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Welcome!

/trv/ is a slow board, you don't need to bump more than once a day -- it's OK if your thread is not on the front page, we look several pages deep here. You can do that. too, looking for threads on your topic.

Questions are welcomed, as are threads sharing experiences or generally discussing travel. For very general questions, you can get answers faster at other sites. Google is your friend. Start there, then come back here for specific questions. Some good links for basic info, and a few Pet Peeves of the board, are included within this thread.
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For all those wanting information on Vagabonding:

http://www.artoftravel.com/index.html
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/

Don't forget visa requirements:
http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

Happy traveling! P.S. Do not post nsfw content on this board.

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>have no problems making friends or getting laid while traveling
>have no friends at all at home and have not even gotten laid once in my own country

what did they mean by this?
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>>1228271
You are not happy with yourself.
When you are away from home, nothing reminds you of how you are as a person. The chains that are the reminders of who you really are are therefore nonexistent and you are free to leave that behind, be different, open and social.
You are holding yourself back at home. You have to work hard on yourself in order to become the person that you are abroad.

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Japan: Weird as fuck...literal definition of weird, off-putting, creepy and just all around degenerate.

England: Totally miserable weather, miserable people, chavs.

France: Pretentious dickheads, Paris is a literal shithole outside of the Eiffel tower

The entire section of central Europe.:Pretty much the twilight zone...otherwise pretty nice...Definitely underrated.

Australia: I liked it...Australia didn't like me though.

New Zealand: I liked it....Didn't stay long.
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>>1224376
>America: It was okay, it's way too similar to Australia though (my home country)

The US west coast is basically one giant Melbourne with nicer scenery.
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>>1225043
>Weird fucking locals

They are simply reserved around strangers. Not everyone on this planet needs to constantly make pointless smalltalk like the average amerifat.
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>>1223642
Canada: specifically Alberta, Calgary is a cool city
Iceland: rainy and comfy country, locals were kind of taciturn
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>>1224025
>>Australia and NZ
>Great /out/, fun people, but there is always a fear in the back in your mind about the dangerous shit like poison snails and shit, surprisingly good beer and decent food

There is literally nothing in NZ that can kill you. Don't lump us with AUS in this category pleb
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>>1223779
>Great scenery in OR

Thanks sempai, Oregon is USA's secret state

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New Japan General

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*
>http://rockitreports.com/category/sex-in-tokyo/
>http://erolin.net/
>http://rockitrisingsun.com/

*Note about the JR Pass*

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Is it worth going just for the nature?
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>>1228248
Anki.

>>1228269
Of course, there is no mountains in my country so just seeing those makes it worth for me.
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>>1228114
that's way too overkill for 7 days imo. Tokyo alone would require that much time.

If you're really keen on seeing the Kansai + west region, I would cut Tokyo entirely and spend more time there. Kyoto is certainly worth more than seeing Kinkaku-Ji unless you enjoy hundreds and hundreds of tourists all gathered in one spot looking at the same thing
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>>1228304
>that's way too overkill for 7 days imo
Interesting, when I went before we managed to cover similar ground.

My friend's more keen on Tokyo but he only suggested those few places while in the city. Any other suggestions?
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>>1228299
I really like the mountain regions in Japan.
Some mountains, some forests and maybe the odd temple seems enough for me


Any place as a recommendation for that in japan?

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ask a guy who ate a big mac in 4 different countries anything
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>>1228197
Grease is known for giving you the runs. I don't know if that's scientifically true, but it's a very common belief.

Fast food is generally greasy.
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>>1228204
Pretty sure thats a myth.
I eat greasy food all the time and never get the runs.
The runs means your sick
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>>1227860

nice. my count: ive had it in 4 of the 7 countries ive visited. surprisingly never in Canada or Mexico
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>>1228205
>>1228197
there are shitty fast food restaurants, no matter the brand (McDonald's, burger king, KFC, Wendy's whatever). with that I mean owners who don't care and are lucky that nobody checks hygiene standards and they are just filthy, giving you diarrhea
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McDonald's thread?
I've eaten somethin in McDonalds in at least 30 countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Israel, Azerbaijan, Georgia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Brazil. Maybe in some other countries too.

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Aware me, is this area of Europe actually worth visiting or is it boring? I definitely do think Iceland has a lot going for it in terms of it's beautiful nature, but what about the other countries?

What would the highlights be of a trip to this area?
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>>1228274
>Sweden
Literally a meme. It's exactly what /pol/ says it is

>Finland
Only been to Helsinki, pretty cool place, but not that much to do. You can get a ferry to St. Petersburg tho

>Norway
Haven't been

>Denmark
Amazing, I love it. Such a nice peaceful country with great people. Copenhagen is great. If you go anywhere in Scandinavia go here.

