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Is it just me or have hotels started offering a lot less room amenities? There are cheap soap bars, shower caps, maybe qtips, and... one shower gel/ shampoo/ conditioner squeezy bottles glued to the shower. But also plenty of towels.

I swear they used to actually have body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion bottles, toothpaste, toothbrush, qtips, razor, shower cap, a whole lot. Maybe one hotel I went to had some stuff but they didn't have any spoons??? Or water???

I like the little bottles.
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>>2664475
It depends on the class of the hotel.
At the Atlantis in Dubai, you have full bottles of Terre d'Hermès in the room.
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>>2664475
I haven’t noticed a precipitous recent decline— high-end hotels in poorer countries still usually seem to be well-stocked with various small tidbits.

But I do think midrange or slightly better hotels in richer countries have been trending away from lots of little bottles for a number of years now, mostly in the name of sustainability—something refillable means less plastic than a bunch of little disposable bottles. And of course, for cheaper hotels it’s also a question of cost savings. Expensive hotels in rich countries seem to go either way—some still have fancy little toiletries on offer, some have a single refillable decanter of pretentious designer shampoo.

As for hotel razors/toothbrushes/etc., I associate these with 4-star/business hotels in Asia, not so much with the rest of the world. They’re usually pretty low-quality IIRC, even in nicer places. And in fancier places you can obviously just call the concierge to summon whatever you might need that isn’t already there.
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>>2664475
Most hotels never had toothbrushes and toothpaste or qtips. They always sell these in those little “stores” at the front desk for a high price. I’ve never stayed at a hotel that had those, even high end hotels.

The main thing missing are shower caps, these used to be common but you don’t really see them anymore. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and now even soap have been replaced by the refillable pump bottles on the wall but not all hotels have these.
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>>2664475
Because of the cheap airlines any poorfag can afford to travel and they steal literally anything. When a hotel reports them, they will write a negative review
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>>2664798
>Most hotels never had toothbrushes and toothpaste or qtips.
they were and still are very common in hotels in asia that are mid-priced or above
when i travelled to asia a lot i always brought them back and just kept them at home for when people visited
the toothbrushes are always kind of crappy but they turn out to be useful occasionally

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What are my chances of getting laid in these countries? I'm 5'7", might wear shoe pads (whatever they're called) to make me 5'9" but it's uncomfortable af. I'll be hanging out with my friend who's 6'3" btw and I'm sure he'll make fun of me.
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>>2664869
>5'7
You can get laid but it'll have to be dudes
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>>2664869
Fuck off, we're full
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>>2664869
you're tiny
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I'm 6'5 but I have gynecomastia. What are my chances of getting laid in picrel?

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Day trips from Rome?
What are some good surrounding cities or provinces to visit near Rome if you're using it as a kind of home base
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>>2662532
Castelli Romani, especially Ariccia and all the towns around lake Albano.
Also great if you are a foodie.
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>>2664560
He said surrounding not within.
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>>2664566
Good advice. Also Tivoli.
If you want to see something unconventional, Latina (a fascist-style planned city). Viterbo is also rather underrated.
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>>2662532
Orvieto, wonderful city built up on some clifftop.
Assissi, great cathedral and wonderful town built mostly out of stones
Peruggia is amazing, but the ride there might be a bit too much for a daytrip
Arezzo is 3 hours by train, also great if you don't mind the ride
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>>2664665
It surrounds a neighborhood

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Lived there about 10 years ago and it was epic. Went to the city almost every day as well.

For those living there now or have visited recently- is Brooklyn still cool or has it gone downhill ?
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>>2664788
For a day trip, but Manhattan is just more interesting

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Is this the only way to meet people to travel to their places and have them be chill with you? How do I meet people online to meet up?
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>>2664609
No. All wrong
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Most of the travel women I've met IRL.
>one on a shared taxi
>many in a hostel
>a few just on the street
JBW.
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>get dressed up and clean and tidy
>go to bar in $NIGHTLIFE_DISTRICT after dark
>have some drinks
>talk to everybody who looks at you for more than a few seconds
it's that easy guys. if you have autismo just say "can you help me? I don't know any good bars/cafes/restaurants around here" followed by "you don't seem like you're from here" and "where I'm from we don't have blah blah blah". if you can talk to somebody long enough to get those 3 things in you're pretty much in the bag. I use this same routine with girls and guys and of course it's easier with guys but it's very rare for even girls to outright reject you. you just have to grow some balls and go talk to people. life isn't a discord server. believe it or not real life was invented before the internet.
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or you could try having a shared interest
if you are into sport or cars or games or whatever find other people with the same interest. there are people who like the same things in every country in the world
if you play a musical instrument there is no reason to ever be lonely unless you want to
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>>2664688
>oh shit, I accidentally made eye contact with that guy I guess I gotta go talk to him
Pretty gay, desu.

