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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 304023
    Where have you been that is top of your list Terry :)
    That`s a tough question to answer Wendy.
    I really enjoyed Kenya [because of the wildlife], Bali [for the ultra friendliness of the people and also the coastal beaches], Egypt [for the history] and Canada [for the scenery...especially in the Rockies] to name but a few. Each have their own quite different "good" points.

    It`s a lot easier to name my least favourite place [Nigeria]....very scary.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Wendy, post: 304014
    This one is especially for Dan :D

    Where have you been on holiday in the world or where would you really like to visit?
    Why thank you young lady! Wow...where in the world could you go? So many choices to see in such a short lifetime.










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    Terry, you've been to Nigeria? Wow. I can't even imagine. I am a huge fan of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, but even so, not sure I'd venture into that country. I'm forever curious and love to learn about all cultures, but some areas simply frighten me and that is one of them!

    What was it like though? I mean, the people, the food, the living conditions?






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    Quote Originally Posted by Tink, post: 305072
    Terry, you've been to Nigeria? Wow. I can't even imagine. I am a huge fan of Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, but even so, not sure I'd venture into that country. I'm forever curious and love to learn about all cultures, but some areas simply frighten me and that is one of them!

    What was it like though? I mean, the people, the food, the living conditions?
    Tink, where do I begin?
    We had heard so many bad reports about the place [muggings, hostage taking, corruption etc.etc.] that when a business trip became necessary, three of us decided to fly out, safety in numbers and all that.
    We were lucky that our meeting was with a very important figure over there and so we were met on the tarmac by an official as soon as we exited the plane who escorted us through customs and immigration without any hassle.
    Every other passenger had their bags searched in customs, and I mean EVERYONE!
    If the customs official took a fancy to anything in the suitcases, even if it was a pair of trousers, he would seize them for himself, no questions asked!

    The 5 day trip itself was ok although we were "protected" somewhat by our host who put us up in the best hotel in Kano which was much worse than a Red Roof Inn....more like the Bate`s Motel.

    At the end of our trip we were taken to the British Airways check-in counter by another official.
    Now, although the BA staff were dressed in the typical uniform of the company, by law they had to be of Nigerian birth.
    I presented our passports and business class tickets to the BA guy, only to be told "Sorry sir, but we don`t have any seats available!"
    I asked him to check again because we had confirmed our seats a couple of days beforehand, but still I got the negative response.
    At this stage, the official who took us to the airport whispered in my ear "Do you have any dollars with you? If so try twenty!"
    I then placed a crisp $20 bill on the counter and as if by magic, the BA check-in clerk suddenly found that there were indeed seats available on the flight in our names!

    After this episode, boarding cards in hand, we made our way to the departure lounge. We handed our suitcases over to a porter who put them [or rather threw them!] onto a conveyor belt to go through an x-ray machine, and as soon as we entered the departure area we had to wrestle with other passengers to reclaim our cases from a huge pile that were deposited on the floor after the x-ray process!

    The business class "lounge" consisted of a plywood partition in the centre of the departure lounge, and the only luxury on offer in the non air-conditioned environment was Coke or some other soft drink.

    We only felt finally safe when we boarded the plane, sank into our seats and ordered our first gin and tonic before the plane finally took off!

    This was Kano [which I`m told is a "better" part of Nigeria to visit]...Lagos apparently is much worse!!!!

    Who says that business trips are always glamorous?





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    Ahhhh. Such a bone of contention with Jon and I. We both love to travel and want so badly to visit far away places, but it seems as though I keep going back to Disney World :) He's finally put the proverbial foot down and insisted that we forgo at least one Disney vacation in the upcoming two years to plan a trip, in his words, "ANYWHERE but Disney." :) (It's not that he doesn't love it, mind you...he just thinks I'm nuts).

    We started out small this year. We just returned from a long weekend in New Orleans. That was INCREDIBLE. Really, really fun. It was one of those places where you can have the best time just doing absolutely nothing. It's also incredibly, what's the word I'm looking for, um...non-driver friendly, yes, that will do. We arrived at our hotel and didn't drive or take a taxi the entire visit. We simply walked or took the trolly. It was quite lovely - the weather was perfect and the food was divine.

    I've promised the girl a trip to Paris upon graduation. It's not at the top of my favorites, but it's on her bucket list (she's 14, how on earth she has a bucket list at 14 I have no idea). As for me, Scotland and Ireland are at the top of my list...

    Speaking of which, we're off to get Baleigh's passport this weekend...she's going on a cruise to FL and the Bahamas this summer with a friend. It makes me happy that she's able to have so many amazing experiences.




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    Hubby and I both dream of Italy. We've talked about saving up to go maybe on our 15th anniversary, which is quite a while away, but we'd really have to save up.

    DH really wants to go to Ireland as well, and I'd really love to see Australia, London, Greece, & Egypt.


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    Is there any particular place in Italy you want to visit the most? My daughter was able to go to Rome, Florence and Venice when she was in high school. Her first call home was to tell me that Rome was filthy












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    Rome, Venice, Sicily, Florence, Tuscany...I want to go all over! lol. I can imagine Rome being dirty, and I've heard that Venice can be a little icky too, but I'm kind of a history nerd so Rome would be worth it!


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    My sister went to several places in Italy this year, including Rome and she was quite pleased with it. She said Naples was scary and dirty and she'd not be quick to go back, though. Loved Florence!

    Terry! That sounds so very frightening. I'll bet you were really happy to get out of there! I can't imagine having to pay a graft to get on the plane. Good that you made it home safe!






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    I'm a history nerd too!












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