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Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:22 am

Hello all...
I am very interested in countries of the "third world" -- I find their history fascinating -- even more so than non-third-world countries.

Therefore I pose this question to you all: What is the most "third-world" city you have visited? (Developing but still impoverished, etc.)

Mine would be Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador. It was an incredible place to visit.

This thread is not meant to offend anyone -- just gathering info where people have been and what they think. Thanks.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:37 am

does Detroit count?

If so I was there and thought it looked pretty third world, the main airline even had 30yr old equipment
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:46 am

That's a tough one, seeing as I've never really been way out in the boonies. But I'd have to say either Managua, Nicaragua or Havana, Cuba.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 3:53 am

I have to say Lagos Nigeria, lived there for 3 years,
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:03 am

I guess, Nairobi, Kenya...
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:05 am

I would say Bamako in Mali ! But it could also be Ouagadougou in Burkina Fasso.

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:10 am

Sounds surprising, but Cairo was backward. There are hundreds of people that are living in graveyards in these small houses that are meant to be for their dead relatives to lay in rest. Mental.


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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:14 am

"...does Detroit count?"

Dangit, Startvalve beat me to it. But I was going to suggest the actual city of Detroit, rather than the airport.

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:22 am

Havana, Cuba
Port au Prince, Haiti
Kingston, Jamaica
Several small towns throughout Mexico.
Colorado City, Arizona (polygamist Mormon town trapped in time in the desert)



...and Detroit is still better than San Antonio. Big grin


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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:33 am

Cleveland, Ohio.

Everyone I talked to wanted to get the hell outa there.

In contrast to many third world cities that seem to attract people by the droves.

First runner-up: Agra, India. The city that is the home of the Taj Mahal. The Taj is the proverbial lotus in the swamp that is Agra. Its a filthy place full of touts, aggressive tourist traps, dirty smoggy streets, and grime.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:37 am

Colon, Panama

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:47 am

...and Detroit is still better than San Antonio
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Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:57 am

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:58 am

Alexandria, Egypt

Djibouti, Djibouti

Chennai, India

Mumbai, India

Madras, India

Colombo, Sri Lanka

... places I´d rather not visit again...
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 4:59 am

Macedonia, I lived there 93-94. The country and people are very nice though.

Egypt seemed pretty third world to me too.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:04 am

New Orleans.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:13 am

Probably La Paz, Bolivia. Many beautiful spots, but definitely still developing, especially on the outskirts.

Also, I have been to a couple of severely impoverished places in otherwise quite developed countries: Soweto in Johannesburg and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Both are tremendous contrasts to nearby upscale areas. Even within those there are contrasts, however--in Soweto, for example, there are shantytowns with garbage flowing down the mud streets, but also more suburban working-class areas such as where Mandela's old home is located.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:15 am

MYT332: Well, they do have a nice flag, don't they?  Big grin



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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:18 am

Gary, Indiana
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:26 am

Sonoita, Mexico, on the road down to Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco), which is a close second. It is right across the border, and driving across, you KNOW you are in a different world!

Note the absence of a U.S. city from my list.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:28 am

Cancun, Mexico.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:30 am

UIH / Qui Nhon, Vietnam
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:37 am

I can't name one, but I've been to some Brazilian inland towns that weren't exactly first world.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 5:53 am

Cartagena, Columbia
Barranquilla, Columbia
Santa Marta, Columbia

Havana, Cuba
Le Fe, Cuba
Neuva Gerona, Cuba
Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Varadero, Cuba
Matanzas, Cuba
...... but the absolute nicest darn people in Cuba Big grin

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:31 am

N766UA, No offense but, you haven't traveled a lot, have you?
How can you say that? Cancun is by far one of the nicest places in North America!!!
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:37 am

Spokane Washington
Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Medford Oregon
Topeka Kansas
Salem Oregon

I have only ever been around the United States, a few times to Vancouver BC and once to Victoria. When I think of poor cities, these are the ones that come to mind.

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:32 am

Mine would have to be in order
Mohoba, India (town of say 10,000)
Chattipur, India (maybe 35,000?)
Jahnsi, India
Agra, India
Delhi, India
Kusadasi, Turkey (wasn't really all that bad)
Basically India as a whole. But I would love to go back as we have family friends there that are terrific people, and even places without every modern convenience have their charm. Not to mention I miss my 25c cokes.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:28 am

DETROIT IS NOT A THIRD WORLD CITY!!!!!

