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Wed May 5, 2021, 09:07 AM

You will be given $25,000. and an airline ticket to anywhere if you leave today.

Where do/do you go?

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Reply You will be given $25,000. and an airline ticket to anywhere if you leave today. (Original post)
Floyd R. Turbo May 5 OP
True Dough May 5 #1
SCantiGOP May 5 #36
femmocrat May 5 #2
Lochloosa May 5 #3
Scrivener7 May 5 #4
hlthe2b May 5 #5
exboyfil May 5 #13
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DFW May 5 #6
Coventina May 5 #7
rickford66 May 5 #8
Ohio Joe May 5 #34
rampartc May 5 #9
marble falls May 5 #10
DFW May 5 #38
marble falls May 5 #39
avebury May 6 #52
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jcgoldie May 5 #11
Binkie The Clown May 5 #12
TuxedoKat May 5 #14
Duppers May 6 #42
TuxedoKat May 6 #46
discntnt_irny_srcsm May 5 #15
lark May 5 #16
Phoenix61 May 5 #18
Duppers May 6 #43
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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:09 AM

1. Going back home with $25,000!

I'd be a no-show for the flight at this point in time.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:10 PM

36. Good idea

I would fly to Charleston SC (about 120 miles away) and use some of the money to eat a great meal and rent a luxury car to drive back home and deposit my $24,000+ in the bank.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:14 AM

2. Europe.

We were planning a trip when I had to have hip surgery and then Covid struck. Not sure I will get there now.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:14 AM

3. Belize.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:15 AM

4. Right now, the Canadian Rockies. If you catch me on another day, I might say

the Baltic countries or Italy. Or Spain. Or the Grand Canyon.

I have a long bucket list.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:15 AM

5. Depends... Can I legally stay there (indefinitely)?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #5)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:47 AM

13. And buy into their healthcare system?

You know a system where you don't have to pay $1000-2000/mo. for insulin.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #13)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:04 AM

17. This. n/t

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:18 AM

6. La Digue

But I‘d need to stop off in Düsseldorf and pack some new stuff

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:29 AM

7. Italy. n/t

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:31 AM

8. New Zealand

Last visit 2008

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Response to rickford66 (Reply #8)

Wed May 5, 2021, 08:33 PM

34. +1

I've never been there but know a number of people who have and they all loved it.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:35 AM

9. manila

$25k goes a long way and english is spoken.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:37 AM

10. Croatia/Montenegro. 2nd choice: Portugal. 3rd choice: Belgium/Netherlands/Luxemborg/Switzerland.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #10)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:14 PM

38. In case you do all three

Croatia/Montenegro
Leave some time for Dubrovnik, you‘ll need it. Who cares if it’s touristy? The architecture and history are overwhelming. Crna Gora (Montenegro), don‘t cheat yourself out of a few days just lazing on the coast.

Portugal
Lisbon is so-so, forget the touristy areas near it, though (e.g. Cascais). Porto— now there‘s a city! Make sure you have your certificate as a mountain goat, though. Madeira, too, if you can get to the interior pf the island.

Benelux & Switzerland
I live in a country that borders on all four of them. My battery wouldn‘t last long enough to post all of my suggestions. Ask me when you get closer to departure time.

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Response to DFW (Reply #38)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:30 PM

39. Sounds like a good idea, thank you!

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Response to DFW (Reply #38)

Thu May 6, 2021, 06:57 PM

52. I loved Portugal. Back when I visited it many years ago

it was pretty affordable. Don't know what the Cost of Living would be like now.

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Response to avebury (Reply #52)

Fri May 7, 2021, 06:04 AM

60. It's still comparatively affordable

Certainly the least expensive of the western EU countries. Joining the Euro removed the wiggle room they used to have. Every time things got tight, they used to just devalue their currency, the scudo. As the Greeks found out, that was no longer an option when they no longer had control over their own currency.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:39 AM

11. Puerto Vallarta

Then spend the first 400 pesos on a water taxi down the coast to Yelapa. Can get a very nice rental near the river and sea and eat and drink there for a few years on that loot!

Oh can I bring my wife? (Not that its a deal breaker or anything )

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:46 AM

12. I'm already where I want to be, so I'll pass. nt

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:50 AM

14. Always wanted to go somewhere in...

the south pacific: Tahiti, Bora Bora, Indonesia, Tonga, Fiji. One day I'll get there.

