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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    Yeah Cabarete was nice. Sosua was a dump and really didn't like the vibe. It wasn't horrible...just not my thing. People were generally very friendly though and I liked the island overall.
    yeah, Sosua looks like they'd be unfriendly when they overall are very nice.......if that makes sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    yeah, Sosua looks like they'd be unfriendly when they overall are very nice.......if that makes sense
    Actually got shaken down by a couple of cops there. They "strongly suggested" that I give them $10 for gas. After several minutes of arguing, I decided fuck it...just pay the $10. Been to some scary, off the beaten path places before but never had that happen. Talked to some of the locals and they just shook their head and told me it happens all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    Actually got shaken down by a couple of cops there. They "strongly suggested" that I give them $10 for gas. After several minutes of arguing, I decided fuck it...just pay the $10. Been to some scary, off the beaten path places before but never had that happen. Talked to some of the locals and they just shook their head and told me it happens all the time.
    wow
    i don't recall seeing a cop at all in DR, come to think of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc26 View Post
    wow
    i don't recall seeing a cop at all in DR, come to think of it
    I think they were national police. Had military uniforms, pistols, etc. I figured losing $10 was better than sitting in a DR jail for a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    I think they were national police. Had military uniforms, pistols, etc. I figured losing $10 was better than sitting in a DR jail for a few hours.
    oh yeah
    i actually saw them a lot
    neevr got near them though

    one night i was piss drunk on my mb and fcuked up the tire
    dude pulled up to me and wanted to help, but i blew him off
    then i finally let him and he wouldn't take any money, this was like 3am!

    actually saw him 2 days later, bought him a beer
    one thing i did like, is the locals were definitely out drinking with the tourists

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    Quote Originally Posted by tnlawyer View Post
    I think they were national police. Had military uniforms, pistols, etc. I figured losing $10 was better than sitting in a DR jail for a few hours.
    Hmmm reminds me of home!!! only thought it happened here, the way people go on about it????555555
    Custard should be a colour...cos I could then paint over the mess I've just made!!!

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    OK, going back a while.

    San Francisco.

    Absolutely loved this place.

    Rolled into town after dark in the middle of peak hour, which was fun. I was staying in the Marina district at an Americas Best Value Inn which was quite good. The clerks were extremely helpful in helping me find my way around SF. Spent the first night just walking around the block around the hotel. Found a few good restaurants around there. I really liked Super Duper Burger on Chestnut st, garlic fries were awesome, I wanted to go back but my friend insisted on dragging me to IHOP.

    I went to see Alcatraz on the Sunday, I couldn't get tickets for the night tour but the audio tour in the day time was excellent. Unfortunately no photos because my camera was stolen in the DR. Also went to see the Golden Gate bridge.

    Food in SF was absolutely awesome, I didn't have a bad meal for the entire time I was there.

    If I have any problem with my time in SF, it's that I didn't have enough time in SF.

    Leaving I was stuck on the runway at SFO for 45 minutes, in Southwests defense, they did handle it pretty well handing out drinks and candy. But this did cut down my connection time in LAX where I had to run from Terminal 1 to Terminal 6 to get on my Copa flight. Made it to the gate with minutes to spare. I also encountered the first non-Australian to know where Perth is, a TSA agent who used to be in the US Navy.
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    Now onto Colombia.

    Colombia via Panama was 7 hours flying from LA. Copa offers free seat selection, even for the exit rows but if you don't speak Spanish they will move you. Copa is a pretty good airline, They fly B737 and E190's with very modern interiors, decent food and drink, good service and if you like Latina women, some rather hot hosties.

    I arrived in Medellin in the morning.

    I rented an apartment rather than a hotel which was half the cost and put me in the middle of Parque Lleras. The first thing about Colombian Spanish is that hey pronounce the double L (ll) as a slightly elongated J. So you need to be careful with words like "Calle", "Lleras" or "Medellin". The second thing is that not being fluent in Spanish is a serious handicap. I have enough Spanish to get along but Colombians speak very fast and there's only so much "otra vez mas despacio" can do.

