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Most Exotic Place You've Visited.....Photos Please!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Buckaroo65

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    Yeah, but if I'd mentioned that, brains would be melting...
     
  2. Ed Driscoll

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    More seriously, the swank healthcare facilities on St. Martin Island in the Caribbean, when my colon suffered a volvulus during a cruise:

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    Loads and loads of tropical fun!

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    The most exotic sounding places on paper, to an American of European descent?

    Japan, Istanbul, and Machu Picchu probably.

    The most actually strange and foreign places?

    The rural parts of Japan on the west coast where I never saw any westerners who weren't traveling with me, and probably some of the Indian reservations in the Southwest US, some of which feel very foreign.

    Also the road from St Petersburg to Tallinn, Estonia some of which had the most extreme potholes I've ever seen and where I saw more than one babushka wearing old lady straight out of Central casting on the side of the road seemingly trying to sell potatoes out of a bucket to passersby. Stopped and had lunch at an old hotel in some sad rundown Soviet era town and that was very surreal. The weirdest part about all of that it's on the road between two major modern European cities but as soon as you get into the countryside, in that part of Russia at least, it's like something out of Borat.

    Unfortunately, the context of this thread, I don't take a lot of pictures on vacations and that is primarily my wife's area so I think the only pictures I have access to on my phone right now are a few from Istanbul:

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    This gets to me where I want to go now a days:)

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    hmmm... probably the Kingdom of Tonga. I dove into a hidden cave by free swimming underwater for about 25 feet. The legend is a Princess and boy would meet in the cave because the King wouldn't allow them to meet. There are no markers etc to find the cave. Inside it's a big dome and as the sea surges, fog forms right before your eyes, then as the sea goes out it disappears. Start at about 2:00 for the short version.


    Or maybe it's the Island in the River in Peru. Monkey Island on the Rio Madre De Dios river. Headwaters of the Amazon. Rode the top of a train all day from Quito Ecuador, spent one night in a town. Then by bus on a crude gravel road for hours to reach the river bank. There were tents on the river bank with natives selling machetes and old rusty shot guns etc. We were the only non native people we saw there. Dugout canoes with Suzuki outboards took you to the island in the fast brown river. There palapas on stilts to sleep in. My wife insisted I hold a big Anaconda around my shoulders for a picture. We did a day hike in the jungle with a Quichua guide. The main hut/bar was like a scene out of "The African Queen" with dried up alligators on the wall. We and one other couple from England were the only visitors there at the time. At night the bugs were so loud we couldn't sleep. The bed had a mosquito screen on it, but glowing bugs were all over the ceiling with no lights. (Generator went off at 9pm.) I turned on the flashlight once and the mosquito screen was covered with bugs. Some were 3" long. I never slept that sticky muggy night at all.
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    I have mostly 8mm video tape of either of these. hmmmm how to convert video to still pics?
     
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    I neer been anywhere bec the world is a dangerous place and I always preferred to stay close to home . not ever been a traveler.
     
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    A few pictures from my travels....

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    So the road crew living under cardboard by the side of the road didn't get the memo about the "Gross National Happiness"? Or, were they working on focusing on peace of mind?
     
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    Wow! We’ve got something in common with Bhutan! Gross national happiness!
     
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    the road crews make 10x what they would make in their home country of India. they travel the road, there are no hotels, etc. but I agree... its very odd
     
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    Alcatraz at night.....don't ask why I was alone here at night.....

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    I went on a mission trip in a past life(12yrs ago?) it was in a hillside on the Amazon River. It was a drug smuggling airstrip carved out of the jungle before turning into an outreach program. We welded trusses less then a hundred feet from the Amazon and 2+ hours trip back to civilization. The trip from the spot on the Amazon in Brazil back to the town I forget in Colombia(by boat) and then back to Bogota for the night was the best trip ever! Bogota is crazy. Very aggressive driving! Posh districts and crap housing piled upon itself.
    Yes I bathed in the Amazon.
    No I didn’t pee in the water or stay very long.
    Others ventured into the jungle in pairs but were recommended to stay close because of the big cats and snakes! I could hear a big cat at night roaring while I tried to force sleep upon my frazzled brain every night....in a building on stilts...no windows or doors, just open frames and a small step off the ground. I trembled in my mosquito net hoping it would smell like garbage and not tasty hoomin!
    I ventured into overly descriptive Christmas story movie narrator mode! :D
     
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    Milford Sound, South Island New Zealand. Queenstown NZ was also beautiful.
    Sorry no photos it was a long time ago. The view from Santorini was also quite breathtaking.
     
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    Other exotic "local" places include Haida Gwaii.
     
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    Few people do.
     
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