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Dec 5th 2011 8:13AM I would suggest that the ban on slaughtering horses for meat was not constitutional and would not have withstood a serious test had one been made.
I'll not judge other cultures or people based upon their dietary choices.
Feb 22nd 2011 5:52AM Thank you for writing this. I am so tired of internet lists, I have no words.
Jan 7th 2011 2:06PM Dear lord, a Saudi company is going to build it.
I can't wait to visit.
Dec 24th 2010 6:29AM I never invest in Pharmaceuticals or Airlines and Airlines are the riskiest of the two. It is my opinion that airlines should increase prices in order to improve the levels of service provided to customers. Service varies from dreadful to fairly acceptable depending on the carrier. FAs should be paid living wages and passengers should be provided adequate seat room. And I agree with the Author regarding a la carte pricing.
Dec 18th 2010 4:46AM I find a lot of humor in this blog, 'Authentic New York City souvenirs...'
I travel internationally almost endlessly and sometimes go years without returning to the States. Nearly everywhere I go, I see knock offs of shirts, caps, bags - you name it - with some American brand name or badly written English language message. Nike and Disney are very common, too.
In that regard, New York is most definitely the favorite theme. Yankees caps, NYFD, and Brooklyn are favorites. Nothing is authentic and 'Engrish' is exceptionally common, not only in Asia, but also in Europe.
Given America's trade deficit, it becomes annoying to see so many American brand and trade names counterfeited.
Aug 8th 2010 5:39AM Paris does have rude taxi drivers. I recall a short ride in cab to our hotel from the Troacdero where we paid the driver far more than the value of the trip (it was a very short drive so he didn't want the fare) because we deemed it too dangerous to walk at such an early hour. Once in the cab and with the windows cranked full up, he promptly farted for our amusement. It was a rich one, too.
Another driver crossed the Seine three times to get us to the Louvre.
I don't see Athens on the list. Taxis there are like the mafia on wheels.
I'm in Seoul right now, and have never seen such good taxis - anywhere.
May 19th 2010 1:04AM This poll does not include a response indicating that the inspection technique is unnecessary, invasive, and insulting.
I refused the scan at RIC some months ago - before the use of the scanners was supposed to have begun. The TSA agent who directed me to the scanner did not advise me of the nature of the equipment to be used to scan me. As I am an expat, I had no idea the scanners were even in place.
As a consequence of my refusal, I was subjected to a humiliating body search. It is my opinion that the search I endured was inteneded to be a punitive response from the TSA to my refusal to be scanned.
In short, if you want to fly, I advise stepping into the scanner. It comes down to either allowing a bottom feeding TSA agent to either look at your junk or to touch it.
Mar 7th 2010 9:58AM This is great Mike, though I'm afraid you've attended your last pool party.
Feb 28th 2010 8:44AM Any list of great beer drinking cities where Prague isn't at the top isn't worth reading.
Unless you're into it for the laugh and this list is laughable.
Czechs consume more beer per capita than any other nation on earth, and for good reason - their beer is absolutely tremendous. Beer is consumed for breakfast in Czech Republic.
Willy, the next time you produce a list a dog could 'fart out', don't publish it, please.
Oct 5th 2009 5:34AM I live in Prague as an expat and am surprised by how highly ranked the city is on this list.
Barcelona, on the other hand, does not surprise. When visiting Las Ramblas at the beginning last new year, I was accosted (unsuccessfully) by pickpockets on numerous occasions - the first within hours of arrival.
I've never been a victim here, but my wife recently lost her wallet from her purse. I see American tourists here regularly who have no idea of the problem and are easy pickings.
The best advice I can offer - aside from securing valuables - is that in almost every European country, nobody will approach or touch you unless that person wants your valuables.