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Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Sydney99 on 3 April 2003 3:18am
In contrast to the "The worst place you've ever been to?" thread, I was wondering where have you received the most friendliest welcome? For me, it was a small town on the south island of New Zealand. I was one of 27 British cyclists on a five day charity bike ride from Christchurch to Queenstown in November 2001.
The weather on the first day was torrential rain. Our scheduled lunch stop on the first leg from Rakaia Gorge to Geraldine was a pub in Ashburton. Absolutely saturated when we arrived, the landlady insisted that we all stripped off (as much as dignity would allow!) and she ran our wet cycling gear through the tumble dryer. Meanwhile, we all gathered around a huge wood burner taking it in turns to dry off. What made it so remarkable was that we all had packed lunches with us which she had no objection to us eating and being on a cycling trip, no one was in the mood for alcohol either. We did buy a few pots of tea - but you could hardly say we spent enough for her to retire on!
When we left, she gave us all a souvenir pen and wished us luck for the rest of the trip. When I eventually get back to NZ - and I definitely will - I'm determined to call into that pub for a proper lunch and to say thank you. For me, the Kiwis are by far, the friendliest bunch on the planet - unless anyone knows otherwise?
Dave Brammer, Manchester.
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by xine on 3 April 2003 5:09am
Hi again,
should have read this post first-now I know you are not from Sydney.
I haven't been round the world, a few countries, but my experience with the New Zealanders has been very positive too. They are nice and friendly.
So were the Hawaiians. They greet you with a hand sign and 'Aloha' everywhere you go!
We received plenty of catcalls from Indonesia, but I don't call that being friendly!
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by pandk2 on 7 April 2003 10:01am
Cromer, in England....couldn't have been made any more welcome by the locals and genuinely didn't want to leave...I will never forget the folk of Cromer!
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Layla on 7 April 2003 11:28am
Cork, Ireland - the people I found were very friendly, genuine and happy to help. I've been to Cork many times and I love the laid back uncomplicated nature of a lot of the people there. It also is a very beatiful county with lots to see. It's a place I always look forward to re-visiting...
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by JK on 7 April 2003 9:18pm
Ah, I too share your thoughts on Cromer as tis as friendly as it is quaint. Southwold is another region in that neck of the woods which is well worth a visit for that exact same reason.
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by matgore on 8 April 2003 3:04pm
Costa Rica was pretty friendly. I think the sun and relaxed atmosphere helps. Living in London and struggling to work on the public transport you dont tend to notice when people are friendly...
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by Napoleon on 11 April 2003 11:59am
Amsterdam is consistently the friendliest place that I travel to and no not because theyre all high on drugs it s probalbly because they appreciate tourism as an income to the city and they all speak really good english.
I Thank you
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by t_t on 11 April 2003 12:50pm
Goa, India! No doubt about that!
It;s a totally different place from the rest of the country! People there, no offense for the rest of the Indians, are more cosmopolitan (probably because of the tourism)so they are aware of what foreigners need and they gladly offer it. Generally I love India and its calm way of life, its spirituality and optimism (against all odds...). But the smiling faces of Goans is something I've never seen before. They smile to you and you know they do not expect anything in return.
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by sarahcon on 11 April 2003 6:00pm
Without a doubt, vang vieng and most of Southern Laos. Laos was full of generous warm friendly people. I had intended to go for 2 weeks and stayed 5 weeks it was fantastic
Re: Where's the friendliest place you've visited? by ukierookie on 17 April 2003 9:25am
Richka, Ukraine...well, all of Ukraine, really, provided you know a few people and a few key phrases in Ukrainian (NOT RUSSIAN). The food is great, speaking as an incredibly picky eater, the people are almost unbelievably hospitable, the landscape is beautiful, and the atmosphere is entirely different from any other I've experienced. People walk through each others' gardens, pick a few fruits, and then wave as the person as they pass the house and go out the front gate, and really go all out for visitors. But if you don't have an excellent Ukrainian acccent, don't buy anything.
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