    The people of the region Medellin is located in are called Paisas. Some say that Paisa's are the sexiest women in the world... And they're right.

    I was there over Halloween and people were dressing up for days before. On the night of Halloween there was a party in the street of Parque Lleras. Realistically attempting to describe it would not do it justice. People packed the streets, bands, games of soccer in the street. I really didn't do much for my 5 days in Medellin but really, this made it all worth it.

    As for where I stayed, Parque Lleras was very good. Lots of resturants. There was an excellent cafe on Carrera 37 called Pergamino that I found myself at every day. Most of the people working there didn't speak any english so I ordered the same thing every day. "Latte, callente, por favor". The coffee was consistently good. It wasn't bitter or acidic at all. The cafe itself was a good spot to just sit and read a book, staff were very friendly and the coffee only cost about US$2. I really have to say it was some of the best coffee I've ever had.

    I'd like to say that Colombia is safe, but this just isn't true and the taxi drivers locking all doors after you get in is a bit unnerving as they make a the hand motion of someone being grabbed, getting snatched out of a cab is a real if rare danger. However as long as you're smart and get out of dodgy areas before sundown you'll be fine. Parque Lleras where I stayed is very safe. I could walk around there at night. I didn't feel to be in any direct danger, it's just seemed like it was looming just over the horizon though.

    The sex scene in Medellin is very low key. Most of it is organised through facebook although there are a few major exceptions. The first being the "casas". These are basically standard brothels found in the Centro region which is OK during the day but bad at night. They range from $30 to $100 per 1/2 hour depending on which casa. The setup is designed for Colombian males to get a bit on the side during work hours so they only really operate from 10 AM to 8 PM. You can find maps on Google.

    If you want something similar at night, there is a club called Fase II (Fase Dos). Most taxistas will know where this is. Prices here are a bit more expensive with it being around $90 for 1 hour. You can also use Fase II to collect phone numbers.

    Finally you can pick up girls on the street for a bit less, but I didn't with my Spanish being less than perfect.

    I really didn't do too much in Medellin and I actually enjoyed this. With the stress of my family, my sisters wedding in Vegas and then the hectic trips up the PCH and into SF afterwards having a few days on my own to unwind and relax at a very slow pace was fantastic. Also aside from the ladies, Colombia was fantastically cheap.

    This post may seem a bit clinical and possibly a bit cynical but I really enjoyed my time in Colombia, so much so I'm looking at going back for Halloween next year for a few more days with some far better Spanish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwx View Post
    Found a few good restaurants around there. I really liked Super Duper Burger on Chestnut st, garlic fries were awesome, I wanted to go back but my friend insisted on dragging me to IHOP.

    WTF, IHOP!!! Not such a good friend. 5555

    To scratch the surface as a tourist in SF you probably need at least a week. Sounds like your having a great trip tho, lot of ground to cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjwx View Post
    The sex scene in Medellin is very low key. Most of it is organised through facebook although there are a few major exceptions. The first being the "casas". These are basically standard brothels found in the Centro region which is OK during the day but bad at night. They range from $30 to $100 per 1/2 hour depending on which casa. The setup is designed for Colombian males to get a bit on the side during work hours so they only really operate from 10 AM to 8 PM. You can find maps on Google.

    If you want something similar at night, there is a club called Fase II (Fase Dos). Most taxistas will know where this is. Prices here are a bit more expensive with it being around $90 for 1 hour. You can also use Fase II to collect phone numbers.

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    actually there is a beer bar type set up in Medellin
    it is about 15mins taxi from Parque Lleras
    I was in a taxi alone so i just drove by
    but it looked ok and from what i read it is heavily policed

    the set up is a bit unique
    it is on this back street in an industrsial/local neighborhood
    not an unsafe place, by the looks of it
    it is very local but a lot of foreigners go there
    it has a casino on the corner then just a line of bars down the street

    but the set up/operation is very much like a beer bar in Thailand

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