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  • JNM
  • The Legend

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    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #100 on: March 29, 2019, 08:51:22 am »
Latvia smelled of wet carpet.

What were you expecting? It’s not billed as “Paris of the (checks map) Northeast”, is it?


  • zola
  • The Legend

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    • September 30, 2012, 06:56:11 am
    • Korea
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #101 on: March 29, 2019, 08:57:06 am »
Latvia smelled of wet carpet.

What were you expecting? It’s not billed as “Paris of the (checks map) Northeast”, is it?

The old town of Riga has its charm.
Kpip! - Martin 2018


Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #102 on: March 29, 2019, 09:06:02 am »
Latvia smelled of wet carpet.

What were you expecting? It’s not billed as “Paris of the (checks map) Northeast”, is it?

It's a big stag party destination.


  • NorthStar
  • Super Waygook

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    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #103 on: March 29, 2019, 09:06:33 am »
Upon further reflection, I would have to say Japan....rather expensive for vanilla. 


  • debbiem89
  • Expert Waygook

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    • August 30, 2016, 09:42:49 am
    • South Korea
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #104 on: March 29, 2019, 09:13:12 am »
Latvia smelled of wet carpet.

What were you expecting? It’s not billed as “Paris of the (checks map) Northeast”, is it?

The old town of Riga has its charm.

I liked Riga too.

We booked a last minute, cheapo weekend so I wasn't expecting too much. Thought it was pretty cool to be fair! Although it lived up to it's name and was absolutely baltic when we went (probably why it was such a cheap trip!) it would have been much better just a little warmer.


  • LIC
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    • February 15, 2019, 04:39:00 pm
    • NE Hemisphere
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #105 on: April 04, 2019, 12:32:11 pm »
1) Jamaica: I never felt safe and a person can only smoke so much reefer without becoming a zombie

2) China: I regretted going there before my plane had touched down. I've never been in a filthier more disgusting rancid sewer in my life.

Where did you go there? I lived in Zhengzhou for more than 2 years and it was spotless and I travelled to quite a few cities in central China and down to Xiamen in the south and they were spotless too. In fact I found they were obsessive when it came to keeping their cities clean.

However, that being said, I know China is huge and no doubt there are many places as you describe but not all of China is like that.

Zhengzhou Spring 2016 just a couple of pics walking to the store.....

These are selective, but they are also representative.

Xian was nice.



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  • The Legend

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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
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Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #106 on: April 04, 2019, 12:48:07 pm »
How much money would it take for you to lick that floor?

Be honest.

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  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #107 on: April 04, 2019, 12:50:41 pm »
How much money would it take for you to lick that floor?

Be honest.

There's nothing I wouldn't do for $20 and a sandwich... Or just a sandwich.


Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #108 on: April 04, 2019, 12:51:17 pm »
that bathroom looks likes the male toilet in Changcheon Middle School's underground parking in Shinchon.


Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #109 on: April 04, 2019, 12:59:25 pm »
How much money would it take for you to lick that floor?

Be honest.

There's nothing I wouldn't do for $20 and a sandwich... Or just a sandwich.

your school has been duly notified.  expect nothing more than a BLT for this month's hardship.  next month, less teaching, so an egg mayonnaise.  readjustment in January should be fun, maybe they'll just ask you to give back a tomato or half a cucumber.  if they ask for ham, go mental.


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #110 on: April 04, 2019, 01:08:49 pm »
How much money would it take for you to lick that floor?

Be honest.

There's nothing I wouldn't do for $20 and a sandwich... Or just a sandwich.

your school has been duly notified.  expect nothing more than a BLT for this month's hardship.  next month, less teaching, so an egg mayonnaise.  readjustment in January should be fun, maybe they'll just ask you to give back a tomato or half a cucumber.  if they ask for ham, go mental.

