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Thu May 22, 2014 10:47 am

jesus I couldn't cope with those norweigan prices. they say that you get used to it but I'm not sure I ever could.

things sound quite similarly priced to australia actually.

so is there much of a drinking / pub culture in norway then wikky? obviously it wouldn't be on a par with the UK or Ireland but do the pubs and clubs tend to be busy? do the natives ever grumble about the cost of booze and food?

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Thu May 22, 2014 10:48 am

Norway can go fuck itself

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Thu May 22, 2014 10:48 am

Norway would i pay that much

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Thu May 22, 2014 10:50 am

norway norway

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Thu May 22, 2014 11:22 am

Fred__Elliott wrote:
mojo wrote:
Fred__Elliott wrote:
The port olympico is not high end clubs. :lol:

Gothic quarter is lovely alright. Some great tiny bars around there

Placa Reial down the port end of la rambla has a few nice bars & restaurants for drinking during the day. then just off that is the Gothic area as you walk away from Ramblas. Sidecar in the corner of Placa Reial is a decent spot actually
Well its not all high end clubs obviously...there are normal bars too

but its definitely the higher end of barcelona nightlife...opium mar, cdlc, shoko etc

why would you disagree?
I dunno, I felt like I was in Tenerife or Majorca when I was in them. I was in much nicer clubs in the Gothic quarter. We pretty much lived in Olympico for the week we were there a few years ago. Granted when I was there a few weeks ago we only went into 2 but it still felt the same, just wouldn't describe them as high end myself. Felt seedy more than anything
Oh some of them are definitely pretty high end...any of the ones we went to had full VIP areas...beds, bottle service etc....talking to english footballers and rich arabs and models and the likes. There are a few seedy bars in the area with table dancers etc but sure thats obviously the kind of place you were attracted to

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Thu May 22, 2014 12:02 pm

eric the beard wrote:jesus I couldn't cope with those norweigan prices. they say that you get used to it but I'm not sure I ever could.

things sound quite similarly priced to australia actually.

so is there much of a drinking / pub culture in norway then wikky? obviously it wouldn't be on a par with the UK or Ireland but do the pubs and clubs tend to be busy? do the natives ever grumble about the cost of booze and food?
well the city we live in has a very busy nightlife on the weekend, week days it is dead (they really don't go in for school night drinking) Unfortunately the busy bars are fucking crap temple bar style shiteholes, so far we have found some decent quieter pubs, but any lively place is terrible- crap music, full of aggro pricks.
Since it is so expensive most locals just drink at home first and then come into the bars at 11pm onwards, so there is an influx of really drunk people all within the same 45 minutes, leads to a pretty rubbish atmosphere in my experience :(
We need to do a lot more exploring, there must be some good places in this town!

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Thu May 22, 2014 12:06 pm

so they must pay the residents a very good wedge over there if the cost of living is so high then?

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Thu May 22, 2014 12:57 pm

Yeah in relative terms to the wages I don't think the prices are crazy, but if you come here as a tourist prepare to feel violated

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Thu May 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Denmark is also dear as fuck, 2 years ago it was €7-50 a pint, even Tuborg and Carlsberg were €6-50. Went to a few local bars, cheapest I got them for was €6

Lovely place mind you
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Thu May 22, 2014 6:03 pm

Mate of mine says he was out in a place in Singapore that was €11 a pint

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Thu May 22, 2014 6:07 pm

it's fairly hefty for drink here as well, except for brunches when it's generally all you can drink in 3 hours for 30 quid

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Thu May 22, 2014 6:17 pm

piepiepress wrote:
Gatsby wrote:Been looking at doing a few weeks in Scandinavia or Iceland. Both are pretty cheap to get to but expensive once there.

Not sure which is the better option, Scandinavia would be class as i could get a few countries in, but Iceland has been top of my want to visit list for a long time. Anyone been to either and done it on a budget of sorts?
Never been to Iceland or Finland, but Norway (where I currently live) is outrageously expensive for anything a tourist will want to do, namely hotel accom, eat, drink, public transport etc. Most food and drink is 100% more expensive than in Ireland anyway- bottle of beer (like carlsberg etc) is €10, glass of house wine is €10 - €12, vodka and coke about €14
A normal pub grub style burger and chips will cost about €22- 25 quid.
Only been to Sweden on short business trips about 8 years ago, its less expensive than Norway, but it is still pricey- about €7.50 for a pint etc.
They are BEAUTIFUL no doubt, but I couldn't really see it being done on a budget unless you are willing to just eat kebabs and basically not drink alcohol!
Woah, those are some outrageous prices. Really want to do a small few visits around scandinavia but i might be best doing it in a week and perhaps trying to couchsurf if thats as popular over there.
I've a mate who wants to head for 2 weeks, but financially i'd probably prefer 2 months in Thailand for the price we'd pay for 2 weeks in Scandinavia.
Cheers for the heads up. Might keep looking at Iceland as the prices there don't seem to be as mental.
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Fri May 23, 2014 9:38 am

ah yes the great irish holiday reckoner

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Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:53 pm

So going to head to Morocco for 2 weeks in August/September.

