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Please someone explain to me the appeal of Korea. I don't get it.

It seems a lot of kids under 25 see Korea the way that kids under 25 saw Japan 10-20 years ago. Japan I get--it has anime, a sophisticated exotic culture, and a complex history. Korea is basically a shitty, dirty, poorer copy of Japan. It lacks the complexity, barbarism, and history of China, and it lacks the sophistication and pop culture of Japan. It's a shitty compromise. All that it has going for it are some cute girls with nice legs who sing badly.

Is that it? Seriously? Please someone...
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Language rather easy to learn, compared to Japanese and Chinese and their thousands of characters.
Pop culture still quite attractive
Sexier than japan who is often too hard on censorship, and doesn't embarrass so much with formality
China too mainstream and sometimes seen as too "professional'. It's more hip to like Korea or Japan. And the Chinese are severely lacking in pop culture, at least Korea makes some watchable dramas.
It's wrong to view it as a second division Japan. The thing about Korea is that it was isolated for centuries before it was forced to open up to Japan and the west in the 19th century. It was the most hardcore Confucian culture before that time. So one of the other things that's interesting about Korea, compared to Japan, is just how fast it modernized and encountering the ancient and the futuristic alongside each other. It's not significantly poorer than Japan, either, and its economy hasn't been stagnating like Japan's. Where are you even getting these...
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If you actually knew anything about Korea you wouldn't say that. The food has a pretty broad depth and lots of really delicious and interesting things. The culture is unique, and extremely identifiable. The entire country is like one huge family, and social relations are predicated on the relative ages of people. It's also rapidly become a huge part of the global economy, has a big pop culture influence and doesn't necessarily have the same stigma as Japan.

What is completely lost on you though, is that Korea is MUCH more popular throughout Asia than any...
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My girlfriend is Chinese, our relationship is getting quite serious and I am starting to think about a future with her.

She lives in my country but her family is in her own country, I have asked her about the future but she is the type of person who doesnt like to think about it, she just likes to be in and focus on the now.

The problem is, while I am thinking about the future.. She cant really tell me what she wants in life (like at all) if I ask her she just says to be with me now etc.. I have asked her if she would live here or go back to China...
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where are you from

Have you visited China? China is by no means a bad place to live if you have money, but the quality of life doesn't even come close to Australia.

If you want to work in China you have to bring something to the table a native can't do. So you could try to get work in some large multinational company, or you could teach English. English teacher is usually a low-paid position, but you could use your business skills to build a business out of it maybe. So learning Chinese is definitely a good idea, and perhaps you could do a masters of some kind related to what you already know so you aren't starting at square 1.

As for the general situation you're in... I don't think it's wise to plan your whole future around someone who isn't willing to make any commitment or share their plans with you. It doesn't matter if one of you doesn't want to talk about your future together, it's a conversation you need to have if you're going to be dedicating time and money to re-skilling.

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New Japan General since the old one reached the limit

Ask about:
>English Teaching
>General Japan travel info

Also don't forget: the sticky has some good info on Japan
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I'm going to be in Kyoto on the 19th and 20th. I was planning to check out the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Golden Pavilion, and maybe Katsura Rikyu. However, there's supposed to be thunderstorms on those days.I feel like this completely fucks up my plans. What would be better to do in Kyoto with this weather? If it matters, I'm 22, male, and traveling alone.
Going to Tokyo on a limited budget for two weeks next summer. I'm there as a dumb nerd, culture and food lover and below are all of the attractions I'd like to check out. Gotta pick some off the list, as I'm not gonna be able to save up as much as I had hoped for. Recommendations appreciated. Some of these attractions are free, but they're either super out of the way or I just can't figure out myself if they're worth it (judging from photos/videos).
>Trick art museum
>Tokyo Joypolis

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Ill be going to tokyo and landing on the 1st of this coming month. Can someone answer a few things.
>how expensive is the food there
>how much are hostels/where are they located
>will anyone be there that is willing to show me around/trv with me
>notable things to do there.
Will have 7 days there with about 1k budget. Hoping to buy animu/manga/LN or just nice things that I can't find stateside. (so I guess a weeb by most standards.)

