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Oct 10th 2007 9:20AM I have stayed at a few in my life to say the least. I agree that I would never presume to make a top 10 list, but I do have a favorite of the ones I stayed in.
Boathouse Hostel on the south side of Prague really was a treat. It was so clean, and the staff was SOOO nice. We were their family, it was great. They had a huge room with tons of tables where they would serve us breakfast for 30 cents. They kept a fridge stocked full of Prague Budweiser Beer for 10 cents a pop, and they gave us free t-shirts because we stayed there 10 days.
I really enjoyed my time there, and would visit again anytime.
Oct 10th 2007 9:13AM That Pan-American road in Costa Rica is a terrifying experience. You kiss your life away to God and just release all tension because you know your end is near, but the pain just continues. You have to be on that road for hours and hours and it just never stops, ever. I grew more than grey hairs that day, I will never be the same.
Oct 10th 2007 8:53AM DC - lawyer, politician, and foreigner capital of the world.
They all think they are the most important people in the world, and that they can do anything to get in front of you.
People in NYC should at least agree with the "Diplomat Rule". There are so many law-immune diplomats in DC who don't have to follow the rules. They can park (and they DO) in the middle of the street if they chose, not to mention going the wrong way down a one way street, hitting other cars, and just plain running of red lights and driving through traffic circles (yes, DC is the one idiot city in America full of European style traffic circles)
Oct 10th 2007 8:45AM I agree with many of the people on here!
I really honestly believe you people in Seattle and Atlanta when you say that you have the absolute worst, your roads are horrible, and your traffic is bad, but I have to agree that LA and DC are just in a different league.
The population bases around these two cities are immense compared to other cities. The infrastructure was developed for millions of less people, and hasn't improved.
Specifics I can't give around LA as I've only been there half a dozen times and experienced that nightmare (which I do think is worse than DC). I've lived in DC/Baltimore area now for a while, and as a man I can say that I have been brought to tears before.
95/495 N, 270/495, 295/495, 395/495/95, and 66, the worst nightmare in the entire world.
I think the large difference is that in Atlanta and Seattle and other cities with major traffic problems, the traffic hits hard and fast, and is extremely heavy. I know in DC the problem is that you have an immense workforce coming into the city and leaving the city at varying times.
Most of the government is on flex time, and therefore rush hour starts at 4:30 a.m. and goes till 10:30 a.m., starts back up at 2:30 a.m. and lasts till 8 p.m. In between this is constant construction, which is true in most cities.
Anyone remember 3 years ago when they shut 495 down to one lane around 270 every night? Yes, I loved sitting in 4 hours of traffic at 1 a.m.
Then on weekends DC is the number one tourist attraction behind NYC. Luckily there are signs of improvement. DC has over the past decade improved "The Mixing Bowl" - the highway interchange of 8 highways that has killed more motorists than any highway interchange in America. Also being built is the county crosshighway on the Maryland side, and talks have begun for a pay for drive on the beltway.
As always, 66 will forever remain horrible with no improvement plans. Have fun Virginians commuting!