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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 16:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't really know if pickpockets do target any nationalty,
But Americans are known as rich peoples, so it may be a fact...

Also, now every one knows that terrorists are pretty active, and these, they like to target American peoples...

The most common trick used by americans to avoid these agressions is to weild the canadian flag on their bags... ( it's so sad when you think you have some canadians in your hotel, then you see they're comming from USA, but it's also because some of them just don't want to be recognized as americans away of their country to have a nice and cool trip, not having anyone screaming on them because of their government acts...)

But what I could tell you (if your travel guide haven't told you), is that in any big metropoles, there are pickpockets at rush hour...
and travel lightly...

Another thing I did remember now:
I don't know if you have that in USA, but in Canada, we do have a Air Miles program (you gain some points by buying things...) and my parents wanted to go in Europe, or western Canada, so I don't know what will really happen, but...

Note: In France, there is a specialty, of I don't remember wich region (I'll ask my teacher tomorrow), and it' only intestines of animals, sometimes, the cook doesn't even empty them, so... (you know what I mean...) In french they call it "Andouillettes" or "Andouilles"

Well, have a nice trip!


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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2006 20:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pickpockets you can see in every big city in Europe, but small towns are totally free of them. The only two places I've seen them are Amsterdam and my city, but it is in East Europe, so - doesn't count...
They target the rich and the absend-minded, no matter where they come from!
Your guide is putting too much stress on that - it's not as dangerous as she wants to scare you! I am from East Europe and have not been pickpocketed even once in my life, although when I forgot my backpack in the bus I couldn't find it anymore of cource... Crying or Very sad
Just follow some simple rules:
1. Ware tight jeans and take not too much cash.
2. Money to be only into the FRONT pockets.
3. Do not put expensive or important stuff in loosy backs or backpacks that you can't feel good.
4. If some "drunk" guys are close to you - be aware!
5. Try to feel with your hands your important stuff when you are pressed by the crowd.
6. Don't leave unattended your camera, backpack or wallet.

... Things like this will save you from problems. And if you forget something it's your fault! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 19:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol! It seems funny that some people would put the Canadian flag on their stuff. My American friends always seem to make fun of Canada.

Thanks for the advice. I did not think about wearing tight clothing, and about drunks either. My father also forgot our backpack once, when we were in Hong Kong. We spent half the night looking for our passports and our cell phone.
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2006 20:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Be aware of distractions. Some pickpockets work in teams, with one distracting you, while the other picks your pocket. The drunks are one example, but it could be someone asking directions, the attractive woman in the very short skirt who drops something and bends over to pick it up, etc.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 05:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikoy wrote:
Pickpockets you can see in every big city in Europe, but small towns are totally free of them. The only two places I've seen them are Amsterdam and my city, but it is in East Europe, so - doesn't count...
They target the rich and the absend-minded, no matter where they come from!

in Amsterdam you will surely find pickpockets (i live there) they only target tourists and easy targets.

my tip. don't show your stuff. keep the importand stuff somewhere nobody can see it. if they now that you have a verry nice cell phone then they will surely try to rob it from you.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

In venice especially, they just run up with scissors/a knife a cut the bag straps - do if you need to carry a bag, wear it infront of you

keep your hands on things when in crowds, but not on show
and if you have pockets on the inside of trousers for example (or are wearing shorts under trousers in the summer) - use those pockets

NEVER make a bet on a street with people, including those who offer easy card games or "which cup is the ball under"
- they ALWAYS have their friends come and make money from them, so everyone sees that it's possible, then when someone real comes along... it's not so easy to get money from them
Major alphabravo in the house Thalgados-Sissyhood
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2006 15:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. I hope I won't have to use this information, but anything can happen.

By the way, do you know of any common souvenir scams? I'm worried about spending like 50 euros on some keychain or something. Any scams outside of Harrod's, I mean.
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PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2006 01:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't exchange money on the streets, if you HAVE to bring dollars, go to the bank or an official place. Best thing is to leave the dollars at home, and use your visa-card to get what you need over here. Depends on your bankfees, of course, but still: it is a lot safer and a lof more convenient.

Souvenirs are allways a scam, so I cannot help you there.

I agree with BattleKing; you should visit Norway Cool Only too bad I'm not there these days, so I'll rather invite any imperators to come and see me in Bangalore, India. Nice place too. Dirty though, lol.

I myself will spend a week in Singapore this summer. Smile Anyone there, btw?

Have a nice summer!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 16:57    Post subject: I am back Reply with quote

Gotta love Switzerland and Germany. They were tied for first for my favourite countries, with France and Austria coming in second.

