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Safetydan

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I don't remember. I think most fit in my wallet. Back then, the largest bill was the $10 equivalent, and I only went to the ATM every couple of months, so it was quite a few bills. I might have had an envelope?

Lots of talk about Korea in this thread. Many people know I lived there for 8 years and used to post on Jazzfanz while I was living there. I got to visit again this year in August for about a month which was super dope. I do remember getting handed huge envelopes of cash when I was paid for my job. I'd say that cash is still used more than in the US but, compared to what it used to be, cards are more widely used now. Also the largest bill is now 50,000 won, not 10,000.

I can really relate to Loggrad's experience in Germany. Living abroad (really living, completely immersed, not just visiting) more often than not, will change your perspective on many things.
 


Ron Mexico

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Lots of talk about Korea in this thread. Many people know I lived there for 8 years and used to post on Jazzfanz while I was living there. I got to visit again this year in August for about a month which was super dope. I do remember getting handed huge envelopes of cash when I was paid for my job. I'd say that cash is still used more than in the US but, compared to what it used to be, cards are more widely used now. Also the largest bill is now 50,000 won, not 10,000.

I can really relate to Loggrad's experience in Germany. Living abroad (really living, completely immersed, not just visiting) more often than not, will change your perspective on many things.
Really sad and crazy the Halloween incident in Seoul. I went to that area for Halloween before COVID and my girlfriend then was terrified of that happening because of how crowded and crazy it was. I kind of laughed at her about it. We were planning to be there for Halloween this year, but we got COVID in the USA and had to delay everything a couple weeks otherwise I definitely would have been there that night. It was one of the most fun nights I've had out anywhere.
 

Darkwing Duck

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Lots of talk about Korea in this thread. Many people know I lived there for 8 years and used to post on Jazzfanz while I was living there. I got to visit again this year in August for about a month which was super dope. I do remember getting handed huge envelopes of cash when I was paid for my job. I'd say that cash is still used more than in the US but, compared to what it used to be, cards are more widely used now. Also the largest bill is now 50,000 won, not 10,000.

I can really relate to Loggrad's experience in Germany. Living abroad (really living, completely immersed, not just visiting) more often than not, will change your perspective on many things.
Yeah, I was aware of the adding of the 50k bill. It was a mildly common topic on the English news stations I would sometimes watch when I lived there.
 

Darkwing Duck

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Really sad and crazy the Halloween incident in Seoul. I went to that area for Halloween before COVID and my girlfriend then was terrified of that happening because of how crowded and crazy it was. I kind of laughed at her about it. We were planning to be there for Halloween this year, but we got COVID in the USA and had to delay everything a couple weeks otherwise I definitely would have been there that night. It was one of the most fun nights I've had out anywhere.
I read about Itaewon before and during my stay in Korea. Never wanted to go at all. Went to different places when I viisted Seoul. I do remember hearing that Gary Payton was there when I lived there signing shoes or something like that.
 

Safetydan

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Really sad and crazy the Halloween incident in Seoul. I went to that area for Halloween before COVID and my girlfriend then was terrified of that happening because of how crowded and crazy it was. I kind of laughed at her about it. We were planning to be there for Halloween this year, but we got COVID in the USA and had to delay everything a couple weeks otherwise I definitely would have been there that night. It was one of the most fun nights I've had out anywhere.

Oh yeah. I've been to Itaewon multiple times (not during Halloween) and I'm familiar with the alleyway where the crush happened. It's so crazy, total mismanagement of a crowd the authorities knew was going to be huge beforehand. I've been in some really dense crowds in Korea before and I don't blame the people in the crowd on an individual level. Koreans are justifiably desensitized to dense crowds. It was obviously bad but from their perspective, in other areas around the crush-point, it was no worse than rush hour on the subway. Terrible tragedy.
 

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So I went back to read through the thread because there were a couple posts I wanted to get to from a while ago that I never responded to.

I did quite a bit of international travel at my old job. The most beautiful place I've been to is Switzerland. The place with the best food I've been to is Thailand, the Thai people were also the nicest/friendliest. My favorite all around was Chile (mostly because I speak Spanish). I've spent the most time in Hong Kong / Guangzhou China. The place I've never been, but would love to go is Australia and New Zealand.

Unfortunately when you are traveling for business there isn't much time for sight seeing or really immersing yourself in the culture. I'd really like to go back to some of these places as a tourist and experience them a lot differently.
Switzerland is one of the bigger ones we're looking at doing but not certain when exactly we'll do it as of yet. That's probably what we're going to redeem our SkyMiles on. We want to time it right that we're there maybe like June or so, or maybe toward the end of the summer as it's cooling down, and this next summer is accounted for, so who knows. When we went to Iceland, we did a second leg of the trip that went to England. My parents actually came along with us on the Iceland portion and their second leg was flying in to Zurich and doing Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein. I ended up planning most of that for them and doing a circle around the area to hit all those places, so I've got a pretty good itinerary for when we eventually go. It's funny that I put Lauterbrunnen on the list and they stayed around Interlaken so they saw Grindewald and the other areas, but they somehow missed Lauterbrunnen and now my dad is mad that he missed "the most beautiful valley on the planet."

