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Old 06-29-2004, 09:22 PM   #1
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hello, i'm from malaysia and this will be my 1st time in the u.k or europe... woo and boy am i scared! with the current situation with iraq and all. i'm just more worries about boarder passing because i kinda got a muslim name. other then that nothing much it gonna stop me

readup on all you tip and all! good stuff! props to the t-punk crew!

i'll be on a flight on london on the 6th july to meet up with a 2 more malaysian friends. will be shooting down to eu after that. not really sure yet where to go. kinda on a tight budget! i just really wanna go somewhere where i can smoke my head off and party ! any recommendations? time/duration 30days

cheerz!

one more thing i got the backpack but its the noose type... how the heck do i lock the top? hmmmmmm? is there some type of gadget to do this? somebody told me to use a cable tie! lols! :greenguy:
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:38 PM   #2
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Hey ponk - welcome aboard.

First things first: don't worry! I'm a US citizen, but my passport clearly says I'm from Iran, my name is very middle eastern, and I have an Islamic background. That said, I've never encountered ANY trouble traveling in Europe. The only time I've gotten any crap was in my home country - in multicultural New York, of all places...

Second: If you wanna smoke your head off (tobacco-wise) you're fine ANYWHERE in Europe - except maybe Ireland, where you can no longer smoke in pubs. 'Cuz you'll be surrounded by cig smoke everywhere you go! But I have a feeling you're seeking herbal remedies, in which case, get thee to Amsterdam, young man. It's also legal in Switzerland, but you said "tight budget," and as far as I know, you can't do anything on a budget there! But pretty much anywhere you go, casually ask a fellow backpacker (not strangers!) if they can hook you up.

Third: I'll be there in Amsterdam from July 9-12 if you want to say hi (and smoke your head off...)

Fourth: A lot of TPunks will be in Spain - around July 7th for the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, and some of us in Barcelona the week after - Check out the get-togethers and registry threads.

Fifth: You can get this net-type thing that goes all around your whole backpack if you're worried about security. Although the general advice I've been seeing lately about nets and locks is that they scream "I'm valuable! Steal me!" If you're worried about security while your backpack's in the baggage hold, then the cable-tie's the way to go - but remember that airport/airline security can cut it if they feel the need to.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:56 AM   #3
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hello, i'm from malaysia and this will be my 1st time in the u.k or europe...* woo and boy am i scared!
to the family ponk!!! 1st trip to Europe huh? good on ya! And don't worry about being scared we all were on our first go!

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I don't think your name will get you pinned down more than a western name, I have found in the UK, they are pretty standard when going into the country...they are all by the book, seeing as they have been dealing with the IRA threat for many many years before America felt threatned by Islam. So they are well trained on it at this point. I am pretty sure that you or me would get the same hard time entering the UK. And I am from the Commonwealth?

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Aren't we all! Thats what we are here for, my friend...budget travel! we like to hear our pennies scream before we hand them over!

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Well I would have to say that has Amsterdam written all over it! BUt don't throw Rotterdam out the window, it might be worth the effort to leave the tourist infested streets of Amstwerdam and head to the less touristy Rotterdam.
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Old 06-30-2004, 05:30 AM   #4
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Ah Bang,
relak lah brudder. Europe is filled with Abduls, Razaks, Alis and so on.
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Old 06-30-2004, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hey Ponk

You sound like me the first time I went to Europe (just wanting to smoke and party). Well, for the smoking, of course you will want to go to Amsterdam, or really anywhere in The Netherlands. Amsterdam has good night life also so there are other things to do.

As for the big party cities in Europe, I would say Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin and Prague from what I have experienced. I have also heard good things about Hamburg and Munich is great to go from beer garden/hall to beer garden/hall. Have fun!
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yeah definately amsterdam! i wanna try em space cakes! thanks for the tips guys!

omisan:sounds like a plan!

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Old 07-01-2004, 07:09 PM   #9
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If you want some killer space cakes (and trust me sometimes you feel like you are gonna die on them) go to Blues Brothers Coffeeshop. If you are able to stay at the Flying Pig Downtown hostel, then it is right across from it. This is the hostel that you should try to stay at since it is very smoker friendly.
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Old 07-09-2004, 04:04 AM   #10
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yey i'm in the uk allready! arrived on the 6th, staying with a friend in london, will be shooting down to amsterdam on the 19th. :greenguy: flying pig is full couldnt get a place. we booked for Hotel De Koopermoolen. anybody stayed there b4? its pretty close to flying pig downtown me think. anybody wanna meet up? will be from 19-23

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