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any of you studied internationally? as an exchange student or otherwise. country? experiences?
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>>1365845

im currently finishing up a degree at goldsmiths in london, grew up in Indianapolis.

honestly a great experience. because of how bad uni costs are in the states, overseas tuition in london is still paltry compared to out-of-state tuition in the US, and I've made loads of great memories here. am definitely a bit sad to return home once I finish my degree. if you have the opportunity OP I'd take it.
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>>1365845
i did a little over a semester at u of waikato in NZ studying nonverbal communication (the moari are among the most fanasiting group of people for the subject). It was absolutely amazing. i tell in love with white water rafting, and the outdoors in general. I made some great friends lifelong friends and found my way to connect to the Almighty. I also was able to process a lot of issues i was carrying around that i was not able to face at home. i can honestly say (even though it took a few years for the lessons to sink in) i am a better person for having studied abroad.
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>>1365869
sounds pretty nice, what is the tuition cost per semester? living expenses/situation?
>>1365892
ah, so you were an exchange student? sounds like a fun time anon

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Cheapest/Safest/Most Fun? These are a few things I am keeping in mind to my first visit to my 6th continent. I am from the USA and planning on going there with my wife. Any experiences, recommendations?

A few I was thinking of were Chili, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. I would really like to see Brazil but I have heard 1 too many horror stories to even risk it or am I over reacting?
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>>1365645
why so mad?
this anon speaks the truth. it's not about self-hating or anything.
the first cab they ride and the driver tries to overcharge them they will know.
and fuck your "Brazilians are the most friendly people on Earth" stupid mentality. every country has good and bad people but for some fucked up reason Brazilians think - in a *very* narcissistic level - that they are "la creme de la creme", the chosen ones. I mean, it is deeply rooted in their psyche.
the most common thing you guys will hear after after a while in Brazil is people unironically, unsolicitedly, telling you "it's better here, right?" when you let them you where you came from.
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>>1365615
>this fucking guy again
t. brazilian trying to make people think he is a gringo
brazil is a shithole, im from there, dont come, seriously, 2018 is gonna be the worst year ever for us, with this elections. expect brazil to be the next africa or worse in like 2 years.
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>>1365544
Go to Argentina and see the glaciares
>>1365574
It will be the end of raining season and before (((winter))), which is a meh time
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>>1365679
Yeah I was only planning on seeing the Pelhorino district or whatever it's called. It looks really pretty but jesus christ the whole city looks sketchy.

Yeah maybe I'll just skip Salvador...
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Personally I wouldn't skip Patagonia, but that's pretty out-of-the-way from most of the popular areas of South America.

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Visting NYC this weekend and I want to see some grime and squalor, also the possibility of getting shanked. Any good locales I should check out for that?

Also SQUALOR tourism general
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I live in the Bronx and lived in East Harlem forever, East Harlem will be grimy enough for you at night. Bronx you should not go bumble fucking around as you will probably get yourself robbed if it's getting closer to midnight.
Don't go to east new york either, it's desolate and gross and there is literally no reason for you to be there except have a miserable or at best uneventful time.

Who the fuck would want to vacation in urban blight? I can assure you violence and robbery are less exciting than when you see it on TV
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Is $35 for a round-trip ticket to NYC worth it? Kind of considering going tomorrow from CT but all I'm really interested in is the Met.
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>>1366417
yeah, get out of the station and walk around downtown. Find yourself to the met and walk around for a few hours. If you want bonus points find a little bar before it gets packed with folks and have a drink or two before taking off. Manhattan is very safe and segregated off at around 96th street before you have to start being aware of your surroundings and even then you are 99% guaranteed to be fine if you aren't a flashy bastard or belligerent.
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>>1366405
The Bronx isn't that hard anymore, stop trying to act tough
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>>1366421
Tons of wypipo live in Harlem now.

And Washington Heights/Inwood (the neighborhoods further North than Harlem for those of you not familiar) aren't even dangerous.

Headed to Korea in a few months, looking for some info on things that you have to do/experience.
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What's some good Korean food to try?
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>>1366041
>>1365397
I stayed there for 9 months, I'll share some I like. My spelling may be off so google it. There's a lot of restaurants for all these different food. Variety is huge over there.

