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(Death and Taxes Magazine)   The Eight Wonders of the World ... as reviewed by the less enthused users of TripAdvisor   (deathandtaxesmag.com) divider line 78
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2013-11-11 08:12:29 AM
Well, I think it's awful of these tourist site owners not to keep the fog away every day. That's just poor management.
 
2013-11-11 08:45:15 AM
The tourist complaining about other tourists at the Great Wall is ironic.
/now a thread derail on the real definition of "irony"
 
2013-11-11 08:47:11 AM
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2013-11-11 08:49:04 AM
Firstworldproblems.com
 
2013-11-11 08:51:08 AM
Some of the criticisms seem reasonable.


A giant farking statute of Jesus?  Really?
 
2013-11-11 08:51:25 AM
"The Great Wall isn't so great, it sucked!"
 
2013-11-11 08:51:55 AM
Yeah, and, like, who the fark do those grimy street merchants think they are trying to sell me things so they can feed their family?  It, like, totally ruined my Chichen Itza experience.  At least when we took our kids, Caleb, Caiden, and Chastity to Mohenjodaro the people were kind enough to beg first.  The kids learned the meaning of charity then.
 
2013-11-11 08:56:39 AM
"Atlantis was wet but we got hosed!"
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----   Reviewed August 31, 2036

Spent like 2 hrs ina cramped submarine that smellt like farts bc my husband went to happy hour at Chipotle. When we finale got their it was all wet and u culdnt even get a donkey ride to the mermaid show. The food was too fishy. It looks liek it was bulld by mercavemen. No refund if u get hte bends like my neice did on the way back up. I'll stick too new Orleans if I want to see an underwater city thank u very much! Wish I could give 0 stars!
 
2013-11-11 08:57:37 AM

colinspooky: Well, I think it's awful of these tourist site owners not to keep the fog away every day. That's just poor management.


I hate it when people do this.  They are the same kind of people who give an app they downloaded for their smartphone a 1 star out of 5 review not because its a bad program, but because it simply hasn't been updated for the newest OS yet.
 
2013-11-11 08:58:33 AM

Mouren: The tourist complaining about other tourists at the Great Wall is ironic.
/now a thread derail on the real definition of "irony"


The locals hate tourists.  Travel agents hate tourists.  Airlines hate tourists.  Railroads, cabbies, tramlines, bus lines and cruise lines hate tourists.  Hotels, hostels, bed & breakfasts, motels, RV parks, park parks and camp grounds hate tourists.  Restaurants, cafes, kiosks, street vendors all hate tourists.  Tourists hate tourists.  Tourists believe, for buying some discounted package, that they should be treated like visiting royalty, whereas they should just be grateful they aren't completely robbed, raped and murdered.

You don't want to get ripped off and treated like garbage? Don't be a tourist.
 
2013-11-11 08:59:34 AM
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1) It's Badaling. 2) All of China smells funny and this is where the person had a problem?


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Actually, that's kind of spot on. There are much better wonders of the world that should've been on the list, but the way 7NewWOnders went about it, you get things like Christ the Redeemer. it's kind of cool, but it's not in the same league as Angkor Wat for instance which should be on the list in its stead.


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Dude has a good point. You pay money to get in to see this and all you can hear are the vendors with their panther whistle things that are really fin' annoying. Still, don't mark the site down to a 1 because of it.

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Another good point. The tour inside is ok, but outside can be enough. Rome's got a ton of free history.

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Hmm, the Taj Mahal was one of the few places in India that doesn't smell. And yeah, locals will pay less than you as they probably make a lot less than you too. Then again, running from the van to the entrance fee to avoid the throngs of vendors is a bit stinky.

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No one mentioned the Pizza Hut you can see from the pyramids? I am disappoint.
 
2013-11-11 09:00:10 AM
Most of these can be summarized into "People who look different and smell bad want me to give them money!"
 
2013-11-11 09:02:45 AM
"dog murder"
 
2013-11-11 09:07:20 AM
I think I need to log on to trip advisor and give Chicken Itza a one star too.

I went there in '01... and yes it was a great place but I didn't have a single hot Latin babe offer me a blow job for free as I toured the ruins.

How can Mexico consider itself a first rate nation when random hot strangers don't approach you ever 5 mins offering you free sexual gratification?
 
2013-11-11 09:07:58 AM
The bit about the Coliseum gladiators is very true. In fact, Italian authorities have stated that is a big problem with "fake" gladiators not affiliated with the tour groups or city that take advantage and in some cases rob the tourists.
 
2013-11-11 09:08:04 AM
The  only list of wonders that counts is the original Civlisation 1 wonders of the ancient world.

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Library of Alexandria
The Great Wall of China
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Oracle of Delphi
The Pyramids of Giza.

Everything else can go to hell.

I don't know why it took me so long before I realised that you could only build nukes after the Manhattan Project. I blame not reading the manual as a kid, and being a kid.
 
2013-11-11 09:10:58 AM
Sounds like some of those people really need to get over Machu Picchu.
 
