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Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:26 AM

Getting home after a vacation is such a downer. I got home last week, and I have already started to plan my next trip to London, even though it's not until March. :lol: 



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 11:37 AM

Has anyone ever couchsurfed before? Katarina and I are planning a rail holiday around Portugal and I'm very keen on using Couchsurfing as an option but she's a little hesitant. Some stories would be nice :) Also if anyone has tips or recommendations for Portugal that'd be nice.

I haven't but I heard a lot of positive things about it. Though I'm not sure if it's a good thing if you're doing it as a couple. I'd prefer to have some privacy and a more comfortable place to stay when I'm travelling with my boyfriend.



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Posted 04 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

I'm going to the Hague in the Netherlands for a Model United Nations (MUN) trip with the school. 

I've been there, to Den Haag as the locals call it. It's quite nice but it's more of an economic/administrative city and not the best place in the country for tourists. I'm not sure how much spare time you'll have but Amsterdam and Rotterdam and other nice towns along the Dutch coast are not far away by train, maybe it's worth checking them out?

 

Remember the website I posted for you ages ago about the young woman who traveled the world alone? She used couchsurfing and had great experiences. I'll post the link for you again later if you done have it anymore.

 

I remember checking it out and being very impressed but it was a while ago now so yeah it would be nice if you shared that again!

 

I haven't but I heard a lot of positive things about it. Though I'm not sure if it's a good thing if you're doing it as a couple. I'd prefer to have some privacy and a more comfortable place to stay when I'm travelling with my boyfriend.

That is true, but we're concerned about money too. I quite like the idea of meeting new people and getting to know the locals and having a free room, but it's not certain yet. If we can't find anything good enough for us then we're happy to pay for a private hostel room.


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Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:08 PM

I remember checking it out and being very impressed but it was a while ago now so yeah it would be nice if you shared that again!

Here's Lisa couchsurfing page:

http://www.llworldto.../couch-surfing/
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Posted 05 October 2014 - 03:42 AM

So it looks like I'm going to New York next year with work for 2 weeks. I'll be working most of the time but I will have some time to check out the sights! I get to fly business class though which is a first for me :)

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 09:54 AM

I'm going to the Hague in the Netherlands for a Model United Nations (MUN) trip with the school. 
 
I think seeing the Hague will be fun, but I'm not really looking forward to the MUN part of the trip now that I know more about it... I'm anxious about speaking and such. Other than that, it should be good. But I'll be going over the October break and so I'll be away for Halloween, just like last year, which is a bit of a bummer.
 
Has anyone done MUN or been to the Hague before?

Yup, I've done several MUNs and have been to the Hague as well (though not that often), so if you have any questions, go ahead!
What MUN are you attending? HagaMUN, MUNISH?

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 04:26 PM

Yup, I've done several MUNs and have been to the Hague as well (though not that often), so if you have any questions, go ahead!
What MUN are you attending? HagaMUN, MUNISH?

I'm attending MUNISH, I believe. I'm sort of regretting it now, because the teacher didn't really explain it very well when we signed up, so I sort of went in blind, and now I know that we have to represent a country and learn a lot about its views and argue about a topic from their perspective. I have an issue with public speaking, and I don't think I'll have enough confidence to do something like MUN, now that I know more about it. It'd be great if you could tell me a bit about what you did when you went to your various MUN conferences! What is your opinion on MUN? Did you have to speak a lot? What were your favourite and least favourite parts of it when you went?



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Posted 06 October 2014 - 07:54 AM

You don't have to talk the whole time, but participating isn't much fun if you can't contribute anything and aren't into the whole thing.
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Posted 07 October 2014 - 05:02 AM

I'm attending MUNISH, I believe. I'm sort of regretting it now, because the teacher didn't really explain it very well when we signed up, so I sort of went in blind, and now I know that we have to represent a country and learn a lot about its views and argue about a topic from their perspective. I have an issue with public speaking, and I don't think I'll have enough confidence to do something like MUN, now that I know more about it. It'd be great if you could tell me a bit about what you did when you went to your various MUN conferences! What is your opinion on MUN? Did you have to speak a lot? What were your favourite and least favourite parts of it when you went?

