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Old 04-08-2010, 06:44 AM   #61
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On a whim I Googled the incident. I got a few facts wrong it was 2 British couples and my friends, and New Zealand couple who were killed. But the good news is they actually caught the SOBs responsible and put them on trial. But still at least in this case it wasn't good for travelers to speak English...
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That's what I mean though man, of all the bad stuff that can happen to travelers if you made a pie graph of them things like "getting hacked by rebels while looking at wild gorillas because you spoke English" wouldn't even be visible.

Is it worth sewing a Canadian flag on for it?

The overwhelming number of problems to travelers involve things that will happen whether you're French, English, or Czech. Things like getting robbed, being a vehicle accident, getting food poisoning, etc.
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Wow - why was the New Zealand couple targeted?

Of course - it never makes sense. Ultimately it's the whim of the insurgent and whatever world view they hold at the time.

Gosh - that's just horrible. But there are definitely parts of the world I don't intend to travel to unless things change drastically in certain countries. If you live long enough, they eventually do.

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Audrey, I am with you. There are parts of the world that I would never consider going because of the security aspect. For me, I'll probably never step foot in Africa, too many issues with diseases, civil war and the anti-white sentiment.
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Audrey, I am with you. There are parts of the world that I would never consider going because of the security aspect. For me, I'll probably never step foot in Africa, too many issues with diseases, civil war and the anti-white sentiment.
Make that 3 of us. I've had a fair amount of "education" about foreign countries and what can befall visitors of the "wrong" national origin. I'll pass on the exotic places also.
Limiting myself to US and Canada for fun travel is fine by me at this point.
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That's what I mean though man, of all the bad stuff that can happen to travelers if you made a pie graph of them things like "getting hacked by rebels while looking at wild gorillas because you spoke English" wouldn't even be visible.

Is it worth sewing a Canadian flag on for it?

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Statistically, I am sure you are right. But Rob was a much nicer less aggressive person than and I am, so I figure if he couldn't talk his way out of the situation, my only chance would be sprinkle in a few "eh" while talking about hockey, while displaying my Maple Leaf. I'll probably stick to the adhesive ones.

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Wow - why was the New Zealand couple targeted?

Of course - it never makes sense. Ultimately it's the whim of the insurgent and whatever world view they hold at the time.

Gosh - that's just horrible. But there are definitely parts of the world I don't intend to travel to unless things change drastically in certain countries. If you live long enough, they eventually do.


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The dangerous places Cambodia, Solomon Islands, Israel even Bali are some of the more interesting places. Burma, Tanzania, and Malawi are on my list of place to go someday.. You are right if you wait long enough you can go when the are less dangerous, I went to the Solomon Islands between periodic coups, and I hope to do the same thing in Fiji.
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Well I have family living in Fiji, so if you need to check it out before hand, let me know. I don't think they would be there at present if they didn't feel it was safe enough.

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I have family living in Cambodia, and other than the occasional kidnappings, middle-off-the-night burglary/mass murders, highway robberies, high motor vehicle deaths, and land mines everywhere, it is a beautiful, tranquil, peaceful country. Just watch your back...

I have been told that people there have no problem murdering somebody and/or their whole family just to rob them of their $500 moped.
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Cool, the periodic coups in Fiji don't seem to affect tourist, but I'll definitely check with you/them on recommendations.

I am guessing the New Zealand were killed cause their flag looks a lot like the UK's. Kiwi's are lot like Canadians, they hate to be mistaken for their louder more embarrassing neighbors so everyone I've met always has flag or two.
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I have family living in Cambodia, and other than the occasional kidnappings, middle-off-the-night burglary/mass murders, highway robberies, high motor vehicle deaths, and land mines everywhere, it is a beautiful, tranquil, peaceful country. Just watch your back...

I have been told that people there have no problem murdering somebody and/or their whole family just to rob them of their $500 moped.
I really liked Cambodia, although poverty is just heart wrenching. I never felt threatened there, but I've always been a bit paranoid about dealing with officials in communist/former communist country. Russia in 1989 was particularly intimidating.

What the heck is your family doing there?
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I really liked Cambodia, although poverty is just heart wrenching. I never felt threatened there, but I've always been a bit paranoid about dealing with officials in communist/former communist country. Russia in 1989 was particularly intimidating.

What the heck is your family doing there?
It's my wife's extended family and my newly minted sister-in-law's family. What are they doing? Subsistence rice farming and occasionally sneaking into Thailand to work in a "sweatshop" or in construction or in a janitorial role.

Usually money is an effective lubricant for officials.
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