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>>2658999
What is the purpose of this schizo Gold Coast thread?
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>>2659844
welcome to the GC sib
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any wins on the bridge sister?
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I was thinking of going up tomorrow to
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>>2663188
did you go?

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I am considering going to the DPRK with Koryo Tours: http://www.koryogroup.com/tours/dprk-north-korea/group

I know there are other tour groups but they seem to be the most experienced with a large amount of options. They also seem to have a good relationship with the gov. The DPRK just seems to be one of the most interesting and fascinating countries ever, and I want to see it for myself, but i am worried and heavily considering going to Central Asia instead. Has anybody gone/considered to gone then thought better? Recommended things to see?
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>>2660266
Is it true that chinese and russian tourists allowed to visit other places? i have seen some yt video about russians visiting beach and other rural small towns near their border with nk.
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>>2663571
It's the American government that prohibits travel to North Korea to Americans, not the North Koreans.
The only restrictions the Koreans put on the Americans was that they had to fly in and out and one "homestay village" was off-limits to them for overnight stays.
>>2663578
Tourists can go to other places, provided you requested that on the itinerary.
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>>2659428
https://rumble.com/vkpa21-the-best-lin-wood-speech.html
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>>2659428
Take some propaganda posters from the hotel as a souvenir. They are free for the tourists
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>>2663578
they have different travel agencies iirc. The chinese for example might be more relaxed with koreans in taking pictures since they're allies and all and a lot of chinese businessmen are involved in the dprk. Same with Russians

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What is the best country to go to for a good motorcycle trip on paved roads. I'm not looking to do a South America jungle single track offroad adventure. I'm also not looking to do a US style boring straight flat line highway tour. I want to go to a place with nice winding roads where I can enjoy natural landmarks. I don't even need to enjoy the whole country, if it has one single region that I can spend some time in enjoying that would be great!

I kind of think Mongolia would be fun but it's so big and flat, and I'm not sure to what degree it's paved. I'm afraid most of it would be on a highway in a straight line.
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Best place to motorcycle hands down is the USA. They have the infrastructure in place for traveling. The have plenty of state and national parks for camping. They have law enforcement that doesn’t shake you down for bribes. Good healthcare if you have an accident. And if you go missing they will make a genuine effort to find you with helicopters and search and rescue with dogs.
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Australia was a fun place to ride
Great landscapes, wildlife, and barely any traffic most of the time
Plenty of winding roads although if you're going long distances it's inevitable there will be some long straight roads at some point
Northern Rivers, Mount Kosciuszko National Park, and some of the areas near Sydney were goood places to ride
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>>2663992
read neil peart's books
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>>2663992
Try the European Alps.
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>>2663992
>I'm also not looking to do a US style boring straight flat line highway tour
then don't go on highways in the Midwest dumb ass.
go the the rocky mountains and go anywhere. or take it down hwy1 in California. at the southern end you can drive right off the end of the Santa Monica peir and drown your dumb ass.