Fourth-world may be a better description.  Smile

Seriously, I also did the Vietnam thing in 1969. Everyone has seen some sort of poverty---inner cities, certain areas of Southern states etc.---believe me, you haven't seen anything. Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh city) wasn't all that bad, but some of the small towns and villages...you can't imagine.

I have also seen some areas just outside of the big Mexican resorts that are also quite sad.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:32 am

Mumbai, India
Quepos, Costa Rica
Oaxaca, Mexico

I plan on going to Bangladesh with my dad, so that will take the cake.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:48 am

PAP has got to be right up there.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:03 am

Los Angeles, California.

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:45 am

New Orleans is the biggest "3rd worldish" city I have been to. Bourbon Street at 3am during Mardi Gras on a rainy night looks a lot like one of those "Adopt a Child" commercials. I have been to some seedy 'almost ghost town' places in Nevada also, like Lovelock, Tonopah and Beatty.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:20 am

KROC's house. Man that place is a dump.  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:24 am

Tampa near Busch Gardens, not a place for NYer's.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:26 am

Bourbon Street in New Orleans is not a Third world zone, city, whatever. Spilled bear, vomit, and a few bras lying on the street does not a third world city make. It just tells you that a bunch of frat boys and sorority sisters weren't taught how to drink.

It appears that any neighborhood that doesnt have at least 2 starbucks, 1 CVS, a Subway, the GAP, a Banana Republic, a Barnes & Nobles, and a Tower Records qualifies as Third World to some.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:40 am

Probably Port Moresbey, Papua New Guinea - ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 6:36 pm

From my experience, I'd say Dhaka, Bangladesh. It's incredible how the people are so nice under such conditions.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:30 pm

Copenhagen, Denmark  Big grin j/k

For me it was a small town in India that had a huge crime rate.

But for safety we had a police escort.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:35 pm

Copenhagen???? hehe Good one Fritzi..
I would say Karup, Denmark. Even though we have one of the biggest NATO bases in Europe. Its a Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn boring city.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:39 pm

I used to live in Lagos, Nigeria. The poverty that the poor live in there is appaling.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:45 pm

Shamrock 747

Cool. I have lived in Lagos, Nigeria before as well. I have totally forgot to mention that. But Karup is still worse. hehe

How long did you live there?
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 7:49 pm

Sunderland, UK  Wow!  Wow!
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:24 pm

Well, lots, as I've travelled for 51 weeks around India. Also other parts of Asia and the Middle East. Tis far more exciting than developed, state-of-the-art places.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 8:42 pm

I'm going to go with Cleveland Ohio as well. Any place where the river catches on fire is far more third world than I care to be near. A close second would be South Korea. Truly hell on earth.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:02 pm

In no particular order:

Quito, Ecuador
Manila, Phillipines
Shanghai, China
Nairobi, Kenya
Lima, Peru

but the winner is:

Manzini, Swaziland
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:31 pm

KROC -

South Korea? Third world? You need to travel some more ! South Korea is what most of the Third World aspires to become !

Seoul is boring as death and ugly as sin, but I wont call it Third World. Inchon Airport (and Kimpo) are more First World than anything in the US, and the bazillion skyscrapers you see as you drive into Seoul scream "this is a city of engineers, and no architects !! Take me back to Hong Kong !!"
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:26 am

Jaysit - I failed to list a city in SoKo, my bad, but its all a great big dump. I traveled all over that dirty, nasty, polluted country. Incheon wasn't built when I was there, but its going to take more than an airport to discount the fact there is massive pollution, no wildlife, its dirty, the infrastructure is horrible just to name a few. And unlike most people on here talking smack about what they hate without having been there, I've actually been there.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:31 am

realistically, compared to third world cities (legit) the American Indian reservations certainly come close. Americans think they have a superb lifestyle, and all Americans as *generally* better off than most the rest of the world, but go to any American Indian reservation, and that perception is altered.
 
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:34 am

I have to admit that my South Korean adventure was limited to Seoul. And I found it to be a relatively charmless place - very business-like, but without all the excitement of Japan. But Korean women are beautiful and charming.
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RE: Most "Third-World" City You've Visited?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:01 am

The most third world city I visited was Manila, Philippines. Pollution, poverty, garbage everywhere right around the corner from gleaming shopping malls. A city of contrasts.

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