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Old 04-15-2015, 08:01 PM   #41
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How cool is that? My bucket list is to get to as many ball parks as I possibly can. I was raised around loving baseball. I don't know any other ways to spend time this time of year. Unless you count Science Fiction conventions and Renaissance Faires.
(Did I just out myself as a nerd??? )
Don't worry, there are a number of us nerds here.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:21 PM   #42
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How cool is that? My bucket list is to get to as many ball parks as I possibly can. I was raised around loving baseball. I don't know any other ways to spend time this time of year. Unless you count Science Fiction conventions and Renaissance Faires.
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If you did, I was first...they are used to SF references and my barmaid dress.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:47 PM   #43
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another one

I remember being on the Hebridean Princess which cruised the Inner Hebrides Islands of Scotland. On our last night the captain piped in the Haggis, and recited Robert Burns poem "To a Haggis".
We were also served a "wee dram" of Scotch whisky. Two of the people at our table did not drink, so I ended up with three glasses in front of me.
I am sure it helped the taste of the haggis.
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Old 04-15-2015, 09:51 PM   #44
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We're very much like that, too. I was raised to cheer good baseball, regardless of team. I very rarely boo anyone unless it is deserved - fight breaking out, intentionally bad umpire calls, etc.

We also limit ourselves to 1 beer at the game because we want to remember how the game went. I've been known to applaud the Red Sox on many occasions - especially against the Yankees. No love for the Yankees in Texas either.

I also love how each ball park has their own spin on food. Rumor has it that Nachos were invented at the old Rangers ball park in Arlington. I've gotten some of the best BBQ at Globe Life Park (the "new" Rangers ball park). The BBQ turkey sandwich was outstanding. Expensive, but outstanding.
I like good ball, but I'm also a homer - go Rockies! (if they finish out of the cellar it's been an okay season) Nothing like a foot long Rockies Dog at Coors Field on a summer evening.

I'm also diehard National League all the way, even though I grew up rooting for the Twins. Never been able to get behind the DH. Time to go watch the game... got my broomstick out and ready to sweep the Giants off their home field!
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:06 PM   #45
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Back to food. I had some amazing food in Spain. I had paella before we had heard much about it. It was fabulous. I had sea snails. OMG, they are so tasty. They are so much better, IMHO, than escargot. I had goat milk; I had goat milk butter. Loads of other good food that wasn't nearly as "exotic".

I was really disappointed by some of the food on my last trip to Denmark. Went to supper with friends of my sister, several times. Once was some rather uninteresting Chinese. Another couple of times was some ho-hum Thai. Hey guys, I can get better Chinese and Thai at home. I want Danish food. And there was the visit to a cousin. She understood my dismay. She had a broken ankle and couldn't do the shopping, so she sent her husband for pastries. He had just discovered carrot cake and bought that. No! I want Danish pastries. My cousin isn't a big fan of carrot cake either. Nothing wrong with carrot cake, but I don't want a North American specialty when I'm in Europe.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:27 PM   #46
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Yes but it's a huge planet out there . If we limit it just to eating then I probably wouldn't have to move off my beautiful small island so size doesn't matter :-)

The point is experiencing not only the cuisine but the culture in a different country .Getting out, being curious . That's how countries were found after all , it's how we evolve , we explore, we are a curious species thankfully .
GQ, I'm not trying to be ornery (although sometimes "it" just sneaks out... ) but there are several reasons why we haven't traveled overseas. For one, we actually prefer driving to flying. Himself is a generous 6' 2", my legs are exceedingly long for my stature, so neither one of us can travel comfortably in coach. Then there is the cost. First Class would be comfortable, but not to our budget. Last, the pilot is very unwilling to actually stop for me if I were to shout "look there! Can we stop and look around?" Himself and I enjoy the trip as much as the destination when we drive.

You mentioned that you haven't had the chance to visit the United States yet. As someone who has spent some "visiting time" in 34 states (as opposed to "pit stop time"), I can assure you that traveling in the United States affords you great opportunity to experience different cultures. Every region has its own distinct flavor, both food-wise and overall personality. English might be the common language in the US, but as a non-native living in MA for 15 years, I STILL have to ask the locals to translate what they are saying into "English".

I would love to visit Europe. Himself's aunt, who recently passed at the age of 96, had visited 117 countries all over the world. She was a single career woman. We've raised and college educated two children. Somehow I think we missed the chance to explore countries in person, but it's all good.
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A suggestion, for those who don't want to spend lots of hours in a plane in one go. Iceland is a cool place to visit and Iceland Air has some really good deals, both to Iceland and to Europe. Stopovers in Iceland are encouraged, so there is no extra for that. We did a 24 hour stopover on the way home from Denmark. I just wish we had had more time to spend there. I definitely plan to visit properly.
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Oh yeah, the Icelandic food was really good. Smokey, lamb sausage, and monk fish were the local delicacies that we got to try. And the beer, I'm prejudiced in favour of Danish beer, but "Viking Beer" was probably the best tasting beer I have ever tried.
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Good ideas, taxy! A friend that I used to work with loves Iceland. She's a department administrator for a Cleveland area college and organizes two group excursions a year, going with instructors and students alike.
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My problem is the cost of getting to the place I can have a layover or even get to Iceland.

Anyone stops in Montana, let me know ahead of time and I will show you Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake and Yellowstone National Park. One of my sisters is working in Yellowstone this summer...
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