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Rain Man
06-22-2009, 07:40 PM
Hypothetical situation. Maybe I've asked this in the past, but I'm bored and under stress.

You've just finished a wonderful, flavorful dinner at the Panda Express at the mall. Man, you can't beat that orange chicken, and it's fun to people-watch from the tables with the built-in plastic swiveling stools.

You lick the orange sauce from the bottom of the container, slurp the last little Aral Sea droplets of Mr. Pibb in the cup, and throw it all away. As you walk out, you savor the flavor of chicken and rice and that mysterious sauce of the east, but at the same time you'd like...you know...a fresher feeling in your mouth.

There's a gumball machine nearby, so you fish out a quarter, put it in, and hear the satisfying thunk of a big ball of apple gum hitting the metallic yet plastic thingie at the bottom of the machine. You pop the gumball in your mouth and chaw on it to get it softened up, perusing the other gumball machines as you masticate.

Hmm.

How intriguing.

One gumball machine has those little plastic ball holders in it, but they're all black so you can't see inside. The sign on the front says, "Great Prizes!" Nothing else. Just "Great Prizes!"

Well, you can't bypass this. Hoping against hope for an Olsen Twins temporary tattoo, you put your quarter in and twist. Again, that satisfying thunk, and you soon hold in your hand a very light-feeling black plastic bubble.

Inside is a sheet of paper. "Congratulations!" it says. "You have just won a trip to Europe!" It provides an 800 number to call for reservations.

You quickly read through the fine print, and discover that it's a 17-day trip, all expenses paid, but that it can only be used to visit one country. You cannot go to any other country while you're there.

What country do you visit?

Poll coming as soon as I can find a quarter.

Rausch
06-22-2009, 07:42 PM
Deutschland!

Ultra Peanut
06-22-2009, 07:46 PM
Holland. Or Belgium. Or Sweden.

I would say France or Italy, but then I'd have to spend 17 days around the French or Italians.

luv
06-22-2009, 07:46 PM
Italy.

Just Passin' By
06-22-2009, 07:48 PM
This has to be a trick question. There's no such thing as a wonderful, flavorful dinner at the Panda Express.

big nasty kcnut
06-22-2009, 07:50 PM
Norway
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stevieray
06-22-2009, 07:51 PM
Michelangelo FTW!

edit: Ireland is tempting...

ChiefJustice
06-22-2009, 07:51 PM
Russia

That way i won't have to pay postage on my mail-order bride!

Kyle DeLexus
06-22-2009, 07:53 PM
Ireland or Italy

luv
06-22-2009, 07:59 PM
Ireland or Italy

Since when is Ireland in Europe? I'd go to Ireland in a heartbeat.

Dicky McElephant
06-22-2009, 08:01 PM
Ireland in a heartbeat. I've always wanted to go and this would allow me to.

Kyle DeLexus
06-22-2009, 08:03 PM
Since when is Ireland in Europe? I'd go to Ireland in a heartbeat.

:shrug: how isn't it?

kc rush
06-22-2009, 08:06 PM
It was between Great Britain and Germany, mostly to see family history. Ultimately I decided on Germany. Castles, the Black Forrest, Mountains, beer and beermaids were too much to pass up.

bevischief
06-22-2009, 08:09 PM
GB or Ireland or both. My liver may not making back. Back to the roots.

MIAdragon
06-22-2009, 08:17 PM
Maldives/

Kyle DeLexus
06-22-2009, 08:20 PM
I actually plan to take a trip to Ireland next spring break.

cdcox
06-22-2009, 08:29 PM
Is it a trip for one or a trip for two?

If alone, I'd pick Germany.

If it was a paid trip for two, I'd take France.

I have spent about 10 days each in Italy and GB already, as well as 4 days in Slovenia.

stlchiefs
06-22-2009, 08:36 PM
Surprised w/ all the Ireland picks. My wife has been there once and enjoyed it, but said the weather sucked. If I'm going on a vacation I want some nice weather for 17 days. What's w/ the 17 days choice? What an odd number.

cdcox
06-22-2009, 08:37 PM
Is it a trip for one or a trip for two?

If alone, I'd pick Germany.

If it was a paid trip for two, I'd take France.

