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I spent about 6 years in Germany while in the US Army and looked forward to every opportunity I had to travel throughout Europe.

I was fortunate to be able to travel to more countries than I can remember but have a lot of fond memories of several places I visited.

My ancestry is from England and Scotland and feel a special connection to that part of the world.

I sometimes feel a special connection to what is going on in Europe and don't really understand why and wish sometimes I could spend more time there.

European Culture and Geography has always been my favorite subject.

I didn't get an opportunity to make it to Ireland. Scotland is as far as I got in that part of Europe.
 

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Well Sixt5, it sounds like you are long overdue a trip across the pond!! Funny how our vision of other places is shaped, I too have travelled the 4 corners of this planet and was pleased to have been introduced to so many differing cultures. I would like to re visit some of those places, probably unlikely for some of them, but they have left me with a lasting memory. The people are what facinated me so much, yes there is fabulous scenery to enjoy, especially if you are astride a Wing, but the people are what make a place tick.

Have returned from my first visit to Spain and I have to say, I enjoyed it enormously. There is a country with a lovely culture, so laid back it's almost horizontal sometimes.

Oh for some of that in the mad hurly burly county I call home!

The one indellable mark all my travels have left on me Is the kindness and generosity that people show, you would hardly believe the things folks have done for me. Now maybee I just got lucky, but I recon that most are genuinely nice. In fact I tend to think that the English are probably the least open to visitors from abroad, taking little time to help them or enjoy their company.

The combination of travel and being in the armed forces is good charecter building stuff and I don't regret a moment of my time in the Navy back in the 70s.

My only regret about the last visit was that I went by plane and didn't get the chance to enjoy the superb Spanish roads on the Wing. Oh well, maybe later in the year!!

Of course the USA is somewhere to be proud of too you know, it might not be quite so steeped in history, but you certainly have a culture to be pretty proud of. Only the politics get a bit crazy, but hey that happens everywhere.

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Think it has something to do with guys that spent times int he forces - i did more than my fair share in the air force and travelled a fair bit as well - germany was a wonderful place but having just come back from Ireland within the last month i have to say the irish folks are second to none.  Spain last year with another group of wing riders was magic - and the weather was unreal.  But Ireland even with some bad weather was beyond belief and the people were fantasic.  If you get the chance get over to ireland and meet the good folks of that wonderful Island  it is well worth the effort and if you can do it on a wing well thats even betterRgdsPhil
 
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I didn't get an opportunity to make it to Ireland. Scotland is as far as I got in that part of Europe.
Hey sixt5 :leprechaun: That was your loss that you didn't get to Ireland. :crying:Yeah i heard of that little country called Scotland, :stumped:i think it's off the coast of Ireland.

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having just come back from Ireland within the last month i have to say the irish folks are second to none. Ireland even with some bad weather was beyond belief and the people were fantasic. If you get the chance get over to ireland and meet the good folks of that wonderful Island it is well worth the effort and if you can do it on a wing well thats even betterRgdsPhil
Hey Phil :clapper: Well said. :clapper: You can stay in my little hut on the Island anytime.
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Phil wrote:
having just come back from Ireland within the last month i have to say the irish folks are second to none. Ireland even with some bad weather was beyond belief and the people were fantasic. If you get the chance get over to ireland and meet the good folks of that wonderful Island it is well worth the effort and if you can do it on a wing well thats even betterRgdsPhil
Hey Phil :clapper: Well said. :clapper: You can stay in my little hut on the Island anytime
Would that be your house or the miserable shed you won't fix up for your neighbor's 1800?
 

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I just hope Redwing's hut is b----y big, 'cause if you check the postings, it looks like half the USA has booked passage to his doorstep!! Plus, generous fellow that he is, Redwing is stumping up the airfares. :goofygrin:By the way Phil, how did you communicate with the folks in Ireland, I work quite a bit with two Irish builders, called, believe it or not, Tom and Jerry, and I can't understand a word they say!! How the jobs get done is anyones guess!!:coollep::leprechaun:Thank goodness for the keyboard, at least I can follow what they write. Perhaps the answer is to do the English thing and talk louder and wave the hands around alot, just as we do in Europe.:goofygrin:Seriously though, that is a place I'd like to visit before too long, one of those things I've been threatening to do for a long while. Mind you, I don't know about the "No Smoking" thing in pubs etc. that might prove hard for a "*** ash Lill" like me. At least in Spain etc they ignore that, but then again, they ignore most rules and regs.

