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|20 Countries, 20 Albums|
Certain music has the ability to remove us from wherever we may be stuck and transport us rto the places where we fell in love with it. It's a wonderful thing when a song, riff, phrase, or ralbum reminds you of something (or somewhere) special, and this list is in honour of that. rThis is inspired partially by Sea's recent "Where?" list and partially inspired by one of my rfavourite Christmas presents: a bracelet with the flags of each country I've been to making rthe links. I have 20 links and I'm hoping it will soon be too loose to continue being a bracelet rand will become an anklet or even a necklace haha.
On An Island
First, and most obvious, is Canada. I was born and raised on the West Coast of BC and I can honestly
say I couldn't have picked a better place if I tried. I love to travel and it's always sad when a backpacking
adventure comes to an end, but I can't help but smile like an idiot whenever my plane pulls into YVR. Of
course I'm quite biased, but there's really nothing quite like BC in the entire world. You can surf and
snowboard in the same day, it's got a really underrated wine sector, and of course, the best weed in the
world. Also, Victoria's indie music scene is really starting to take off and Vancouver has been a hub for
House music (and other types of electronica, but none as prominent as the House scene) for the better
part of a decade. Besides the fact that our (provincial) government is a fucking joke, BC has it
I wanted to pick The Weakerthans for Canada because they're Canadian, but I'm picking albums based
off specific memories. I've picked David Gilmour's album On an Island because it reminds me of trying to
catch some sleep on the bus from UBC to Whistler/Blackcomb on the weekends, watching the indescribable
beauty of the Sea-to-Sky highway pass me by.
|2||My Morning Jacket|
The United States of America:
My first journey to uncharted lands was, obviously, USA. I've been to Washington, Idaho (don't ask me
why), Oregon, California, New York, New Jersey (though this doesn't really count, I flew into Newark on my
way to The Big Apple), and Hawaii. My most recent trip to the states was in May for the Sasquatch Music
Festival at The Gorge Ampitheatre (a couple hours south of Seattle). Needless to say, Sasquatch was
arguably the most fun I've ever had and I'm going back this year.
It's for this reason that I pick My Morning Jacket to represent my musical relationship with the USA. I was
not expecting them to stake a claim for the best act of the festival, but they sure as shit did.
Mexico is pretty much the standard destination for cheap family holidays if you live in Canada (and the
US, or so I imagine) and my family has been here an embarrassing three times (only twice with me). All-
inclusive fam jams for the win! (I was 21 last time so I was finally allowed to drink the all-inclusive alcohol
and let me tell you, I got my money's worth).
For Mexico, I pick Caleb McAlpine, a true legend of the underground Mexican
The Number Of The Beast
Some of my friends and I went here on a trip to celebrate the end of high school. We spent most of the
time bumming around and surfing. I know I said Sasquatch was the most fun I've ever had, but I forgot
about the day I went ATV-ing in Costa Rica. We rode right into the middle of a thunderstorm, and warm
rain is my favourite type of weather. We got to climb a mountain in our ATVs and we could see a beautiful
rainbow and the striking Costa Rican landscape for miles around. On the way back to the ATV shop, I got
mine to over 80 km/h (not wearing a helmet because Costa Rica has no safety standards). Good times.
For Costa Rica, I pick The Number of The Beast because my best friend at the time, Kevin, was beginning
his obsession with Maiden near the right before the start of this trip and I'm pretty sure his Maiden shirt
was one of only two or three t-shirts he brought with him. I literally cannot picture Costa Rica without
picturing that shirt. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4979025930&set=t.21010875
A Rush of Blood to The Head
This was the beginning of my first European backpacking adventure. I only saw London, but I hope I will
be back some day to see the rest of their beautiful country and reap the benefits of probably the most
vibrant music scene in the world.
For England, I pick Coldplay, because I love them and all the hate they get is stupid. I was also just
getting into them around the time I went to London.
|6||Broken Social Scene|
You Forgot It In People
After a couple days of London, the ex and I flew to Ibiza for some island scenery. Later, it was Barcelona
(that entire city smells like urine).
I pick You Forgot It In People because that album reminds me of a nap I
tried to take on a scorching summer day in Barcelona. Needless to say, the
nap was not a success.