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Response to TuxedoKat (Reply #14)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:59 AM

42. Ok, beware Indonesians kill & eat dogs.

So do people living in Bali; so do Swiss farmers. You can ck this easily found info.

Sorry to pop anyone's bubble but I love & respect these animals, so I refuse to travel to countries that would eat either dogs or cats. Was in China but will never go back.


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Response to Duppers (Reply #42)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:06 AM

46. Oh dear

Would definitely not want to see that. Hate to scratch Indonesia off the list but looks like I have to.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:50 AM

15. Is it okay to go to Mar-a-Lago and hire someone for some wetwork? n/t

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:52 AM

16. Depending on quarantine rules -

New Zealand
Portugal
Greece

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:28 AM

18. Singapore to start with then on to Bali

and as many islands as I can hop to.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #18)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:00 AM

43. See post #42 above.

Thanks.

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Response to Duppers (Reply #43)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:15 AM

44. I find it interesting what animals are ok to eat where.

Pigs are smarter than dogs and lots of people have no problem eating them. Some folks eat horses. Some places they don’t eat cows. Personally, I don’t eat mammals, any of them and haven’t for over 30 years.

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #44)

Thu May 6, 2021, 03:00 AM

45. Excellent !

I don't eat pork. And rarely eat beef, then only because dh wants "red" meat, so I occasionally break & eat beef. Both my siblings are vegetarian, btw.

Must buy more Beyond Meat but dh complains it contains too much sodium, btw.

Do you have a favorite vegitartian cookbook? Bet you make some delicious vegitartian dishes.
My sister eat only raw & boiled veggies, along with eggs and my brother does only vegitartian protein shakes with fruit. So, no recipes from them, other than my bro's shakes. I must offer dh more for him to give up his red meat. Good thing he loves my "Second Helping Shrimp" casserole.

Sincere congrats P-61! I admire your giving animals the respect they deserve! Everyone should, so keep telling us the facts - we need to be shamed. Seriously.

🙏

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:33 AM

19. Fly to the nearest city and take a bus home.

I have some debt.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:33 AM

20. Nova Scotia.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:35 AM

21. Tokyo

I might be staying for a little bit on that much lol 25 grand I could probably stay there for a whole year

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #21)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:42 PM

27. Same answer, Tokyo! n/t

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Response to Akoto (Reply #27)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:19 PM

29. Well with 25 grand

I'd be going to more than Tokyo. Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Okinawa. I'd be making the most out of that much money.

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #21)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:52 PM

41. Careful with your budget

Apples cost the equivalent of $427 each in parts of Shinjuku

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Response to vercetti2021 (Reply #21)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:06 PM

56. What do you love about Tokyo?

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:45 AM

22. I would stay right here in Costa Rica.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:48 AM

23. London.

So much too see. I want to have my picture taken in front of garden lodge.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:23 AM

24. Napa Valley

Shipping home lots of wine

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Response to zeusdogmom (Reply #24)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:11 PM

58. Loved Callistoga

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:00 PM

25. Reykjavik.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 12:32 PM

26. 1979. nt

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Response to sorcrow (Reply #26)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:29 PM

33. Let me know if you have a time machine. I would love to go back to 1981.

To avoid the biggest mistake in my life: getting involved in a relationship with my first wife.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 01:11 PM

28. Italy.

I would also want dual citizenship as well.


I've already learned some Italian phrases, the way their political process operates, and where all the large flea markets are held. Of course I would need an English speaking accountant and other fellow American Expats for advice and help.



I've been seriously looking at properties in northern Italy for about a year now. There's another property in southern Italy that I adore, however the nearest veterinary clinic is 40 minutes away and that's not feasible in an emergency.



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Response to Niagara (Reply #28)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:10 PM

57. How far north? The lakes?

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #57)

Fri May 7, 2021, 12:21 AM

59. Not that far north.


I've been looking at affordable prices in the Piedmont and Tuscany regions, which do have lakes.


I like the property prices in the Abruzzo and Molise regions the best, but I have plenty of time to figure this out.

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Response to Niagara (Reply #28)

Fri May 7, 2021, 05:43 PM

61. That sounds wonderful. Do you think you'd leave one place vacant?

Or rent out? We are planning on two retirement places too and grappling with the idea of renting out.