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Has anybody ever gotten a free seat upgrade on a plane journey? How'd you get it?
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>>1227763
depends on the airline you fly. the food on virgin and ba for example are miles better than what you would get on an american carrier and light years ahead of a shitty chinese airline.
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>>1227763
I flew with China Eastern once. Worst food ever. It was a really long flight and by the second or third meal, the smell of the food alone literally made me gag.
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>>1227773
Isn't China Eastern also the worst airline in Asia?

I almost flew with them, but chose not to after all the bad reviews I've read. The extra $200 I paid for JAL & Cathay Pacific was worth it. JAL has god-tier food even in economy class.
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>>1227746
got a free upgrade for a train ride, never for planes. that was awesome as hell. TGV. you and the other passengers per wagon have basically a butler, free meal, leg room for days, various magazines to read.
>servant got upset that I put my serving tablet away on my own 'SIR, please, I'll do that'
first time that somebody called me sir.
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>>1227746
Much like the others here, I got my upgrade when a flight was overbooked and somebody somewhere was going to get upgraded to make shit work.

I flew with a 75% off discounted economy ticket (AKA ID75) due to doing some after hours work with a travel agent that I didn't technically work for, they just paid me in tickets.

Decided to go to USA and back. The way there, stopped in Fiji and the next leg was massively overbooked, couldn't get on the plane, next few flights were booked out, ended up stranded for two days before I could get on a plane to LAX. I was checking in daily with the counter staff so they got to know me.

On the way back a week later, I get to Fiji again and am told that theres some problem and economy is overbooked again, exact same situation, exact same people, exact same bullshit. The counter staff remember me from last time I got fucked over, so when two people need to be bumped to business to get on the plane, she makes sure that I'm one of them. I literally got the last seat on the plane.

It was a NICE flight though, Air Fiji is pretty sweet in business. They give you a little gift bag of coconut soap and coconut oil shaving cream and stuff. It was an overnight flight and the breakfast was the best french omelet I've ever had. I've spent years trying to reproduce that omelet and never managed. Aside from just being a perfectly cooked rolled omelet, it was filled with this green tomato salsa type thing that was amazing. I've never had anything like before or since.

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China general thread

Ask your traveling in china questions, TEFL questions and whatev else that is china related

Going to Chengdu to start a ten month TEFL contract this October, anybody chengdu bound wanting a new mate lemme know

Anyone who's been to Chengdu also share your experience for me please, never left Europe so i know as much as the internet can tell me
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>>1227768
Thanks, that's perfect.

However, I'm still not sure whether I should apply at the Chinese embassy in Copenhagen or if I should just get one in Hong Kong, which is where I'm planning on flying to and spending some days. Maybe you could say a bit about that as a fellow EU-citizen?
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>>1227874
Thanks for clearing that up for me. I came across ATMs in Japan that wouldn't take cards issued in other countries and assumed China would be the same, if not worse.
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>>1228171
China has some international banking corporations, it depends more on the bank than the individual ATMs...you should be able to withdraw at any HSBC, ICBC or Bank of China. Don't even try in an Agricultural Bank or similar unless you have a union pay logo on your card
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>>1227622
>Wasn't aware of political bias of LP.
It's not exactly bias, more that LP has a casual, subjective style. The writers write from their own viewpoint and that includes thinking that human rights are a thing and that if you're going to Tibet, you should have open eyes about what's going on there. Stuff like that. So, I suppose that individual bias but all subjective writing has that, it's part of what makes them more useful than a list of phone numbers and addresses.

>Do you know anything about how easy it is to get doube-entry 90 day visas to China? And should I get a visa here in Denmark or get it in Hong Kong?

I had some hassle, I get mine through a visa agent. (visaofchina.net)

>>1227635
>Which past? I've started and/or ended all my China trips in HK and never had a problem for my visa applications. Since 2004
I had one rejected on that basis in 2008 I think. The rule came in just before the Beijing Olympics and I got rejected just after the Olympics.

>>1227661
>How easy (cheap, manageable) is it to travel around Asia from China?
I guess it's reasonably cheap and you have land borders to Laos, Vietnam and Mongolia.

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>>1227806
>What's the easiest way to get RMB in Hong Kong
ATMs have RMB options and there are money changers in places like Chunking Towers. Those indian money changers are usually the best value in Hong Kong.