I would like to open a travel agency for the american market to bring people to the island.
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For some reason in France we mostly view Ibiza as one of the ultimate gay destinations.
why would you go to ibiza when you can go to zrce/pag in Croatia or Ultra Music Festival in Split, or Exit in Serbia or Sziget in Budapest. All cheaper, better, sexier party spots than Ibiza.
I think it's still regarded as one of THE biggest party hotspots in Europe

That said, in my opinion it's not really worth spending that much money there (entry for one club: 40+ Euro etc.)

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Whats so good about your passport?

I have an English passport. Rated as the top 3 in the world. Can visit 178 countries. Rights to work and live in EU. Security in this country and other EU states.

2) Automated Passport Control. The EU is the only region in the world that has such free passport control.

Yes countless countries have biometric passports, but only in Europe as a European citizen can you scan your passport and go through free.

America and Canada don't have such systems. You still have to get approved through a Customs agent. BS.
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It depends on the airport, actually.
Not every european airport has automated control booth.
And they have automated passport control in Japan too, from what I saw.
The best thing about my (Swedish) passport is the lack of stamps in it, since I do the vast majority of my travelling within the EU.
>No stamps

That's sad as fuck!

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Can we share some pictures from trips?

Just got back from China and decided to take a picture of this amazing place I ate at. It wasn't for three weeks when I got home that I saw this picture and realized that everyone was staring at me.
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Not OP but this is also from China (Shanghai), first thing I saw when I got out the taxi beside my hotel
Love Shanghai
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Mountains inbetween Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng, in Laos

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As some of you may remember, I'm the anon who asked about Georgia, and specifically Tbilisi, which was the second leg of my Russia-Georgia trip, in which I attempted to climb two mountains: Elbrus (5642m) and Kazbek (5033m).

Anyway, as some of you expressed interest in a travel report, I'll dump pictures and tell how both expeditions went.

For starters, here's the first glimpse we caught of Elbrus, after two hours driving from Kislovodsk.
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As you can tell, the scenery was fucking gorgeous, as was the weather. Initially. 25°C or so, upon arrival.

Our flight to Mineralnye Vody almost went wrong though: our initial plane was delayed almost an hour, and with another hour spent waiting at customs before our transfer in Moscow, we very nearly missed our corresponding flight. Miss Irina the check-in lady wasn't really inclined to let us on the plane because we were rather late - and was very rude to boot - but luckily her boss, Yuriy, was a very...
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Also, the place is full of flowers. Like, really full. The campsite - we were climbing the rather remote north face of the Elbrus, as opposed to the very touristic south face - was located in the valley along the small stream you see here.
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This, incidentially, was the best toilet we'd see during the whole week. Just standing there, in the middle of nowhere.

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I'm Canadian, 29, looking to go to Thailand.

I like temples, women, and fighting.
I was thinking of getting a hotel off khaosan
for about 2 weeks. But what's the rest of the budget look like? How expensive is food/transportation/women? Is it a good idea to go alone (I travel a lot solo)
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>that picture

why do thais put up all those chinese signs they can't even read?
to look exotic for the tourists?
isn't their own script exotic enough?
Are you stupid?

m8 you're a bit old for a hostel now.

ITT: Airline discussion

I will be flying with Lufthansa soon, does anyone have any experiences they'd like to share?
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Don't mention the war
Good airline. I fly it 1-2 times a month trans-Atlantic.

Where are you flying from and what is your destination?
USA to Germany. You?

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>Hostel stories. Good or bad doesn't matter

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looking forward to some stories, in 2 days I'll be going to Yurop for about a month and will rest in hostels here and there for a few nights!

Minna-san, please share your stories!
Not really related to the hostel but here goes

> In hostel in Iceland on solo trip
> Meet fellow burger who was ex army prison guard (i.e. a little crazy)
> "I'm renting a car for a few days, want to drive around and see shit?"
> Why not, cheaper than bus tours anyway
> Car ends up being rusting 1990s shitbox vw polo
> He spends most of his time behind the wheel taking...
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> In Hanoi
> Hear Thai being spoke
> Introduce myself to a few Thai girls traveling
> Have an awesome time
> They are going to be doing work and travel in the US
> After I move back
> One will be here on Friday

The worst stories are not really bad at all.
Drunk Americans bragging about...
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>Where are the easiest girls?