My ex girlfriend was born in Ireland and has family in and around Dublin. I have been to Ireland on two
occasions. The first time was so full of stereotype, I was honestly shocked to learn that I wasn't being
strung along (read: trolled). It was a two week visit, and the first week was spent with one side of my ex's
family: these were the super over-the-top, in-your-face-about-Jesus, convulsing-on-the-church-floor, mega
mega MEGA Christians. The second week was spent in Schull, a little sailing village on the beautiful
southern coast, drunk off my ass with the biggest drunken Irish stereotypes ever. It was the other side of
her family (and quite clearly, the better side).
Another thing that's pretty cool about Ireland is that Grafton St. in Dublin is the best place for watching all
sorts of amateur musicians busk. You can't walk for more than a few seconds along Grafton St. without
being tempted to stop and watch someone's set.
For Ireland, I pick one of my all time favourites: Songs by Regina Spektor. The first time I heard this
album was on the drive to Schull from Dublin. It was the middle of the night, and I was trying in vain to
catch some Zs in the back seat. Whenever I was just about to nod off, I was woken by "is 32 still a god
damn number?" or "a man destined to drown can never hang, now that we've got that straight can't I just
be left alone, I want to take a fucking bath" and other weird vocal lines from Spektor. I was so tired, I felt
like I was on crack and Regina's cracked out lyrics definitely added to the effect. When the trip was over, I
asked my ex's cousin (who had been driving that night) who the artist was, and the rest is history.
|8||The Smashing Pumpkins|
No trip to Europe would be complete without a stop over in Paris, right? Although the weather was pretty
shitty for most of the time, I really liked the city. In fact, I liked it much more than I had expected.
Everything that I thought would be lame (read: mainstream, haha) was actually genuinely interesting and
really fun to see.
I wish I could have been super elite and chosen a French screamo album but unfortunately, I didn't start
liking that shit until long after I had left France behind. For France, I pick Siamese Dream because Cherub
Rock reminds me of walking down the Champs-Elysees.
|9||The Mars Volta |
Frances The Mute
Italy is quite the awesome little country. There's so much variety in their landscape. While in Italy I
visited Venice, Cinque Terre (my highlight from my first Europe trip), Pisa, Florence, Anghiari (a small
Tuscan city), Rome, Sorrento and Amalfi (the drive along the Amalfi Coast is stunning).
I pick Frances The Mute because I remember lying in my bed one night in Sorrento trying really, really
hard to like this album. It was somewhat of a success, I still like De-Loused more though.
|10||Jimmy Eat World|
Yes, this counts; it's technically separate from Italy. It was pretty cool, I did so much blaspheming inside
the city walls though; I'm surprised God didn't strike me down right then and there.
I don't know why I decided to listen to Jimmy Eat World while in The Vatican but it was probably because
the tour of the church was full of information that was either obvious or completely unnecessary.
The United Nations (in New York City):
And yes, haha this counts too. This is kind of a stretch but, again, technically, this is a separate nation.
Also, 19 is a really stupid number for a list. I was a fan of the UN from pretty much the first time I heard
about what they were and what they aim to do. Then, I turned six. Later, I took some PoliSci at University
and realized that the UN is so ineffective in solving global issues that it's not even worth the money it costs
the member nations to run it.
I didn't listen to any music while at the UN building but I mean how can I not pick United Nations?
|12||Stars Of The Lid|
And Their Refinement Of The Decline
Ah, Ecuador. My favourite place in the world (outside of BC). I began my solo trip to South America by
doing some volunteer work on the Galapagos Islands. We got to sleep in the middle of the jungle,
interact with legit (that;s right, legit) Ecuadorians, and plus we were helping the environment so that's a
plus. I met some of the most awesome people I ever have during my time in Ecuador. What I may have
liked the most though, was the total lack of light pollution. I could see thousands of stars every night.
I've got goosebumps just thinking about it. Not enough can be said about my experience on The
Galapagos Islands, it was truly magical.
After my volunteering stint was done on the Galapagos, I enjoyed some of mainland Ecuador, notably
Banos de Agua Sante (probably the most underrated travel destination ever) and Quito, the capital.
Picking an album for Ecuador is quite difficult, there are so many choices. I was all by myself, scared and
lonely in a hostel in unfriendly Quito when In The Aeroplane Over The Sea finally hit me (I got on the
hostel's sloooooooow internet connection to go on sputnik and 5 it; I clearly have my priorities straight).