2013-11-11 09:13:35 AM
I'm not going to lie, I was kind of annoyed by all of the tourists at the Vatican. Hot and annoyed, with cameras in their hands, they asked their trip-mate "where are we going next?" The other pulled out the map and they fussed over where to next that was closest. While there I was trying to take in the majesty of one of the most religiously significant areas in the world.
Italy was my first trip abroad and it made me sad to see ancient ruins covered in graffiti and overrun by tacky tourists.
But you know what? Any site with historical significance will be overrun with tourists and the locals won't hold it with as much reverence as you would. Why? Because they live there, they see it every day. How many of you have seen your own city's tourist attractions? And most of the historically significant buildings will probably be in ruins especially in Europe because they were historically significant hundreds of years ago or more.

That said, I thought the Coliseum in Rome was pretty cool and I even took pictures of the bricks.
 
2013-11-11 09:21:25 AM
People should watch Rick Steves before going overseas and learn the difference between being a tourist vs. a traveler.
 
2013-11-11 09:23:16 AM
So nobody assembling this list realized that one of the reviews of the Colosseum was a joke?
 
2013-11-11 09:23:27 AM
Also, since the only genuine "eighth" wonder of the world is Andre the Giant, someone should do a review of him on TripAdvisor.
 
2013-11-11 09:24:03 AM
This just in......


Capatalism has begun to resemble a runaway train.

In case any of you have not already noticed, go to any major even in any big city and you will find the American versions of these people. $5.00 + bottles of water, $8.00 bottles of beer, 4 - 5 dollar hotdogs, $150 + concert tickets, major league sporting events do EXACTLY the same thing.....

These 7 wonders vendors are just rough copies of the same thing.

Any time a vendor (seller of most any product) can corner a consumer and flush them of all of their cash, they seem to have no hesitation at all, despite the fact that capitalism cannot survive without consumers.......
 
2013-11-11 09:25:08 AM
I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.
 
2013-11-11 09:27:39 AM

Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.


Yup, right next to the one about making racist comments on Youtube.
 
2013-11-11 09:28:22 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: So nobody assembling this list realized that one of the reviews of the Colosseum was a joke?


That could just as well have been a real review by an American
 
2013-11-11 09:29:13 AM

Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.


Others would say creating a statue of christ is creating a false idol... and that by giving it anything other than 1 star you are going to hell.

There again... no matter what your belief... the vast majority of other people on the planet thinks you're going to hell for not believing what they believe...

So have fun... go out: drink, party, and give 1 star reviews of christ statues
 
2013-11-11 09:30:09 AM
I always check TripAdvisor before a trip, it's usually the most accurate representation of tourist sites and the forums are helpful. The nit picky stuff people biatch about always gives me a laugh too. I love reading people's gripes about the weather, no Mcdonalds, etc.

I definitely get people's complaints about aggressive vendors being all over you the whole time you're there. Look, I know the sellers are just trying to make money, but you can only say no so many times before it gets annoying. Some of them can get very physically or verbally aggressive.  Who wants to be intimidated to buy some cheap souvenir while they're on vacation?
 
2013-11-11 09:34:40 AM
The best tourist experience I have ever had was in Antigua Guatemala.  All the history, no tourists, except some raggedy hippy backpackers.

You can walk through these hundreds-years-old churches and buildings (destroyed in a 16th-century earthquake), some repaired, some barely standing, with no guides, no other people, and just a reverent stillness.  It's a thriving tourist town, gorgeous, with all the amenities, but most of the tourists are other Guatemalans.

You can also climb an active volcano (Pacaya) with a private guide for about $10 each.  When you get to the lava field you are literally the only people on the planet.  It's amazing.

Being a tourist without other tourists around is possible.  You just have to go off the beaten track a bit.
 
2013-11-11 09:34:56 AM

bearcats1983: Look, I know the sellers are just trying to make money, but you can only say no so many times before it gets annoying. Some of them can get very physically or verbally aggressive.  Who wants to be intimidated to buy some cheap souvenir while they're on vacation?


Treat them like homeless people, just ignore them. Don't make eye contact, look the other way, hurry past, set them on fire.
 
2013-11-11 09:45:47 AM

corronchilejano: Firstworldproblems.com


You do realize that redirects to the EFF, right?
 
2013-11-11 09:50:36 AM

lucksi: To The Escape Zeppelin!: So nobody assembling this list realized that one of the reviews of the Colosseum was a joke?

That could just as well have been a real review by an American


Pretty sure that's one of the rules of the internet. Unable to tell between trolls and idiots.
 
2013-11-11 09:52:36 AM

Strik3r: This just in......


Capatalism has begun to resemble a runaway train.

In case any of you have not already noticed, go to any major even in any big city and you will find the American versions of these people. $5.00 + bottles of water, $8.00 bottles of beer, 4 - 5 dollar hotdogs, $150 + concert tickets, major league sporting events do EXACTLY the same thing.....

These 7 wonders vendors are just rough copies of the same thing.

Any time a vendor (seller of most any product) can corner a consumer and flush them of all of their cash, they seem to have no hesitation at all, despite the fact that capitalism cannot survive without consumers.......


www.discworldemporium.com
 
2013-11-11 09:53:05 AM

dpaul007: Most of these can be summarized into "People who look different and smell bad want me to give them money!"