I have spent about 10 days each in Italy and GB already, as well as 4 days in Slovenia.

I've also done a few days in Scotland, but that didn't make your list? I consider Vatican City to be part of Italy, so I can check that one off as well. 5 days would be enough time in Scotland -- I'm not sure that Ireland has that much more to offer than Scotland to make it worth spending 17 days there.

10 days was skimpy in Italy. We didn't go south of Rome and had to skip the Lombardy region, which was on our list of stops initially. 17 days is enough time to do justice to a country that has lots of different neat places to go.

Saul Good
06-22-2009, 08:53 PM
Since when is Ireland in Europe? I'd go to Ireland in a heartbeat.

It's a little known fact that Ireland is part of the African continent.

tmax63
06-22-2009, 08:56 PM
England. I spent a weekend in London once and it was really cool. You could understand their english but you still felt like you were in a foreign place. It's on my "go back and see again someday" list. But then, most of Europe is on that list.

Pioli Zombie
06-22-2009, 09:10 PM
England. Half in London. Half in Liverpool.
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Hydrae
06-22-2009, 09:19 PM
France

A week seeing all the sights in Paris. Then a cruise down one of the rivers along the castles, through wine country ending at the Riviera for the second week. :D

Pioli Zombie
06-22-2009, 09:22 PM
The Riviera always makes me think of Steve Martin. Ruprecht. "May I go to the bathroom now?.........................................thank you"
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Ari Chi3fs
06-22-2009, 09:25 PM
Amsterdam!!! woo hooo

ThaVirus
06-22-2009, 09:45 PM
What the hell ? Ireland ? Seriously, what's in Ireland anyway ? That's about the least appealing place to me in existence... Give me Italy or Greece, leaning more toward Italy.

Kyle DeLexus
06-22-2009, 09:50 PM
What the hell ? Ireland ? Seriously, what's in Ireland anyway ? That's about the least appealing place to me in existence... Give me Italy or Greece, leaning more toward Italy.

Well I'm part Irish to go with my Native Americanness and thats all I know so I would want to visit Ireland since I've already visited my Native America.

RJ
06-22-2009, 09:51 PM
Portugal. I've never been but everything I've read about it appeals to me. I believe I would like the people, the food, the pace, the climate and the geography.

Rain Man
06-22-2009, 09:59 PM
What the hell ? Ireland ? Seriously, what's in Ireland anyway ? That's about the least appealing place to me in existence... Give me Italy or Greece, leaning more toward Italy.


I must admit, I'm asking the same question. I've got nothing against the country and would enjoy visiting, but it's probably not in my top ten or maybe even 25 on this list. I'm not sure what you would do there.

ThaVirus
06-22-2009, 10:04 PM
I must admit, I'm asking the same question. I've got nothing against the country and would enjoy visiting, but it's probably not in my top ten or maybe even 25 on this list. I'm not sure what you would do there.

Beats me. I'm guessing there's a few hills, maybe a rock or two, a pub, and some potatoes... I got nothing else

bdeg
06-22-2009, 10:05 PM
It was between Great Britain and Germany, mostly to see family history. Ultimately I decided on Germany. Castles, the Black Forrest, Mountains, beer and beermaids were too much to pass up.

This. Although with 17 days Australia becomes very tempting. That's a big country, I can't imagine you'd run out of things to do... Lots of cities, forays into the outback, GBR scuba, and beaches, with those DD's we keep hearing so much about.

I spent a few days in Ireland too and it was great. I definitely want to go back, but I'm not sure I would survive 17 days.

bdeg
06-22-2009, 10:05 PM
What the hell ? Ireland ? Seriously, what's in Ireland anyway ? That's about the least appealing place to me in existence... Give me Italy or Greece, leaning more toward Italy.
I must admit, I'm asking the same question. I've got nothing against the country and would enjoy visiting, but it's probably not in my top ten or maybe even 25 on this list. I'm not sure what you would do there.


drink

Baconeater
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
How the fuck did Europe get so many countries anyway?

Kyle DeLexus
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
I must admit, I'm asking the same question. I've got nothing against the country and would enjoy visiting, but it's probably not in my top ten or maybe even 25 on this list. I'm not sure what you would do there.

