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  • A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

    I can't be the only one here who loves to travel. I bet some of you even do it for work, you lucky ********.

    I am in the process of booking a school trip to Nicaragua, and I am deciding how many extra days to stay after my program is over.

    Has anyone ever been? Any recommendations? I will be in Managua for four days, after that I have up to four days to stay before needing to get back to the States. I've done some research online/in Lonely Planet, and San Juan del Sur and Cerro Negro (how can I pass up surfing down a volcano?) seem awesome. Granada and Leon are the main cultural cities, are they necessary to hit?

    Can anyone weigh in on Nicaragua?

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    I've been there about 5 years ago for a short trip.

    Managua is something of a disappointment. The city is still ugly as it was rocked by the big 1972 earthquake and the old dictator Somoza and his cronies pocketed much of the international aid money that flowed in, lots of the nice buildings went down, so huge chunks of the city are still empty lots, and poverty abounds. The Intercontinental hotel is nice, although it has that feel of a "compound" where lots of men in sunglasses and earpieces stand guard.

    Granada is a nice Spanish colonial city, although I half expected Sandinistas with machine guns to jump out on the road up to there.

    The volcano sounds fun.

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      Yeah, I've heard nothing but sketchy things about Managua. We will be in meetings for the majority of our time there. I figure any "touristy" type things will have to be in my past few days, wherever I decide to go.

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        We had a great time in Costa Rica, it may be worth taking a quick trip up there instead of hanging out in sketchy Nicaragua.

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          Who on this board is pretty familiar with France? I have some questions...
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            Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
            Who on this board is pretty familiar with France? I have some questions...
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              Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
              Who on this board is pretty familiar with France? I have some questions...
              One of the smokin' hots spent a lot of time in France fairly recently- can't remember which one. Post in the rep thread and you might find her- I think it was diva.

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                Originally posted by AMC View Post
                Can anyone weigh in on Nicaragua?
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                Originally posted by pardonme View Post
                We had a great time in Costa Rica, it may be worth taking a quick trip up there instead of hanging out in sketchy Nicaragua.
                I've heard the same thing from other people who've taken trips to Costa Rica including my sister and brother-in-law.
                Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                Who on this board is pretty familiar with France? I have some questions...
                I'm not tremendously familiar, but there are some areas I might be able to help out with. Fire away, worst that can happen is that nobody has an answer for you.
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                  Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                  Who on this board is pretty familiar with France? I have some questions...
                  Try Jacques Porriveau. He's fluent in French.
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                    Originally posted by jmh View Post
                    I'm not tremendously familiar, but there are some areas I might be able to help out with. Fire away, worst that can happen is that nobody has an answer for you.
                    Well, my first question would be has anyone been to the Normandy beaches?

                    Second question is has anyone driven in France?
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                      Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                      Well, my first question would be has anyone been to the Normandy beaches?

                      Second question is has anyone driven in France?
                      Remember what I said about the worst thing being that nobody has an answer for you?

                      Yeah, can't help you on those. Sorry.
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                        Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                        Well, my first question would be has anyone been to the Normandy beaches?

                        Second question is has anyone driven in France?
                        I've been there, with my high school band. (Omaha cemetery, and Utah beach briefly) Any questions in particular?

                        Never driven there, though.
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                          Originally posted by Beer Pong Horn View Post
                          I've been there, with my high school band. (Omaha cemetery, and Utah beach briefly) Any questions in particular?

                          Never driven there, though.
                          Did you take a guided tour? How was it?
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                            Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                            Did you take a guided tour? How was it?
                            No, it wasn't really a guided tour. They have a visitor's center at Omaha and we'd studied the D-Day invasion somewhat beforehand, but mostly they let us wander the cemetery, take pictures, and go down to the beach. The cemetery itself was pretty awe-inspiring, with the rows of white crosses (and the occasional star or other symbol). It really gave a tremendous sense of patriotism, tranquility and of that generation's accomplishments. Beyond the cemetery down the hill, it looked like, well, a beach. Very few signs of the invasion left there, and the landscape has changed considerably below the cliffs.

                            Utah we only visited briefly, so some of us could collect sand from the beach.

                            I'd forgotten, we also went to Pointe du Hoc. That was much more of what one would expect of a battlefield, with the emplacements still there and open to the public, and still showing scars from the naval bombardment and the Ranger assault. Definitely worth a side trip, if you're visiting the other Normandy beaches.
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                            Originally posted by The Darkness:
                            I don't see you asking Beer Pong Horn if he practices a religion from the beer continent.


                            Originally posted by bigblue_dl:
                            Wow. Tech fans are such a-holes. I think I saw Beer Pong Horn kick a blind puppy once.


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                              Re: A Thread for Travel: Trips/Advice/Ideas

                              Originally posted by zamboni crash-test dummy View Post
                              Well, my first question would be has anyone been to the Normandy beaches?

                              Second question is has anyone driven in France?
                              My best friend and I went a couple of years ago. Booked a tour through Viator. The driver was very knowledgable. We went to many of the same places that BPH did. There was also a nice lunch at an inn included.
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