I really liked MUNs, and I used to have terrible anxiety about public speaking. It's basically what Mary said, you don't have to speak (a lot) if you don't want to, but participating is what makes it fun, otherwise you're just sitting there listening. You don't have to start with making big speeches, you can just start with making points of information (asking questions), and once you feel more confident you can start submitting amendments, aiding with writing resolutions and presenting them, stuff like that where you do have to make speeches. The points of information are less overwhelming cause you just have to stand up, you don't have to stand in front of the group (sorry, I don't know how much you know about the procedures yet). Then once you feel comfortable with that, get involved and make amendments and speeches and everything, basically the more you participate, the more fun it gets (yes, even if public speaking makes you nervous :P).

 

I really liked how it's a real debate with real rules. You have to represent your country as well as possible, but engage in good debating because the assembly has got to agree on the resolution in the end. Choose and pick what matters to your country, some things you'll already agree with, some things aren't relevant to your country, and some things your country will disagree with so you try to change that! But you can't just make it fit your country's policy exactly because any amendment has to be voted on as well, so take into account what the other countries think and try to accommodate to that well enough so that a majority will vote for your amendment. It's smart debating and I really enjoy that :happy:

 

It really helps if you research your country and the topic of your assembly thoroughly, you're just sitting there a lot more comfortably if you know what you're talking about. Usually, research reports on the issue are published on the MUN's website, I'd print that out and bring it with you so you can look things up if you've forgotten, and I also brought a print of a summary of my country's points of view (your policy statement, you probably have to make one of those anyway). That's especially useful if your country's point of view clashes with your own (one time I was Indonesia, and I had to defend something I am personally very against, so that was pretty hard because I couldn't really come up with great arguments).

 

In my first MUN I represented the US, which was probably not the best idea because big, important countries like that are kind of expected to say things, so I didn't really like that, but on the other hand it did force me to speak and get over my anxiety. Didn't scare me off MUNs either, I continued doing them because it was so much fun. And it's good practice for public speaking too. Sometimes you get really experienced MUNers who may dominate the assembly, but don't be bothered by that, just speak anyway. People aren't laughed at, because when you can see someone's new, it's just good to see that they're actively participating anyway, doesn't matter that they're not making a perfect speech. 

 

 

Oh and if North Korea (DPRK) or the Vatican (the Holy See) are in your assembly, that's bound to be a laugh because they're so extreme :happy: 


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 08:28 AM

So, I might be going away without my parents for the first time in the end of January. That's perfectly fine though, because it's a weekend trip to CERN. CERN. Fucking CERN!!!



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 06:29 AM

Booked a weekend trip to Kiel next month. I'll by going by boat, so it will be back and forth, but still, I'm excited. :D



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Posted 09 October 2014 - 05:12 PM

 

Thank you so much for this thoughtful reply! It's really putting some of my worries at ease about MUN.

 

I'm just anxious that I'll sound like an idiot, and also about talking in front of people, yeah, but I'm really scared that I won't do Austria justice or something. I guess the only cure for that is a ton of research, and I wish our teacher would help us a bit more with the research, cause sometimes it's hard to find things. I've really got to know the country inside and out for this to work well, it seems, so thank you for your tips for the research also!

 

I'm lucky we're just Austria. Pretty small/not prominent, but also quite progressive in terms of human rights/environmental things. Hopefully I can make the most of it!



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Posted 10 October 2014 - 04:06 PM

Has anyone used Air Bnb before? It looks too good to be true! Kat and I are still planning our Portugal trip and despite my best efforts Couchsurfing isn't happening. Almost nobody replied and those who did said no. Still, Air BnB looks like a good alternative.



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Posted 11 October 2014 - 01:16 AM

My dad's really into food and architecture. He wanted to eat some local, traditional food. Now we're going to America we're kinda unsure what food that might be. I don't just want him to try hamburgers or something. Are there any tourist-y food places around Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Anaheim, or close? I know I wanna try jambalaya, 'cause in high school cooking class someone made that for American week and it smelled really good. And I'm gonna try biscuits and gravy just to give it a shot 

 

I've also found LA architecture tours that I think he'd like. And a self-guided one in Las Vegas. Are they worth it or does that sound too boring?



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 03:38 AM

Has anyone used Air Bnb before? It looks too good to be true! Kat and I are still planning our Portugal trip and despite my best efforts Couchsurfing isn't happening. Almost nobody replied and those who did said no. Still, Air BnB looks like a good alternative.