Songs for the Deaf was the album I would put on for all the volunteers while we got drunk on a certain
nasty-ass homemade alcohol (the name eludes me). It was made from cane sugar (can you say
hangover?) and the percentage of alcohol changed with each bottle. The locals told us to expect anything
from 25% to 70%. We definitely had a bottle of the strong stuff on my last night; the morning plane off
the island was brutal. The Glow Part 2 kept me company on my intimidating bus ride to Banos.
But in the end, when I think of Ecuador, no album comes to mind more clearly than And Their
Refinement of the Decline. While volunteering on the islands, work was from 8-12, then there was a two
hour break for lunch and "siesta," then work from 2-4 again. After lunch, I would lie down in a hammock,
put on my headphones and just daydream away to this album. I will never forget the view from our
balcony (although calling it a balcony makes it seem much more stable than it was) on San Cristobal
island, with the wind blowing softly through my hair and the pure blue Pacific ocean stretching out in to the
What We Must
Some words of warning: if you ever go to Cusco make sure you've already bought your ticket home
because that city will burn time and money like nobody's business. I left Peru over 18 months ago and I
have a friend who I met there that still can't afford to leave because he spends all his money partying.
Seriously, he's been working at the hostel I stayed at for over a year now and tells me he's about half way
to being able to afford a ticket back to Australia. And I can kind of understand. While in Cusco, I was
drunk for more than 24 hours straight and I don't even enjoy drinking that much. I also did cocaine,
something I would only do down there because it's pure (not laced with bullshit like the coke we have up
here), cheap (again, unlike here), and I mean come on, it's part of the South American experience haha.
Of course, I tore myself away from the booze and coke fueled mayhem of Cusco to visit the famous
Machu Picchu and it was so much more awesome than I expected. I took some time to find a nice
secluded patch of grass and put on some tunes while soaking in the truly magnificent view. I listened to
What We Must, the Slow Riot EP by Godspeed, and all parts of Shine On You Crazy Diamond. It was so
Due to time constraints, I was only able to spend about five or six days in Bolivia (and by "time
constraints", I mean I was too drunk to remember which direction Bolivia was relative to Cusco, let alone
plan a fifteen hour bus journey). It's really a shame because Bolivia is the most unique place I've ever
been. La Paz acts as the De Facto capital and has the highest elevation of any capital city in the world.
There's an area called "The Witches Market" where you can buy a whole bunch of really bizarre stuff, most
notable were the llama fetuses (fetii?). And don't even ask me why they sell them, I tried to ask but I
think you can understand that my Spanish didn't go a great job with that one. Oh here's something kind
of cool, I watched Barca beat Man-U in the 2009 Championship game at my hostel in La Paz. It was
basically all the spanish speaking people cheering for Barca and all the Brits and Aussies cheering for Man-
U. Idiots, Barca rules.
My music experience does not come from La Paz though, it comes from the salt flats of Uyuni (the worlds
largest). I did a three-day tour of the massive terrain which has somehow managed to escape any
destruction by human technology. The other backpackers on the trip with me were all from either France or
the French-speaking area of Switzerland. I had started working on organizing every album I liked into an
ordered list. (The resulting Top 50 can be found here:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=246628&listid=24897, much has changed.) While I was
rearranging some albums, one of my
fellow travelers noticed my list and asked in French to see it. I answered (in French, kind of haha) and
began to develop an awesome relationship with all of them. They were shocked that I had not heard
Massive Attack because he's supposedly huge in France. I swapped music players with my new friend and
a wonderful musical memory was born.
Chile I really didn't have time for at all, which is too bad because I liked what I saw. I had to catch a
plane from Santiago less than two days after I arrived in Northern Chile from the Bolivian border. For
those less geographically inclined than me, I'll just say that Santiago is nowhere near Northern Chile. I
had to catch a bus down, and it was a 26 hour ride.
What I remember the most about the bus ride, besides watching episodes of House dubbed in Spanish
(hilarious), is falling asleep to Blackwater Park by Opeth. I know this seems like a really strange choice for
sleeping, but at the time it was just perfect. The opening riff of the album instantly transports me to that
The Crane Wife
Of all the places I've been too, Greece has the nicest locals by a mile. In Athens, unlike other popular
European cities (Paris, Rome, etc.), the locals were genuinely pleased that I was there to observe their
culture and enjoy what their land had to offer. Instead of rolling their eyes when I butchered their
beautiful language (like the snobby Italians did) they would smile from ear to ear and laugh at my
mistakes in a friendly, inclusive way (they would always explain my mistake and why it was particularly
funny in Greek, if it was). The country itself was a little underwhelming but it's worth going to Greece just
for the lovely people.
