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(Slate)   Thanks to globalization you can now get a croissant at Cosco, so you clearly shouldn't travel to Europe cause it's not worth it   (slate.com) divider line 104
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2013-07-19 10:01:26 AM  
Yep, Americans clearly shouldn't come to Europe.  And I'm not saying it so there is more tasty local beer for me...
 
2013-07-19 10:14:06 AM  
I guarantee that will be the dumbest thing I read all day.
 
2013-07-19 10:16:57 AM  
C'était un stupide article....see I can be condescending and pepper my writing with French words and phrases too(and more fluently than the author of the article). I'll assume that my job offer from Slate is in the mail.
 
2013-07-19 10:23:02 AM  
I've been to Epcot Center, so in a way I've been to Europe.
 
2013-07-19 10:24:51 AM  
Actually, now that I think of it, I want everyone to read this article. I'm actually going to Europe for the first time next year (my [large number]th birthday present to myself) and I want the plane to myself, or at least highly desperate and competitive fares.
 
2013-07-19 11:14:59 AM  
So he had an awesome time in Capri but everyone else is an idiot for wanting to go...got it.
 
2013-07-19 12:16:46 PM  
And you can ride in a gondola in Vegas, so it's not worth seeing Venice...
 
2013-07-19 12:37:18 PM  
McDonald's has FRENCH FARKING FRIES at the drive-through. I ordered some while wearing a beret.

No need to waste thousands on airfare, a Eurail pass, and silly tiny cups of insanely strong coffee.
 
2013-07-19 01:54:17 PM  
I suppose this should also go with all the hidden cameras and wire tapping.  (hot for laziness)

inklingmedia.net
 
2013-07-19 01:56:30 PM  

naughtyrev: I guarantee that will be the dumbest thing I read all day.


It seemed like half of her argument was that because European culture is now accessible in the US, she now can't feel quite as superior to everyone for having gone.  For some reason I find the idea of travel just for bragging rights to be troubling.
 
2013-07-19 02:42:49 PM  

Andromeda: Yep, Americans clearly shouldn't come to Europe.  And I'm not saying it so there is more tasty local beer for me...


Yes, more customers for a brewery means less beer for everyone. Glad to see you Europeans are still great at logic and business.
 
2013-07-19 02:43:17 PM  
Btw, it's Costco. Cosco is a different company.
 
2013-07-19 02:44:01 PM  

BunkoSquad: Actually, now that I think of it, I want everyone to read this article. I'm actually going to Europe for the first time next year (my [large number]th birthday present to myself) and I want the plane to myself, or at least highly desperate and competitive fares.


Oh damn it. Now we have an American who thinks that less customers means lower prices. FFS, no one understands anything.
 
2013-07-19 02:44:10 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: naughtyrev: I guarantee that will be the dumbest thing I read all day.

It seemed like half of her argument was that because European culture is now accessible in the US, she now can't feel quite as superior to everyone for having gone.  For some reason I find the idea of travel just for bragging rights to be troubling.


You've OBVIOUSLY never been to F*ck Island.
 
2013-07-19 02:45:37 PM  
I wouldn't travel to Europe for anything.  Heck, you can virtually see pretty much everything from the web with various resources, so why waste the money.
 
2013-07-19 02:45:43 PM  
There is kind-of-a point hiding there in that the planet is becoming more and more homogenized.

Other than that idiot slate.com writer appreciates the fark.com link to drive up page views.
 
2013-07-19 02:46:53 PM  
Economic recovery is slow, money's still tight. Looks like a "staycation" again this year.

Please, Slate, help me feel better - smugly superior, even - about being unable, once again, to travel like I've wanted to all my life.

Thanks, Slate!
 
2013-07-19 02:47:48 PM  
You can find chicks with hairy legs,pits,and book in Portland and cab Fran but their douchiness is exponentially higher than the french
 
2013-07-19 02:48:03 PM  
The girls (and guys too i guess) of the Mediterranean are stunning.  You should go if you have the means.
 
