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Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:18 pm

Christy Moore, but you also said 'Eve'.
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:31 pm

I'm going to some squat thing or something. I dunno, following my girlfriend's more hip friends and i'll have to pretend to not be an accountant for the evening :p

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Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:03 pm

JC! wrote:I'm going to some squat thing or something. I dunno, following my girlfriend's more hip friends and i'll have to pretend to not be an accountant for the evening :p
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:23 pm

Sounds like a plan.
You could tell them you cut your dreds off for movember
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Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:13 pm

Think Shivo said he's been.
I'm thinking of going for peak time Cologne Karnival, Rosenmontag next year.
Is it a pain to get around?
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Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:36 am

Phierstarter wrote:Sounds like a plan.
You could tell them you cut your dreds off for movember
i'll not shower from xmas day onwards. be grand

damn hippies

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Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:59 pm

Phierstarter wrote:Think Shivo said he's been.
I'm thinking of going for peak time Cologne Karnival, Rosenmontag next year.
Is it a pain to get around?
I've been there at least 4 times. (It may be 5, but I can't remember if I'm counting any of the 2 nighters as 2 separate weekends). It's great fun.

Not entirely sure what you mean by 'is it a pain to get around' but if you're asking if it's so packed that you struggle to walk down the street, then no. There'll always be a bottle-neck or two in certain areas, but nothing that goes beyond a slight inconvenience.
Certain bars/clubs can be wedged, but only if the weather is shit. If the weather holds off it's a brilliant weekend.

I've never hung around for Rosenmontag though.

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Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:08 pm

Just booking 5 nights here at the start of February for Chinese New Year holidays; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanya
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Looks class, weather supposed to be nice that time of year as well

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Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:30 am

Booked flights to Japan end of January. 9 days, am going to go snowboarding for a few days then to Tokyo for 3/4 before I leave

Any must-see things or areas in Tokyo? A couple of friends who've been just said to walk around and take it all in

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Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:32 am

I went for 4 days but it was at the end of 3 weeks touring around China, so I was fairly wrecked. Didn't really do much other than walk around the city and eat some sushi and ramen. You definitely can fill a couple days just walking around; Shinjuku, Shibuya, Akasaka all interesting areas. I'm no expert at all, though.

Really need to go back, though will hit Osaka as well next time. Heard it's class.

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Wed Nov 16, 2016 1:40 am

I've heard of a few people making the effort to go to Osaka but know zero about it. What's so class about it? Kyoto would obviously be on the list for me but don't have the time this time, I'm going with an intention of going back for an extended holiday/working holiday in a year's time.

Would be happy to just wander around Tokyo but wondering if there are any mad bars/museums/sights etc that anyone came across that would be worth checking out

Also, where to stay and how much would you spend there just day to day on transport, food, drink, etc? I'm not fussed about dining out but would obviously like to try some good food while I'm there, and I do enjoy drinking.

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Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:03 am

I stayed in a capsule hotel in Akasaka. Can't remember the name 'cause I was staying with a mate who booked it, but can find out. Absolutely tiny (you're basically sleeping in a coffin), but it's comfortable, safe and cheap, and you won't really be there much anyway. Roppongi is where you'll be doing a lot of your drinking, I'd imagine.

Not too sure what's so class about Osaka as I've never been, but any mates who've gone have raved about it. Close to Nara as well, the city with loads of deer roaming about; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nara,_Nara

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Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:49 am

Casino wrote:Booked flights to Japan end of January. 9 days, am going to go snowboarding for a few days then to Tokyo for 3/4 before I leave

Any must-see things or areas in Tokyo? A couple of friends who've been just said to walk around and take it all in
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Can't remember what its called, but the subway line that runs in a circle can be used like a hop on hop off tour of a lot of the best districts in Tokyo. Shinjuku, Akihabara, Shibuya, Harujuku.

Didn't get to do it myself, but if you have time, the trip to Kyoto is well worth it. Old Japan vs the new Japan of Tokyo.
The brother was there last year, and stayed in a capsule hotel. Looked like he was sleeping in a tumble drier in a laundrette.

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Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:44 am

The travel nerd in me wants to conquer that network map.
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Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:28 am

Yeah I've wanted to go to Japan and Kyoto in particular since I was about 8 cos of Nintendo :lol: It's the side of the country I want to see most but won't have time. Next time!

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Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:31 am

Have you been to Dan Nang, Casino?

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Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:59 pm

Going on Monday! Have been to Hoi An before but not DN. Bringing the family this time


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Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:53 pm

Cool video of Hong Kong from last night's Planet Earth;

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Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:33 pm

Watched that. Was class. Quite impressed how many of the cities they featured I've actually made it to already.

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