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What's the coolest thing you've experienced in another country

I'm traveling abroad at the moment and wanted to know what other people have done abroad. Was suggested to post this here when i posted it in /t/lounge

3 years ago by AinBaya with 20 comments

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  • Moderator (edited 3 years ago)
    +3

    Hey, make sure you read the rules next time.

    The coolest thing for me is simply going to a new country and feeling like it's a different world.

    • AinBaya (edited 3 years ago)
      +2

      Apologies. Will take note for next time

      • NameTaken
        +2

        I think you are able to edit the title to add the question mark.

        • AinBaya
          +1

          You only have 15 minutes after posting to edit a title.

          • NameTaken
            +1

            Oh thanks for letting me know. Does the 15 min reset if you do edit?

            • AinBaya
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              I don't believe so. After the 15 minutes the title is set I think for the reason of continuity. It's probably there to prevent things like staring a discussion titled "what are the most atrocious things that humans have done in history?", getting responses for a few hours and then changing the title to " What's something you would travel back in time to try out for your own enjoyment?" Which could be funny/annoying.

            • NameTaken
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              @AinBaya -

              Ok thanks

    • 5irKarl
      +1

      What did he do wrong?

      • Moderator
        +2

        ?

        • 5irKarl (edited 3 years ago)
          +1

          You said make sure you read the rules. Jw what you're talking about so I don't make a similar mistake.

  • ObiWanShinobi
    +2

    I had a brief trip to Morocco where guides led us through these narrow winding streets, first to a carpet company, where they laid out all these beautiful rugs and tried their damned best to sell them to us. Then, a restaurant where we ate lamb kababs and rice and drank mint tea as people performed. It was so much fun.

  • the7egend
    +2

    Vending machines, for everything. Not like just a few drinks, but food, coffee, tea, cokes, waters, umbrellas, panties... Japan puts everything in them.

    • CrazyDiamond
      +2

      Also to add onto Japan, the amazing public transportation system.

  • LacquerCritic
    +2

    There are so many cool things it's hard to cover, but there have been two very "it's a small world" moments that I quite like to recall.

    The first happened in Australia on a family trip. We went to a city not as popular with North American tourists (Cairns) and were walking around town on a random day. We passed by an internet cafe that had a young woman standing outside of it handing out flyers. I can't remember whether it was my brother or the woman that sort of jolted on the spot with recognition, but it turned out that it was my brother's best friend's sister handing out flyers. Neither of them had any idea the other was out here.

    The second moment happened while I was staying in Japan for a month, in the Kyoto-Osaka region. I come from a VERY religious town (the bible belt) in which we have many Jehovah's witnesses. So here i am with a group of other Canadian students walking to a shopping centre when I ask a woman nearby for directions. She speaks English, starts chatting, and it quickly becomes evident that I have somehow managed to stop the only Japanese Jehovah's witness I've ever met. I had pamphlets and all the goodies pushed into my hands and it was just so familiar and bizarre.

  • Wenjarich
    +2

    I have to go with "eat Indian Food" as my answer. I went on a 3 month highschool exchange, ate piles and piles of some of the best tasting food I have had in my life and lost a ton of weight at the same time. Indian food when I got home was good but there's just something that makes it not the same. Apparently one of the girls who exchanged to our country said we don't have the right flour to make some aspects of their food properly.

  • Zorgon
    +1

    The best thing I've ever done was meetup with a random internet stranger in their hometown. I was traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark for a week while living in France, and made a random post on a community website that I was looking for things to do. A local ended up private messaging me, so we decided to meet up and hang out for the day. He brought a couple of friends and gave me the insider's tour of the places, food, sights, etc. We are still friends to this day, and it has remained one of my favorite experiences of all time.

    Really just try and connect with a local there, because they know the area like no other!

  • Skry
    +1

    When I was stationed in Okinawa I was walking around town and met this local girl who didn't speak English, since I didn't speak Japanese we had a nice long conversation using our phones to help translate.

    • Hothordes
      +1

      thats actually pretty cool, I would've just nervously looked away like i do with everyone.

  • Hothordes
    +1

    saw sand and people walking on it. It wasn't the beach.