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I'm looking at Springfield and Eugene Oregon in September October time.

I'm from London, Manhattan to me felt like London, so I'm not looking to go to Manhattan on this trip.

FedEX quoted me around $1, 000.00 to FedEx any electric guitars back home.
I'm tempted to save and buy a nice guitar in America - If I did that, I'd stay in Portland, OR because there are a bunch guitar shops comapred to that 1 good one I found with Google in Eugene.

I don't have a driver's license... Luckily for me, Eugene and Springfield boasts these @ $.3.50 unlimited on all LTD busses, per day. 

and the mom and pop hotel I found who told me I can smoke pot in my room if I rent it say they have bus stops outside. I can buy my bus passes on board the non EMX bus that goes there. (I didn't know that's how to buy a day bus pass in America, on board the bus).

I like Springfield for it's pot, titty bars, affordable living, in America (US TV and food) and I like to run and Eugene is Tracktown USA. I want to track a run with this app that I have and do Pre's Trail. They have a Voodoo Doughuts (Voodoo Doughtnuts Tres) and a Sizzle Pizza (doesn't deliver to the area the hotel I want's in, but I can go out to it.
They don't have rattlesnakes or tornadoes.
Springfield has it's own Gateway too (apparently, so does Portland). -  I've found 4 malls in the area and 1 I like the look of in Eugene.
Is this going to suck being a pedestrian on a solo in America?
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DC is actually pretty cool, all of the federal museums and zoos and monuments there are actually really nice.
DC is garbage and I feel bad for anyone who actually spends money to come here.

To put it another way, if I didn't like someone and they asked for my advice on travel, I'd heartily recommend DC.

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Is it fun being a pedestrian outside of Manhattan in America?
Like, can it really suck not having a car in America?
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Is it fun being a pedestrian outside of Manhattan in America?
Like, can it really suck not having a car in America?
San Fran and Seattle are west coast cities you can walk through. Boston on the east coast as well. Otherwise, it's better with a car. You're missing out on true Americana without a car going into nature.

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No real formula. All depends on the urban planning, or lack of. As far as I know, SF, Boston, and NYC are the most walkable cities in the US.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#11
Xiaoxi I think you hit the nail on the head when you said 'or lack of it' in regards to urban planning.
I'm seeing, from a week of studying Eugene/Springfied is, this trip that I want is only possible now.
The flight I want into America, I've recently found out only started in 2016; London - Salt Lake City to connect to Eugene has the least amount of time on the ground (4 and a half hours compared to 6 or 7 hours waiting). The EmX bus I'd depend on without a car wasn't always there and I'm still not sure if they've finished building it for West Eugene. I like that they have taxis though like we have minicabs, I don't see them driving around much like in other cities but you can phone and order these.
I heard it's more 15% to 20% to tip a taxi driver if you expect them to pick you up again rather than what google told me when they said 5% to tip a taxi driver in America.

It can be done, but it's not like going to Rome for the weekend..
This is at least a week for a solo trip so be prepared to do your laundry in America. I've managed to find a place that you can do this on site but it's close to a laundromat anyway - and other places to stay here had similar laundromats close by too. Banks are where you get your change/rolls of quaters.
Change in America comes in rolls wrapped in paper and can be got at the bank.
It's also a big country... Which mean, if no car or cycle rental, you're screwed.
But it's also America, so in America, all your money will be American, you'd get George Washington's face on your three $1 dollar bills and your two American quarters as you buy your daily bus pass from the bus drive using exact change because they don't like or won't break a $5 dollar bill that has Abraham Lincoln's face on it, so this is well and truly in America.
In America, you'd be treated to American cable TV at most places to stay.
In America, home of American brand names the world over, you'd find more for your buck.
Less shipping, less licensing, maybe even less of a tax rate than in your 'non America' life... Probably..
But it'll be more authentic, made in America, to American recipes.
So America is possible for you, just be prepared to spend a little more time there because it's so big and so far (from Europe).
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The majority of places in America are mostly built around driving, and a lot of cities are that way, except downtown areas.
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#13
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I like Springfield for it's pot, titty bars, affordable living,


honestly if this is all you want, you're better off getting fucked up in your living room

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#14
What are you looking for nature? Social scene? Man made wonders? 

I think Arizona is pretty fucking cool. Being from a big city and then coming out here was a mind fuck.
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by people who have kept on


trying when there seemed to be no hope at all
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honestly if this is all you want, you're better off getting fucked up in your living room

Join the club!.. 'Of peoples who's already told me that. B)

There's another club too, called The People Who Told Me to go to Amsterdam, Club.
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well in that case you definitely belong in the Kool Kids Klub

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#17
The other day I thought I was watching the Road starring Viggo Mortensen but it turns out I was actually walking on a sidewalk on an average day in California
#18
Nelshizzle Social scene... Points of interest.
Points of interest for me include:
Running and Guitar and if possible (if possible), weed smoke *to pass the time.
Socialising, taking pictures and videos for Intsagram (so I want to feel safe enough with my phone out in public).
No rattlesnakes or scorpions or tarantulas and no where without public transport or an airport.

That said, my reason this trip is to see 'real American' living and try cool things I might have heard about in Britain.

So me a place and I'd think about it.