Food was great... people were friendly (mostly)... internet connection in hotel was laggy and expensive...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 16:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, you are back from Europe?
Will you say something more? Something interesting? Some pics posted? Smile
I hope you didn't have troubles with pickpockets? Was it as scary as your guide told you? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 21:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow... I never thought anybody was interested in my trip.

If I was given a choice, I would say that the scenery was the best in Switzerland & Austria, the food was best in Germany, and the traffic was worst in Paris. (No offense to you Parisians).

Also, it is amazing how many times they led us through cathedrals. We went through about 12 cathedrals in 13 days of travel, whereas we only stayed in 8 hotels. This isn't to say, however that they were not beautifully built.

Some interesting places we got to see:
-Red Light District in Amsterdam (sorry, no pictures)
-Diamond factory in Amsterdam (sorry, no free samples)
-Mt. Pilatus near Luzern, Switzerland
-the world's largest wine barrel, Heidelburg, Germany
-the World Cup Stadium in Munchen
-The polluted canals of Venice, as well as a nice glass factory
-Svarovski Crystal Factory, Innsbruck, Austria
-Paris (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Sacre-Coeur)
-Mona Lisa (sorry, no pictures)
-the Chunnel
-some Cuckoo Clock factory in the Hell Valley
-London (Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, London Bridge)

Some things I wanted to see but could not:
-More of the Red Light District (sorry, still no pictures)
-Hotblack Desiato (real estate agent in Islington; read the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to see why)
-Less cathedrals
-Knoblach Tech, Munchen
-the Nordic countries
-the Slavic countries

I have some "interesting" pictures. These are mostly for a quick laugh:
1. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/CestMoi.jpg
2. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/MunchenBeerLion.jpg
3. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/Youarehere.jpg
4. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/weaksubway.jpg
5. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/Soy.jpg
6. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/LondonTownHall.jpg
7. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/StairwaytoHeaven.jpg
8. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/Skinkers.jpg
9. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/RomancingtheWall.jpg
10. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/IAmsterdam1.jpg
11. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/KillerAsteroid.jpg
12. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/WhereforeArtJulietsWall.jpg
13. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/JohnWeseleyAndTexasTech.jpg
14. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/IShouldPushHim.jpg
15. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/WhereAmI.jpg
16. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/GardenofEarthlyDelights.jpg
17. http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j29/EF324183/TheBlitz.jpg

1. Me
5. Some restaurant?
7. Stairway that apparently leads nowhere
9. One of my friends likes the wall too much... I'm glad I'm not in the picture
10. Leaning on air
11. Eiffel tower gets hit
12. Juliet's love messages in Verona
13. For you Texans out there
16. Clean water in Paris

Note: Ironically, about two weeks after I got back, I had my pocket picked (literally) whilst I was swimming at our local fitness center. Years of living outside the cities has given me a false sense of security. Thankfully, my wallet had neither money nor credit cards in it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 01:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like you had a great tour of Europe. I envy you the trip! Sorry you were hit by a pickpocket after coming home.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 05:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, sounds quite tiring to visit one cathedral almost every day! Shocked A bit too much, I agree. For me, to visit 2 cathedrals from each type (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, etc.) is enough. And one has to visit the world's most famous ones of course - like that in Milano!

From the places you have been I know:
1. Amsterdam (I was used to go there almost every weekend 7-8 years ago, so I knew it well)
2. the world's largest (wooden) wine barrel, Heidelberg, Germany (It is in the cellar of a ruined castle, isn't it? The so-called schloß (or schlob for Americans Smile ))
3. The polluted canals of Venice (I like the old town very much, have been there twice)
4. Some of the Slavic countries.

To visit all that you desire you need to spend every summer in Europe for many years... Wink
And I will advise you next time you come - do not pay a guided tour, but plan it by yourself!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 06:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Locutus wrote:

Some things I wanted to see but could not:
-Hotblack Desiato (real estate agent in Islington;

lol - thats so funny! They are unscrupulous "%$%"^%^ers! I have a bad experience with them
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 17:02    Post subject: Your trip... Reply with quote

Yoo Locutus,

Looks like you enjoyed yourself!!! Well you liked Switzerland and Austria I greatly belive Norway would be the bulls eye for you then!!! There is few countries with our beautiful views. The Germans love coming up here to fish and enjoy the nature & our famouse fjords. If you like Canada, you would love Norway!!!

Next time I hope you will pop by Oslo, the deal still stands.

Stay Cool++

Wink Cool
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