I can tell the difference between the vendors at the Egyptian pyramids and the vendors at Hersheypark, why can't you?
 
2013-11-11 09:54:57 AM
My favorite comment was, "Nothing to do in Rio." Really? Giant city? Absolutely nothing to do? No museums, beaches, cultural centers, remnants of Carnival, big buildings, favelas, restaurants, or bars? Huh. I've never been there myself but I'll bet I could find something to do.
 
2013-11-11 09:57:16 AM
Anywhere in Mexico from TJ on down if you don't want to deal with vendors you just do what the locals do which is an extended index finger wagged from side to side in a windshield wiper motion and if you do want a delicious Mexican Coke you buy it from a stand where the vendors don't chase tourists all day. The national soda of Mexico is the nonalcoholic Sangria and it's pretty good too. On principle alone I'll never deal with somebody who accosts me because that's disrepectful.
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2013-11-11 09:57:40 AM

Plato's Salty Discharge: Yeah, and, like, who the fark do those grimy street merchants think they are trying to sell me things so they can feed their family?  It, like, totally ruined my Chichen Itza experience.  At least when we took our kids, Caleb, Caiden, and Chastity to Mohenjodaro the people were kind enough to beg first.  The kids learned the meaning of charity then.


You might want to stitch up that bleeding heart before you bleed out.  It doesn't take very long dealing with them before you realize most of them are assholes looking to either rip you off or outright rob you.
 
2013-11-11 10:15:50 AM

Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.


I dunno. The New Testament is pretty old too. And the hero dies in the middle.
 
2013-11-11 10:21:36 AM
I've only visited Chichen Itza from their list but I didn't think it was a bad place to visit. The ride out on the tour bus was pretty lame, ensuring we did a tour of a "native" village (a slum in the jungle) followed by a stop off in a "native" ripoff gift shop (e.g. Tequila selling for 5x the price in Walmart) despite not asking for it. Maybe the former was to guilt trip us about the latter.  It didn't work. When we reached the ruins I quite enjoyed myself, listening to the guide's ludicrous and harebrained theories about the site and climbing to the top of the one people are allowed up (scary steep).

The absolutely worst tourist trap I've been to is Venice. It can be best summed up as crowds, mosquitoes, identical giftshops selling tat like masks and glass, rundown hotels, expensive water taxis, overpriced bars and pizzeria everywhere. Mile upon mile of exactly the same thing. It's a horrible place.
 
2013-11-11 10:24:44 AM

Slaxl: Also, since the only genuine "eighth" wonder of the world is Andre the Giant, someone should do a review of him on TripAdvisor.


I bet he smells really bad by now.
 
2013-11-11 10:25:40 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.

I dunno. The New Testament is pretty old too. And the hero dies in the middle.


Spoilers!
 
2013-11-11 10:26:38 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.

I dunno. The New Testament is pretty old too. And the hero dies in the middle.


Ack!  Spoiler Alert!  MODS!!!
 
2013-11-11 10:27:07 AM
Chichen Itza was awesome .... I don't remember it being overrun with trinket sellers, but there its a big place and there were plenty of places to go "off the beaten path" to do some exploring. Here is a pic of my ex-girlfriend sitting on the head of a big snake on the edge of the jungle, smoking a joint .... no one around.

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2013-11-11 10:27:18 AM

Mugato: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Mugato: I'm pretty sure you go to Hell for giving the Christ statue one star. I think it's one of the commandments. The other set, the one in the New Testament.

I dunno. The New Testament is pretty old too. And the hero dies in the middle.

Spoilers!


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-11-11 10:31:32 AM
ATL is the 8th wonder of the world.
 
2013-11-11 10:37:15 AM

RalphW: People should watch Rick Steves before going overseas and learn the difference between being a tourist vs. a traveler.


What's the difference?

If you're going there for business or some official reason, you're a traveler.

But if you're going there for pleasure, you're a tourist, and it doesn't matter if you think you're some sort of Anthony Bourdain wannabee.  You're still just a tourist.
 
2013-11-11 10:44:42 AM

Slaxl: The  only list of wonders that counts is the original Civlisation 1 wonders of the ancient world.

The Colossus of Rhodes
The Great Library of Alexandria
The Great Wall of China
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Oracle of Delphi
The Pyramids of Giza.

Everything else can go to hell.

I don't know why it took me so long before I realised that you could only build nukes after the Manhattan Project. I blame not reading the manual as a kid, and being a kid.


That is not the correct list. Off the top of my head, it is missing The statue of Zeus, The temple of Artemis (Diana), The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus -  and the Great Wall is not part of the list.
 
2013-11-11 10:48:52 AM

barefoot in the head


That is not the correct list.


Did you happen to notice that Slaxl was talking about a list from a video game?
 
2013-11-11 10:49:00 AM

barefoot in the head: and the Great Wall is not part of the list.


Doesn't the Great wall give all of your cities walls?

/hasn't played in over a decade
 
2013-11-11 10:50:39 AM
www.religionfacts.com

I saw the Pyramids before they went mainstream.
 
2013-11-11 10:53:55 AM
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