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Awesome places in the world (probably NSF56k)

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  • ThaumaturgistThaumaturgist Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Food wrote: »
    Hey, OP, I've been to Chile and had a Chilean exchange student living at my house for 3 months.

    It's a pretty cool place. Santiago, the capital, is nice, but not very exciting. It's very stable and modern. The people there have a lot of money, but there are some very sizable shanty towns just outside it's borders. You do get amazing views of the Andes from pretty much anywhere in town.

    I also visited Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, which are two towns on the coast about an hour and a half drive from Santiago. Valparaiso is a very cool city. It's much older and much more unique, but also more seedy than Santiago. It's built on hills, so the streets wind around a lot like a medieval town in Europe, but the architecture's mainly Victorian. The houses are painted really nice reds and yellows and blues. The flatter part of the town closer to the water has a lot of older European style buildings, but many of them have been destroyed by earthquakes and rebuilt upon themselves in newer styles, very interesting. Also, there are funiculars scattered around the city, which are these awesome turn-of-the century up-hill trams that get you up and down the hills.

    Vina del Mar is pretty much a resort town for the Santiago elite. It's full of casinos and high-class hotels and apartment blocks. That said, the coastline there is completely breathtaking.

    I haven't been too far out from the main cities, but from what I hear it's very under-developed compared to the Santiago area, but also beautiful. I definitely want to visit again to see more of the country some time.

    Pictures (GIS, not mine):

    Santiago
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    (Yeah, there's a good amount of smog there)

    Valparaiso
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    I wish I could find my pictures and show you guys some of the awesome graffiti in Valparaiso. The place is covered in it.

    Santiago looks a lot like my hometown of Salt Lake City.

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  • Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Kalkino wrote: »
    great photos - although I'm coming to conclusion that are many beautiful places about so this thread is like shooting fish in a barrel. Perhaps we should post really ugly places instead?

    I can post some pictures of North Dakota for you if you'd like...

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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    One thing I love about Otago is how you can see a bunch of awesome geological effects really easily. I'm pretty sure the mountains in the distance are the Southern Alps, which run along a fault line that goes along the boundary of the pacific and indo-australian tectonic plates. A lot of the rivers and stuff around there were formed by glaciers after the last ice age, which makes for some awesomely steep river valleys.

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  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    When I lived in Wellington I lived right on the fault line there - funny how one gets used to minor little shudders here and there.

    Oh and sorry for the image raping - I had thought that the NSF56k label meant it was ok to paste larger images

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  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Buddy Lee wrote: »
    Kalkino wrote: »
    great photos - although I'm coming to conclusion that are many beautiful places about so this thread is like shooting fish in a barrel. Perhaps we should post really ugly places instead?

    I can post some pictures of North Dakota for you if you'd like...


    It's not ugly it's just empty.... and flat. Really really flat.

    Oh then there's the badlands which actually have some pretty cool views but for the vast majority of the state, yeah, we got nothin'.

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  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Hit me with these "Badlands". I want to see some emoting landscape dammit!

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  • SamiSami Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Buddy Lee wrote: »
    Kalkino wrote: »
    great photos - although I'm coming to conclusion that are many beautiful places about so this thread is like shooting fish in a barrel. Perhaps we should post really ugly places instead?

    I can post some pictures of North Dakota for you if you'd like...

    Where in North Dakota are you from? I didn't realize that they gave you guys internet already.

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  • Buddy LeeBuddy Lee Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Sami wrote: »
    Buddy Lee wrote: »
    Kalkino wrote: »
    great photos - although I'm coming to conclusion that are many beautiful places about so this thread is like shooting fish in a barrel. Perhaps we should post really ugly places instead?

    I can post some pictures of North Dakota for you if you'd like...

    Where in North Dakota are you from? I didn't realize that they gave you guys internet already.

    I visited some friends who go to North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. Fargo's a pretty nice town, but everything outside of it is horribly desolate.