Good for lunch
김치찌개 - Kimchi stew/soup. with or without meat and tofu. Red and spicy.
된장찌개 - Similar to above, but with bean paste instead of kimchi. Salty and brothy. Most times I had it without meat and with only tofu. Little spicy, not red.
냉면 - Cold noodles. Great for summer. Can be eaten with soup and red chili paste. Usually served with an egg on top.
삼겨탕 - Chicken in ginseng soup stuffed with rice. A bodybuilder friend ran a restaurant only serving this food, which is quite healthy. Some older people take it a step too far and it was not uncommon to see 90+ year olds getting rolled in on their wheelchairs just to eat this dish. Some minor variations exist with spices, but usually it's served as either half or whole chicken for one person. I had this very often and recommend it if you aren't into fatty foods. Very mildly spicy but salty and tasty.
비빔밥 - Mixed rice and vegetables. Staple dish, famous and impossible to miss. I never liked it particularly much and don't really recommend it.
불고기 - Marinated meat. Another staple dish that every guidebook recommends. I never enjoyed it and rarely eat it when it's served. Red, sweet but not particularly spicy.
김밥 - Rice and vegetables rolled up in seaweed. Can have meat, sausage, fish or anything rolled up into it. Sliced, can be eaten hot or cold. Good for hiking trips as it's delivered wrapped up.
짬뽕 - Spicy seafood noodle soup. Served in Chinese restaurants, although not a Chinese dish. Red and very spicy, some places overdo it.
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>>1366120
설렁탕 - Beef brisket soup. A white milky soup with beef meat.
부대찌개 - Army stew. Dish made from army rations like ham, hot dogs, spam, egg, beans, noodles and whatever vegetables could be found. Don't recommend it for tourists, but it was great food for hungry days with lots of physical exercise. Little red.

Raw stuff
육회 - Raw meat. Similar to tartar in the west. Seasonal food, I wouldn't recommend it during hot and humid summer days. Although I doubt many people serve or eat it then. Not particularly famous food but I like it.
회 - Raw fish. You'll have to get out to a fish market where you talk to different fishermen/shops that sell you seafood or the fish. Then you bring your ingredients to restaurants, located in the same fish market, that will cook it and prepare it for you. I'd say it's almost impossible without an interpreter or some help.

Best for 2 or more people. Often served until late night.
(안동)찜닭 - Chicken steamed in soy sauce. Served on a big plate. Noodles and vegetables are usually in the stew. Not so spicy.
닭갈비 - Diced marinated chicken stir fry. Often served with cheese on top. Red and a bit spicy.
족발 - Pig feet. Different from other Asian dishes like Chicken feet, this one is mostly meat. I had it served with shredded potato and apple one night which was a great combination.

Barbeque, eaten by 2 or more people and good with alcohol. The meat is grilled on the table usually by the customer. Difficult to eat by a single traveling tourist.
갈비살 - Beef bbq, often served with raw onion and salad. Restaurants vary but a definite favourite. Take a leaf of lettuce and use it as a wrap for the meat and whichever ingredient you want to eat it.

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>>1366121
조개구이 - Seafood bbq. Not sure about spelling or how to find it. Only had it once or twice as a buffet, was delicious.
산낙지 - Live octopus. Best described through video. I like it and recommend it.
쭈꾸미 (볶음) - Small octopus stir fry. I like it. Red and spicy.

Drinking, street
소주 - 20% alcoholic drink. Not a personal favourite, taste like chemical vodka mixed with water. Most restaurants serve this.
막걸리 - Sweet rice/wheat wine. Usually served in older decorated places with wooden booths. Traditionally drunk from a small metal bowl on rainy days. Can be found, like soju above, in most Family Mart or 7 eleven all over Asia today.
파전 - Pancake or omelette. Often served with the rice wine above. Can be had with different ingredients such as seafood or kimchi.
치맥 - Chicken and beer. Student favourite. Usually deep fried or in a sweet sauce.
떡볶이 - Spicy rice cake. Served in many restaurants but best had as street food around midnight. Can be had with many different additions like egg or deep fried meat, fish or seafood. Red and spicy.

