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  • Armoured_Bear 13 May 2019 10:05:42 27,500 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    It's a park called Wuyishan (shan beingmountain or mountains) in Fujian. Great for hiking (on trails sometimes going up mountains and sometimes wriggling around them) and bamboo rafting.
    I imagine itís soectacular in good weather.
  • Tonka 13 May 2019 10:19:56 29,903 posts
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    In retrospect I was kind of glad it wasn't sunny. The sun came out once when I was halfway up a naked cliffside and it became a sauna in seconds. Absolutely unbearable. We had a full day like that on Gulanyu and it ended up with a 2 hour walk and the rest of the day in the comfort of the hotel AC.

    But sure, a crisp september-october day would have been kick ass.

    It also gave me ample opportunities to try my new number one travel gear, a K-Way Jacques Plus rain jacket that packs up in one of its own pockets. Super handy.
  • Dgzter 1 Jun 2019 17:19:46 2,825 posts
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    Random question. In Paris at the moment, but heading to Seoul on Monday; wife and I will be in South Korea until August and then Japan for Sept/Oct. My bloody USB mouse for the laptop just died and Iíll now be looking to pick up a replacement.

    As I do some light gaming on it, I tend to use an MMO mouse. Should I just splurge on a Razer Naga here, before I fly out, or will I be able to easily pick up/order something in Seoul? GMarket seems to be the S.Korea online electronics retailer of choice, but not sure about choice/availability/shipping etc.

    Any advice appreciated!
  • Armoured_Bear 2 Jun 2019 14:04:51 27,500 posts
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    Dgzter wrote:
    Random question. In Paris at the moment, but heading to Seoul on Monday; wife and I will be in South Korea until August and then Japan for Sept/Oct. My bloody USB mouse for the laptop just died and Iíll now be looking to pick up a replacement.

    As I do some light gaming on it, I tend to use an MMO mouse. Should I just splurge on a Razer Naga here, before I fly out, or will I be able to easily pick up/order something in Seoul? GMarket seems to be the S.Korea online electronics retailer of choice, but not sure about choice/availability/shipping etc.

    Any advice appreciated!
    Sorry I canít help with your question, are you working, travelling over there?
    you lucky bugger.

    I arrive in Fukuoka in the 25th October if you fancy a pint :)

    Edited by Armoured_Bear at 14:28:37 02-06-2019
  • Armoured_Bear 2 Jun 2019 14:29:03 27,500 posts
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  • TechnoHippy 2 Jun 2019 14:51:16 15,532 posts
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    Nice.
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 2 Jun 2019 20:00:59 3,614 posts
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    Dgzter wrote:
    Random question. In Paris at the moment, but heading to Seoul on Monday; wife and I will be in South Korea until August and then Japan for Sept/Oct. My bloody USB mouse for the laptop just died and Iíll now be looking to pick up a replacement.

    As I do some light gaming on it, I tend to use an MMO mouse. Should I just splurge on a Razer Naga here, before I fly out, or will I be able to easily pick up/order something in Seoul? GMarket seems to be the S.Korea online electronics retailer of choice, but not sure about choice/availability/shipping etc.

    Any advice appreciated!
    There is a big electronic store attached to Yongsan station in Seoul which should cover you ajd an underground gaming store arcade a ten minute walk away if that isn't sufficient. Gmarket used to be impossible to use unless you had a Korean ID number and the Foreigner registration numbers didn't work (wrong number of digits) so be aware it may not be usable (I left in 2014 though)
  • Dgzter 2 Jun 2019 22:07:56 2,825 posts
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    @One_Vurfed_Gwrx Ah cheers, that's really helpful. We'll be staying quite near Yongsan to begin with, so hopefully works out well.

    @Armoured_Bear Cool. I'll drop you a line if we are in the vicinity by end of October. The Hoops should be safely out of Europe by then lol
  • Tonka 4 Jun 2019 11:46:14 29,903 posts
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    Any recommendations for Lisbon?
  • Vortex808 4 Jun 2019 12:00:34 13,404 posts
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    The Tower of Belem is worth a look as is the region round there. LX factory is worth a visit too. Personlaly, I'd use uber for them, since the metro doesn't stretch over there and buses might be a bit of a ballache, whereas uber was cheap and easy.

    Eat your own body weight in Nata tarts. There is also a food market(Time out?) that is well worth a visit too.

    Coffee is cheap as, they like a cake shop- pretty much one on every street!
  • Tonka 4 Jun 2019 12:05:23 29,903 posts
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    Sounds good! Uber you say.... I fucking hate Uber. Maybe this will be the time I cave and start using them.
    No cute little trams to LX Factory?
    What's more around the Belem Tower? I think the tower looks great (In an Einstein Tower way) but I'm not sure I'd be willing to go there for that alone. If there's a nice vibe in the area around it then I'm in.
  • One_Vurfed_Gwrx 4 Jun 2019 12:19:14 3,614 posts
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    Uber seemed the safest option in Eastern Europe where taxi (fare) scams are common. Learned that lesson travelling through Russia... Was dirt cheap in Ukraine too, still tried to use normal public transport where possible though.

    All my uber spam therefore is always about Ukrainian deals... Not so useful any more now I am back home ;)
  • Vortex808 4 Jun 2019 12:34:37 13,404 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Sounds good! Uber you say.... I fucking hate Uber. Maybe this will be the time I cave and start using them.
    No cute little trams to LX Factory?
    What's more around the Belem Tower? I think the tower looks great (In an Einstein Tower way) but I'm not sure I'd be willing to go there for that alone. If there's a nice vibe in the area around it then I'm in.
    You can use the regular taxis if you like, but they were double the price, not massively expensive mind, and were possibly about 20E from where we stayed, if you want to salve your conscience.

