Tiki Asks: When was your last vacation and where did you go?

I’m about to dip out for a vacation to MA, USA and would love to hear where you guys get off to for your own vacations.  Anywhere interesting?  How often do you take your vacations?

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    1. My last vacation I went to Paris France, Normandy France, and London, England. That was back in 2012. I also went on a cruise to Cozumel last year, but it totally sucked and I couldn’t wait to get home, so I don’t even count that as a vacation as much as an inconvenience.

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      • my wife has been wanting to go on a cruise for a while, what sucked about yours?

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        • I’m not saying all cruises suck, just that mine did, and maybe that’s just because of me. I’ll preface this by saying it was the only cruise I’ve been on, and it was with Carnival Cruises, which I’ve since found out is like the Wal-Mart of cruise lines. People that have gone on more upscale ones have said they loved it.

          I imagine for people that don’t live near the beach it would be more fun. I live on the west coast of Florida, so there was no novelty in laying out and getting some sun. I can do that here on an actual beach. Also, probably because it happened to be Spring Break that week, the pool area had a DJ blasting hip-hop and rap music all day (which I freakin’ HATE). I’ll give them a pass on that – they were providing entertainment to the majority of their passengers, which were mostly college kids shouting “yo bro!” and “cray-cray” back and forth. It goes without saying, I stayed the hell away from the pool area.

          So what does that leave? I don’t gamble, so the casino was a no-go. They had an exercise room, but with the ship rocking on the open water, it’s hard to get a decent workout while trying to keep your balance. I don’t drink, so that was out – even though everyone else said the drinks were so watered down it was like Kool-Aid anyway. The shows were mostly Vegas-syle revues (which sucked). Even the stand-up comedians weren’t funny. There was a “free all-day buffet” but that tasted worse than school food (besides, eating because you’re bored is pretty sad). I will say that the formal dinner each evening was excellent. Great food and top-notch service.

          It was a 3-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, so we had about 7 hours at the port in Mexico. Our off-site excursion was snorkeling with a bunch of fish for about an hour, which I enjoyed. Then they took us to a beach for a couple of hours, but again, I live 7 miles from the beach, so for me that was no thrill.

          So personally, I was miserable. That doesn’t mean cruises in general suck, they’re just not for me. And if you do go on one, don’t go the budget route – evidently you get what you pay for.

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    2. …we can go on those?
      fuck, time to quit job

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    3. Well, back in 2013 I took a three month vacation at a homeless shelter in Morristown NJ… wouldn’t recommend it.

      Beyond that, I don’t know, New England is boring as shit and large parts of it need to be set ablaze.

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    4. In March of last year I went to the Czech Republic, with a weekend in Germany. The cost of the flight was hefty (about $1200) but once in CZ everything cost about 1/4 US prices.

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      • Czech Republic? isn’t that a war torn country? or am I thinking of something completely different

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        • Not anytime recently. They became a country in ’93 after Czechoslovakia split in two. You may be thinking of Ukraine? CZ feels like a sleepy Euro village. No fights with the Ruskie lovers, no acts of terror, no flow of refugees etc. etc. It seems pretty isolated from any regions of conflict. Everyone there was so mild mannered. My fiancee was attending college in Hradec Kralove (sounds nothing like the words look) and was born in CZ so I flew out there to spend a few weeks. Now I feel no reason to visit a place like Paris since CZ has everything an EU city offers but quieter, cheaper, and cleaner. We are planning another vacation back again next year.

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    5. A wee bit longer than 20 yahren ago, I went to Connecticut with my then wife to visit her distant family.
      Nuthin’ since, not sure if I care anymore.

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    6. Good point!
      Definitely the latter, and I am aging too badly for much of the former.
      I’d probably be good for Minneapolis to Chicago, but I don’t see Chicago as a very friendly destination, lately.

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    7. Went to Prague; Ingolstadt, Germany; and Lindau, Germany last fall.

      Went to Stresa and Intra, Italy this spring.

      Just came back from Gruyere and Fribourg, Switzerland.

