PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2991 times:
I'd like to know if there are people here that have visited a very exotic country where you do not get to go everyday (i.e. say Saudi Arabia, Mali, Libya, Algeria, Laos....all those and many more).
Also, if you have any stories about interesting situations in that country, e.g. if you were in Iran in 1979 or in Lebanon in 1975 I'd be interested in hearing how your experience was as I can't imagine being in a war zone or revolution.
By the way, to start with, my most exotic place was probably Paraguay
It was unbelievable how much stuff they smuggle from there to Brazil everyday... Plus, the place was dirty as hell, just like a dump. You could wander through the streets of Ciudad del Este (if you were able to make way through the garbage) and buy anything you wanted from an illegal copy of any CD (there were no legal ones, lol) to a surface-to-air missile and bring it back home. It was just crazy...
Lan_Fanatic From Chile, joined Sep 2001, 1071 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2959 times:
It would be great to know what do people look as "exotic". I have never been in an "exotic" country. My trips have been to the US and Europe, and also southern Argentina. But as PanAmerican said, Paraguay was exotic for him, but for me it would not be exotic.Why? because it is just 2 hour away by plane from Santiago, where I live. Also, they speak the same language that I speak, and their culture is rather similar to mine (although I am not used to walk through garbage over the streets).
For me, exotic places would be Africa (all of it) and southeast Asia.
I hope I can visit them soon.
Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5798 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2923 times:
Interesting to speculate about what it is that makes a place, "exotic."
I loved my visit to South America (Panama, Peru & Ecuador), especially Quito (and I cannot even say why, it just appealed to me).
It is hard to visit some of the ruins of the once (and so recently, historically) massive Mayan cities in the Yucutan, and not be carried away in daydreaming about the huge and complex culture that once was, and so suddenly and almost completely evaporated.
My expectation for Tahiti and Her Islands was that I'd be blown away, but the reality was more like Kauai on five times the money. Bu I still cherished the opportunity to go there.
Australia was a kick in the buttock region, no friendlier people on the planet, but still not wildly ... exotic.
But, of all the places I have had the privilege to visit, the one place that, every time I woke up and walked outdoors I had to sort of pinch myself and say, "I am really *here*!" was Paris.
So, for me, Paris was the real deal. I suspect I'll feel the same way about Londom whenever the opportunity arises.
It is such a privilege to be alive in this magical time, when such chances exist.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4644 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2913 times:
For me it's Taiwan. I'd say my visit to Taiwan was a little more "exotic" than most because I didn't stay in a hotel, nor was I in Taipei. I spent over a month there and a lot of it was in little villages where nobody spoke any english. Also spent a lot of time on the South coast. Very nice non-touristy beaches there.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
It's a toss up between Myanmar, Cambodia and Chinese Tibet. Probably Chinese Tibet due to the altitude and the wierdness of the people. Thankfully the Chinese are making that place a bit more habitable.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2899 times:
lol, JAL777... I believe Harlem is definetely exotic!
See people, I mean exotic for you. If you think Harlem is exotic, just put it down.
However, I did a search on this and exotic is defined like this:
From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse. See Synonyms at foreign.
Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: “If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations” (Chet Raymo). See Synonyms at fantastic.
Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer.
Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
recently: the Croat island of Mali Losinj in the Adriatic. I have never seen such crystal clear water anywhere, ever. The Croat coast is the best-kept secret in Europe.
in the past: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, circa December 1970. Visited with my family at Christmastime. In that period, Puerto Vallarta was still a sleepy, remote village, with only one big modern hotel, the Camino Real. PV ws put on the map by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who at that time owned a villa in what was know as "Gringo Gulch."
Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
RayPettit From United Kingdom, joined May 2002, 608 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2871 times:
I suppose I have been to several places that are exotic to most of my friends and work colleagues here in England, but its just another place in the international airliners.net community.
I've been to PEK and CAN but so have a lot of other people! Maybe I should mention my visit to northern Finland and northern Sweden instead as there are so not so many pics from there, and it was rather wild and remote!
Unfortunately, I've not been anywhere in Africa or Laos etc., although I'm thinking hard about Cuba for next spring.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2861 times:
For me it is without question Vietnam. I visited there 6 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and it's charming people. Ho Chi Minh City was quite memorable, and one can still feel and experience the French flavour in both the cuisine and the architecture. Another great plus about Vietnam was its absolutely out-of-this-world beaches. Breathtaking. I would love to venture back there one day.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2842 times:
I've never really thought of Quebec City as being "exotic"; then again, I suppose it is rather unique and quite breathtaking considering it is in North America. Yeah, CanyonBlue, YQB (the old section) really is an eye-pleaser.
Now, if ya really wanna talk Canadian-exotica, then let me tell you about
Saskatoon or Moosejaw!
Ahlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (11 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2821 times:
The most exotic places I've been have been Morocco and Ecuador. In Ecuador, I didn't care much for Quito, but the country has everything from from tropical coast to rain forest to snow capped mountains, all within such a small place. Taking the bus around the country is just breathtaking for the views, especially on the roads from the highlands to the jungle.