>or Shenzhen border?
There are ATMs in the metro stations at the border and fucking everywhere in China cities. You know how banks closed shit loads of branches in the west? Not in China where people are the cheapest expense for a company. There are branches every block or two.

>Can I just use my debit/credit card?
Yes, at almost any actual ATM. Not all 'ATMs' are actually ATMs though, some are CRSs which are for deposits and others are self-service banking shit like loan repayments and tax and other banking. In general, if it's got logos for cards then it's an actual ATM.

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>looking up TESOL/TEFL jobs
>typical locations in Asia pop up
>Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea
>feeling rather uninspired by these posts
>see an opportunity to teach in Kurdistan

Anyone ever been to the area? The place looks beautiful.
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>>1225973

I kinda liked the Middle East when I was over there. Plus, it seems like a good place to chill out for a year before moving onto the next job
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>>1225480
>>1225482
>>1225707
>>1225501
>I am a badboy, who don't avoid war zones ;)

>>1225973
Pretty much this. Middle-East is a shitole, Kurdistan is a super shithole. I have been to poor places with some interesting things to promise. There is no reason to go for war a place with no culture whatsoever, just because you heard it in the news often.
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I'm assuming you are going to the Iraqi Kurdustan, I did not go there but people usually finds it chill, ofc there is a risk of being bombed in the center of Erbil but it is not greater than the one in the center of Istanbul.
That being said, I was in the Turkish Kurdistan recently (which I can confirm it is NOT that safe) and I absolutely loved it..the food is great, it's cheap, people were friendly, landscapes are nice.

Go for it OP, get yourself a hot kurdish wife

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>>1226244
Pic related
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>>1225682
>>1225487
>de jure
You guys play too much Crusader Kings desu
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>>1225617
>If you're American you're going to have a bad time with working in Iraq/Iran/Syria on your record
Not if he wants to go work in the CIA or MilInt.

A uni graduate with some experience living in Kurdistan/Iraq and speaking some language is going to look quite attractive to them.

Some international aid organisations would love that too. I know a girl who basically travels around shitholes like this setting up networks and satcoms for UN organisations or independent aid organisations. She's well paid and travels the world. Sometimes even some of the nice parts.

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Long story short going to Tokyo for the first time to represent my clothing company at a fashion roadshow

I'm going to be there for 7 days total, and I need to be on my A game every day, even fresh off the plane.

Any experienced travelers have tips/secrets for /trv/ or anyone who may be reading this thread?

Share jet lag stories, failures and successes
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>>1228244
The day you arrive, don't got to bed until midnight.
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>>1228253

So on a 2pm flight from LAX don't sleep on the plane at all, and sleep at 12 Tokyo time
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>>1228253
Yep, resist to napping even tho you are super tired. DO NOT GO TO BED until it's local bed time. It's hard especially when you travel eastbound but this nap will turn into a 5h hibernating and royally fuck your body clock up.
I used to chew no jet lag when I was traveling a lot but I can't tell if it really worked.
You could also start adjusting to your destination time a few days prior to your trip, if you have the chance. Every day, wake up 1h earlier than the previous day and try to go to bed one hour earlier too. This way, your brain will accept more easily to wake up at 8 local time even tho it's 4 at your origin.
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>>1228253
>>1228297
What about things like Red Bull to keep you awake ?

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So you've just come into a large inheritance, enough so that you can comfortably live in not just one location but keep houses in several and also not have to work.

Where do you choose to live /trv/?
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either italy/spain/portugal/Greece by the sea or australia by the ocean
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>>1228256
Even with that big of inheritance I would advice against owning houses outside of your passport country.

If you are wealthy enough to keep houses in several locations you dont really need to plan on locations, do you? You just hop on a next plane and go whenever you please.

But to not be a smartass and actually answer your question: Portugal, Turkey, Thailand, Finland (in summer).
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>>1228256
probably gated community in California, then I have easy access to travel asia, South America and Europe.
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>>1228290
I partially agree with you, when I daydream about a massive massive gain (think 100M+ at the Euromillion) I see myself plane hoping around the world and living out of serviced apartment and hotels for whatever time is wish. I still always come back to at least two homes, possibly three, that I would see as bases and where I can return to whenever I want. Fully furnished and maintained, ready to live in, a car and a bike in the garage ready to roll. I would see us owning a nice beach house in South Africa (Knysna or Simon's town) or in Hout Bay for example. I would also have a refurbished cottage in Normandy or along the northern coast in France (home country even tho I have lived overseas for most of my adult life).
If filthy rich I would add a flat in HK, nothing too big but well located so I can crash whenever I want.
I would spend the year traveling and living in these 3 places and beaming around from there.
Would be sweet.