My school knows I'm allergic to eggs though. So, they wouldn't give me a sandwich with an egg in it.
Maybe a chicken noodle sandwich as a replacement sandwich :D


Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #111 on: April 04, 2019, 01:37:53 pm »
I was disappointed by Japan, as well. I had been wanting to go since I was a teenager and I was like....it's clean, people keep to themselves, and all that but after a week, I was pretty bored. I went to several cities, went hiking, went to all these cool restaurants I saw on the Food Network, so I tried. There is a bigger sense of isolation there compared to Korea, and I think it messed with my brain.

IA on the Jeju comments. I don't know what I was expecting. I've actually been to Hawaii, and calling it a Korean Hawaii is nowhere near true. The beaches in Hawaii alone are just pure beauty, picture perfect, clean with warm water.


  • LIC
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    • February 15, 2019, 04:39:00 pm
    • NE Hemisphere
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #112 on: April 09, 2019, 02:28:46 pm »
How much money would it take for you to lick that floor?

Be honest.


I'd do it for $100,000


  • Piggydee
  • The Legend

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    • October 15, 2013, 07:32:43 am
    • South Korea
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #113 on: May 08, 2019, 03:19:17 pm »
I'm just bumping this to say I recently went to Jeju and whoever said that is was overrated, etc. I have to say it's probably because you went to that "Red Horse" light house beach.  I've seen Instagram stories from other people I follow and YEAH THAT BEACH is crowded with families galore.  Not the beach you want to go to if you are down for clear waters and less people.  The Northern part of Jeju is where I was and I can say the clear water is what got me!  Sorry you had a bad experience with Jeju. 


  • Kanali
  • Waygookin

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    • May 18, 2018, 09:41:55 pm
    • Dajeon
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #114 on: May 09, 2019, 05:21:07 am »
Japan was a little disappointing. The hype in the West for this country is definitely overstated.

It felt plain and corporate. The tourist guides they offered were rather single-minded and single-coursed: eat-shop-eat-shop-eat-shop ... do these people do anything else for entertainment? It almost felt like a cruise we took to Mexico where they would try to squeeze as much money out of you as possible for next to no entertainment, where almost every event was aimed at you paying 3-4x for something. This was also Japan.


  • Kanali
  • Waygookin

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    • May 18, 2018, 09:41:55 pm
    • Dajeon
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #115 on: May 09, 2019, 05:31:20 am »
Jeju. It was good but it's not some sort of change your life beautiful paradise. It was good.

Ulleungdo, OTOH.
Jeju was actually a change-your-life paradise experience in my case, especially seeing that children's cemetery at Stone Park, having one of those slick brown lizards climb on top of me out of nowhere, eating abalones fresh out of the sea, looking at the mandarin groves, and of course the waterfalls and Seongsan Ilchulbong. Lot's of great memories of the trip there.


  • Cyanea
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • September 04, 2016, 01:48:24 pm
    • Las Vegas
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #116 on: May 09, 2019, 09:58:48 pm »
I was disappointed by Japan, as well. I had been wanting to go since I was a teenager and I was like....it's clean, people keep to themselves, and all that but after a week, I was pretty bored.

I don't know how you could be bored with japan. the strangeness, the bizarreness holds my interest in a way similar to Korea but stepped up a few gears.

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There is a bigger sense of isolation there compared to Korea


I don't know how you got that, if anything its the other way round.

Japanese women will constantly smile and try to converse with me. Koreans are much colder fish.


Jeju was actually a change-your-life paradise experience in my case

yeah Jeju qualifies as one of those places that was better than I expected.
Catch my drift?


  • gogators!
  • The Legend

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    • March 16, 2016, 04:35:48 pm
    • Seoul
Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #117 on: May 10, 2019, 07:28:24 am »
Thailand.

Jeju isn't that bad if you go during the week and stay at a pension on the beach. It's fun to watch the little horses race. 


Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #118 on: May 10, 2019, 07:35:15 am »
It's fun to watch the little horses race. 

Are you sure you're not just watching them from a distance?    :wink:



  • CO2
  • The Legend

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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
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Re: What countries didn't live up to the hype?
« Reply #119 on: May 10, 2019, 07:52:48 am »
It's fun to watch the little horses race. 

Are you sure you're not just watching them from a distance?    :wink:



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