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  •  The last time I priced a trip to Europe (11+ / 0-)

    I simply gave up. I am not poor by any means but, as I do not use credit cards and only purchase things I actually have the money for, it was simply out of the question. No doubt it is more expense to fly from the West Coast to Paris or London than from the East Coast (and vice versa) but I seem to recall being able to do that in 1998, and to fly to Sydney a couple of years later, without robbing a bank ten to fifteen years ago. The last time I checked, overseas fares seemed almost obscene.

    •  $1368 Porland OR to Santago Chile RT (8+ / 0-)

      Just got the ticket for trip #5. I go there every year to visit family (son and granddaughters)
      Actually its not too bad: The first time I went there it Was about $1100.

      Ive been to Europe 3 times, GB twice. I really like GB, I don't know what others are talking about, I always feel OK walking around there. They can watch me all they want to.
      . I really enjoyed it a lot.  I ws there in 2001 and again in 2004 and I remember some of the conversations I had about Iraq---I said it was a real mistake and that we'd be there a  decade---which I only missed by less than a year. they must think I'm prescient.

      Ive never been ashamed to tell people I'm american and, well, I sorta have an internal bar against lying.
      I have traveled many places in the world over many years and it seems to me like the people you ttalk to with the most grudge against Americans are......Americans. Its sorta angering to hear them badmouth the USA and others have mentioned it.

      Chile is a country that could have legitimate grudge against the USA----and yet I get the feeling that Chileans like and respect  the USA more than many people I read here. To some people here (on DK, not this post)  its the Great Satan every time. Some Americans overseas badmouth America worse than anyone. ('Sup, Democrats Ramshield?)
      i thiink that some thing really exceptional aabout Americans is all the breast beating we do about how awful we are. do other countries do that?

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:12:02 AM PST

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      •  You're right, exlrrp. (3+ / 0-)
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        exlrrp, maybeeso in michigan, twigg

        It's kind of a reverse snobbism - or more accurately, reverse xenophobia (if that's possible!).

        Back when I was teaching at the university, I accompanied a faculty member on students trips to the Czech Republic. Not only some students would often say "The Czech way of [something] is better than ours," but so would my colleague.  Example: When we were served lunch in pubs (we didn't go to expensive restaurants where it might have been different), all the tableware was brought to us laid on a saucer, not set at each place, and we'd pass the saucer so each could get a fork & knife. Nothing necessarily better about that, but just different. Nevertheless, "Oh, this is better than we do it in the U.S.!" And then of course there was the occasional one who from fear, I guess, thought nothing there was as good as in the U.S. ;)

        At least we got the out of the country for a few weeks!

        Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

        by Miniaussiefan on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 05:04:25 AM PST

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