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  • FoodFood Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I tried to find some pictures of Connecticut because it's really beautiful if you go to the right places, but going by the internet you'd think it was perpetually autumn and that everyone lived in colonial cottages.

  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I'm trying to find some good shots of Newfoundland, but it is difficult. I'm admittedly biased, being where I grew up and all, but the west coast of the island is fantastic and is at least equal to many places I have been and seen.

  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Trying to get some pictures to work... arg, you can't directly link from a flickr album, can you? EDIT: Figured it out, more to come.

    Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St. John's:
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    Western Brook Pond, where my family have cabins:
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    Cape Spear, most easterly point in North America:
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    Bonavista:
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    Bonne Bay, love driving through here:
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    The Arches, where my grandfather and I would visit every time I was home for the summer:
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  • GruffGruff Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Ok, well this is where I live, a place called Kiama, about 50 k's south of sydney, and I figure its pretty special in the way that its the sort of place alot of people go on holidays, and goddamn if living there full time isn't great.

    This is the view directly across from my unit, of surf beach
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    And next door is bombo beach, a bit bigger and ironically a better hang out for surfers
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    And the main street
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  • ege02ege02 __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    That's some pretty awesome stuff, Gruff.

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    Fuck that woman going "oh god oh no!!"

    It's nature, bitch
  • The CatThe Cat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2008
    I miss pines along beaches *sigh*

    they don't do that up here.

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar QA Tester -> Game Producer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited February 2008
    The Cat wrote: »
    I miss pines along beaches *sigh*

    they don't do that up here.

    They have plenty of that around here.

    It makes running around in the sand kind of hazardous though. D:

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  • GruffGruff Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Yeah, surf beach is normally a monster in bad weather, so if the weathers fine i get to hit the water twice a day. I love it.

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  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Here are a couple of glam shot of Wellington NZ, our capital, where I lived for five years or so:

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    The only problem with having such dramatic scenery is that its built partially on a fault line. My old house was perched happily above this fault line, so I was always slightly worried what would happen if the big one hit.

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  • GruffGruff Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Fush and Chups?

    Sorry. :(

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  • FencingsaxFencingsax Bondage Discipline Spider-Man Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Sydney is an awesome city, by the way.

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  • KalkinoKalkino Buttons Londres Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Gruff wrote: »
    Fush and Chups?

    Sorry. :(

    Yeah I hate you long time.

    Although if it makes you feel better/worse I've found that most people outside of Australia/NZ can't tell the difference between our two accents unless they've either been our way or know people from both countries. Surprised me a bit at first but hey, we are isolated as fuck right?

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  • WalrusWalrus Registered User
    edited February 2008
    oldmanken wrote: »
    Trying to get some pictures to work... arg, you can't directly link from a flickr album, can you? EDIT: Figured it out, more to come.

    Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St. John's:

    Western Brook Pond, where my family have cabins:

    Cape Spear, most easterly point in North America:

    Bonavista:

    Bonne Bay, love driving through here:

    The Arches, where my grandfather and I would visit every time I was home for the summer:


    Where is all this? Looks like my kind of place.

  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Kalkino wrote: »
    The only problem with having such dramatic scenery is that its built partially on a fault line. My old house was perched happily above this fault line, so I was always slightly worried what would happen if the big one hit.

    Problem 2: A lot of the foreshore area has only been there since a fairly recent earthquake (happened when there were already settlers there, I think) so it is largely sand, which means liquefaction in a quake.

  • MahnmutMahnmut Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Walrus wrote: »
    oldmanken wrote: »
    Trying to get some pictures to work... arg, you can't directly link from a flickr album, can you? EDIT: Figured it out, more to come.

    Cabot Tower on Signal Hill, St. John's:

    Western Brook Pond, where my family have cabins:

    Cape Spear, most easterly point in North America:

    Bonavista:

    Bonne Bay, love driving through here:

    The Arches, where my grandfather and I would visit every time I was home for the summer:


    Where is all this? Looks like my kind of place.

