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Hello, /trv/, I am planning on venturing to Iceland soon, and I was wondering if anybody on this board has any experience with this beautiful country yet. Any advice that might be beneficial to me, or perhaps recommendations for travel (self-tour, renting a car and adventuring, tour bus, et cetera).
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Lets talk about languages /trv/
What languages can you speak?
What have you found the most useful during your travels?
How much effort do you put into learning the local language?
I'm Australian, so naturally I only speak english (geographic isolation sucks). My partner is also Australian but speaks Mandarin, which was great when we travelled through China and Taiwan.
I am learning Spanish, as I thought it could be the most useful given it's use in the Americas and Western Europe. However the more I dive into it the more hopeless I feel - is knowing terrible broken Spanish going to really help in Spain, when people will identify I'm not a native speaker anyway and probably use English?
In my first trip to Vietnam I learned some of the basics, but I found it pretty useless... I could exchange some pleasantries but not really achieve anything else. Is this the wrong attitude to have?
Fucked up travel moments
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Things youve seen when travelling that made you think "That was seriously fucked up". I'll start;
>Travelling around North Bali
>Day before i'm due to fly to Malaysia
>See a massive tree begin to fall
>Such a tremendous noise
>Comes down so fast
>Lands on a group of people who didnt get out the way
>Two women, an old man and a toddler
>All killed instantly and half crushed
I wept that night thinking about my three year old nephew, and if it had been him.
>Day I fly to Malaysia
>In Taxi to airport
>A big truck clips a car, spins a little into oncoming traffic
>Tries to swerve back, is hit by a car
>Meanwhile the car he clipped goes into a tree at high speed
>Truck topples over and crushes two kids on a motorbike
>Big pile up
>People stood around taking pictures of the dead people
Threw up at the airport, was only two cars behind.