dba4u From Germany, joined Mar 2005, 647 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (4 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
Been to Berlin a zillion of times, mostly on transit to poland though, which always is something like central station -> s-bahn -> Quick check, TV-tower still there? good! -> hipster leave me alone, bloody moron -> Lichtenberg station -> Hell outta there! So that doesn't really count...
*Visited* Berlin maybe 3 1/2 times, and even though I like it as a city and I love the locals, it's just not my cup of tea.
Too loud, to wild, to hip for my taste and I'd consider myself everything but a boring person
Opposed to that I've been to
Copenhagen ~ 20 times
Warsaw ~ 15 times, but a bit like Berlin, mostly transit, but often with overnight stay. I still prefer Krakow and Gdansk over Wwa
Vienna ~ 15 times
London ~ 10 times
Additionally I've properly visited Oslo, Stockholm, Riga and Belgrade more often than Berlin, plus a dozen of visits to Barcelona and Zurich which, of course, aren't capitals so don't qualify
hOmSAr From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1013 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1831 times:
No national capitals make that list, but for state capitals, I've lived in Wisconsin and Illinois. Never visited (traveled through a few times by train, but never stayed) Springfield. Rarely visited Madison. On the other hand, I've probably visited Sacramento, Denver, and maybe one or two other state capitals more times than the capitals of my home state.
That said, despite being in a number of state capitals, I've never been inside a state capitol.
Braniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2856 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
Well, I have three citizenships, so I guess you could say that I have three capitals; however, I consider Washington, DC, my primary capital. I've visited once. On the other hand, I've visited Madrid 20+ times, along with other European capitals several times.
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Not the capital. Berne is the capital of Switzerland.
I live in the USA, so my capital is Washington, DC. I've been quite a few times, but it's beaten out by ATH by a long way. No other country has had my grace its capital with my presence more.
I live in NY and have never been to my state's capital. By that statement, I've visited several European capitals more than my own state's:
Berne, Switzerland (4x)
London, England (2x)
Paris, France (1x)
Warsaw, Poland (1x)
Vienna, Austria (1x)
Brussels, Belgium (1x)
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B777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1143 posts, RR: 3 Reply 17, posted (4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
If state capitals of the US count, may I then also include their counterparts from, say, Germany as well? Or shall we agree they don't count either?
Can't claim I visited capitals other than 'my own' more often, but having said that a quick back of the fag packet did reveal I've been to 40-some all in, and some of those more than 10 times. Few of them too many times to count.
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kiwiinoz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2139 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1517 times:
My Capital City is Wellington. I have stayed there for 1 night
I have lived in London, and visited on about 5 other occasions
I have lived in Singapore, and have visited on about 10 other occasions
Athens 3 times
KL 4 times
Bangkok 8(ish) times
Paris 7 times
Does HK count? many times plus living there
Taipei 3 times
Beijing 5 times
seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10720 posts, RR: 16 Reply 20, posted (4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
National capitals? None. I can not count the number of times I have been to the state legislative building in Salem, Olympia, Salt Lake City, and Boise. I know I have been to the capital building in Sacramento at least 3 times just because. Carson City would be a tie with that. Because I was in Juneau for three months and walked by the capital building every day, would that count as multiple times? I say yes, but that is for the fans to decide.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2244 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (4 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1502 times:
Quoting PITingres (Reply 2): you have to work to avoid Bridgetown if you visit Barbados
Well, BGI is in Christchurch not St Michael so is "relatively speaking" a little way from Bridgetown. If you are staying on the west coast in St James or St Peter and take the Ronald Mapp Hwy from the airport you can techincally avoid Bridgetown. But I get your point, if you want to do anything too much you will probably end up there at some point
I have never been to Ottawa but I was born, raised and worked in London for the first 23 years of my life.
Also been to Amsterdam, Paris twice, Tallinn, Valletta, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Budapest, Prague, Rabat, Nairobi and the aforementioned Bridgetown many times.
I have techinally also flown through Belfast, Lilongwe, St John's and Port Of Spain but not left the airports.
