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OT: Vacations

hockeylover

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Anyone been to Sicily before?

Changed our Bali plans to Europe. We're spending two weeks in France and then I'm solo for 10 days. Suggestions welcome.
 

Aberdeen

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I've been. Stayed a week based out of Ortigia in an apartment. Absolutely loved everything about it. Ortigia is stunning.
 

Preston

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Trying to pick a place where I feel safer from a certain virus. Late September/early October. Mexico. Not a beach guy so don't care about that. Care about food and culture above all. Is Mexico City the ticket? @MindzEye
 

trujaysfan

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If youre looking for safe then likely avoid airports as they are the hub for travel. New orleans/Nashville may be a good spot for food and culture that is within driving distance.
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
Trying to pick a place where I feel safer from a certain virus. Late September/early October. Mexico. Not a beach guy so don't care about that. Care about food and culture above all. Is Mexico City the ticket? @MindzEye
La Ciudad is awesome for Mexican culture. Stay in the DF (basically the city proper) if you don't have someone you know and trust to guide you. It's generally as safe as a major American city, but along the same vein, stay out of the hood. If you need someone, I probably can drum up trustworthy contacts. But yeah, Mexico City basically has the best of everything in Mexico. Best architecture, cultural building, best food (someone from Monterrey or Veracruz would stab me for saying that, but it's largely true), best transit (only city in mexico with a subway system I think).

But it is massive and busy in a way I've never experienced before. Don't jaywalk. Just don't do it. Jaywalking is a fine art in the mexican cities I've been to (Guadalajara specifically) and when I was with my brother in law (from GDL) in the DF and went to jaywalk he told me that shit was just different there. The traffic is obscene and the drivers reckless in a way that would make a Montrealer fear for their lives.

Dope city. English is more common there than anywhere other than the tourist spots. The subway system is huge, pretty modern, and cheap (was 5 pesos last time I was there, so, like 35 cents CAD). If you stick to land transportation, try to walk (just wait...you'll see the traffic, makes mid town Manhattan look like an F1 race) but failing that Uber is solid everywhere I've been in Mexico and with your Mrs being fluent, you're good even if they no hables ingles.
 
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Preston

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La Ciudad is awesome for Mexican culture. Stay in the DF (basically the city proper) if you don't have someone you know and trust to guide you. It's generally as safe as a major American city, but along the same vein, stay out of the hood. If you need someone, I probably can drum up trustable contacts. But yeah, Mexico City basically has the best of everything in Mexico. Best architecture, cultural building, best food (someone from Monterrey or Veracruz would stab me for saying that, but it's largely true), best transit (only city in mexico with a subway system I think).

But it is massive and busy in a way I've never experienced before. Don't jaywalk. Just don't do it. Jaywalking is a fine art in the mexican cities I've been to (Guadalajara specifically) and when I was with my brother in law (from GDL) in the DF and went to jaywalk he told me that shit was just different there. The traffic is obscene and the drivers reckless in a way that would make a Montrealer fear for their lives.

Dope city. English is more common there than anywhere other than the tourist spots. The subway system is huge, pretty modern, and cheap (was 5 pesos last time I was there, so, like 35 cents CAD). If you stick to land transportation, try to walk (just wait...you'll see the traffic, makes mid town Manhattan look like an F1 race) but failing that Uber is solid everywhere I've been in Mexico and with your Mrs being fluent, you're good even if they no hables ingles.
This makes me very interested. Thank you. I am not sure if I will go through with it just because things may be getting kind of crazy in the next few months, despite Altair's dumbassery, but it's definitely the backup plan to my original plan at the moment.
 

Preston

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stock the beer fridge and watch the world burn like the rest of us
That is definitely #3 on my list of options and probably the wisest one. But a full calendar year without travel is something I haven't done in over a decade.

Safety first I suppose.
 

MindzEye

Wayward Ditch Pig
That is definitely #3 on my list of options and probably the wisest one. But a full calendar year without travel is something I haven't done in over a decade.

Safety first I suppose.
If there are no confirmed cases in CDMX then give'r. But I've gotta tell you...the Mexico City subway is bottom 5 on my list of places to be during a zombie flu outbreak.
 

Preston

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If there are no confirmed cases in CDMX then give'r. But I've gotta tell you...the Mexico City subway is bottom 5 on my list of places to be during a zombie flu outbreak.
Well we have more than a few months to try to contain this "harmless beer flu." We'll see where we're at by July/August.
 

Habsy

Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
Has anyone been to Mauitius or The Seychelles?

Helping my kid with a project and she'll get extra credit if she can get a first hand opinion on them. Personally I don't know how it can be proven however welcome to school in America. Even private school.
 

CH1

The Artist Formerly Known as chiggins.
I’m really itching to go somewhere right now...my favourite thing is to explore interesting cities but I don’t want to risk the possibility of being in lockdown mode in a different country
 

Preston

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I’m really itching to go somewhere right now...my favourite thing is to explore interesting cities but I don’t want to risk the possibility of being in lockdown mode in a different country
Yeah... I've alright written off this year. If shit improves in the second half, great. But for now I'm running on the assumption that 2020 will be vacationless. Not worth my paranoia. Feels bad man.
 
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CH1

The Artist Formerly Known as chiggins.
It sucks. This would normally be a great time to travel. I can buy puts anywhere.
 

Habsy

Wrong Thinker Extraordinaire
Well I guess that is a no.

I gotta tell you, helping her with this project makes me want to visit the Seychelles but that's a little too close to the hot zone for my taste.
 
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