread of your top cities you don't want to return to, and why not?
My top 3 to start with.
1) Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia. Really next to nothing to see, except the large Buddha statue and Zaisan Memorial with a cute view over the city. The city is a mess, roads are bad, and I wonder why a million people would live there.
2) Zhangjiakou, nothing to see however it's a city with about 4 million people.
3) Duisburg, it gave me a very insecure feeling when I was there.
UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2236 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7632 times:
Well, I won't go so far as to say that I never want to go back there again (though I wouldn't be disappointed if I didn't have to), the top (or bottom) of my list is Macon, GA. Granted, there are a few nicer spots, but not many and most of the place is not exactly prepossessing. My cousins live there, though, so I do usually go there once a year or so, but I sure don't like it.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40298 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7626 times:
Cancun, Mexico. I only went there to catch a Cubana IL-62 flight to Cuba.
I did see Cancun for several days and it was a dump. The only Mexicans I saw were hotel & restaurant staff. Didn't see ordinary locals there at all. Instead all I saw was drunken fraternity boys and sorority girls. Many vendors trying to rip you off and sale you junk. I had a bad experience with the hotel and staff. Had money stolen as well. It was not a fun place at all and completely void of any culture what so ever. I knew it was a resort town so my expectations were not high to begin with. I ended being more disappointed with the place once I got there.
YYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7617 times:
London, Ontario. Too many one way streets and very difficult to get around. Toronto is kinda the same but I know the area so I can either walk or take transit. I went to London last month for a concert because there was no stop in Toronto. Me and my friend were getting pissed off because we could find the street his GPS said we kept passing. Turned out it was under a bridge we were driving over. >_>
Whoever designed this city was drunk or high. I hate one way streets with a passion. The only reason I would go back is for another concert that's not in Toronto.
JetBlue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7551 times:
Until I'm legally able to be inside a casino and I went there when it was 116 Degrees Fahrenheit
Went there for 2 nights as a part of a package tour, didn't enjoy it as I was below 18, though I did enjoy the Bellagio and it's water show.
I have no choice, but to go back to that awful, dirty and noisy city. My grandparents live in the Southern part of the country, so we always stop by MNL and catch a domestic flight, Cebu is way better but international flights to/from the US is rather limited and expensive compared to Manila.
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27312 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 7465 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 2): The only Mexicans I saw were hotel & restaurant staff. Didn't see ordinary locals there at all
Thats because you did not go into Cancun proper and stayed along the coast and hotel strip.
Cancun proper is not bad, and like any smaller/medium sized Mexican city. Some very good food and decent(cheaper) shopping. An in turn, you wont see any Americans as they are too busy at the beach or partying up along the hotel strip.
Take a look at a map of Cancun, and you'll see the pretty dense city itself located NW of the hotel strip.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 21933 posts, RR: 63
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7356 times:
I can't think of a place. I guess Guyaquil doesn't appeal to me, but there isn't much to see there, anyway.
Even the places I've lived and hated (NYC and Detroit) I'd go back to. Detroit has some interesting and exciting things happening, a true renaissance now that Detroiters have realized that the city is dead and isn't going back to the old Glory Days, they're building something completely new in its place. Because the city is so hungry for anything to move there, some wonderful countercultural projects are taking root there.
NYC will always remain a wonderful place to visit, but I'd never want to live there again.
"Never" is a long time, and things change a lot in a long time.
JakeOrion From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1256 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7335 times:
I really HATE Los Angeles. The only area I can tolerate up there is Little Tokyo; everything else is crap to me. Traffic on the 405 at 2AM on Wednesday morning really pushed me to the limit. I've done everything possible to schedule flights that don't involve LAX.
Every problem has a simple solution; finding the simple solution is the difficult problem.
connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7311 times:
Where I currently reside, Pembroke, Ontario. Dull, dull, dull, locally-raised population seem incredibly dumb, either genetically or purposefully, about the world outside the Ottawa Valley area. For some reason they're quite proud of it. Architecturally a wasteland, poor, and on a per capita basis, possibly the oxycontin addict and prostitution capital of Ontario.
I plan to leave in September and when I do, someone remind me to take a leak at the town limits.
Not alone. The only reason that I still have a (small) place in my heart for the city is because I was born here. But, other than that, it's miserable here. People love coming to Los Angeles... Why? because they only see the nice parts of it. The rest is just ugly, dirty, etc. I don't like it here...
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
Quoting connies4ever (Reply 17): on a per capita basis, possibly the oxycontin addict and prostitution capital of Ontario.
Doest this explain Tom Green? Shame to hear that about Pembroke. I haven't been there but was hoping it was nice, since I'm a big fan of small Ontario towns in general, basically. I like the geography in the Ottawa valley, anyway.
I'm going to go with Great Falls, MT. Took my first trip to MT last month for a few days, and after the joy that is Missoula, I was in near shock at the dump that is Great Falls, just a couple hours away. I would have thought that Malmstrom AFB would pump enough money into the area to have... something nice, anything really. I tried to drive along the river, thinking that would be scenic, only to find that urban planners have seen fit to pretty much line their entire stretch of the majestic Missouri with grey concrete. Couldn't even find a place to pull over safely and look down at the river, let alone a park. We did find a neat little diner, but it wasn't easy, and when we we dutifully stopped in at the tourist information centre to ask about a good restaurant, we were suggested Applebee's and Denny's...?
We're already looking to go back to Missoula, but no more pit stops in Great Falls, that's for sure.
gemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 6082 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7241 times:
London, UK dumpsville
Naples, Italy, even more dumpsville
Los Angles, you have gotta be kidding!
New York, alright but not my cup of tea
Moscow, Russia but to be fair it was 45C and visibility was less than 20m due to smoke, for the whole 4 days we were there, so it gets another chance.
connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7227 times:
Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 19): Doest this explain Tom Green? Shame to hear that about Pembroke. I haven't been there but was hoping it was nice, since I'm a big fan of small Ontario towns in general, basically. I like the geography in the Ottawa valley, anyway.
Nothing wrong with the geography and in autumn the tree colours are indeed gorgeous. it's the pissant, small-minded people who live here. They are truly the people who don;t know what they don;t know. I mean, theyu keep re-electing Cheryl Gallant of all people as their MP. 4 times now I think and likely a 5th on May 2.
goblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7205 times:
Not really a city but Paw Paw, WV. Smallest place in the world and completely isolated from everything and everyone! To make things worse, my dad lives in the middle of the woods just outside the town. I will say that for a southern town in the middle of nowhere, they weren't the stereotypical hillbillies. There's just nothing to do there and shouldn't be so isolated period.
OA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5628 posts, RR: 25
Reply 23, posted (4 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7205 times:
I can't think of any city I have visitied that I truly do not want to return to. Las Vegas (the actual city, not the strip) was completely underwhelming. There are some holes here in Utah that I have passed through once or twice, but most don't fall under the "city" category.
I generally agree. I've looked forward to leaving a number of places only to enjoy returning years later. My line of work also has a habit of sending people where they don't want to go, so I try not to make too many lists of where I don't want to go. But in the spirit of this thread:
Lubbock, TX - visited for a few college football games, some of worst home fans around. Long drives for not much in return. (Sorry TT folks)
Vidor, TX - every other trip I make East along I-10 it seems like I can't make it to Beaumont and need to stop in friggin Vidor. The town smells like garbage and it always seems like I stand a fair chance of being shanked while filling up my gas tank.
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