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So, I'm going to move to Kyrgyzstan in August and I'm going to live there for around half a year, maybe more. I'm going to teach English in Bishkek, but I'd also like to take time to explore the country and also the surrounding countries(Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, China mostly). Has any of you ever been there or done a similar thing? The things I'd like to do includes:
-visiting nomads at the countryside
-climb a mountain( an easy one, since my physical condition is pretty weak)
-find historical places
-visit cool natural places, such as canyons, valleys, etc.
-try the weed/hash there
I'd appreciate your input, /trv/
Should I switch to another language?
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I am from Hong Kong. I've been learning Spanish for half a year now. I've been learning at a much faster pace that I expected, but now I am thinking about switching to another language.
The story is this. I've always wanted to learn a new language but I didn't have the opportunity to do so during secondary school. Back then, I would have probably picked French, German, or Japanese. During high school, I met an online friend who happens to be Spanish and we ended up talking every day. At uni, I had the opportunity to pick whatever I want as a new language for fun and the beginner courses here have a reputation for being easy to get good grades. I picked Spanish as I simply have someone to practice with and I think having a language buddy will definitely help me to become fluent in a language.
I ended up enjoying studying the Spanish language very much and I made surprisingly fast progress by myself. I love the way Spanish sounds. However, I do realise that I did initially pick a language because "I have some online friend who speaks that language". I don't have a crush on him (I am a girl btw), yet I think this is kind of a ridiculous reason to pick a language to learn and will lead to assumptions from other people and I do not want that. The truth is I wasn't particularly interested in Spanish/Latin American culture (I tend to stereotype type it as weedland). My parents do not allow me to travel there as they think that it is dangerous and very far away.
I self-learned a bit of French, yet I didn't like French as much as I do not like the way it sounds. I think switching to another language may be a good idea as I don't want my online friend to think that I have feelings for him while I don't. However, I do realise that if I learn French, German, or Japanese, I will not have a language buddy and finding a language buddy who you can talk to all the time is not that easy.
Whatever language I pick is unlikely to affect my career prospects.
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Need help and encouragement.
Situations in my life have lead me to this point: I will be going on my first solo this summer. I have about 2200£ saved up and have 3 months off during the summer.
As this might well be the last time in my life I get this much time off and I have money saved up, I gotta go.
Gf dumped me and best friend bailed, so either I don't go or I go alone. I'm really scared of going alone tho.
For now I am thinking Indonesia June-August, roughly 3 months. I want to get my scuba diving licence, I want to surf, I want to check out volcanoes and temples and I have to meet other young people.
>25 yo male
>Relaxed, friendly and sociable, but also introvert. Don't mind spending time alone.
>I really want to meet young people, preferably hot girls and surfer guys, and tag along with them for a few days.
Booking in max. 1 week from now.
-Encourage me to go solo, tell me about your first solo experience and why I should go. I'm worried.
-If you been to Indonesia, give me ideas! It's a massive place.
Basically, can you hold my hand and help me get excited?
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New Japan General:
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed
*Info on prostitution*
*Note about the JR Rail Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.
Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥
Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.
Please refer to the old thread while it's still up: >>1105120
Going to Istanbul for a long weekend, any non obvious things?
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I'll be going to Constantinople with le gf for a long weekend. Any non-obvious, (ie. not on wikivoyage; NYT) things to check out?
I'm especially interested in street photography so busy streets with (weird, interesting, …) people, markets, etc would be cool.