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Moved to the UK and been living in Bristol for the last month.
I don't know exactly why, but I don't like Bristol at all. I don't like it's layout (look at the google maps of Bristol City Centre for example), the suburbs are depressing as fuck, the weather is shit, lots of old buildings and old houses everywhere, which I dislike, dreary and depressing atmosphere everywhere. In short, I'm just not feeling it. Is all of the UK the same? Is there a city with a more modern feel and where the weather is a at least a little bit better?
For reference I have lived in Canada before, specifically in Vancouver and absolutely loved it. Just for reference I arrived to Vancouver on winter, and then experienced summer. Winter in Vancouver feels less depressing to me that summer in Bristol. Am I crazy? Should I just leave and never come back? Before arriving to Bristol I had all these plans of going to London and Wales and Northern Ireland. Now I just imagine the same dreary depressing atmosphere everywhere in the UK and just want to leave.
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Las Vegas thread?
I spent five days this month there. I can fill any questions you might have. I'm considering going back next year.
Couple of thing I'd want to mention:
The water is terrible, one of the worse in the nation
I saw a Penn & Teller magice show, it was solid show
I did some gambling, blackjack mostly, I almost tripled my buy in, though small it was. I'm told it's the best odds in Vegas, 3/2 eight decks.
My offical reason for being there was being on the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Yes, that show is still going on. I have an NDA with them so questions will be light and vague here.
Prostitution seems readily available, I didn't investigate it at all though but little old ladies on the street hand out cards for call girls.
My main from of transit was public transit (bus).
The temperature was in the 110s but it wasn't that bad since the humidity is so low. A dry heat, if you're familiar with a sauna.
Lots of Asians and blacks.
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I've seen a bunch of questions here and there about the hostel experience, so I thought I would write you some info because you've obviously never heard of Google.
> What is a hostel?
Hostels provide budget accommodation in shared dormitories - you pay for the bed rather than the room. Usually this means you share bathroom facilities (some rooms have sinks in the dorms), often a lounge area, and sometimes a kitchen.
Dormitories can be divided between mixed or single-sex, and at some hostels you can also rent private rooms at a higher price.
> How do I book a hostel?
Well, how do you book a hotel normally? Pretty much same sort of thing. There are a few organisations out there like Hostelling International (https://www.hihostels.com/), but most will be on websites like:
- etc. Just search for "hostels in (place)" to find stuff.
Bear in mind some of these places have a % booking fee through them, so prices may be skewed. If you like a place, maybe check through their own website to cut costs.
You can also find them in travel guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Rough Guide To x, and don't think that because they're in a guidebook that they're going to be shitty tourist traps. I've found some great places like this, and it's saved my arse a few times.