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Jul 5th 2011 10:03PM I'll keep in touch will all my pals who are also running away from home!
Jun 8th 2010 8:53AM
Megapixel counts are a bit of a misnomer. Photography guru Ken Rockwell has an excellent piece called "The Mexapixel Myth" here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/mpmyth.htm
Jun 4th 2010 10:54AM This debate reminds me of a recent entry I wrote on my blog.
When travelling in West Africa, I noticed a peculiar thing – Western tourists snubbed me.
Call me a tourist. Call me a traveller. I don't care. It's not about labels. Being on the road stimulates and makes me happy. That's what's important.
Apr 11th 2010 11:57PM Jeremy - Thanks for picking this photo. I've added a little info on Flickr. And I'll paste it below:
SwSk 2010 - Neidpath, Saskatchewan
Back story: I had four days off over Easter and decided to go on a little road trip through Southwestern Saskatchewan. I'd never been to this part of Canada before and it blew me away. The colours are muted because, in this part of the world, it is still early spring. I plan to return in the summer.
There is a sadness to this area... tons of abandoned farms and even whole towns. A way of life quickly disappearing. Luckily for me, I love shooting abandoned stuff -- so it was a hoot to find something new (or rather, old) around every corner.
I'm just going through some 400 images from the 2777 km trek. They'll be posted soon.
Mar 13th 2010 10:15PM It's real! And it's part of a little series I've been doing over the years called the Amazing Adventures of Hula Girl. http://www.flickr.com/photos/borderfilms/sets/1575505/
Feb 5th 2010 9:18AM And there is plenty of snow up at Whistler, where most ski events are being held.
May 31st 2008 4:18PM There is no magic number of times you have to visit a country to know it (although the more the better).
My point is that if you're going to judge an entire nation (and in this case the largest nation in the world) based on only two of it's cities... well, that's not very accurate.
Is London indicative of England? Is Vancouver indicative of Canada? Beijing of China?
I agree that Moscow and St. Petersburg are expensive. But that's not true for the whole country. Most of Russia is very affordable. And next-door neighbour Ukraine is an absolute bargain -- even Kiev and Odessa.
Based on my experiences from a few weeks ago, I would highly recommend visiting Ukraine. Even better, hire a car and drive around to some of the small villages. It's like going back in time. But be careful on the Kiev-Odessa motorway... the drivers tend to bend the rules... like driving towards oncoming traffic during slow downs.
I was lucky enough to be in a small Ukrainian town during Victory Day celebrations (the end of the Great Patriotic War/WWII). The hospitality the local Ukrainians (and Russians and Belarussians) showed us was incredible.
One caveat, and this applies to Russia as well, learn the Cyrillic alphabet and, if possible, a few words in Russian or Ukrainian (there are some differences between the two).
If you know the alphabet, it'll help you to sound out the names of places. It's helpful when you're in the middle of nowhere... and the road you're on isn't on the map.
But back to the flack I'm getting for my comments: Maybe I'm in the wrong place. Perhaps Gadling is now focused on arm-chair travellers rather than people who actually travel.
And that's ok.
I'll take my arrogance and experience elsewhere... and remember how good Gadling was. Which was the whole point of my comments.
May 30th 2008 7:02PM Iva:
1. Moscow and St. Petersburg are not indicative of all of Russia. To say Russia is expensive is WRONG. Moscow and St. Petersburg are, but the rest of the country (which is rather large) is a bargain. How do I know? I just got back from there (and Ukraine and Moldova).
2. Your dimwitted post does nothing to encourage travel, rather, it encourages people NOT to go to Russia. And again, two cities do not make the whole country. Would you say New York and Miami are indicative of ALL of America? No... they make up just a small part of the whole.
3. Don't you think the term "third world" is a bit arrogant? How about using "developing world" instead?
4. Your posts are the lamest of the bunch. I can't believe you actually get paid for such treacle.
Maybe Gadling V3.0 will have an author/stupid post filter. One can only hope.
May 29th 2008 9:17PM What a stupid post. A complete waste of time that does nothing more than advance silly stereotypes.
What a joke.