I heard its Essex
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Essex if you're a meathead chav with a leased BMW and "some coke you can do back at my flat."

If you're white, Thailand.
I'm dutch and its certainly not the girls in Amsterdam
I'd wreck both of them

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Has anyone fallen victim to scams or pickpockets while traveling?

I'm currently in Rome, and after reading a bit about the various cons at work, I'm spotting them everywhere.
Almost fell for a couple of gypsies stowing our bags on our train when we arrived in the country after 40 hours of traveling and little sleep. It was only when they demanded €20 each for what amounted to less than a minute of work that I realized we were being conned. I had to stop my wife from handing over €5 and made it exceptionally clear that they could fuck off.

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I'm currently in Rome and after reading a bit about various cons at work, I'm spotting them everywhere.
I was on a train and speaking to this couple who had been traveeling for 40 hours, the guy was obese and looked like he hadn't seen a shower this side of 2000, his wife wasn't much better but I was bored so I dragged her to the toilet whilst the guy was playing on his nintendo DS and she blew me. Later on as the train pulled up to the station. I later saw the guy give his bags to gypsys who then intimidated money out of him infront of his woman.

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ebin XDD upboat
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Could have been funny but the execution was fucking abysmal.

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An important aspect to any journey is the actual act of traveling.

Let's here your worst stories about flying in a plane, sailing on a boat, riding on a train or bus, or interactions with customs, etc.

>no stories about what happened at your destination allowed. Just what happened on the way to and from there
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12 hour flight back from Hong Kong into SFO. SFO Customs and Immigration takes 3 hours to get through. They required us to get scanned twice, bags scanned three times. Get to flight from SFO to EWR just as they are closing the door. Gate agent even says that they usually require 5 to 6 hours of layover in SFO because of Customs and Immigration and understands completely. Get rerouted to DCA because we ultimately needed to end up in Washington, DC. Never flying into SFO from outside the US again.

I've got a few

>leaving Cuba customs is stealing things from people's carry-on bags
>customs gets to my bag and takes a couple things out that "aren't safe to bring on the plane"
>2 hours before plane leaves. ask if i can go check these items then. nope.
>I ask for the custom's agents name. no response. I ask for a receipt for my stuff. no response. I offer...
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>jeep Cherokee
>post hurricane evacuation (power eta is 3 weeks)
>family of 5 with 2 dogs + food/clothes
>26 hours traffic jam
>both dogs pant / general mouth breathing the entire time.
>game boy color is out of batteries.

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Be honest with yourself

Was there anyplace you travelled that you HATED?

Relatively tame but

>Wake up at 4am to drive early to see Hoover Dam because friend really wanted to see it and we didnt have alot of time left
>A fucking hole in the ground with some water
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I didn't like Jamaica, but that's only because most of the constant weed smell. It was beautiful if you weren't in the city
Havana, Cuba. It's a shithole.
You must hate America most of all then

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Japan's a pretty varied place. Sure, the cities are interesting, but considering how small the country is area-wise, it has a lot to offer in terms of natural sites and hiking.

What are your favorite spots, /trv/? I'm not super well traveled through the country (hence this post), but I'm pretty fond of the coasts around mihonoseki and sakaiminato.
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The forests and ponds around Beppu were really nice, and the atmosphere as a whole was very calm and relaxing.

I have to give credit to the city itself too, even though you asked about the countryside. The city feels close to the nature and has natural ponds even inside the city. A perfect place to go rest in the evening after a day of hiking.
small is relative.

japan is larger then germany. and the island of honshu is about the same size as the united kingdom.

that's not really true, I'm looking at a map right now and japan is definitely smaller than germany, and I can't find "honshu" but i'm asumming it can't be bigger than Japan so Japan can't be bigger than england.

Can we cool it with all the faggot weeb threads? take it to /a/

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