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What's the most poor and third-world country you have ever traveled or stayed in?
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Spain
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>>1036575
Detroit, Mi
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>>1036575
Bangladesh
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Wales
Kek
Honest answer for me, though.
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Bangladesh
It was great
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China, almost 10 years ago. I was really exposed to the poverty in China. I'm sure some of the places I went would be almost unrecognizable today, but the countryside probably hasn't changed much.

Or Thailand, but I saw much less of Thailand.
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Yemen

I was 10 so I don't remember much other than how gray everything was. Also the buildings were beautiful and every man and child had a gun
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>>1036626
>>1036587
I've seriously been considering going because fuck it, why not. Is it cool? Good food?
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>>1036575
Honduras. Short stay by the Caribbean. Didn't see much of the poverty and violence.
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united states
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>>1036646
Very cool I thought. Very hardcore. Unless you have a guide or a local friend, it'll be quite difficult. Worth a shot though if you're in the area. Not many people speak English and most rickshaw pullers are illiterate so won't be able to read directions in Bangla anyway. There's basically no tourism network/infrastructure. You'll have to stay at either an expensive international hotel or find a cheap local one which might be hard. It's pretty fun, as a lot of the blogs I've read have agreed, there just isn't that much to do apart from simply see the city/country. The food is nice but compared to Indian cuisine its quite limited.
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Probably Thailand
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>>1036575
Liberia, Nepal, Afghanistan.
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Cuba. You can tell how poor a country is by how much garbage is on the streets. Cuba had trash piles in the middle of major cities.
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>>1036661
Fucking edgelord. 9edgy12me
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moldova, fuck that place. close second: romania
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>>1036661
Same, homeless people everywhere, gang violence, government which doesnt give a fuck about the bottom part of society

tragic really, going to thailand the year after was magical in comparison
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>>1036671
>not using the cubes of 2 and 4
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Probably Cambodia or maybeKenya.
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>>1036674
That's too mainstream.
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>>1036580
Dammit. You beat me to it.
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Vietnam (the Chinatown district in HCMC is poor as fuck, it was insane). But I'm hoping to travel extensively in 2016, so I imagine I'll visit some poorer places (not that it's anything to brag about) since I won't be travelling much within Western Europe or Northern America.
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Brunei
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>>1036575
Malawi
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>>1036575

Cambodia

Went from Vietnam which is surprisingly developed and fairly well off to Cambodia which was literally dirt road, stray dogs, wooden huts, cattle on road, even some collapsed multi story buildings and signs warning about mines everywhere.

Still, it was a really cool country, don't let that put you off, one of the best trips i ever had was my Cambodian adventure.
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>>1036664
What the hell did you do in Liberia? I mean, one of the tourist attractions on wikitravel is a rock that sort of looks like a face.
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Abkhazia
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The Gambia. Literal shithole of a non-country
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>>1036575
Afghanistan.
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>>1036575

Kosovo, though that doesn't say much as I haven't been outside of Europe and the US.
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Dominican Republic.
Also the non-good parts of Paris are a sight to behold.
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Either Portugal or Poland, I've never been outside of Europe
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Laos, not the tourist towns like Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang but small villages on the Mekong and places like konglor village, attapeu etc.
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>>1036761
Nothing much--work trip. I visited semi-abandoned rubber plantations and a garment factory. Also met a guy by the side of the road who wanted to sell me an eagle.
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>>1036820
Oh, but there are also some attractive beaches, except for the stray dogs and human feces.
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>>1036661
Oh grow up. I bet you're from Brown Spain, too.
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>>1036830
not sure if SFW
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>>1036575
Djibouti
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Brazil.
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Rural Russia
La Perla in San Juan
Skid Row and some surrounding areas in LA
Poor parts of Mexico - the small villages, shanty towns, etc
Violent parts of Mexico
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>>1036927
>La Perla in San Juan
>Skid Row and some surrounding areas in LA
>Violent parts of Mexico
You got a death wish, son?
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>>1036575
>most poor and third-world country
I guess it's a tie between Cambodia and Fiji.
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i grew up in michigan, went to school and worked in detroit. parts of detroit are scary as fuck as would rival anything ive seen in the real third world. the level of urban decay is beyond anything most of you have probably ever seen, and its in your own country, assuming your an american.
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>>1036575