During my time in Greece, I had just recently discovered The Decemberists. I did an ATV voyage around
the island of Agia Marina (not as fun as Costa Rica) and can remember humming songs from The Crane
Wife the entire time.
|17||The Flaming Lips|
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
I am in love with this country; I think I want to live here one day. Berlin was arguably the most important
city in terms of world politics of the 20th century and its streets are overflowing with history and culture.
Munich was compact and pedestrian friendly (which I love in a city) and its legendary beer halls lived up to
their reputation. The only downside was the terrible hostel in Munich. If you go, DO NOT stay at
Jagermeister Hostel (or something like that). The name should have been a dead giveaway but it was
cheap (and a free shot of Jager was included upon check-in, imagine that!).
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is my favourite album by the always awesome Flaming Lips and my love
affair for it goes back to my room in Berlin (which, ironically was almost as good as my room in Munich was
Austria was fantastic. We went to Innsburck, which is nested in the foothills of the alps, Salzburg, home
of Mozart's birthplace and The Sound of Music (we even went on a Sound Of Music tour which was
admittedly pretty lame, but it was mainly for the gf and the scenery was spectacular), and Vienna, one of
the most confusing cities I have even set foot in. We spent hours trying to figure out the streets before
we just said "fuck it," rented bikes and dicked around.
It was while in Salzburg that I realized that Watch Out! is a 5 and I spent most of my music listening
time in Austria with this on repeat.
|19||Fleet Foxes |
Rock Werchter 2009: four of the greatest days of my life. I've already said way too much about this
festival in another list of mine that's over a year old (for those interested:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=246628&listid=27047) so I'll just say that it was so
incredible, I have yet to cut off the festival wristband. I have a wristband tan on my arm because I refuse
to remove it haha. Sasquatch will have a wristband in 2011 too, so the collection looks to be growing.
Fleet Foxes were one of the highlights of the festival and the fact that they were on Day 1 helped to get
the songs stuck in my head if they weren't already. I spent the time between sets on the following days
humming Fleet Foxes tunes. I was way too drunk for their set concert and was being obnoxious but they
were super cool about it and even humoured a couple of my drunken remarks with witty retorts. Coldplay
was the highlight of the festival, no question, but I already did them so...
In The Court Of The Crimson King
And finally, the last country I have visited, Holland. What can I say about this place? Sure, it's known for
its relaxed attitude towards marijuana and prostitution, but Amsterdam is so much more than that. Don't
get me wrong, I got as stoned as is humanly possible in Amsterdam, but I was shocked by its gorgeous
architecture and unique personality. Some people call it "The Venice of the North" because it has bridges
and canals similar to Venice, but I'd say Venice is "The Amsterdam of the South." Amsterdam was just
Anyone who has been vinyl shopping in Amsterdam probably knows exactly why I picked the album I did,
but for those who haven't been, there's a great little record shop who's sign out front is a picture of this
album. I had already heard the album, but I bought the vinyl from that store because 1) how could I not
and 2) it's one of the best albums ever.
|there was supposed to be spaces between the name of the country and the write-ups, and I had sorted it
into paragraphs. also, argh I hate how sputnik reads apostrophe's as question marks sometimes but
there's no way I'm editing this, I'm way too pleased with the 100% album art. oh, chronological order
|No Malaysia? Neg.|
|really interesting list, great read too |
|oh man if we could neg lists sputnik would explode|
and be patient, like I said, this is a work in process. I'm not made of money you know
|cool list, I love Germany too. need to go back|
|I thought this was going to be 20 albums from 20 bands from 20 different countries. |
|Well I did get into some local music in most places I went, but I doubt you guys have heard of Arkabuz from Quito hahaha. also, i double pasted the description for Austira, oops|
|I was just teasing; this list was actually very cool =)|
More needs to be made like this...especially in light of the stuff that we usually tend to get (OMG MY GF DUMPED ME, MY LAPTOP CRASHED FML, etc etc.)