I'm thinking of going home through PHL out Newark Liberty for family for extra days at the end.. So... I already know how to get from 20 minutes from where I need to be there by SEPTA and PATCO and NJ to get me to NJ and then I know a train from there all the way to Newark... but my 7 days of American exploration... I'm thinking for lacking of a better, 'Gooooo Ducks!' getting Oregon Ducks merchandise on this trip as gifts, IDK.
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I think I lucked out with running and pot in Eugene though, it's almost a done deal.
They call it Tracktown USA and is where Nike comes from and I want to run Pre's Trail and GPS save it for my RunKeeper *this app I have.
Run it, track it, screenshot it, share it on Instagram - hashtag it #oregontrail .. I mean, why not? It's my reward (to myself), my get away/my holiday, this year. Won't have to go to work or study or nothing for a week or so in America; sounds good to me..
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Rossenrot Indeed -
In 2004 I walked 2 something miles to the Willow Grove Park Mall in Pennsylvania...
I walked through the set (or as good as) of Buffy The Vampire Slayer along the way, walking past a funeral home on Easton Road..
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Make sure that whatever you do, if you have one of those british accents, the one where you pronounce r's as w's. e.g. pronouncing the word "mystery" as "mystewy", you do your best to mask it. This is of upmost annoyance in America and might even get you attacked, though you'll most likely not encounter this problem with the "We're kind of like Europe? Ahead of the curve, you know?" crowd in the Cascadia area.
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Fat Lard British enough for you?

Funny you mention it though, I was was thinking about this too just now myself a couple of minutes ago practicing what I heard earlier somewhere on YouTube; How to pronounce the name of the state correctly; Or-ri-gun, emphasis on the 'gun'.
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#24
Come to Missouri. We have miles and miles of beautiful cornfields you can stare at.
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Fat Lard British enough for you?

Funny you mention it though, I was was thinking about this too just now myself a couple of minutes ago practicing what I heard earlier somewhere on YouTube; How to pronounce the name of their state correctly; Or-ri-gun, emphasis on the 'gun'.


Yeah you're definitely going to get shot and/or catch zika. Most likely "Ore-ehgun" with a soft i, soft gun, and strained Ore, but as long as you say it with closed eyes and try to look like as much of a dipshit as possible when you say it, they'll most likely treat you like a local
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I'm still looking at Eugene, but, I don't know, for other holiday makers my way who'd go to Jamaica with a friend from Jamaica with a place to stay or in some walled out resort with other holiday makers... USA has Orlando theme parks and Big Cities.
These are fantastic places for people to see, but it's not exploration where you get a taste of local life, like so many UK celebrities do when they have TV shows about their time in America.
I'm finding, it is indeed possible to have a taste of that American life, for a week. So I'd like to recommend it for us European City Slickers and beach rave party animals.
Granted it costs more to get to America.
But if you can, why not?
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Ummm, they definitely do have rattlesnakes throughout Oregon along with most western US states.  Chances are you will never see one but they are out there.
http://kval.com/outdoors/rattlesnakes-in-eugene-theyre-going-to-bite-in-self-defense

Lot's to see there depending on your interests.  The OR coast is breathtaking as are the mountain peak views on a clear day.  Columbia river gorge, whitewater rafting, and lots of active stuff to do. 
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Yeah you're definitely going to get shot and/or catch zika. Most likely "Ore-ehgun" with a soft i, soft gun, and strained Ore, but as long as you say it with closed eyes and try to look like as much of a dipshit as possible when you say it, they'll most likely treat you like a local

I don't want to start any wars or nothing, but... I think I can handle myself.
Just saying... I'm going to be me, and let my freedom be, you know. Walk in to a business, engage like anyone else, speak how I speak. Polite and shit.
#33
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California the sickest state.

A state of degeneracy and debauchery. We should invade it.
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M00NAGEDAYDREAM

The hotel confessed they had them in that part of town, I confessed I knew, named one of them and then asked how much to bring a friendly local back if I ever meet anybody. They said $5.00 per visitor or $10.00 more on the weekly rate if they stay too... 
WaterGod Everywhere else I found had a no smoking policy and it's only allowed somewhere private. I say everywhere else because this mom and pop type place I found said when I asked them if I could enjoy recreational marijuana in my room
"you could smoke whatever you like as long as you rent the room"...
I'm wondering how to best defend myself against a meth head in the middle of the night now when I go, but, shouldn't be a problem - but yeah, woo-hoo!
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A state of degeneracy and debauchery. We should invade it.

If you live anywhere outside of California, you already do year in and year out.  You all love the degeneracy so much.
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WaterGod Everywhere else I found had a no smoking policy and it's only allowed somewhere private. I say everywhere because this mom and pop type place I found said when I asked them if I could enjoy recreational marijuana in my room 'you could smoke whatever you like as long as you rent the room'...
I'm wondering how to defend myself against a meth head in the middle of the night when I go, but, it shouldn't be a problem - but yeah, woo-hoo!


You act like this is something new, I can't even smoke tobacco in public where I live and it's also illegal to sell tobacco to people under the age of 21 within city limits. People in power are dicks no matter where you live.
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M00NAGEDAYDREAM

The hotel confessed they had them in that part of town, I confessed I knew, named one of them and then asked how much to bring a friendly local back if I ever meet anybody. They said $5.00 per visitor or $10.00 more on the weekly rate if they stay too... 
WaterGod Everywhere else I found had a no smoking policy and it's only allowed somewhere private. I say everywhere else because this mom and pop type place I found said when I asked them if I could enjoy recreational marijuana in my room "you could smoke whatever you like as long as you rent the room"...
I'm wondering how to best defend myself against a meth head in the middle of the night now when I go, but, shouldn't be a problem - but yeah, woo-hoo!

Wait, so you're just looking for a walkable area with prostitutes? Why don't you just go to Cardiff? Gary can set you up proper in that department.

(even though he's a Welsh Chinaman in Sweden anymore)
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