Toss up between Haiti and Detroit, MI. Not even trolling.
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>>1036575
belize or honduras for sheer poverty. kings cross london at 4am or south side of detroit for sheer we should not belong here feeling.....
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>>1036646
I've had a group of three girls and a solo travelling guy all tell me it's boring as fuck. Never looked into it myself though
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>>1036731
>>Brunei
>>Poor
Their oil wealth puts them as one of the richest countries in the region. Sure it's all in thhe hands of the sultan but he sinks a huge amount into infrastructure and subsidies. Everything there's pretty developed
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>>1036646
I'm planning a trip to Bangladesh right now. Looking at booking a tour for a few days to see Sundarban. It's supposed to be pretty nice. The preliminary plan is to fly to Dhaka from BKK, see that for one day, then a few days in the wilderness, then back to BKK.
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>>1036575
DPRK - though you don't see much of the poverty
Myanmar
Cambodia
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>>1036575

Ukraine and Armenia.

In Armenia you just feel that, without foreign aid, they would be one of the poorest countries on Earth. You go inside KFC, you have an USAID funded message saying "thank you for caring about health by having a nonsmoker room". Inside a fucking fastfood. Buses are financed by China (Chinaaid), others have German writing on them. Street names have plaques with UNHCR writing on them. Last but not least, all the Russian influence (and funding ) Armenia has.
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Mexico.
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>>1037445
And/or Colombia.

Not that they're that bad, I just haven't been to many third-world countries.
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>>1036802
Where in Portugal? I thought it was beautiful.
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Mozambique
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Bosnia. It was great, tho - that country has an amazing landscape.
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Cambodia. it was just so sad

Bangladesh, so regretful
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>>1036575
I want to say India, but i was so young and was there with my family visited my cousins (that lived in India for 4 years) so didn't see "the real India". But I have been in Laos/Cambodia and also Philippines (except the tourist parts) I think these are very poor countrys.
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>>1036761
> I mean, one of the tourist attractions on wikitravel is a rock that sort of looks like a face.

10/10 laughed way too hard at this
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Kenya

so many darkies. Was in fear of being gang blasted with every passing minute, even when locked away in my hotel room. Damn darkies I couldn't wait to get out of there even though the safari was a fun time
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Tanzania Africa. I dont think it can get much poorer and underdeveloped than that.
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>>1037438
If they have fast food restaurants they are not even close to being one of the poorest 3rd world countries.
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>>1038041

I may have the possibility to spend half a year on university exchange to Dar Es Salaam. What sort of conditions would I (or the people around me) be living in?
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>>1036820
>>1036761
From Lonely Planet:
>It wasn't long ago that Liberians talked with obvious nostalgia of 'normal days'. Now, over a decade after the war has ended, 'normal days' are back in this gorgeous green land.
>They can be seen in the Liberian designer who's launched a fashion store in Monrovia; the former refugee who runs a motorbike taxi business; the Liberian surfer who's touring West Africa and the salesman investing in eco-tourism.
>You might be among his customers, leaning back in a string hammock on the edge of a forest singing with tropical birds. Or you might visit Monrovia, exploring the relics of Liberia's rich history and the American influence that still shapes it. Sapo National Park is one of the most stunning patches of rainforest left in West Africa, while the sands of pretty Robertsport are shingled with fishing canoes and huge granite gems.
Today's 'normal days' are the spark that will light your travels in Liberia.

Sounds nice, but the LP writers would wax lyrical about the cosmopolitan charms of downtown Homs.
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>>1038042

They are being financed by the West, that is why they have western fast food places in the respective capital cities. Anyway people in Ukraine earn 100 euros per month, which is definitely comparable to African countries.
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Seychelles. Shit was cash. Almost too cash....
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>>1037304
The joke
>etc.
>etc.
>etc.
>etc.
Your head
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For me, India.

>>1037448
It is a nice place. Doesn't mean it's not also poor. Portugal is indeed the poorest country in western Europe, even the Czechs and Slovaks do better.
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Cuba
Detroit
Nuevo Laredo
Monterrey
Went to puerto vallarta by a car also got diahrea with no toilet paper while going back to Monterrey
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>>1038287
they forgot to mention that little ebola thing too. i think ill wait until all of that shit clears itself up.....
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>>1038041
>>1038069

Tanzania is a terribly poor country. Dar es Salaam is awful and I never want to go back. I didnt get robbed or anything but there is nothing to do and the smell is awful. Also prepare to stick out like a sore thumb if you dont appear of sub saharan african descent.
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Either Mexico or France.
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Senegal.
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>>1036672
What did you not like about Moldova?
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>>1038575
while tanzania certainly is a very poor country, at least there hasn't been a single war since independence and street crime is supposedly not as high as in kenya or south africa.

i do agree though that dar es salaam is horrible, and i did get robbed there. i definitely felt safer in nairobi which is usually said to be much worse
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>>1036672
>>1038621
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>>1036820
>Also met a guy by the side of the road who wanted to sell me an eagle.