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Thinking about doing a week on the Albanian coast with my gf. Prices look cheap and flights from the US aren't bad. Any recc's? Also looking at N. Macedonia. how much can we get by with English?
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>with my gf
Oof
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>>2664593
>travelling with your gf
Dumb ass. Dump the hole and have a good time. She will take over your plans and ruin it
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>>2664637
my gf is a Real Traveler brah. we've done CDMX, NOLA, Gibraltar, Baltimore. Walked through Tepito and Cherry Hill. I'm not too worried.
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>Albanian coast
I can recommend Himare
>Nice beaches, the ones in town are busy but walk west along the coast and there are nice quiet ones. if you rent a car there are tons of beach options
>Nice seafood. If you go to the fishing port when the boats come in you can buy fresh seafood for a good price
>Himare Castle. Walk up into the hills and there are castle ruins with a great view of the coast. There's a nice little bar/cafe up there with the view too.
>Porto Palermo. Not far from Himare there is the old Porto Palermo submarine base. If you're brave you can get in by squeezing through a gap under a door near the east entrance. Bring a torch. There are also underground complexes you can access on the south side of the peninsula. Still an interesting place to explore even if you don't go inside.
>Near the submarine base there's also an old ottoman castle.
>If you want some drugs you can buy coke at the hostels there and there's a pizza place on the waterfront where the staff sell weed. Prices are low in Albania.
For a day trip you could go to Gjirokaster which I recommend. Lovely ancient town about 2 hours drive inland.
Other travellers told me Sarande sucked.
As for North Macedonia I've only been to Ohrid but it was really nice. Gorgeous lake town with ancient castle, churches, and ruins. Watersports on the lake. Locals are very friendly, they took me to a cocktail party / rave in the park where the drinks were free. Supposedly a nice music festival here in summer.
You will be fine with English in both countries.

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I told myself I wouldn't go back in the summer, but I miss my brats too much.
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I need sake and gummies but amazon is horrendous for pricing
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aaa i don't want to go home...
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>>2666844

>>2666844

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>>2666761
See >>2665011

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I've spent a few months there, with stays in Istanbul, Izmir, Selcuk, Denizli, Fethiye, Cirali, Antalya, Burdur, Konya, and probably a couple other ones I've forgotten.

I enjoyed seeing the place. The politics are obviously messed up, and I'm disappointed by the results of last years election, but then that's a common story all over the world now.

It's more cost effective than Greece. The food is very similar, and the historical sites are from many of the same civilizations. I'm completely fascinated by the Lycian cities with cliffs covered in tombs, I didn't know anything about them until I was there, and then spent a few days visiting those sites. There's also some world class neolithic/paleolithic sites, I visited Çatalhöyük last month.

If you want islands it's not a great choice because Greece got basically all of them, but there's plenty of crinkly coast with beaches.

It's much bigger and more varied than the rest of the Balkans or most of Europe. You can genuinely see basically all of Cyprus in a three day road trip, but after multiple trips there's still a bunch more I'd like to do in Turkey.
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>>2663904
It makes me want to recolonize your invading abomination of a culture.
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>>2663591
When I went there, there were giant scrolls with the name of Mohammed on them hanging from the ceiling which had been raised following the conquest. So if you're concerned about having images of gay pedophiles in the Hagia Sofia, the Ottomans already beat Europeans to it. Faggot.
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>>2664625
>Byzantines build a religious site
>Muslims use it as a religious site
I don't know what the problem is,
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>>2664626
NTA, but for me it's the tiny little curtain they have right in front of the Christ mural at the back
I mean come on, that's pretty fucking retarded, it doesn't even cover the image and just makes them look petty and weak
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>>2664406
They were put on after the muzzies took the Hagia Sophia

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I'm thinking of moving from Tucson, AZ to Oklahoma City, OK. Will it be an upgrade? I work from home, 27 year old, with a gf.
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>>2663532
Prefacing this with comparing it to tuscon so inb4 someone goes UHHHM ACHTUALLY

Nature is pretty good, if you're wanting mountains comign to the wrong place. There are some cliffs and hills but nothing too big some forests but nothing large. It's mainly grass lands and rolling hills. Arkansas and stuff have some 'mountains' if you want, bunch of caves to explore.
Fair amount of trails and parks all over the place Thunderbird is decent, I'd say there are enough to keep you occupied. If you make a decent salary you can often get a boat or kayak used for cheap.
I don't have a gun but there are no shortages of places to shoot. Not like AZ where it's just drive 10 minutes off the highway but easy enough to find
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>>2661499
Speaking as someone who lived in Tucson for more than 10 years, I think you should go for it. While I genuinely like Tucson, it's definitely not being improved by the influx of out of state refugees from TX/CA and is no longer really affordable enough to justify the compromises involved in living there. Climate change isn't doing it any favors either, the monsoon season has been fucked for years.