Blantyre and Dar Es Salaam are also the commerical capitals of their respective countries, but not where the seat of parliament is.
connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 23, posted (4 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1455 times:
Visited London 4 times before moving there for grad school. Since grad school have visited 3 more times. Ottawa, usually there every 3rd weekend for shopping and a "get out of Dodge" syndrome. Paris about 4 times, DC 3 tiimes, once for pleasure, twice on business.
Akiestar From Philippines, joined May 2009, 747 posts, RR: 0 Reply 24, posted (4 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1369 times:
Difficult for me to say, as I live in Manila (technically the metropolitan area, but for all intents and purposes the capital of the Philippines), but since I also hold U.S. citizenship, I can also say I've visited a number of capital cities more times than Washington, D.C., which I've seen once.
Countless times: Manila, Warsaw 10+ times: Amsterdam, Tokyo [both mostly in transit] 5-9 times: Paris (5), Singapore (6) 3-4 times: Athens (3), Bangkok (3), Berlin (3), Bucharest (3), Taipei (4) Twice: Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Madrid Once: Beijing, Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, Jakarta, Jerusalem, London, Podgorica, Prague, Riga, Rome, Skopje, Sofia, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vienna, Vilnius, Washington D.C., Zagreb
Zentraedi From Japan, joined Jun 2007, 659 posts, RR: 0 Reply 25, posted (4 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1387 times:
Well, I'm an American who has only been to DC once (IAD many times), and works in central Tokyo. So, need to count up the years times 5 days a week - 20 paid leave days per year.
Other than that, here are the other capitals I been to most often -
Manila few dozen times - much of my mother's family is there
Paris a dozen or so times - love the city always do a side trip there when visiting relatives in Geneva
Rome half a dozen times - Taking mom to the Vatican
Singapore - dozens as a transit point
Other than that, there are about 40 other country capitals that I have visited 1 to 4 times.
skywaymanaz From United States of America, joined May 2012, 338 posts, RR: 0 Reply 26, posted (4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1293 times:
I've been to London and Mexico City more times than Washington DC. Also I grew up in Missouri and lived there until I was 18. I'd been to many different state capitals in that time, more than I can count here, but didn't visit Jefferson City until I was 20. Does that count
Well, but Zurich isn't Switzerland's capital. And I can think of several much more beautiful places.
In 1848, the parliament decided Bern to be the "capital", as a pure compromise between the French- and German-speaking regions. Bern neither had important industries, neither was a political center, neither was a transportation hub. Today, Bern is also dwarfed by Zurich and Geneva.
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dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11443 posts, RR: 78 Reply 38, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1098 times:
I live in Atlanta, therefore there are no capitols I've visited more than my own states capitol. However I've been to Paris and London more than I've been to Washington D.C. And I've been to D.C. a bunch.
RyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 4054 posts, RR: 2 Reply 40, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1026 times:
Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 35): the parliament decided Bern to be the "capital", as a pure compromise between the French- and German-speaking regions. Bern neither had important industries, neither was a political center, neither was a transportation hub. Today, Bern is also dwarfed by Zurich and Geneva.
BOStonsox From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 1954 posts, RR: 0 Reply 41, posted (4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 933 times:
I grew up in Massachusetts almost equidistant between Boston and Providence, so there may have been a point in my life where I had visited Providence more than Boston, but I think Boston has long since taken over (especially seeing as I went to school there).
I've only been to Washington, DC once. I have transited both IAD and CDG, but those aren't actually within city limits so I wouldn't count them. I have been to Rome once on my way back from Sicily, but if FCO had been within the city limits then I could technically say I've been there twice since I transited it en route to Sicily earlier.
I was wondering about that, too. A lot of dead cells in this old fart's head, so I had to look it up.
In the context the thread refers to (in U.S. terms, anyway), capital would be a city that serves as a center of government. Capitol has TWO very specific definitions: (1) a U.S. state legislature building, and (2) the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. State capitols are located in the capital cities of U.S. states, and the Capitol is located in the capital city of the U.S. If you are referring to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. then Capitol would be spelled with a capital "C" but not a state capitol building which would be a lower case "c".
Got that? I'm not entirely sure I do either. No wonder our language is so frustrating to learn correctly. all best....jack