That's fucking radical
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>>1037287
I walked around Trafalgar Square and other parts of London past midnight when I was there, probably out until 2 or 3AM. I take it not everywhere is that dangerous though.

In all honesty I love walking alone in places, and I felt less safe walking alone in downtown columbus oh at dinner hours than I did walking the streets of London past midnight.
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>>1037287
>>1038919
East London is the only place you really want to avoid. That goes for day as well as night though. The rest (especially the tourist spots) are perfectly safe.

I was a student in London and regularly roamed the streets at all hours of the night. On a weekly basis probably.
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I went to Mexico and got the shits for an entire week.

Build wall NOW.
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>>1038929
>mfw got hammered around Upton Park & East Ham on a regular basis for about half a year
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Kenya. Wonderful country
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>a rock that sort of looks like a face.

I want this to be a /trv/ meme. We all go to Liberia to photograph the rock that sort of looks like a face. Will confuse the fuck out of Liberians too.
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>>1036761
wikitravel is out of date. Use wikivoyage instead
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I traveled to Madagascar last year! Awesome country.
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Probably Laos.

Also been to Cambodia, India, Nepal.
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>>1038621
I hate not having a specific answer, but the whole thing was just a vaguely lousy experience even though I knew what I was getting myself into and wanted to see Moldova. I've heard Transnistria is nicer, but didn't see it.
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Banlieu of Paris
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Well I have travelled quite extensively in Africa in the last year so have seen a lot of poverty. Probably the worst I have seen in a particular area would be north Sudan or Ethiopia of course.
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>>1039045
I mean that the worst poverty concentrated in an area, not that a country is a particular area....
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Philippines. Didn't like it, but not because of the poverty. Just thought it was boring.
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>>1038992
you think someone might have defaced the rock by now?
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>>1038991
>implying there aren't already 100 destinations famous for having rocks that look like faces
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>>1036575
Pristina, Kosovo

It's fucking weird. Tons of half-built abandoned houses everywhere, there no concept of urban planning, copyright laws apparently do not get enforced.

Its weird, because at times it almost seems developed. There are world class restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, nightlife, etc. But it exists besides this unregulated chaos, and rather extreme poverty. On one side of the highway you'll see a gas station with a 24 hour store and a ton of neon lights, like something straight from an american highway. but then on the other side you'll see some people burning their trash in an empty brown wasteland.
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>>1039673
Partially recognized countries propped up by some foreign power or international organization don't have strong central governments and can't participate in international organizations and treaties, etc. They also don't get substantial investment from multinational companies because they are too high risk, as who knows what their political status will be in a few years.

This includes both Kosovo and similar places like Transnistria, Abkhazia, etc.

Because of their relative lawlessness, organized crime groups easily develop. They get rich off corruption and international crime and end up driving expensive cars and living in big, fancy houses, while the average citizen stays poor because their country doesn't have any real economic development.
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Italy.

shithole
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Malawi.

I think it was the poorest country in the world when I was there.
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>>1039905
If that is the worst you have seen, you haven't seen India.
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>>1039952
According to the IMF it still is (pic related. $242 USD per person per year.

Still a great vacation spot for a lot of reasons. Probably the best-kept easy cheap friendly backpacker secret spot.

Have also been to pretty poor countries in SEA and Latin America: by comparison to Africa they're WILDLY prosperous.
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>>1036575
Macedonia
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Poorest places, Daytona Florida, Macau China, Naples Italy, all 3 resembled a kind of mad max type dystopia, but at least the food was great in Naples.
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I've been to poorer places in the material sense, but Cuba was the most desperate and scheming

Just icky
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0cygRwZKzE

Georgia
I love this country, I love the tunes And all its depths and heights
For a warm welcome In a cold day...
I love it for eloquent silence
The music in its soul, The youthful spirit And inspiring stories
For proud look and honest smile
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Timor-Leste.