At your age, with a WFH job, nows the best chance you're going to have to get some experience living other places and I think the Midwest is a great choice. I haven't spent much time is Oklahoma City, but even Omaha Nebraska had real charms. Humidity will be an adjustment, and not living in sight of mountains after growing up in the shadow of the Catalinas is weird to get used to. Go for it anon.

Just try to buy a home when you move, even if it's a 'compromise'. It's extremely unlikely that you won't come out ahead if/when you decide to move again and you'll have that equity saved up if you decide to come back to AZ.
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>>2661499
Anon I don't think either are great but AZ has better nature. The downtown looks like that on basically two blocks. Worth a try for something new at least if you've been in Tucson awhile
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>>2661563
>>2661652
>>2661574
Go to Philly if you want big city for cheap. The shitty parts are basically cordoned off anyway. It's snowed like once in the past 3 years. And a snow day where everyone is off every now in the is way better than it being over 110° in Phoenix for 50 days straight
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>>2662944
I have been to both, both of those are lightyears ahead of Dayton and OKC and Tuscon.

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I don't pay for public transit.
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>>2663099
When I was in Poland I only ever saw the ticket inspector once and that was when visiting a tourist spot, someone else next to me didn't buy a ticket and they got fined like 300 zloty for it. It ain't worth it
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>>2664450
Zloty? What kind of slav name is that?
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>>2663179
How does one live in a fancy microstate
Are you descended from royalty or something
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>>2664450
hes playing stupid games, let him win the grand price. The problem solves itself. You dont need to rescue OP just ingore this dumbass.
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>>2664434
It's okay, given how fucking garbage it is they shouldn't even be charging for it.

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Boring, expensive, unfriendly, cold for most of the year, dark. What's the appeal in this shithole?
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>>2663541
>proceeds to selectively pick out shit from the post to pretend he has an argument by making dumbass assumptions
neck yourself brownoid
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>>2660061
https://rumble.com/vkpa21-the-best-lin-wood-speech.html
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>>2663206
two more weeks ivan
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>>2663890
Stop hating on your rulers so much.
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>>2660061
dont hold your breath about it, youll just run into same shitty indian and brittish tourist scum every restaurant and tour destination. Only way it gets fun is you stop doing what they do but im not gonna explain how that works. Want something else? Try something new.

An old friend and I are flying to Zurich on Friday, to spend about two weeks exploring the region. Current plan is to spend a few days in Switzerland before heading North by train. The only 'planned' activity is to visit a small town outside Cologne, which is where my ancestors lived before they migrated to the US in the 1850s.

Besides that, we have no real plan or structure around how we will spend our time or where we will go. I am used to traveling domestically in the US, so the scale makes it seem like it would be relatively easy to see Eastern France, Belgium, and Netherlands while we are there. I'm generally interested in avoiding very tourism focused areas, and enjoying whatever the local areas have to offer. Food, drink, scenery, meeting people. I had considered looking for some live music in the cities we'll be in as a way to meet locals.

My only travel outside the US was to Shanghai, which I enjoyed but was very different than I expect this part of Europe to be.

Any general advice or suggestions on how to make the most of our time in the region?
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>>2661807
I have to agree monstly, Münster can be comfy, the Ruhrpott can be interesting for someone who have never seen something like it but a short trip is enough as it's all the same shit. Industrial stuff, decay, falling apart infrastructure and remains of former glory flanked by some boomer 300k all look the same houses with "gardens" and carports.
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>>2658998
I'll add tubingen to that list, the old downtown part of town is beautiful
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>>2661865
Münster has a nice watercastle and inner city, and there are some nicer liveable small cities between the likes of dortmund bochum essen etc but those, plus everything to the north, west and east is just a depressing shithole, one continous gray urban landscape filled to the brim with nonwhites.
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>>2661807
it's great for urbex thou
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Ok so just got back.

Flight to Zurich was easy, but London Heathrow is the most retarded airport I've ever flown through. Will actively attempt to avoid it it the future.

Spent the majority of our time in France and Germany. Towns we stopped in, either just for a few hours, a day, or overnight:

Zurich
Zug
Walchwil
Basel
Strasbourg
Heidelberg
Cologne
Aachen
Eschweiler / Kinzweiler

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