Anons, how did you get your wife to give your solo travel plans the OK?
I didn't think a few weeks out of the year was a lot to ask, but feckin' hell.
Unmarried people/MGTOWs need not respond.
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Propose an open relationship ;)
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I actually knew a couple where they absolutely split everything, and they could never go travelling because he insisted she pay for her own fare
lmao
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If your married, you are now a team together
You should never travel for fun without your wife
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Don't be a fucking cuck and do it.
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>>1226357

Think if the roles were reversed
would you be okay with your wife gone a few weeks and getting plowed by a bull?

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Im looking for ideas for a solo trip in August for a few weeks to a month.

Basically, I want to go somewhere with good weather (hot), where I can just relax, take in the culture, eat good, workout everyday and live relatively cheap. Also, somewhere that would have stuff to do for a solo traveller. Im interested in history, outdoorsy stuff and partying once in awhile. I am a 22 year old straight white male btw. I would also like to work on my spanish, but thats secondary.

Any idea where I should look to go?
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>>1228233
East Coast of Sputh Africa. Super cheap, fantastic beaches, great weather, relatively safe if you were to stay just on the coastal towns. Durban is a party city and has a ton to do for a single traveller as well as some nice bars and clubs. Interesting blend of culture due to a nice mix of European, African and Indian Culture. South Africa as a whole is a sweet spot for cheap travel but it's better to travel with others seeing as though you'll probably be coming from a first world country to a more unstable third world country. Still look into it. You won't regret it.

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What's everyone's least favorite nationality to come across while traveling?

For me it's the Chinese and Americans. The Chinese constantly rampage through little villages in massive tour groups, climb over everything, touch every piece of artwork, and spit everywhere.

And Americans I don't like running into because I'm American and also we complain a lot.
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>>1226091
We have wider open spaces and personal spaces in Northern Europe. Extroversion does not equal being loud. Individualism? You guys are the least individual people there is.
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>chinese shitting everywhere
I see a lot of Chinese here, never saw them shitting anywhere and I know plenty of people working in the tourism industry, they bitch about Indians way more. Somebody rented out a holiday house to Indians, they had to renovate it afterwards, because they are like animals. Hotels charge more if you come from India.
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>>1228185
Met some cool New Yorkers, two of those were veterans, maybe that's why they were fun to be around.
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>>1228272
No you don't have wider open spaces than America. Especially not where people live. Check the population density.

Also, America is one of rhe most individualistic societies. Compare them here. This cultural framework was invented by a Northern European (Dutch), btw

https://geert-hofstede.com/united-states.html
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>>1228291
Individualism

The fundamental issue addressed by this dimension is the degree of interdependence a society maintains among its members. It has to do with whether people´s self-image is defined in terms of “I” or “We”. In Individualist societies people are only supposed to look after themselves and their direct family. In Collectivist societies people belong to “in groups” that take care of them in exchange for unquestioning loyalty.

The fairly low score on Power Distance(40) in combination with one of the the most Individualist (91) cultures in the world reflects itself in the following:

The American premise of “liberty and justice for all.” This is evidenced by an explicit emphasis on equal rights in all aspects of American society and government.
Within American organisations, hierarchy is established for convenience, superiors are accessible and managers rely on individual employees and teams for their expertise.
Both managers and employees expect to be consulted and information is shared frequently. At the same time, communication is informal, direct and participative to a degree.
The society is loosely-knit in which the expectation is that people look after themselves and their immediate families only and should not rely (too much) on authorities for support.
There is also a high degree of geographical mobility in the United States. Americans are the best joiners in the world; however it is often difficult, especially among men, to develop deep friendships.
Americans are accustomed to doing business or interacting with people they don’t know well. Consequently, Americans are not shy about approaching their prospective counterparts in order to obtain or seek information. In the business world, employees are expected to be self-reliant and display initiative. Also, within the exchange-based world of work we see that hiring, promotion and decisions are based on merit or evidence of what one has done or can do.

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So last week I was at some strip club on the third floor of Nana Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand. Me and two of my friends were each getting a lap dances and it was pretty awesome, but at one point one girl put some weird spice thing in my mouth and then another girl put an ice cube in her mouth, made out with me, and put the ice cube into my mouth. The spice thing was small, light brown in color, and twisted around itself circularly about 3 or 4 times. Does anyone know what this spice was? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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Actual nervegas
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>>1227325
I actually got aids from a thailand general thread once. It sucks, mainly because my wife doesnt believe me.
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>>1227325
It was a sand trout, good luck on the Golden Path.
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>>1228268
No, I went to Bangkok, not Arrakis



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