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Old 09-18-2007, 06:54 PM   #11
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Old 09-18-2007, 06:55 PM   #12
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We definitely drink our beer cold in Canada too, and I'm pretty sure it's the same in the States!

Ok... I'm in San Antonio, Texas right now so let me try out the "Republic of Texas"

The Alamo (my hotel is right next to it! ), Longhorn cows, Tejanos, the Rio Grande, and... margaritas

(I don't know much about Texas as you can see... )
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Originally Posted by iza View Post
We definitely drink our beer cold in Canada too, and I'm pretty sure it's the same in the States!

Ok... I'm in San Antonio, Texas right now so let me try out the "Republic of Texas"

The Alamo (my hotel is right next to it! ), Longhorn cows, Tejanos, the Rio Grande, and... margaritas

(I don't know much about Texas as you can see... )
Native Texan here... and if I was in San Antonio that would be my list too... except maybe add the RiverWalk. Ahhh 'ritas on the RiverWalk...
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:02 PM   #14
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Yee haaa..people in my sandpit!

mariblue and others..what I find interesting is what we probably relate to most because of media and what due to personal loves or experience. Obviously there are overlaps.

beckyrae..I LOVE the accents however if I see one more idiotic tourism show where someone attempts to lift a kilt to see what is underneath..I will scream. I agree that history is really outstanding. I would have put in Black Watch as that's the clan one of my grandmothers belonged to. Or, and maybe the Corrs but that wouldn't have come immediately. I am trying to think of the Scots show that had a policeofficer.hmm
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:03 PM   #15
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iza...Are tejanos a food? And what is the Alamo actually like as a tourist experience?
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Originally Posted by beckyrhae View Post
Native Texan here... and if I was in San Antonio that would be my list too... except maybe add the RiverWalk. Ahhh 'ritas on the RiverWalk...
It's exactly what I had last night, becky! A good margarita by the fabulous Riverwalk.

Edit: Susan, the Alamo is a construction that used to be for missionaries I think, but it's famous for the battle between Mexico and "Texians" (english-speaking Texans, Texas was owned by Mexico at the time). Buildings are still there, in downtown San Antonio. It's one of the major tourist attraction here.

And Tejanos are spanish-speaking Texans (but not of recent immigration).
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The 'secret' fact about Bhutan by the way is that in 1973 they brought out a round stamp that you could actually play on a player, even tho it was very small. You could hear their national anthem.

Stamps can be really interesting in terms of countries. Not sure of the nation now but one country brought out a stamp in the shape of a banana..celebrating one of their principle crops.

Australia brought out one of the first sets of native animal stamps (or THE first set) and also a set that resembled gems like opals.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:13 PM   #18
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Hi Mariblue

Glad to know you liked living here - (and especially Mr Bean).

I lived in Massachusetts for a while and what mainly springs to mind are trees, trees, and more trees - seriously, Delicate Arch in Utah, Niagra Falls, Grand Canyon, Painted Desert - ok, I'll say something good about the trees - the colours in Autumn are spectactular.

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Are the colours in the painted desert really obvious?

Sometimes we have expectations that are dashed in the reality.

I asked about the Alamo for the same reason..you develop a notion and arrive and think..oh, four walls..right. I'm not putting it down but making the comment more broadly. If a place has good interpretive panels and so on, so that you can really learn about the history etc that's always a good thing.

Russia; Vodka, Men who can dance unbelievably while down on their haunches, Pushkin (easier to spell than Dov..Dov..oh well), Stalin, The Kremlin.
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Don't forget, there's no basement at the alamo.

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