|a man of the world aids is|
|laptop crashing is a serious problem. I nearly cried. |
Awesome list and I am very envious of all the places you have been
|really interesting read.|
|yah I mean not to be a comment whore but I hope this gets a decent amount of attention. it seems that any shitty list with something controversial in the title automatically gets 100 comments when lists about, you know, music, with actual effort put in to them go largely unnoticed.|
|Makes me feel bad that I've never been to another country. At least I'm only 18. |
|If this doesn't get feature there's something wrong.|
Also, your name has never been more fitting.
|So aids has been around the world huh?|
|Or even a necklace haha.|
|hahaha, I have not, ironically, been to Africa|
|Aids, I have to say I envy you and your traveling experiences greatly.|
And you are right; BC = supernatural.
|damn i wish i could travel this much.|
|thank you Irving, I'm quite proud of my travel stories and hope there are many more to come|
|As you rightly should; I've only ever been to a smattering of countries aside from my homeland (namely US, Canada, Ireland, Thailand, and Indonesia) but each experience - no matter how brief - has always been amazing. And the best part of it all is the fact that I have an album that I can associate with each location that I've been to...revisiting Cork in Ireland is only an MP3 away. The transportative ability of music is amazing.|
|Nice idea. Canada is also on my "need to visit"-list.|
|i've only been to canadia and mexico. i was supposed to spend a good chunk of last summer in nicaragua but it didn't happen. i'm hoping to go there this summer.|
|"If this doesn't get feature there's something wrong."|
they haven't changed the featured lists in a while, I think the staff just can't be bothered to do it very often, and I don't really blame them, I wouldn't want to wade through all the shit that gets posted here.
|The combination of my own Netherlands and ITCOTCK. I love you.|
|Excellent list Aids. I haven't travelled much myself, but I hope to.|
love you too Nag, do you know which record store I'm talking about?
|This list is fantastic!|
I really want to go to Egypt and I would love to do a missions trip somewhere in Africa.
Places with historic meaning to me as well...I would travel the entire world if it were possible.
|"if it were possible." terrible attitude, it's indeed possible|
although I'm not sure I want to encourage you to travel. people going on 'missions' as you say make me embarrassed to be from a rich, predominantly Christian country. seriously, the whole world thinks people like that are huge assholes, nobody says anything because they get food if they read their bible every day like they're told
|I don't think you quite understand the concept of a missions trip.|
We don't need to talk about that though, let's just leave it at this:
Great list, I want to travel as well and see as much of the world as I possibly can.
|I have a few good friends who are hardcore Christians and I know all about mission trips.|
but I agree, stupid conversation, I've had it probably 100 times and no one ever agrees with anyone else so fuck it
thanks for reading my list. you'll only be young once, the time to travel is now before you have a bunch of shitty brats ruining your life. roll with the punches and go where the moment takes you and the world is yours.
|Lol that "shitty brats" bit is funny because I'm with kids every day.|
|I go through phases of loving kids and hating kids but right now they just irritate the shit out of me, every time I see someone under the age of 5 lately I just want to go back in time and push their mother's down several flights of stairs|
|australia or gtfo|
|Australia is so mainstream haha everyone from BC goes there (and everyone from aus comes here, you should come to Whistler, you'd be right at home haha)|
seriously though I really want to spend some time in Aus, I think my next trip is probably going to be southeast asia/aus/NZ etc. mainly for surfing
needs to stop flooding though before I buy my ticket, that shit's scary
|"australia or gtfo"|
China or bust
|first things you buy when you come are a boat and a copy of the movie "Jaws", so you know what the fuck to do when a white pointer is riding your back|
|hahahahaha seriously loled so hard at that|
|loling at the joke, not the flooding, just covering my ass here but I hope all my Aussie Sputnik friends are doing alright|
|all good bro. there are some dead though RIP|
|man crazy shit, what's this world coming to?|
|assuie rules or gtfo*|
|'Nag, do you know which record store I'm talking about?'|
No idea, I've been to Amsterdam thrice, but I never got to check out any record stores. If I would have seen the sign I would have walked straight in, the cover is a piece of art, truly befitting of the classic it presents.
|No doubt. One of the best, if not the best visual expressions of the music it represents of any
I've ever heard.
Where do you live?|
|In Wageningen, which is somewhere near Arnhem and Nijmegen.|
|You are so right about 16. |
I'm Greek and i know.