Flying into Malaga in Spain and going to hoof it down to Marrakesh, fly out from there.

Any tips or advice on what to see and where to go are much appreciated. Anyone ever go inland, to the edge of the Sahara, Merzouga? Or Ouarzazate?

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:16 pm

Anyone here been to Nashville or New Orleans? I know LordPercy has

Going to be heading to both for a few days each when I leave here in September, any tips on what to see and do? And more importantly, bars and drinking holes to check out?

Oh and places to stay. I'll be on my own so looking for probably a decent hostel in the downtown areas. Might have a look on couchsurfing as well
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Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:35 pm

I've been to New Orleans a few times and have family there so while not an expert feel free to fire questions. As far as things to do.. There are plenty of generic tourist things but the main one is Bourbon Street. Just work your way along there and head into the bars.

You want to try the Hurricane Cocktail in Pat O'Briens (it also has a class room with 2 Jazz Pianos playing requests all night).

You'll probably go to the Cat's Meow, which is a Karaoke place, but by far the best I've ever been to. (They've webcams http://www.earthcam.com/usa/louisiana/n ... rbonstreet) If you're suitably drunk you will have fun here, even if you don't sing.

If I had one recommendation of one thing you HAVE to do it'd be this - Try and get to Preservation Hall for some jazz. You've to go queue outside it no advance tickets, http://www.preservationhall.com but it's amazing. Wee old jazz men free styling away and playing classics. They do a few shows a night and think it was about $15 in, but worth it.

Try and match your trip up with a Saints game. Even if you can't go the whole city gets excited by the Saints, makes a great atmosphere. If you can get a ticket, go! 80,000 people in an indoor arena. Incredible.

Hop on the Natchez paddle steamer.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:00 pm

Not going to be much help I'm afraid.

Nashville was a last minute decision as I'd a day to kill at one end of the road trip so decided to go there. Turned up with no research so when we checked into a hotel we asked in reception where to go for a drink assuming they'd send us somewhere decent but they ended up sending us to a street out near the university which was pretty quiet as the college was out. Broadway is where all the Honky Tonk bars are and looks to be good craic. We were there the next day about 12 or 1 in the afternoon and some of them were pretty busy at that stage with live music in most of them. Might have been but didn't seem to be the equivalent of going to temple bar but as I said wasn't there at night.

In New Orleans we stayed in this place https://www.google.ie/maps/place/Olde+T ... 84cc0764a6 which isnt what you're looking for (plus it looks to be trying to go upmarket from when we stayed) but I only bring it up to point out that when we checked in the receptionist took out a map and started drawing all these lines on it telling us not to go into these areas. so you'd want to be trying to stay in the French Quarter or somewhere close to it. I think the other end of the French Quarter would probably be safer as this leads into downtown and where the superdome is. it doesn't sound like people being over cautious either as we were talking to the owner of the voodoo museum and he was telling us about employees that had been shot. (That place is worth a visit if he's working as he's completely mental in a creepy way).
In terms of drinking we just drank in loads of bars on Bourbon street and the surrounding streets. Great music in most of them small, if any, cover charge, you can drink out in the street and bring a drink you've bought in one bar into another so it means you can just get up and go when you want. We were there mid week and I'd say it would get a bit temple bar style messy at the weekends but it was still good craic but mostly because I was just going around listening to music. Couldn't even give you the name of one bar, we started off in a few smaller ones chatting to the barman and the like before heading out to the bigger ones.

I know enemies/friends has been there too and for longer than I was so he might be able to give you some better details.

I'd try and get to Memphis as well if you can. Beale street is the main strip there and the same kinda vibe but I found more to do in Memphis during the day and preferred the music at night. Lots of blues as opposed to more Jazz and rock in N.O. Great place for people watching too as all the locals head out and the rig out of them is hilarous

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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:14 am

Berlin trip sorted....flying from Shannon to Berlin on Sep. 26 (€46.99), Berlin to Stansted on Sep. 30 (€42.99, landing at 1820) and Stansted to Dublin on the same day (£19.99, leaving at 2030). This apartment sorted for €250 for the 4 nights; https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1654057

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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:39 am

nice gaff

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Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:39 am

And two bikes!

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