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Hey /trv/, looking to visit Canada, which of these two cities is better and why? I'm interested in culture, restaurants, clubs, bars, getting laid, and nature.
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soo.. I'm going to Kenya and Tanzania next month, Nairobi to Zanzibar.
Now I'm wondering - can you organize the whole safari thing independently, as in not as a package with hotel and inland flights etc.? And is it possible to do it without spending insane amounts of money? I mean, I know about park fees and all that but does that mean I have to pay 200$ a day?
And which of all the national parks are a must-see? Do they get repetitive after a while?
What about Zanzibar? Do people actually still speak Arabic there or did that die after the massacre?
Also how is public transport in East Africa? Can you get around in buses?
Share your stories and general advice about East Africa ITT if you want. Kenya/Tanzania general, i guess.
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I know Tokyo/Japan threads are common but I would like to post a link to my thread as it might provide some good information and/or unique perspective.
Background. I worked for the FBI for nearly 7 years, went to Japan on vacation, and decided I wanted to move there. Spent the next 2 years teaching myself Japanese, finishing up my degree (yes you can work for the FBI without a degree in some positions), and saving up money.
I quit the FBI at the end of 2010 and spent nearly the next 3 years living in Japan. I spent the first year at a language school so I could have a long term visa without having to work. After that I got a job, quit soon after, and went through various other trials and tribulations. Ended up homeless and sleeping in an internet cafe my last 5 months or so.
It was an amazing experience all around so I hope I can encourage others.
Page 1 starts in 2008 with me being a complete Japan newb. The thread sat dormant for several years until I brought it up again in 2010 as I was boarding the plane so page 3 post 66 is where it really begins.
The thread goes on for 77 pages and has various videos, images and long winded stories. Hopefully someone will find it useful.
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So, basically, I plan on going to Iceland for about a month, maybe a little bit more. That would be approximately from mid-july to mid-august, give or take. I'm from Montreal, by the way (I'm a native francophone, so sorry if my English is a bit lacking). As a general rule, accommodation would be couchsurfing. I love cities as much as the outdoors. It's probably gonna sound "real traveler" as fuck, but I don't know how else to say it: I enjoy sightseeing, but I get tired of it easily, what I love the most is "alternative" activities and sights, e.g. weird museums, unique shops, unusual foods/drinks to taste, wild animals observation, caving, etc. I'm a hunter and a fisherman, so anything related would be great as well. The wikivoyage entry on Iceland isn't extremely developed and a bit vague, so I don't really know how to orientate my research, so I was thinking some locals or /trv/lers who already went could help me out.
I'm freelance so I can't give a precise estimate, but I think I can manage to save about the equivalent of 3000-4000$ CAD for the trip including airfare, probably a bit more. Local transport would be by bus, bike if possible and by foot. I'll try learning as much Icelandic as I can until the trip.
Itinerary would be something like pic related. Of course, I'm taking suggestions and I'm definitely okay with changing plans (I wouldn't ask you guys if I weren't). So far, the only ideas I have is to stay in Reykjavik most of the time to discover the city and take maybe a week or so to take the bus to go to Porsmork (or something like that) and stay in a dorm in a mountain hut. I'd like to go hiking and fishing there if possible.
So, /trv/ is there anything I'm missing? Cool cities, villages and parks to visit? Nice places to stay, neat things to do?
>I'd like to go to Iceland