I've just got back from 3 weeks travelling around Croatia and used Air B&B for almost everywhere I stayed and I'd recommend it. It worked out about the same price as staying in hostels most of the time but we had studio apartments to ourselves, so yeah I'd say it's pretty good!


My travel blog about my trip to Edinburgh: http://placesandpage...e-to-the-castle

Bit late but if you're ever in Edinburgh again and want to find more local, vintage type shops I can definitely recommend places to go!


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 09:00 AM

Double post, oh well.

 

If anyone cares I'm doing a travel blog thing.

 

http://starrynightsc....wordpress.com/


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:45 AM

It's been so long since I last travelled... We're planning a weekend for our anniversary in December at the Baltic Sea though. :)



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 02:19 PM

Hello people. Can anyone tell me what staying at hostels in like? In terms of where you keep your stuff and also just generally



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 03:24 PM

Hello people. Can anyone tell me what staying at hostels in like? In terms of where you keep your stuff and also just generally

If you stay in a dorm there should be lockers next to the beds. Make sure you bring a padlock with you. Always comes in handy. Oh, and ear plugs too :P

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 05:44 PM

If you stay in a dorm there should be lockers next to the beds. Make sure you bring a padlock with you. Always comes in handy. Oh, and ear plugs too :P

Like teeny tiny lockers?



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Posted 29 October 2014 - 06:26 PM

Like teeny tiny lockers?

I've only stayed in one hostel before but the lockers there are huge. They're underneath the bunkbeds and could probably have fit over 2 big suitcases in them!

 

 

heres a picture of the lockers from the hostel I stay at :)

 

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Posted Yesterday, 01:52 AM

Like teeny tiny lockers?

I've stayed in many hostels and usually lockers are made to fit at least small cabin size bag. Not always though, better check reviews on booking.com or something similar to know what to expect. I like hostels in general, they're great if you travel alone (you can always meet someone), they're cheap and usually fun. Downside is (obviously) sharing room with bunch of other people: everyone comes back at different time, turns on lights, making noises and so on. 10/10 would recommend to search for hostel with kind of bunk beds with curtains, they give a bit more privacy. My all-time favorite hostel is die Wohngemeinschaft in Cologne, it is perfect. They have themed rooms and I always stay in roadies room, it's totally awesome.

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Posted Yesterday, 06:08 AM

I'm putting plans together for a weekend trip to Scotland. Perhaps with a friend, probably alone though. Mostly to scout out and buy some scotch, but also just to get away from work and home and have a wander around Edinburgh. 



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Posted Yesterday, 09:00 AM

I'm putting plans together for a weekend trip to Scotland. Perhaps with a friend, probably alone though. Mostly to scout out and buy some scotch, but also just to get away from work and home and have a wander around Edinburgh. 

Aw if you wanna meet up at all geez a shout :)



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Posted Yesterday, 01:10 PM

Aw if you wanna meet up at all geez a shout :)

will do! That'd be awesome. :)

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Posted Today, 06:50 AM

Going to Portugal for a week tomorrow and of course I haven't packed a thing yet!

 

Hello people. Can anyone tell me what staying at hostels in like? In terms of where you keep your stuff and also just generally

 

I love hostels. Take the chance to talk to as many people as possible. Interesting people always travel, you get to find out where they are from and maybe get some good tips on the area you're visiting too. If you're in a dorm then there's a chance some noisy sleeper might keep you up if you're a light sleeper so bring ear plugs. People usually give a decent amount of privacy when it comes to getting undressed etc so don't worry about that. I've never ever had an issue with theft in hostels so I'm pretty casual about locks and all that, maybe I'm in the minority there but I feel totally safe. If they offer a free breakfast, make the most of it! Don't wake up too late!

I love hostels. Hope you're experience is good and that you love it too!



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Posted Today, 07:57 AM

I'm putting plans together for a weekend trip to Scotland. Perhaps with a friend, probably alone though. Mostly to scout out and buy some scotch, but also just to get away from work and home and have a wander around Edinburgh. 

Whiskey, not scotch :mad:

 

Definitely take the time to go up onto the crags near Arthur's Seat while you're here. You get a great view of the whole city from there and it's less busy than Arthur's seat itself.




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