PS. Lake Lugano, on the border of Switzerland is breathtaking! George Harrison loved it so but she had his ashes scattered on it

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #61)

Sat May 8, 2021, 12:27 AM

64. There won't be any other properties to worry about on this end.

Although, if one has trust worthy home maintenance people (electrician, plumber) I don't see an issue with renting out a property so many miles away.


Lake Lugano is absolutely breathtaking. Expat opportunities in beautiful sceneries and settings are endless.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 02:41 PM

30. Brisbane, Australia

This would be a scouting trip for a possible relocation.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:05 PM

31. Can it be a two-stop airline ticket?

I would love to spend a month in Seoul (stationed there 1984-85) then fly to Berlin (stationed there 1986-92) for a month there.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 04:18 PM

32. Right straight to Scotland

from there I could go see other things but that would be my home base. I'd bring my kilt but that would probably instantly mark me as an American so they'd make me leave eventually. Or maybe I could get a touristy job that required a kilt lol.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #32)

Wed May 5, 2021, 08:57 PM

35. I never saw any kits while in Scotland in 2019

I did see one guy wearing a formal kilt in the Orkneys:



He was on the way to a wedding. The bag was his present. I think he was bemused when we asked if we could take his picture.

Oops - I did see a man in a real no sew kilt in the museum at the Cullodean Battlefield. It was a demonstration on how kilts were originally made with a very long piece of cloth, a belt and a LOT of pleating:



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Response to csziggy (Reply #35)

Thu May 6, 2021, 10:22 AM

47. lol yeah I think they are somewhat bemused by our obsession

but I don't care. I love wearing mine and go to all the highland games I can. I wear my formal jacket to dinner on elegant nights on cruise ships. I go to St Andrews club meetings (well, none of this for the last year but in normal times at least one thing a month and usually more) and I also attend Celtic society functions - which is mainly a bunch of us picking a bar and trying to deplete their beer supply.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #47)

Thu May 6, 2021, 11:39 AM

48. Yes, they are bemused

You can see the expression on the gentleman's face in the first picture.

The second picture has a young man who volunteered out out of the audience. He was a bit embarrassed, especially when the presenter told the audience that normally the man would not be wearing anything other than a shirt when he put on his kilt!

I couldn't get my husband to dress up at all for dinners on our cruises - to Scotland on the Queen Elizabeth and back on a Royal Caribbean ship - he just wouldn't do it so we never got to eat in the big dining room.

We both have a bit of Scots and Welsh blood, but we've never gotten into the groups. Closest we came was when we were in the Society for Creative Anachronism. We're just not social enough and I gave up drinking a very long time ago.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #35)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:08 PM

49. I saw a few in 1990, but that was during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo...

... and they were worn by Gurkhas.

-- Mal

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Response to malthaussen (Reply #49)

Thu May 6, 2021, 12:28 PM

50. Cultural Appropriation!



See my other posts - we did see two kilts while in Scotland, one formal.

We skipped the Tattoo. I dislike crowds and after watching a video of it, it seemed too theme park style for my tastes with all the lights and fireworks. We did spend four nights at a B&B just outside of Edinburgh but we spent our time driving around Loch Ness and visiting RSPB preserves in the area. Those are more our tastes than any city.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #50)

Thu May 6, 2021, 09:35 PM

55. I did actually see a few more.

I was with an academic group honored with a formal dinner with the Lord Provost of Glasgow (who was a lady at the time). Several of the men wore kilts to that event.

-- Mal

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:20 PM

37. Paris, with my wife. We stay at that nice hotel on the Place Jean D'Arc near the Louvre.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:34 PM

40. Too many places to pick from!

Can't decide! But so nice of you to offer! I think I will start in Vienna and travel through Eastern Europe and the Baltic States to start with.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:23 PM

51. Seville



To see if it's anything at all like it was fifty years ago.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 07:02 PM

53. Glasgow

I'd stay a while and then spend the $25K on train tickets and hotels.

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 07:19 PM

54. Ireland nt

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 05:50 PM

62. Icaria

or San Miguel de Allende

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Response to Floyd R. Turbo (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 09:47 PM

63. Germany. Specifically Bavaria.

So I can see where my family came from in 1852.

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