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    Dec 30, 2011 9:28 AM GMT
    I want to know where in the world you have been and I would like to hear a funny thing that you encountered in one of those countries.

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    Dec 30, 2011 10:14 AM GMT
    I have been here.... and there too...
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:00 AM GMT
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    FastlaneKid saidI have been here.... and there too...

    Ha! I saw you there! --you were in team jersey drinking beers with friends.

    Good times.


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    Dec 30, 2011 1:27 PM GMT
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    yourname2000 said
    FastlaneKid saidI have been here.... and there too...

    Ha! I saw you there! --you were in team jersey drinking beers with friends.

    Good times.


    Oh yes! you know it!


    You were THERE? I was here at one stage.....
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    dman911 saidI want to know where in the world you have been and I would like to hear a funny thing that you encountered in one of those countries.

    Not one thing, but a practice I encountered all the time I lived in West Berlin, Germany: the residents seemed to have no hesitation to be seen nude.

    Sunbathing was quite common in the public parks, and office workers on lunch break would simply take off all their clothes and lie on the grass, while other people strolled around, paying them no attention. One time I was jogging through the woods on a path I often used, when I came across a large pond surrounded by hundreds of naked people. It was the first really warm day of the summer, and usually the pond was deserted, but somebody must have sent out flyers, because that day it was packed, with not a swim suit to be seen.

    Once my wife, an Army Lieutenant, was doing a solo swimming event as part of earning some local Berlin Brigade physical fitness badge. I drove her to the indoor pool at her scheduled time, where we discovered part of the pool was being used by Berlin city firemen for some rescue training. All men, they were completely nude (and uncut), and while they were aware the US Army would also be there, they assumed it would be all men, too. But my wife's presence didn't phase them, and no one tried to cover himself as they went ahead with their drills. She thought it was funny, and earned her badge.

    I have lots of other stories about this almost total lack of body shyness, which was always disconcerting to us Americans. And BTW, our US European command had a regulation that said we soldiers couldn't participate in any of this ourselves, because it would be detrimental to our public "image." I never understood that, more likely the real reason was American Puritanism.
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:46 PM GMT
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    dman911 saidI want to know where in the world you have been and I would like to hear a funny thing that you encountered in one of those countries.

    Not one thing, but a practice I encountered all the time I lived in West Berlin, Germany: the residents seemed to have no hesitation to be seen nude.




    Most of Europe is like this... the colonies allow for it as well.. there are nude beaches on a lot of islands
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    Here in the US I ran into fat people.

    Like herds and herds of fat people!

    While there are fats in Israel, there are TONS more in the US.
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Well I was lost until...
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    Living in Israel has its benefits, for example during the summer it's too hot to wear too much ;)

    you see a lot of people walking around shirtless/ with a shirt hanging out of a back pocket.
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidHere in the US I ran into fat people.

    Like herds and herds of fat people!

    While there are fats in Israel, there are TONS more in the US.


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    Dec 30, 2011 9:38 PM GMT
    I lived in Paris during the Spring of '96.

    This didn't happen to me, but was explained by a friend of my roommate during a dinner party. He was just learning French at the time and fumbled some of his words.

    He was out on the town and had just bought a baguette to snack on, then went to a shop looking for jelly or preserves for his bread. He confused the words "confiture/jelly" for "preservatif/condom."

    "Avez vous préservatifs? Je voudrais préservatif pour ma baguette!" He said people just stared at him, wide-eyed. So, he asked again pointing at his baguette. He said people started giggling, and he didn't get why, and left confused. He later figured out he was asking for a condom for his "big bread."

    What those shoppers must have thought...
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:44 PM GMT
    n8698u saidI lived in Paris during the Spring of '96.

    This didn't happen to me, but was explained by a friend of my roommate during a dinner party. He was just learning French at the time and fumbled some of his words.

    He was out on the town and had just bought a baguette to snack on, then went to a shop looking for jelly or preserves for his bread. He confused the words "confiture/jelly" for "preservatif/condom."

    "Avez vous préservatifs? Je voudrais préservatif pour ma baguette!" He said people just stared at him, wide-eyed. So, he asked again pointing at his baguette. He said people started giggling, and he didn't get why, and left confused. He later figured out he was asking for a condom for his "big bread."

    What those shoppers must have thought...


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    Dec 30, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    My parner and I were touring the Old Synagogue in Dubrovnik this fall. It's at the head of a steep flight of stone steps, each of which is pretty high. There's a small landing at the top, and a counter whee you pay your fee to enter. My Partner went in and I paid, and then backed up a step, and promptly lost my balance and fell backward. The cashier grabbed my arm and probably saved my life. After thanking him the first thing out of my mouth was, 'Well, at least I wouldn't have had to do anymore Christmas shopping." My Partner's family has a fairly extravagant Christmas.
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    Dec 30, 2011 10:44 PM GMT
    Finding the hotel last month in Hong Kong at 10pm after a 16 flight was a bit difficult. The street names were not well displayed. Help and directions were sought from a woman on the street handing out flyers for a massage. The result was an attempt to take me down a dark alley. I wasn't quite that burned out to realize that a hotel would not be in some dark hole. All the bodily organs and the wallet are still in place.
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    Dec 30, 2011 10:53 PM GMT
    There and Back Again.
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    Dec 31, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    gaythlete said
    FastlaneKid said
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    FastlaneKid saidI have been here.... and there too...

    Ha! I saw you there! --you were in team jersey drinking beers with friends.

    Good times.


    Oh yes! you know it!


    You were THERE? I was here at one stage.....


    Damn! I needed to be there then.
  • Jaxom

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    Dec 31, 2011 9:48 PM GMT
    Not much in the worldly travels. Only been to London, UK; Calgary, Canada; and Montreal, Canada. Loved all three of those places, but I was with good friends in all of them so that always makes things better.

    In the U.S. though, I've been all over. Haven't really hit up the deep south/southeast or the two non-continental states, but I'm working on it.