My Favorite Places in Europe
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jan 19, 2012 3:04 PM Last Post By: Piotr1981
Jan 16, 2012 8:21 AM
My Favorite Places in EuropeFrom my perspective being 23 years old, after cancelling my flight back to the States after my 3 month backpacking trip. I've lived in Europe for about 2 years now... a lot of which was travelling. Allow me to share some of my favorite places. I wrote them all here... http://www.wordsbond.com/default.asp?mid=sl&pid=userpage&op=443 you're welcome to check it out and let me know what you guys think and whether you agree/disagree. =) cheers
Jan 17, 2012 12:55 AM
Do you have some sort of visa that allows you to spend more than the usual 90-out-of-180-days in Italy/Slovenia/the Schengen Area?
generally speaking the people in the Eastern European countries are much more receptive and enthused to show a foreigner a good time than in the Western countries where the locals are jaded by an overflow of tourists
There may be some truth in that, perhaps, but it's a gross over-generalisation to claim that "Western Europeans" are jaded by an overflow of tourists - judging from the places recommended in your blog you've spent most of your time in touristy places, while if you'd go to any of the similarly interesting towns that non-Europeans have never heard of, you'd find people are more receptive of tourists than in places like Florence or Cinque Terre. Your experiences in Florence don't tell anything about the people in, say, a rural town in Germany.
Jan 18, 2012 5:41 AM
2Yeah, good point, it is a bit of a generalization to say that western european's are jaded... and I totally acknowledge that, but believe there is some truth to it. And yes I mainly go to the major cities in each country. I'm not a super experienced traveler yet, but the more I travel, the more I appreciate and try to go off the beaten tourist track.
Jan 18, 2012 6:03 AM
Jan 19, 2012 3:04 PM
4Well, I think Eastern Europe is - in general - more hospitable to foreigners, and the more eastwards you go, the more hospitable it is. In Kiev (Ukraine) I had to take care when asking people for directions, because this would invariably mean they would walk me quite a distance to make sure I find my destination, and would have a very friendly chat on the way (despite communication difficulties). In non-touristy hostels I stayed at, the hosts would switch from indifference or even slight hostility straight to hyper-enthusiasm the moment they would realize I am a foreigner.
And being, per definition of this forum, an Eastern European, I should be used to it. Nope! Big positive surprise.
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