2013-07-19 02:49:32 PM  

dv-ous: Economic recovery is slow, money's still tight. Looks like a "staycation" again this year.

Please, Slate, help me feel better - smugly superior, even - about being unable, once again, to travel like I've wanted to all my life.

Thanks, Slate!


I can't get the two recent main page Slate articles to open via mobile device.

I guess my cell phone thought "lol megarian, no. And you're welcome."
 
2013-07-19 02:50:14 PM  
I agree that it is not worth it to travel to Europe just to get a croissant.
 
2013-07-19 02:50:18 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: The girls (and guys too i guess) of the Mediterranean are stunning.  You should go if you have the means.


And this^
 
2013-07-19 02:50:40 PM  
But Costco croissants are so tasty, as are the muffins.

ninjamonkey.us
 
2013-07-19 02:50:45 PM  
Maybe the writer should have just gone to Olive Garden
 
2013-07-19 02:51:09 PM  
I realize that, for many Americans, Europe is a sacred cow. Americans fetishizele savoir-faire andla dolce vita. Paris and Rome are always spoken of with a breathy deference which is never afforded Frisco, NYC, or Chicago.

Many Europeans feel the same way about NYC -- going there is a right of passage.
 
2013-07-19 02:51:15 PM  
Last time I was in Europe was '97.

I don't feel any urge to go back soon.

That said, I've been to Japan seven times since '08. All over SE Asia as well.

Asia is where it's at.
 
2013-07-19 02:51:37 PM  
I thought that was good joke from subby, but it's in the actual farking article. MY GOD!

Anyway, my number 1 piece of advice on Europe.

Fewer destinations, longer stays.  My favorite places are all the places I got to spend at least 3 nights and get beyond the top 5 destinations and relax and try to find a nice non-tourist trap place or two.
 
2013-07-19 02:52:57 PM  

Bermuda59: Maybe the writer should have just gone to Olive Garden


According to their TV ads, their chefs are trained in Tuscany. Just sayin'...
 
2013-07-19 02:53:13 PM  
I can get cocaine on the corner but it is not stopping me from enjoying colombia for the past two weeks
 
2013-07-19 02:53:43 PM  

thurstonxhowell: BunkoSquad: Actually, now that I think of it, I want everyone to read this article. I'm actually going to Europe for the first time next year (my [large number]th birthday present to myself) and I want the plane to myself, or at least highly desperate and competitive fares.

Oh damn it. Now we have an American who thinks that less customers means lower prices. FFS, no one understands anything.


Uh, she might have a point.  If you have 100 customers willing to buy your danish for $1, then suddenly you have 200 customers willing to buy your danish for $1, you can PROBABLY increase the cost of your danish and only lose a few of your customers.  Factor in limits to the # of customers you can serve per day, and increased demand means you can increase your prices.

On the other hand, if you're not getting enough customers, you'd have to lower your prices to attract them.  It makes sense.
 
2013-07-19 02:54:01 PM  
Author's right. I can jerk off to internet porn all day long, so I should stop farking my girlfriend.
 
2013-07-19 02:54:35 PM  
Ffffs to this guy. I'm going to Italy (Rome/Florence/Sorrento) for the first time in September. Any neat things (that are maybe off the beaten path) y'all would recommend?
 
2013-07-19 02:54:43 PM  
Try to get a Cronut in Europe.
 
2013-07-19 02:56:18 PM  

Paris and Rome are always spoken of with a breathy deference which is never afforded Frisco, NYC, or Chicago.


Paris and Rome happen to have long and interesting histories. Hint: a history in the neighborhood of 200 years is not "long".

And only rubes refer to San Francisco as 'Frisco'.
 
2013-07-19 02:57:08 PM  

naughtyrev: I guarantee that will be the dumbest thing I read all day.


Then I recommend that you don't read the next Slate article down on the main page about the guy who lost $1350 to scammers.
 
2013-07-19 02:57:16 PM  
Bienvenue chez Costco. Je t'aime.
 