About the country being underwhelming, you are right too i'm afraid, however Greek people are the last to blame (they are responsible as well though), as our politician are slaves to the interests of foreign states and organizations.
|list needs more fucking asia|
|Cool Nag, I plan on revisiting Holland one day and seeing more than just the big city, the countryside is supposed to be amazing. Voivod, I just meant underwhelming like, "ya it's big and old and famous but who cares" kind of thing. That was mainly Athens though, the islands were amazing.|
"lst needs more fucking asia" I know right? I'm working on it, I want to go to Cambodia and Laos and all that junk.
Thanks for the feature mystery staff member, nice to get this sort of recognition, I put a lot of thought into the list.
|Dude I wish I had traveled this much; I haven't even left the east coast of the US....|
|well that's one thing you've got on me, I haven't been to the East Coast (unless New York City counts)|
|Yeah our typical Dutch nature can be quite beautiful, I love the forests especially. I had always lived in a smaller town before I moved to go studying (which also happens to be the birthplace of one of the greatest painters of all time, maybe you've seen the museum in Amsterdam?), when I was younger we regularly took walks in the forests around the area, that stuff is so good for you. Very peaceful and calming since it's never crowded.|
|Soo jealous of your travelling, hopefully this will change once i've graduated. I love how music can bind to a memory of a place and instantly make you think of the smells, sights etc.|
want to go to Cambodia and Laos and all that junk" come to bali while your at it
I've only been to USA, Mexico, Canada and Dom. Rep.
i soooo badly want to go to iceland and/or denmark
|Nag - We took pictures outside the Van Gogh museum but didn't pay to go in. I'm a pretty stingy traveler.|
BlueW - Do you live in Bali? That's awesome!
WeepingBanana - My friend Josh (sputnik username Jash) is obsessed with Iceleand (Sigur Ros is one of his favourite bands) and we're in the infant stages of planning a trip to Scandinavia together including Iceland. Besides Iceland and Denmark, I'm really looking forward to soaking in the niche metal genres in Norway and Sweden. I can't wait to see a REAL Norwegian Black Metal show.
|i challenge you to a smoke out, i still firmly believe that cali has the dankes bud in the world, ive been to amsterdam, the island of ibiza, hell even russia, but still the most dannnkk bud ive had is right here in the oc|
|California weed is great, but it's pretty much a well-established fact that BC bud is head and shoulders above the west of the world. Lots of BC weed ends up in California too so there's a chance that what you think comes from Cali is really from BC.|
|nice dude, hope it's fun|
|awesome that this got featured. fantastic list! both descriptions and music. |
|thanks for reading Sea|
|I'm jealous of all your traveling. If I get to half these countries in my lifetime I'd be ecstatic. Excited to go to Europe for the first time in a few weeks though!|
|I'm still trying to think of an original Aids joke |
|lots of amazing albums on this list|
|Damn, you haven't even been to the real Europe yet. You have only been to what the travel agencies preach are the best parts of Europe. Go to Eastern Europe, The Baltics, and Northern Europe ASAP|
|wow you travel a hella lot|
|thought this was going to be countries with bands/albums from them. oh well, good list anyway|
|'Damn, you haven't even been to the real Europe yet. You have only been to what the travel agencies preach are the best parts of Europe.'|
Your comment insults my beautiful country.
|hahaha I didn't go to those places just because they're popular, I had my reasons. My second Europe trip was meant to include a whole shitload of Eastern European/Baltic countries, but for certain reasons (financial, time constraints, a girlfriend with a different agenda than me) we chose instead to hit Germany, Austria and Holland. All were fucking amazing in their own ways and I have no regrets whatsoever about my choices. I do hope to see more of "lesser known" Europe soon though.|
right on Sea where are you going?
"I'm still trying to think of an original Aids joke" believe me, I've heard them all. nothing you could come up with would be original hahah
|Fun fact: you are one year to the DAY older than me.|
sry for fb stalking
|hahahahaha I guess I was kind of asking for it by posting a link|
never apologize for fb stalking. it's like apologizing for masturbating: sure it's embarrassing, but everyone does it
|Voivod, I just meant underwhelming like, "ya it's big and old and famous but who cares" kind of thing. That was mainly Athens though|
You should had visited Thessaloniki on the north. Much nicer and much quieter as a city, with good nightlife. Athenians come to Thessaloniki for the weekend all the time.