      Heading out to Dublin in 2 weeks. Will take the ferry to Normandy, France and kill a few days there. Hop a train to Brussels, Belgistan after that for the Brussels Beer Weekend (it is brilliant).
      Hopefully I still remember how to speak some Irish and French. It has been a while.

      Note: I still have several weeks of vacation, so I am not sure where to go for Christmas. Germany, France and Switzerland are pretty nice on vacation days. Bayern was the best. I need to move back there.

      -ack

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      • Where’s your home port? I’ve heard great things about Dublin, hope you enjoy that trip!

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        • I live in Switzerland now. Luzern is hopelessly beautiful.

          I have killed a few months in Dublin a few years back. The touristy parts were nice. The slums were slums. I prefer the country. Wexford is a bit dull. Cork is good. Beamish is by far the best brewer in Ireland.

          France is nice too. Many people who know nothing have a bad opinion of France. They can fuck off. France is great in it’s own way. Which reminds me… need to practice French…

          -ack

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          • Beamish … oh sweet memories … I’d forgot about the Beamish!
            Wexford is dull haha so true but you missed Wicklow, “the Garden of Ireland”, the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough the most beautiful spot in the world .. ok Ireland .. ok Wicklow. Cork and Kerry – bring a translator! Love Dublin.
            France is great, esp the Dordogne region. Drove from Bordeaux to Rocamadour once, taking in some neanderthal caves on the way and the most amazing drive thu the mountain back roads on the way back.
            Oh the Beamish …I’d forgot about the Beamish.

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            • Beamish is truly spectacular.

              You should really give the Brussels Beer Weekend a go. I go nearly every year. The Brussels Grootemarkt (Grande Place(FR)) is beautiful, and you get to stand there and drink from 300 some varieties of Belgian beer. Good way to kill a day or two.

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    8. Just went out camping two weeks in Gaspe, Quebec living among the whales, bears, and francophones. Amazing mircrobreweries and artery clogging camp food, like frying toast in your bacon fat.

      I would have liked to spend some time in Quebec City and Montreal, which are truly great cities. But I was travelling with my dog, R2 (Yes, R2 as in R2D2, but also “Ralph Two” after my first dog) which limits where you eat and sleep.

      The look on my 20 lb dog’s face when he met a 70,000 lb humpback whale was worth it.

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    9. We go to Portland, Maine in October because it’s F’in beautiful that time of year. Even the drive down through Massachusetts is incredible. We have friends that run harvest events all Autumn long, like food tastings, wine, whiskey and beer tastings and we get VIP’d in so that rocks pretty hard.
      Then in February, we go to Fort Lauderdale and crash at my aunt’s time share free of charge. That’s pretty amazing as well.

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    10. my most recent one, I took my family on a 10 day camping trip through California. Started at the sequoia forest for a couple days, then went to just south of Monterey. Visited the aquarium and stayed 2 nights in Big Sur on the coast. Hung out at the beach for a bit. Ended up outside of Ventura in a small town called Ojai. It was a lot of fun. Last year we went on an Alaskan cruise. That was well worth it. Would love to do that again. The best part was when they took us into Glacier Bay. I think that part of it was worth the money and better than all the other stops.

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    11. Last hol was 2 years ago, damn. However it was a major vacation and expensive, we went to San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur then drove to Vegas for a week and then back to L.A. for another week.
      It was magnificent and horrible at the same time (bad cos of the in-laws who came with us)
      Next April was thinking of a cruise to Mexico but might drop the cruise part due to rising costs and end up just doing a stay there.

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      • I loved Mexico. Past tense. For the past 10 years Mexico is off my travel list. Too much risk. I would suggest that you pass on Mexico.

        Next time I am in the region (perhaps next spring) I will go to Nicaragua. It has recovered and at the moment is a safer choice.

        Unless your skin color allows you to blend in. I am your Average White Guy. Easy to pick out of a crowd and shoot at a distance.

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    12. Stanley Hotel. Did the haunted Stephen King stuff. I try to go once a year. went to MA, took the wife to Salem and did the tours. Loved it.

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