    Newfoundland -- and yeah, it looks pretty fantastic. I bet it's all kinds of windy and rainy too. :D

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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Yeah, it's Newfoundland, and yeah we get a lot of rain wind and fog. Still lovely though. Some of those pictures, especially of Bonne Bay and Western Brook Pond don't do it justice. The national park they are in, Gros Morne, is just fantastic and amazing for any outdoor stuff you want to do (hiking, et al.).

    You drive up the west coast, starting in Gros Morne which is really scenic and nice, and then it just gradually gets more barren as you go north. The trees grow out at a 45 degree angle from the coast and are very small, and rocky little fishing villages are everywhere. I've not been back there in two years, but I look forward to this fall when I get a chance to go up there again... should be really fun. Last year, maybe a year and a half ago, my uncle's house literally fell into the ocean so it will be strange going there as it has been there my entire life.

  • whitey9whitey9 Registered User
    edited February 2008
    Montana is Spanish for Mountain!

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    That's in Glacier National Park, about a two mile hike back through the most ridiculously beautiful wilderness ever. We drove up to the top of the park road, hiked up even further, and went snowboarding. In August.

    edit: Pics or it didn't happen:

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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    When I was living in Calgary I was itching to go down to Montana an Glacier National Park... I just never got the chance or time off to do so. Seeing that picture I regret it..

  • SolventSolvent Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Gruff wrote: »
    Ok, well this is where I live, a place called Kiama, about 50 k's south of sydney, and I figure its pretty special in the way that its the sort of place alot of people go on holidays, and goddamn if living there full time isn't great.

    This is the view directly across from my unit, of surf beach
    Spoiler:

    And next door is bombo beach, a bit bigger and ironically a better hang out for surfers
    Spoiler:

    And the main street
    Spoiler:

    Isn't that where Way of the Fist shot one of their episodes? Does it have a blowhole?
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    Sydney is an awesome city, by the way.
    And here am I hating it. Never lived there, but whenever I need to visit it's just... Yuck. Srry I'll stop bringing the thread down now.

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  • GruffGruff Registered User
    edited February 2008
    I have no idea, it was a late night sbs show wasnt it? I remember watching an episode of it once.


    Yeah theres a blowhole here, its a pretty big tourist (asian) attractor so i guess its possible.

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  • ege02ege02 __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2008
    So after whitey9 posted those pictures I went and checked out Glacier National Park on wikipedia.

    Holy shit.

    Medopine wrote: »
    Fuck that woman going "oh god oh no!!"

    It's nature, bitch
  • whitey9whitey9 Registered User
    edited February 2008
    ege02 wrote: »
    So after whitey9 posted those pictures I went and checked out Glacier National Park on wikipedia.

    Holy shit.

    Yeah it's pretty great. I live halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone, so you could do a lot worse for landscape. Glacier is just amazingly beautiful and terrifying, where Yellowstone is just out and out weird.

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  • Andrew_JayAndrew_Jay Registered User
    edited February 2008
    oldmanken wrote: »
    *snip*
    Huh, always cool to run into another Newfoundland around here (except that guy from Labrador . . . he was 73 varieties of crazy).

    Here's a shot looking down from Signal Hill.
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  • oldmankenoldmanken Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    I love going up on Signal Hill... I don't think I ever get tired of that view, be it the city or sea side. Torbay is pretty impressive as well, might have to try and find some pictures of that.

    AJ: Funny you mention the guy from Labrador... I went to high school with him, and we were really good friends back in the day. He wasn't always quite that, ummm... difficult.

  • HappylilElfHappylilElf Registered User regular
    edited February 2008
    Kalkino wrote: »
    Hit me with these "Badlands". I want to see some emoting landscape dammit!

    Eh, I'm lazy and without a host. Just GIS "North Dakota Badlands".

    Speaking as someone who grew up and lives in Fargo (on the far eastern border of the state) and hasn't traveled past Bismark (in the center) much, seeing the Badlands (on the far western side ofthe state) for the first time was almost surreal. The rest of the state is basically a flat tabletop but the Badlands actually have like, landscape and shit.

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