|as per usual, I learn the secrets only after I leave. do you live in Greece?|
bumping this because I think it's time to stop bitching about the staff/contrib bullshit and start talking about music again. discuss memories and/or places that you associate with certain favourite albums and why they're special, or something
|Jeez it figures you'd come across the two biggest Irish stereotypes. You sure you didn't find a pot of gold as well? I suppose we really do bring it all on ourselves though, I'm really depressed with the state my country's in now, it seems so long ago now that I thought I'd never leave Ireland, now I'm seriously considering it|
|List needs moar Peru|
|list needs consejos narcos|
|"List needs moar Peru" did you read the list?|
yah LepreCon, Ireland is in pretty rough shape I feel bad for you guys, it's to bad you're thinking about leaving because Ireland is an incredible country. I forgot to mention that I have also been to Galway on the West Coast. Lovely town.
|"I realised that 'Watch Out!' is a 5." :)|
|""I realised that 'Watch Out!' is a 5." :)" =)|
|"hahaha I didn't go to those places just because they're popular, I had my reasons. My second Europe trip was meant to include a whole shitload of Eastern European/Baltic countries, but for certain reasons (financial, time constraints, a girlfriend with a different agenda than me) we chose instead to hit Germany, Austria and Holland. All were fucking amazing in their own ways and I have no regrets whatsoever about my choices. I do hope to see more of "lesser known" Europe soon though."|
Well I can't argue with you there. It is pretty awesome in itself you get these opportunities to travel all over the world. I am definitely envious.
Nagrarok, I didn't mean that as an insult. I just meant he went to the usual places in Europe most people would choose for a vacation.
|You haven't seen England until you've been to the Lake District. I'm ashamed I've not been there more, and it's only an hour away from me.|
|THANK YOU XENO I LIKE YOUR FEATURED LIST AS WELL|
Sanders, I know that's what all the Brits have been telling me. I'll be back don't you worry.
|Traveled much? I've never been out of the U.S. Awesome list.|
|"did you read the list?"|
Chill bro, I was just saying the list could use more Peru. This was a great read, nice idea for a list.
|I wasn't riled up, I just assumed you scrolled down and posted "moar Peru" without reading. My mistake. Thanks for the 'nice list' etc. comments everyone.|
|You really need to include Central/Eastern Europe in your next trip. All European countries you
have visited are interesting and worthwile, but there's also other side of Europe, and by no means
worse. For example, there's no Slavic countries on your list. Of course, East may look like "terra
incognita", but... it should be discovered. If I can recommend something, come to Prague (Czech
Republic), Cracow (Poland) and Budapest (Hungary). You will be pleased.|
|Great list Adrian. As a fellow traveller having been to many of these cities, I found your observations interesting & insightful.|
What Aids is trying to say everyone is TRAVEL YOUR A$$ OFF. It gives you great perspective on life.
|totally agree, traveling is an essential life experience. |
|this list is awesome.|
|'Nagrarok, I didn't mean that as an insult. I just meant he went to the usual places in Europe most people would choose for a vacation.'|
Don't worry about it, I wasn't being too serious.
|as per usual, I learn the secrets only after I leave. do you live in Greece?|
Yes, I'm a proud citizen of Thessaloniki.
bumping this because I think it's time to stop bitching about the staff/contrib bullshit and start talking about music again. discuss memories and/or places that you associate with certain favourite albums and why they're special, or something
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|this comment is 50% shameless bump, 50% I don't know how I missed these last handful of comments, and 50% I have something to say about my choice for 1 (and for those who wish to accuse me of faulty math, I have one word for you: manbearpig).|
xenocide26 - I'm very jealous that you live in Prague. On my last Europe trip, we would have ideally gone to Vienna, Prague, and Budapest (for some reason I see these a like a trio or something I dont know haha). To me, the sexiest women in the world are Eastern European women. I really want to do some volunteering over in Europe this year and explore that whole area.
Davey, Kiran - Traveling is the best way to experience life, I never feel happier than when I am travelling, experiencing culture that is 100% foreign to me. "TRAVEL YOUR A$$ OFF" or this, basically
motiv3 - cheers
voivod - that is so cool, I love how sputnik has introduced me to people (well, users haha) from so many different places.
and what I wanted to say about my choice for On An Island as my pick for my homeland, Canada was that at first I felt the pick was a bit weak. But I was just looking at the CD cover it reminds me of my home, Vancouver Island. I did not even realize how fitting "On an Island" is as a pick for home until now. i might add that in the write up later
just some rants