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When has a country surprised you, either in a good way or not so good way?
10 years ago, April 7th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #68597  
Hi All 😊

New to travelblog. I'm a 49 year old Canadian living & working in Saudi Arabia. I'm taking the opportunity to travel as much as I can while living at the center of three continents.

I'm not much of a writer, so most of my entries consist of pictures.

So far, my favorite city has been Istanbul. My favorite country has been Italy. My favorite people have been the Kiwis. My biggest surprise has been Portugal.
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10 years ago, April 7th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #68599  
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What was the surprise in Portugal? Reply to this

10 years ago, April 7th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #68601  
"What was the surprise in Portugal?"

I guess I had my sights set low in Portugal and wasn't expecting too much. My own ignorance was showing as Portugal turned out to be a wonderful place with an unpretentious air and gregarious people. Lots to see and a vibrant culture. Reply to this

10 years ago, April 8th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #68635  
Hello William 😊

Iran surprised me. I was surprised that I felt cheerful there, despite the restrictions and despite the unequal gender laws. I think how relaxing it felt was due to how easy going the Iranian people are. Despite everything they have a sense of fun and enjoyment of life. It was also due to the low number of tourists there which meant there was hardly any pestering from touts.

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10 years ago, April 8th 2009 No: 5 Msg: #68756  
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I was surprised by how religious Mexico is. Every time I entered a shop there was some kind of a shrine. On the table in the restaurant of the hotel we stayed in on how to say grace. Reply to this

10 years ago, April 10th 2009 No: 6 Msg: #69109  
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Just got back from a trip to Turkey, which was truly a pleasant surprise. I didn't realize Turkey had so much to offer, and so rich in history. My 16 day journey included visits to Troy, Ephesus, Pammukale, Cappadocia, Ankara, Bursa and Istanbul. It is very difficult to choose which of these sites top my list, but if pressed, I have to split it between Istanbul and Cappadocia. Istanbul's history is hard to match, while Cappadocia's fairy chimneys and underground cities are simply awesome and one-of-a-kind. Reply to this

10 years ago, April 11th 2009 No: 7 Msg: #69120  
Germany surprised me.

The Mosel Valley took my breath away when I first went there.

I mean, I knew the scenery around that part of Germany was gonna be green, lush and occasionally 'sheer', but I really was impressed when I saw it with my own eyes.

Lovely place. Reply to this

10 years ago, April 11th 2009 No: 8 Msg: #69154  
The South of Germnay surprised me. I live there now. Before we moved here people told us it would be conservative. I am surprised by just how conservative it is. Reply to this

10 years ago, April 13th 2009 No: 9 Msg: #69401  
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10 years ago, April 13th 2009 No: 10 Msg: #69414  
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Block Island, Rhode Island is the nastiest, rudest, snobiest group of people i have ever made contact with... I am used to the island life around Flrorida or in Europe...

Still a lot of fun... Reply to this

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