Hangover cures
짜장면 - Sweet sauce by soy and noodles. Also said to be Chinese although it's not. Not healthy by any means and sometimes eaten with a sweet fried pork dish. Good for day after if you had a late night.
해장국 - Not a particular dish, but a soup or stew generally refered to as hangover soup. Usually with vegetables and beef in a soup.

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I've been to korea 4 times and loved it. The food is fucking great imo, but if you don't like chilis then you'll hate it. The people are generally friendly, even the infamous old men. I just tried to start a chat with two of them at restaurant and they bought me a meal and a drink. I knew piss all korean and my pronunciation was dick but they helped me. Made some of the best memories in my life in korea and I'd reccomedn it to everyone.

I'm an early 20's canadian hanging in the Hartford CT area for a couple of days next month, is there something I should do/some place I should go to?
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>>1364814
i mean its not going to match florida prices or quality-- but from what i hear it was 40 for a g that was strong enough to last 2 people through the night.
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>>1364889

40 for a g isn't bad, actually. I imagine the quality does worsen the further up the coast it goes, but if it gets the job done, why not?
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>>1364635
You should just feel grateful that it isn't Springfield.
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>>1364644

west hartford has all the nightlife, go to bar taco.

honestly if i was you i'd rent a car and drive around. hartford doesn't have a whole lot in terms of tourism, but theres a world class brewery 30 mins from here and it has some decent enough nightlife in west hartford. i'd also visit the capitol building, if you want a tour give me your email and we'll be in touch.
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J. Timothy's in Plainville (southwest of Hartford) is touted as having some of the best wings in the country.

What is the best concentration camp to visit in Europe?
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>>1366085
Wasn't too interesting in my opinion although nice to see due to the architecture.

>>1365742
Auschwitz I is still intact with its Gas Chamber, fences, watchtowers, and Houses
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>>1365398
This. I'm involved with a lot of Israelis and American Jews. Honestly, they had it coming, and it's a matter of national defense against a group that can't be anything other than a perpetual enemy of Mankind.
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>>1366082

kek
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I went to Auschwitz and it's weird how little Birkenau did to me. Standing next to those gaschambers where hundreds of thousands died was just too abstract. It became a statistic. Auschwitz I (the smaller camp) was far more impactful with those torture cells. The industrial nature of the killings was just too overwhelming to process I guess.
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I've only been to Dachau which was the first camp. It was just depressing.

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Can anyone give me any advice on how I could get from the UK or Ireland to Holland without a passport? Supposed to be there today and have no time to even get an emergency passport
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You could fly. From the Easyjet website:

Here's a few examples of photographic ID that is accepted:


A valid passport - an expired passport can be used up to a maximum of five years after expiry
Valid photographic EU or Swiss national identity card
Valid photographic driving licence, provisional or full
Valid armed forces identity card
Valid police warrant card/badge
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UK and Ireland arent in the Schengen so I believe you need to present a passport to pass into/out of the areas
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>Go to Jersey
>Hire a boat
>Go to France illegally
Now you can go to Holland.
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https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/travel/entry-exit/eu-citizen/index_en.htm

>When travelling to or from a non-Schengen country you must show a valid ID or passport. Before travelling, check what documents you must have to travel outside your home country and to enter the non-Schengen country you plan to visit.

How did it go? Did you go to Holland?

As a side note, always have a valid passport.
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>>1366143
take a pleasure boat, it is the only legal way to cross from semi-schengen(uk and ireland) to schengen area wo passport
you wont need a passport between N Ireland and Ireland, probably the same for the whole uk
get as far south as you can, and ask people at marinas if they can take you on board

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I will have 3.5 days in Ireland in April.
Is it a good idea to split it up between Dublin (2.5 days) and Belfast (1 day) or just stay in Dublin?