We're curious about Chile and Patagonia. Quite possibly do that, perhaps, when visiting Antarctica below.

My family moved abroad when I was five and I toured the entire world to the point that I had extra pages added to my passport when I was six years old. The world was a different place then and I was obviously a much different person, but of all the places I went it was Greece that was my favorite. As an adult, my favorite is Kauai, Hawaii. If there is one place I'd like to go it would be Amundsen-Scott Station in Antarctica. It is the closest thing there is to visiting another planet.
Very curious about hitting Antarctica. I think that will, however, be a trip for us to wait until all of our kids are grown and out of the house before we did that. I know there are cruise ships that hit it, but not sure how big they are. It appears that if you leave from South America, you don't actually enter the Arctic Circle, though you can also leave from Tasmania and hit the other side of Antarctica. However, flying from the US to Australia/Tasmania to board a cruise to Antarctica may be a hell of a trip in terms of how long that would take.
 

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One interesting place I'd like to see at some point would be Wadi Rum in Jordan. It's been in numerous movies, from older ones like Lawrence of Arabia to newer ones like The Martian and Aladdin. It can obviously be easy to combine with a trip to Petra and, though I'd like to see it, would have to navigate what else you would combine that trip with. My wife's biggest dream since she was a little kid was to see Egypt. We originally had planned to go in spring of 2021 but the tour company we were going with also was doing an Israel trip and I think they filled a lot of their Egyptian leg of the trip with people doing both, because when Israel ended up being shut down, they just cancelled the Egyptian leg of the trip, too. I think we should have still found another way to have gone and just got because their tourism numbers in Egypt at the time were really low (and I understand they're still not up to pre-COVID). I had been looking at different options for Egypt recently and I thought this advertisement I got on here was fairly funny:

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Some AI pulled together a bunch of images that apparently tagged somewhere as Egypt and they're advertising Gilgal "from $160". For those not familiar, Gilgal is a small park in Salt Lake open to the public. It's free. That sphinx is Joseph Smith.
 

Ron Mexico

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One interesting place I'd like to see at some point would be Wadi Rum in Jordan. It's been in numerous movies, from older ones like Lawrence of Arabia to newer ones like The Martian and Aladdin. It can obviously be easy to combine with a trip to Petra and, though I'd like to see it, would have to navigate what else you would combine that trip with. My wife's biggest dream since she was a little kid was to see Egypt. We originally had planned to go in spring of 2021 but the tour company we were going with also was doing an Israel trip and I think they filled a lot of their Egyptian leg of the trip with people doing both, because when Israel ended up being shut down, they just cancelled the Egyptian leg of the trip, too. I think we should have still found another way to have gone and just got because their tourism numbers in Egypt at the time were really low (and I understand they're still not up to pre-COVID). I had been looking at different options for Egypt recently and I thought this advertisement I got on here was fairly funny:

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Some AI pulled together a bunch of images that apparently tagged somewhere as Egypt and they're advertising Gilgal "from $160". For those not familiar, Gilgal is a small park in Salt Lake open to the public. It's free. That sphinx is Joseph Smith.
Gigal park is such a strange but great spot.

I just booked a flight for Egypt for new years. I'll spend about a week there. My wife had a job opportunity in Cairo last year, but I had no interest in living there, but I am excited to visit. I plan to go to Jordan pretty soon as well. I have a friend working there and through my wife's work they have a safety course for traveling in dangerous areas that we need to take. It sounds interesting, things like what to do if your driver gets shot and dealing with terrorism.

The place I haven't been that ive always wanted is UAE. I'm going to get over there soon as well. I'm pretty happy to be living in Ethiopia for a few years. They have so many direct flights for cheap to places I want to go. I'm planning for my birthday in February to go to seychelles or one of the other islands in that area. Having been stuck in a country with a closed border I might go a little nuts with travel for awhile.
 

Rubashov

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One interesting place I'd like to see at some point would be Wadi Rum in Jordan. It's been in numerous movies, from older ones like Lawrence of Arabia to newer ones like The Martian and Aladdin. It can obviously be easy to combine with a trip to Petra and, though I'd like to see it, would have to navigate what else you would combine that trip with. My wife's biggest dream since she was a little kid was to see Egypt. We originally had planned to go in spring of 2021 but the tour company we were going with also was doing an Israel trip and I think they filled a lot of their Egyptian leg of the trip with people doing both, because when Israel ended up being shut down, they just cancelled the Egyptian leg of the trip, too. I think we should have still found another way to have gone and just got because their tourism numbers in Egypt at the time were really low (and I understand they're still not up to pre-COVID). I had been looking at different options for Egypt recently and I thought this advertisement I got on here was fairly funny:

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Some AI pulled together a bunch of images that apparently tagged somewhere as Egypt and they're advertising Gilgal "from $160". For those not familiar, Gilgal is a small park in Salt Lake open to the public. It's free. That sphinx is Joseph Smith.


One of my pals who is at the world cup was just in Egypt beforehand said its awesome.
 

str8line

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I was in Egypt this spring(and UAE). While they were cool to visit I probably won't go back. Cairo is the only place I've been that seems like it could erupt into civil war at any moment. It has massive issues and I got a bad feeling there. Was actually relieved to GTFO.

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