Drink and enjoy the scenery. FWIW, one would think most trips to Ireland would ideally include visits to GB or Scotland. Since this is a one country visit and you can't cross on your dime, Italy would probably be my top choice since it's 17 days. My Ireland trip will be 6 days that seems like enough to me.

sd4chiefs
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
If I had 17 days I would pick Italy because there would more to see, Rome, The Vatican, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Capri, Pompei, Sicily.

RJ
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
Beats me. I'm guessing there's a few hills, maybe a rock or two, a pub, and some potatoes... I got nothing else


Lots of folks of Irish heritage. Maybe they want to see where their ancestors came from.

I'd like to go, but it would be further down on my list.

Reaper16
06-22-2009, 10:07 PM
I can't answer the poll, because I love myself too much to eat at a fucking Panda Express.

cdcox
06-22-2009, 10:07 PM
If I were going to list my top choices based on what I know now I'd go:

1. Italy
2. France
3. Great Brittan
4. Germany
5. Spain
6. Greece
7. Belguim
8. Russia
9. Austria
10. Portugal

I'm probably leaving off somewhere really cool, but these places seem big enough and/or enough culture to warrant a 17 day trip.

Rain Man
06-22-2009, 10:09 PM
This. Although with 17 days Australia becomes very tempting. That's a big country, I can't imagine you'd run out of things to do... Lots of cities, forays into the outback, GBR scuba, and beaches, with those DD's we keep hearing so much about.




Um...I'm not sure Australia's eligible since that whole Gondwanaland thing happened.

RJ
06-22-2009, 10:12 PM
Um...I'm not sure Australia's eligible since that whole Gondwanaland thing happened.


What kind of travel agent are you?

The customer wants to go to Australia. Just move it to Europe. Make it happen.

Rain Man
06-22-2009, 10:14 PM
If I were going to list my top choices based on what I know now I'd go:

1. Italy
2. France
3. Great Brittan
4. Germany
5. Spain
6. Greece
7. Belguim
8. Russia
9. Austria
10. Portugal

I'm probably leaving off somewhere really cool, but these places seem big enough and/or enough culture to warrant a 17 day trip.

My top ten would be:

1. Finland, just because I like off-the-wall places.
2. Italy. Can't miss Italy.
3. Switzerland. I hear it's gorgeous.
4. France. I've been there, but not to the south and the Riviera.
5. Russia. Napoleon and Hitler give it two thumbs up.
6. Bulgaria. I have no idea why, but it'd be cool to go to Bulgaria. I could easily sub in Romania.
7. Netherlands. Amsterdam, mostly.
8. Lithuania. I could easily sub Estonia or Latvia. I'm curious about these places.
9. Norway. Fjords and Vikings, can't go wrong.
10. Greece. Ruins, lots of 'em.

bdeg
06-22-2009, 10:15 PM
oh wow.

i am a tad drunk and misread austria.

and didn't realize it was a eurotrip, got caught up on the 'just one country' thing

oh boy

ThaVirus
06-22-2009, 10:18 PM
I'd go Italy, Greece, Spain, France, then Switzerland... You probably couldn't pay me to go anywhere else in Europe. It's just not that interesting to me

kregger
06-22-2009, 10:18 PM
Greece, without a second thought.http://www.plunderguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/evelina-papantoniou.jpg

RJ
06-22-2009, 10:18 PM
Speaking of off-the-wall, I saw a magazine article a couple of years back about an underground hotel in Iceland where everything in it was made of ice. Right down to the beds. I'd like to see that. I don't know what else you'd do there, though. Maybe go out drinking with Bjork one night. That would be cool.

Rain Man
06-22-2009, 10:20 PM
Oh, yeah. I meant to have Iceland in my top ten. I hear the food there is pretty bad, though, so 17 days might get long.

cdcox
06-22-2009, 10:24 PM
Speaking of off-the-wall, I saw a magazine article a couple of years back about an underground hotel in Iceland where everything in it was made of ice. Right down to the beds. I'd like to see that. I don't know what else you'd do there, though. Maybe go out drinking with Bjork one night. That would be cool.

I saw an hour travel channel special about that hotel. Not a lot of amenities or activities. I think it is mostly the novelty of being there.