2013-07-19 02:57:49 PM  
And don't send C.A.R.E.packages to Europe. Can you afford to visit Europe? No. What do they do with those C.A.R.E. packages we send them? They whack them with their polo mallets and make fun of our silly efforts to help them out. Fark them.
 
2013-07-19 02:58:03 PM  

thornhill: I realize that, for many Americans, Europe is a sacred cow. Americans fetishizele savoir-faire andla dolce vita. Paris and Rome are always spoken of with a breathy deference which is never afforded Frisco, NYC, or Chicago.

Many Europeans feel the same way about NYC -- going there is a right of passage.


I'm guessing the same goes for California considering how many Europeans Craig Ferguson finds for his cold open.
 
2013-07-19 02:58:29 PM  

Badmoodman: Btw, it's Costco. Cosco is a different company.


Isn't Cosco some Chinese transportation firm? I see it all the time on shipping containers when I'm waiting for trains to finish blocking the road.
 
2013-07-19 03:00:08 PM  
You can get croissants with your child seats now?
 
2013-07-19 03:00:31 PM  

naughtyrev: I guarantee that will be the dumbest thing I read all day.


So I take it you're not reading anymore Slate today?
 
2013-07-19 03:00:41 PM  
If all you want in terms of foreign culture is the food, then yes, you don't need to travel.  Globalization pretty much means you can get amazing ethnic food in any decently sized city.

However: there's more to cultures than food.
 
2013-07-19 03:01:04 PM  

lostcat: Last time I was in Europe was '97.

I don't feel any urge to go back soon.

That said, I've been to Japan seven times since '08. All over SE Asia as well.

Asia is where it's at.


Garry Glitter?
 
2013-07-19 03:01:10 PM  

caution


Badmoodman: Btw, it's Costco. Cosco is a different company.

Isn't Cosco some Chinese transportation firm? I see it all the time on shipping containers when I'm waiting for trains to finish blocking the road.


IIRC it's the China Overseas Shipping Concern.
 
2013-07-19 03:01:20 PM  
p51d007
I wouldn't travel to Europe for anything.  Heck, you can virtually see pretty much everything from the web with various resources, so why waste the money.


I wouldn't travel to Europe date a real woman for anything.  Heck, you can virtually see pretty much everything jerk off to porn from the web with various resources, so why waste the money.
 
2013-07-19 03:01:23 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Paris and Rome are always spoken of with a breathy deference which is never afforded Frisco, NYC, or Chicago.


Paris and Rome happen to have long and interesting histories. Hint: a history in the neighborhood of 200 years is not "long".

And only rubes refer to San Francisco as 'Frisco'.


Only Frisco douches get mad at Frisco.

Frisco kid was a friend of mine.
 
2013-07-19 03:02:15 PM  
So I guess I'll ask the obvious question.  When did Fark become a paid advertising outlet?  And why, if it's not paid, are moderators of fark greening stupid ass blog spam from the mass media empires?

It's not news, it's not weird, and it's not funny.  So it's spam and fark is farking full of it now.  WTF is the point?
 
2013-07-19 03:03:19 PM  
Anyplace you might think of visiting in the US or the entire world you can see on TV with the people depicted there having more fun than you would had you been there.

So, it is perfectly OK to stay at home, never emerge, and enjoy home delivery of exotic cuisine.

Or even skip the "exotic" part because your taste buds and the comfort foods of childhood are the true test of good food.
 
2013-07-19 03:04:19 PM  
By the way, folks, the article's author is a he, not a she, although admittedly (right in the article!) a FABULOUS he, as if it wasn't apparent from his byline photo.
 
2013-07-19 03:05:25 PM  
The article does bring up some good points. I think about the wonderful notion of "The Great American Road Trip" and how it's been destroyed by The Wal-Martization of America. Every town is starting to look the same.
"My trip was so wonderful, I went to a Starbucks that was even bigger than the one in my town!"
 
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