Perhaps I'll take Redwing up on his generous offer of free travel and accommodation, although the shed will be a bit crowded by the sounds of things!

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Perhaps the answer is to do the English thing and talk louder and wave the hands around alot, just as we do in Europe.:goofygrin:
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What a relief! To think it came from the mother country, I always thought that was an American thing!
 

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No, no, Exavid, we are the origional specialists in yelling at people who don't understand us. My mother is still practicing the art on my poor father, having spent my youth yelling at me. It stood her in great stead for all the visits to France that they did, back in their day. I of course must carry on the tradition. :action:. That is why my postings/replys are so long winded, after all why say things in a few words quietly, when a few hundred loud oneswill do!!:goofygrin:

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Eh... Whad ya say? Speak up, can't hear ya!
 

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Ooops, I mustn't send the venerable Senior Gurus to sleep, the whole Wing world will grind to a halt.:stumped:

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Would that be your house or the miserable shed you won't fix up for your neighbor's 1800?
No ! No ! Wrong again. :stumped: My neighbour has a huge garage :clapper: when i pull up in front of the garage door i press a button he has fitted to his :18red:and the door opens on it's own. :cooler:and i just drive in. :weightlifter:

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I just hope Redwing's hut is b----y big, 'cause if you check the postings, it looks like half the USA has booked passage to his doorstep!! Plus, generous fellow that he is, Redwing is stumping up the airfares. :goofygrin:
Perhaps I'll take Redwing up on his generous offer of free travel and accommodation, although the shed will be a bit crowded by the sounds of things!
Hey Silverfox :leprechaun: You must have read someone elses post. :stumped:

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I work quite a bit with two Irish builders, called, believe it or not, Tom and Jerry, and I can't understand a word they say!! that is a place I'd like to visit before too long. Mind you, I don't know about the "No Smoking" thing in pubs etc. that might prove hard for a "*** ash Lill" like me.
Hey Silverfox :skipping: Maybe Tom & Jerry have difficulty understanding what your saying. :bash: Yeah the NO SMOKING BAN :clapper:is working great in this country:clapper:and it looks like it wont be very long untill that Law is applied in the UK as well. :clapper:

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Well I know I have difficulty keeping up Redwing, but I was sure Brojees and a few of his pals were virtually on their way. Anyway, will the parking be secure and what are the facillities like, or shall I load up the bike with kitchen sink etc. like Wing riders are inclined to do?:goofygrin::goofygrin:

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No way, that Tom and Jerry don't miss a trick, shrewa little b----rs, know it all and just leave us all blissfully ignorant. And I'm always down a tool or two when they are around, plus my tobacco pouch empties quicker than normal.!!:X

Even as a smoker, I have to agree that the changes are only fair, does this mean I'll have to go to the bottom of your garden when we get there, to have a crafty smoke?

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Well I know I have difficulty keeping up Redwing, but I was sure Brojees and a few of his pals were virtually on their way. Anyway, will the parking be secure and what are the facillities like, or shall I load up the bike with kitchen sink etc. like Wing riders are inclined to do?:goofygrin::goofygrin:
I think the wingnut has one of the big Dublin Hotels booked :clapper:for anyone that needs a room. :weightlifter:

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Even as a smoker, I have to agree that the changes are only fair, does this mean I'll have to go to the bottom of your garden when we get there, to have a crafty smoke?
Hey Silverfox :jumper:You wont be near my garden, as the interviews are being held in Dublin, :clapper:and it's a long way from Dublin to the Islands on the west coast. :skipping:

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I just want to know, "Where's the "Blarney Stone" at ???
 

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I just want to know, "Where's the "Blarney Stone" at ???
Don't worry about it, you don't need it!:tongue:
 
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