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Report from the US, a nice but somewhat backward country.



 
 
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Old December 30th, 2008, 08:48 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada,rec.travel.australia+nz
John Kulp
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Default Report from the US, a nice but somewhat backward country.

On Sat, 13 Dec 2008 05:57:28 GMT, "Sharx35"
wrote:



"Carole Allen" wrote in message
...
On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 05:48:49 GMT, "Sharx35"
wrote:
Well, I have travelled in the U.S., too. After several dozen trips to the
U.S., **MY** bad experiences are a fraction of yours. I suspect it might
be due to
your arrogant Eurocentric, obviously chip on the shoulder attitude to U.S.
culture. I am not a U.S. resident nor a U.S. citizen, however I much
prefer
to travel in the U.S., compared to the continent of Europe snipped


Oh please spare us in the US - you come across as such a charmer...


Sorry, but I canNOT stand arrogant Euro types who badmouth North America.
Talk about people in glass houses throwing stones.


Well, I do agree that you are sorry alright.
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Old December 30th, 2008, 11:06 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada,rec.travel.australia+nz
Frank Slootweg
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Default Report from the US, a nice but somewhat backward country.

John Kulp wrote:
On Sat, 13 Dec 2008 10:43:04 +0000, Mike O'Sullivan
wrote:

Frank Slootweg wrote:


It's North America, but if the information is uninteresting, feel free
to ignore it.

I think the Canucks (sp?) would probably take offense at the "North
America" classification! :-)


Not at all. "North America" is merely a geographical designation. Their
trade and economies are very closely linked in many ways, including
their cellphone services.


And includes Mexico as well, which doesn't link its cellphone
services.


I think that with "very closely linked in many ways, including their
cellphone services", Mike meant that "North America" uses the same
cellphone technology/frequency.

You seem to imply that Mexico doesn't use the same cellphone
technology/frequency, but at least one Mexican network - the only one I
'happen' to know - *does* use the same technology/frequency (GSM 1900),
Telcel [1].

I happen to know this, because Telcel is AT&T's partner network for
roaming in Mexico with AT&T's GoPhone service. I.e. GoPhone can *only*
roam in Mexico and *only* on Telcel's network.

It seems [2] that the other Mexican networks are also "North America"
style, i.e. GSM 1900 and 3G 850.

[1] http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/net_mxrm.shtml

[2] http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_mx.shtml
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Old December 31st, 2008, 03:32 AM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada,rec.travel.australia+nz
sharx35
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Default Report from the US, a nice but somewhat backward country.



"John Kulp" wrote in message
...
On Sat, 13 Dec 2008 05:57:28 GMT, "Sharx35"
wrote:



"Carole Allen" wrote in message
...
On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 05:48:49 GMT, "Sharx35"
wrote:
Well, I have travelled in the U.S., too. After several dozen trips to
the
U.S., **MY** bad experiences are a fraction of yours. I suspect it
might
be due to
your arrogant Eurocentric, obviously chip on the shoulder attitude to
U.S.
culture. I am not a U.S. resident nor a U.S. citizen, however I much
prefer
to travel in the U.S., compared to the continent of Europe snipped

Oh please spare us in the US - you come across as such a charmer...


Sorry, but I canNOT stand arrogant Euro types who badmouth North America.
Talk about people in glass houses throwing stones.


Well, I do agree that you are sorry alright.


So, John, are you still swallowing your BF's cum?



  #124  
Old January 12th, 2009, 08:51 PM posted to rec.travel.usa-canada,rec.travel.australia+nz
freenews.iinet.net.au
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Default Report from the US, a nice but somewhat backward country.

Same here. You can't mention Fosters or Budweiser when talking about
beer, because they're not. (And no, Heineken isn't either.)


The joys of being a stranger in a strange land is that you just walk into
any bar/cafe/restaurant and order your coffee / beer / fish and then get
disappointed with the quality of stewed coffee, the weak beer and the fried
fish. But at home, you carefully walk past the place with the stewed coffee,
the weak beer and the fried fish to the next place that makes good expresso,
serves boutique beers and knows how to grill a fish. You do this because you
know where the good food is and/or you have more cultural clues to allow you
to guess which places will more likely meet your needs. But in a foreign
country, you don't possess the local knowledge or local nuance to do this.
Therefore, as a tourist, your experiences are often negative, as you are
making choices somewhat randomly, especially if you are travelling, arriving
in a new place every day or so.

In my job, I travelled to places where I had to stay for 1-2 weeks. I
learned from experience that the first day is always the worst -- the bad
coffee, beer, etc. But even after a couple of days, you start to find the
places that have better coffee than the first day and so on. If the locals I
was meeting there for the work purpose took me out to dinner, the meals were
normally very good (a product of their years of local knowledge of their
local restaurant scene).

Most towns (once you are past a minimum size) do have good coffee, good beer
and good food. You just have to know how to find them. Locals know; tourists
don't. Use an independent guidebook (not just the local tourist information
with paid advertising) as one source of recommendations, ask local people
(if you think they look like someone who likes good coffee, good beer, etc).

Kerry




 




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