In some towns, the only cooked food being sold was fried dough. I'd have kids begging me not for money, but for food.
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>>1037460
Have you seen the pyramids
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9 months peacekeeping in Congo-Kinshasa. Shit's blood diamond level's of fucked up. And the jungle is claustrophobic.
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Dominican republic, mexico, and jamaica is pretty poor too.
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Never seen anything to beat South Sudan, but honourable mentions go to DRC, Barotseland and Liberia.
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Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana
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>>1040028
The most depressing post i've read in awhile
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Senegal in Africa. Literally trash everywhere and everyone was harrassing white people to give them food.
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>>1040425
Care to explain a little about what you were doing there?
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>>1040552
Mainly escorting vaccination programs and similar on tours of the countryside. Thank god it wasn't in a region with M23 presense. Drew my gun a few times, never fired. 14 year olds with AKs stop you in the middle of the road and claim their tire stack is a toll booth.
For the "big picture" google MONUSCO
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>>1040571
How do you deal with a situation like that? Pay the toll? Tell them to fuck off?
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I haven't really been to any third-world places.
The poorest is probably Bosnia. It was much cleaner than most of Western Europe. Yes, the buildings are mostly unfinished or still have all the marks from guns and bombs, or just falling apart... But it's all very clean, and the food is amazing.

Not talking about countries, the most third world place has got to be somewhere in East Paris or outskirts of Guilin.
I think I need to take more risks when traveling, looking at others' experiences, these seem boring.
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>>1040575
>Pay the toll? Tell them to fuck off?
Yes, both. Depends on the situation. Initially we tell them to fuck off. But these are kids with nothing to lose and nothing to live for, they want to impress their buddies and if they don't deliver they will be punished by their boss. We always brought extra water, candy, cheap cameras and stuff like that to bribe them with. Of course we're not allowed to give in to extortion formally so actually giving them money is super sensitive.
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>>1036796
>Also the non-good parts of Paris are a sight to behold.

This.
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>>1038929
After Philadelphia, the world is safe.
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>>1040581
Have you been hack to the DRC since?

I've been pretty close (in Zam and Tan) but the reputation put me off. I'd like a cheap place to chill and work on my French.
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>>1039033
Nothing wrong in the capital and in the south towns like Cahul. Rural areas are bautiful in the summer and people are generally open and friendly to foreigners. The north is pretty fucked though.

>transnistria is nicer
kek'd heartily
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>>1040588
No never been back. Naturally I only worked in unsafe areas where peacekeeping is needed. So I don't know much about anything else. It's a massive country. I don't really know if there's any place suitable for tourists (or anyone for that matter).
At least they don't have ebola or ISIS
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>>1040602
There's definitely places suitable for tourists. I know a couple of people that went to Kinshasha this summer. I don't think it's very easy though, haven't talked to them much.
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>>1040611
Any idea if the DRC side of Tanganyika is cool?
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>>1040611
I didn't mean suitable as in "worth going there". There's definitely a lot to see. Just that I don't know how safe it really is.
For example Rio is massively popular and considered sanitized. Still once in a while tourists get kidnapped.
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>>1040615
I visited a few places in Katanga and the Kivus. You can take a boat to Kalemie from Kigoma easily enough. It's an interesting city to visit and quite unique, I didn't see many reasons to spend a long time there though. If you want to travel onward from there make sure you ask locals if it is safe or not. Goma is probably more suitable for chilling out, it's a nicer city and there are more attractions to visit nearby.
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>>1038930
Don't tell me, you drank the fucking tap water. Our plumbing sucks. We have it drilled into our heads to never, ever drink the tap water. It's only safe in expensive hotels and the nicer parts of rich cities.
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>>1038024
>so many darkies.
you visit Kenya and don't expect to see africans? Is this a troll?
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>>1041001
no, that is a retard that meant to click on /b/ and somehow managed to get here.
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Probably Iraq. I was in Iraqi-Kurdistan for a little while and it was pretty grimy. Half finished buildings, abandoned construction sites where people burned pit fires and slept in shacks, garbage all over the street, bazaars backing up onto eroding cemeteries, bundles of unrecognizable wires all tangled up and twisted around power lines and poles, stray dogs and cats everywhere, ISIS in the distance, plenty of Peshmerga and guns.

I could go on
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>>1041113

Picture from my hotel window first day there. Raining/misty and there was prayer music playing from the mosque loudspeakers across the street. Felt really surreal
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