    Belem seemed a nice area and had other stuff to see and do close by. There was also the big monument to their seafarers near there too, a monastery and some other museum-y stuff. I thought the tower was well worth a quick look around and wasn't massively pricey to do so.

    I really liked Lisbon, and will certainly go back. I'd quite like to have more of a look round Portugal too after that. Watch the hills though- I went for a long exploratory run and ended up down at the sea, having got distracted by the views and exploring various plazas etc, I forgot what goes down, has to go back up...

    Rental electric scooters seem to be quite the thing, no doubt due to the hills.
  • gang_of_bitches 4 Jun 2019 17:06:49 5,707 posts
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    The Modern art museum in Belem, Museu ColeÁ„o Berardo, is worth a visit if that's your bag. The "free" (a contribution is expected) walking tour run by Hi Lisbon is decent.

    A train journey to Sintra is also well worth it though it can get crazy busy in high season.
  • Tonka 4 Jun 2019 22:53:54 29,903 posts
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    We're definitely going to Sintra.
    Modern art museum sounds good. I also read about a technology and architecture museum and an aquarium.
  • Tonka 26 Jun 2019 22:03:54 29,903 posts
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    Lisbon is amazing. (after one afternoon)
    I'm really surprised there isn't more of a buzz for it.
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Jun 2019 07:23:45 27,500 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Lisbon is amazing. (after one afternoon)
    I'm really surprised there isn't more of a buzz for it.
    I think there is, Iíve heard countless people on about it this year.
  • Tonka 27 Jun 2019 09:17:27 29,903 posts
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    Well deserved, there's such a variety here. It also feels much livelier than when I visited seven years ago.
  • Tonka 27 Jun 2019 14:07:13 29,903 posts
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    Do it. Add a stop in Lisbon

    Just look at it. It's like a big fake
    https://imgur.com/a/zdVP18k
  • DaM 27 Jun 2019 17:09:27 17,394 posts
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    Off on our summer "holiday" tomorrow.
    Fly into San Francisco, 2 nights, then down to Yosemite for a spell. Then down to LA (mainly to do Disney for the kids). Then back up to SF (via the Tesla Factory tour!) for another 2 nights. Then across to Wisconsin, where my wife spend a few years growing up. By train for some reason...Then 4 nights in NYC to finish.
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Jun 2019 18:52:41 27,500 posts
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    DaM wrote:
    Off on our summer "holiday" tomorrow.
    Fly into San Francisco, 2 nights, then down to Yosemite for a spell. Then down to LA (mainly to do Disney for the kids). Then back up to SF (via the Tesla Factory tour!) for another 2 nights. Then across to Wisconsin, where my wife spend a few years growing up. By train for some reason...Then 4 nights in NYC to finish.
    Sounds intense but fun!
  • Armoured_Bear 27 Jun 2019 19:07:10 27,500 posts
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    Iím sitting in Zurich Airport, waiting for my delayed flight to Alicante.
    Mah belly will be full of rice, seafood and wine shortly.
  • anephric 27 Jun 2019 21:21:23 3,503 posts
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    Off to South of France at the weekend, hopefully I won't be burned to a fucking cinder and the worst of the heatwave will be over.
  • KnuttinAtoll 28 Jun 2019 08:36:50 7,529 posts
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    anephric wrote:
    Off to South of France at the weekend, hopefully I won't be burned to a fucking cinder and the worst of the heatwave will be over.
    Just back from there this week (epic road trip through Alps, Italy, along the Riviera and Cote d'Azur). Beautiful region that I hadn't been to before.

    Some of the wealth displayed down there is pretty obscene (or impressive depending how you look at it).
  • anephric 28 Jun 2019 09:12:08 3,503 posts
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    I've been to Monte Carlo before where every other car seems to be a lambo and yes, it gets pretty sickmaking.
  • KnuttinAtoll 28 Jun 2019 09:36:53 7,529 posts
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    We parked there for an afternoon, and while it was more or less as expected, the car porn was a bit disappointing.

    We also stopped at Portofino (been there before), where you can get really close to some super yachts that tend to dock right in the tiny port.

    Edit - forgot to mention Cinque Terre - we stayed in Levanto which was a great base for it - and enjoyed that far more than the 5 CT villages themselves. Those were overrun by hordes of ignorant tourists, and while it's a pretty place we couldn't enjoy it for that reason. Have never seen such pandemonium before and cannot recommend visiting it unfortunately. In hindsight we shouldn't have gone but it was still an interesting experience nonetheless.

    Como was also a stopover, where we stayed in Lugano for a couple of nights (better hotels in CH vs Italy but those Swiss thieves got me via roaming charges - 50 EUR for 4MB. Cunts. Makes you appreciate the EU roaming rules though). That was more subtle, and one really cool little moment was when a helicopter was ascending right in front of us on a windy road, used to pick up some materials for a lakeside villa construction site. Airwolf stuff.

    Also drove through Nice (didn't stop - traffic was suicidal) and visited Cannes for a few hours - although the Lions awards were on as well in the latter city so a mix of old and new rich, and lots and lots of hipster twats (bunch of girls loudly proclaiming to themselves "WE ARE AMAZING!!!!1!!" while walking past us - fuck off). It's all very pretty (apart from the two massive cruise ships nearby) but I didn't like the vibe.

    At the end of our trip we stayed with some friends who bought a villa with pool not too far from there in the mountains, and met some of their neighbours (many British "expats" which I wasn't a fan of tbh), it all felt quite surreal.

    Even spotted a Bugatti Chiron (3m USD price tag apparently) on the motorway. It's a different world alright.

    Looking at the words above it probably comes across as a bit grumpy but it was an amazing trip - just having some post holiday blues... and wish I won the lotto!

    Edited by KnuttinAtoll at 09:41:30 28-06-2019
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