This is what I have in mind in the order of interest, though I'm open to suggestions and such:

Dublin:
>Walk around all the famous streets -- Grafton, O'Connell, etc.
>Kilmainham Gaol
>Leinster House (Irish Parliament)
>General Post Office Museum
>Dublin Castle
>National Museum of Archaeology
>Go to pubs and stuff at night
>Guinness Storehouse (if there's nothing else left to do)


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>>1365876
>What even is this? Hoping to end up in some paramilitary run shithole in the west? Good luck.
o-oh
I just wanted to find a pub that plays Republican songs or something like that. I assumed there would still be Republican/loyalist pubs in Belfast.
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>>1365793
>Belfast
Don't go to Belfast. It is a sketch rundown shithole full of alcoholics with no redeeming qualities other than they built the Titanic.
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>>1365793
all you're gonna find in Dublin is other tourists. Especially Grafton St and O Connell might as well be Beijing at this point
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>>1365793
Go to Galway, still touristy but not even close to Dublin levels.
Lots of nice quiet traditional pubs with live music and generic "traditional" tourist spots too. Not as much stuff to do as in Dublin/Belfast but less globalisation.
Oh and the Guinness Storehouse is pretty fun and a nice view of a depressing city too
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>>1366088
Almost all pubs will have some small bias one way or the other as to their regulars and political stance but you do not want to step foot in a hardline place, you'll be quickly escorted out by thugs.>>1366105

>>1366105
It's a perfectly functional town but I do think it holds little value to a tourist, and I don't find titanic to be particularly noteworthy. If you go there for some reason OP check out the cathedral quarter on a weekend, filthy MC Nastys or five points are pretty cool non pretentious bars. Galway is pretty damn cool, would recommend.
Sources: I live here.

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I plan on visiting all 4 Himalayan Kingdoms in the next few years (Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet). I have a bit over two weeks free so I'm thinking of doing Sikkim. Has anybody been? I have a rough plan but I would like to know more.
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>>1366271
Bhutan was great, trekking to the tiger's nest was an exhilarating experience. Small country, I landed at paro airport and stayed at kichu resort. Travelled around by taxi. It's important to remember that Bhutan is not cheap at all, and more expensive if you're not a SAARC national. Kichu resort is located near to paro airport and is really pretty, and a shallow river flows just beside the resort. Sipping masala tea by the a river side in a foggy morning was Shangri-La. It was like 300$ for 2 days so not cheap. Like many places in bhutan, they don't have pos/card readers, so bring cash. You can find atms in the city but INR is accepted too. Taxi's are pretty darn expensive as well, -but the rates are pre-determined by the kingdom. We spent almost 200$ in taxi alone. But my dad paid for it all. I won't recommend staying at the taj in thimpu or in thimpu at all. To visit the lower parts of the country you'll need to get an extra permit. If you're flying in fro thailand, you can just fly directly to paro with a short layover in guwahati airport.
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>>1366282
This sounds like such a hassle, why do they dislike tourism so much? Want to keep the country authentic?

Seems to be working for them income wise.
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>>1366303
on the flipside, it's the most "himalayan culture" place I've been. Bhutanese actually enjoy a high quality of life compared to their neighbours. The people were very nice to us as well.
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>>1366303
Bhutan is ranked the best place to live in South Asia and the least corrupt

All tourism money goes to education. They are one of the few countries protecting their volk from national socialism. International finance can't wrap their greasy hands on them! (yet)

It's a beautiful country. I recommend you visit.
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>>1366303
Who says they dislike tourism? If I ran a small country like that it would make far more sense to attract a wealthy clientele who have to pay like 200$ a day and keep the natural beauty and authenticity rather than a bunch of poor backpackers

Is there anywhere I can find patches and/or pins in Vienna that represent the city and country?
pic semi-related
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also for Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, and sarajevo

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What's your favorite bit of travel writing?
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Saw this suggested in a /trv/ thread before and got in from my local library. It was one of Steinbeck's last books about his trip across America in an RV and his observations of the country in the early 60s. Easy read and holds your interest. Critics claim that Steinbeck made up parts of the story but regardless it's a great read. Anyone else here read it?
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>>1365476
Love this book. Steinbeck writes so well about his fascination with insular communities, whether pearl divers in Mexico or Francophone potato farmers in Maine, as if he new the world was homogenizing and wanted to preserve these peoples.
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>>1365467
it is decided! thanks friend.
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Have you ever had things stolen from your hotel room, /trv/?

I'm having an argument with a friend over whether taking your passport and money out every day is a bigger risk than leaving it locked in the suitcase, etc. I'm of the opinion that pickpockets are a bigger risk than light-fingered hotel staff.
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>>1366153
First of all price. If you're backpacking and don't have daddies credit card at hand you almost can never afford hostels if you live by what you earn working in the country you're staying in.

Second of all socializing. It's easy as fuck and the general idea of a (cozy) hostel to meet new people and do stuff together. Atleast in the (cozy) hostels I've been to
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>>1366157
AirBnB hosts rely on reviews much more heavily than hotels.
I'd be more worried about a host who lacks a sense of personal space than one who steals from guests; stealing and hosting both require planning, and the latter pretty much cancels the first out, from an amoral business-sense point of view.
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>>1366179
I usually do one night hostel for the socializing and put myself in a private apartment the day after. Theft is always a risk though.
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i've had a laptop stolen from a locked hostel locker in London.
Since then i always carry my passport on my person, i use a small shoulder bag warn across my body under my t-shirt.
should be pickpocket proof..
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>>1366307
And also have anti-theft software on your laptop.

I miss the imperial british Hong Kong, which now almost turned into GenericChineseCity by Maoist goverment.
So where among tropical/southern countries i can find megapolis or a whole country with atmosphere like if British Empire still exist?
Maybe Ceylon(Sri-Lanka) ?
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>>1365915
They even feel like London today!
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>>1365918
lel
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>>1365774
Do you mean strictly british? If not you have Macau right next door.
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>>1365922
Not strictly british, but european in general. European outposts in Asia, like Shanghai, Bombay, Calcutta, Rangoon and others 70-80 years ago.
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>>1365922
feels like lisbon...

Hello,

Im planing to go to Thailand for two weeks. No gf, just few friends. plan is visit bankok, phuket, few days in jungle and chill on beach. I heard storys about midget fighting pubs, cheap prostitutes and so on.
Any tips for me? green text is very welcome
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op here, its not phuket, but pattaya im planing to visit
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anyone been there?
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>>1364264
Im in phulet untill 3 march. Wanna do something fun?
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>>1364264
see >>1361840

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As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed

*Info on prostitution*
Please try to refrain from asking questions about prostitution.
Japan's sex industry is almost completely inaccessible to foreigners who do not speak Japanese. What is available can generally be found in the following links
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/
>http://rockitrisingsun.com/
>http://hentaitokyo.com/
Note that most of these companies are owned by the same group so behave.

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>>1364541
I hiked Mt. Takao and a nearby mountain (forgot what it’s called) about a month ago. It was a pretty nice hike and would definitely recommend it. It had a nice view of Mount Fuji and the Tokyo skyline
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>>1366467
You sounded so knowledgeable about Japan you practically live there, I guess. Also, I tried looking up those "average hourly work week" charts and while they do seem to point out that 1) Americans seem to work more than Japanese, and 2) general length of Japanese work weeks are decreasing, I also get sources that many Japanese still work absurdly long weeks. So... /shrug. I guess it depends on what sorta industry you work in which country, or something. But yeah, my general thought was that Japan = long work hours, overwork, depression and suicide. I could be wrong tho.
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>>1366482
>Americans seem to work more than Japanese

Eh, that's really debatable, not attempting to derail but there are a lot of factors in it. Work environment being a huge first, expectations a second, how much an american can BS during hours vs a japanese worker, and many other things.

If it snows or a blizzard/snow is in the area a boss might say not come in, in japan a boss might say "trains might run late, so please get to the station early"
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>>1366505
Oh, I agree. I was just going off of the numbers I found online. I'm sure they can't record everything and have a 100% truthful value because of extra things like what you just mentioned. I guess even if overall it seems like Americans work more than Japanese, the social thought is the opposite re: Japanese work ethics, values, and whatnot.
> A Japanese version of permanent employment often related to lifetime employment (終身雇用 shūshin koyō) defined as lifetime job contract. The term originally was workers' "lifetime commitment" to companies, which was coined by James Abegglen in his book "The Japanese Factory."
As per Wikipedia.
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