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Hey guys , trying to create a post where we can laugh , learn and share some stuff with eachother.

The ideia is to share your favorite thing inside your country. Can be food , monuments or just a really funny place/object that u have seen. Please do not say things that may be offensive to the other user and respect other cultures.

Be the most original you can :D

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Canada has a lot of great and amazing stuff but I think Hockey would rank up there as our most passionate (and I am not a Hockey fan so it sucks for me sometimes ^_^) Here are some examples.

 

When the Jets came back to Winnipeg for about 2 weeks (before they came) the front page of the Winnipeg Sun had a story covering the Jets. That is 2 weeks where the most important news in the WORLD was hockey to Winnipeggers.

 

When I was working for Playstation I decided to run an NHL tournament to raise money for Children's Hospital and help EB promote the upcoming NHL game (grand prize was a free copy of the new game when it released). Well the NHL strike happened that year and we decided that we would continue with the tournament as planned. We held the tournament in a mall and throughout the day people started passing through and asking if they could watch the tournament. We told them "sure, but you have to donate to the Children's Hospital". We ended up raising more money for CMN through people watching the players as opposed to the people who donated for the silent auctions or registration fees. People just missed watching hockey that much that they were willing to pay to watch someone play a videogame as opposed to not watching anything at all ( and some people stayed for the whole 6 hour tournament).

 

Finally we turn to the stupid and moronic. This next event makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian and the idiots who were involved can go fuck themselves. In 2011 when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. Well Vancouver decided that the world needed to burn and riots began in downtown Vancouver. Look at these idiots smiling as they torch a car.

 

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The 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup riot was a public disturbance that broke out in the downtown core of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The riots happened immediately after the conclusion of the Boston Bruins' win over the Vancouver Canucks in game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals, which won the Stanley Cup for Boston. At least 140 people were reported as injured during the incident, one critically; at least four people were stabbed, nine police officers were injured, and 101 people were arrested that night. As of July 2013, police have recommended 1,204 criminal charges against 352 suspected rioters.

 

 

So that's all for now. Take it away Tom (RIP)

 

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In portugal people used to sell a lot of "Caralhos das Caldas da Rainha" , yup..dicks made in the "DickHouse". If you do not believe you can check in the link i left there xD. It is still a tradition but there's not many people selling nowadays. There's other thing about a traditional black "cock" but this is enough haha. My favorite thing about sports in Portugal is Benfica , an huge football club that gets all country in red when the team wins finals etc..the club has an eagle and before the game starts they release it to fly around all the stadium..benfica is awesome.

Canada has a lot of great and amazing stuff but I think Hockey would rank up there as our most passionate (and I am not a Hockey fan so it sucks for me sometimes ^_^) Here are some examples.

 

When the Jets came back to Winnipeg for about 2 weeks (before they came) the front page of the Winnipeg Sun had a story covering the Jets. That is 2 weeks where the most important news in the WORLD was hockey to Winnipeggers.

 

When I was working for Playstation I decided to run an NHL tournament to raise money for Children's Hospital and help EB promote the upcoming NHL game (grand prize was a free copy of the new game when it released). Well the NHL strike happened that year and we decided that we would continue with the tournament as planned. We held the tournament in a mall and throughout the day people started passing through and asking if they could watch the tournament. We told them "sure, but you have to donate to the Children's Hospital". We ended up raising more money for CMN through people watching the players as opposed to the people who donated for the silent auctions or registration fees. People just missed watching hockey that much that they were willing to pay to watch someone play a videogame as opposed to not watching anything at all ( and some people stayed for the whole 6 hour tournament).

Wow that's epic.

 

Finally we turn to the stupid and moronic. This next event makes me embarrassed to be a Canadian and the idiots who were involved can go fuck themselves. In 2011 when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup. Well Vancouver decided that the world needed to burn and riots began in downtown Vancouver. Look at these idiots smiling as they torch a car.

 

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So that's all for now. Take it away Tom (RIP)

 

Thats epic and sad *-* ):

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OK this could be a real cool thread so don't post spam in it. I would be interested in hearing from some other people what makes their Country AWESOME :D. Here is some more from Canada (which isn't really fair since our Country is SO awesome your posts will seem small in comparison)

 

STUFF YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS CANADIAN

 

-Superman-Co-created by Joe Shuster, from Toronto Ontario, in 1938

 

-James Bond-Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Born in Winnipeg Manitoba, was one of the inspirations for 007. Here is what Sir Ian Fleming had to say

 

James Bond is a highly romanticized version of a true spy. The real thing is ... William Stephenson."

-Winnie the Pooh-Winnie the Pooh was named after the Teddy Bear owned by AA Milne's son who was named after a Canadian Black Bear found at the London Zoo. This Black Bear was donated to the zoo by a Canadian LT. who named it Winnie after Winnipeg.

 

-Homer Simpsons-Well let us keep talking about Winnipeg with everyone's favourite TV dad. Matt Groening based the character off of his father (Homer Groening) who was from Winnipeg :). We actually made Homer Simpson an honourary citizen after this news broke. Even cooler is my step-dad's ex-wife is actually related to Matt Groening (their last name is Groening as well) and they are either first or second cousins.

Basketball-Created by Dr. James Naismith, who was living in the States but was born in Canada

 

Inventions

Imax-You love watching movies like Dark Knight on the Big Big screen well you can thank Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, and Robert Kerr for that privilege

The Walkie Talkie-Was invented by BC and Ontario natives Donald Hings and Alfred Gross.

Pager-Alfred Gross also went on to invent the Pager as well :)

Wheel Chair Access on Buses-Well this was invented by Nova Scotian Walter Callow

Snowmobile-Well it should come as no shock that this was invented by a Canadian-Quebec resident Joseph-Armand Bombardier to be exact

Gas Mask-This military invention comes to us from Newfoundland developed by Cluny MacPherson

SONAR-invented by Quebec native Reginald Fessenden

The Garbage Bag-Invented by Winnipegger Harry Wasylyk

Egg Carton-Invented by Joseph Coyle form BC

Alkaline/Lithium Battery- Invented by Lewis Urry from Ontario

 

Famous People

 

Alex Trebek

Pamela Anderson

Jim Carrey

Michael J Fox

James Cameron

Anna Paquin

Ryan Gosling

Seth Rogan

Ellen Page

Elisha Cuthbert

Donald Sutherland

Keifer Sutherland

Ryan Reyonalds

Carrie-Anne Moss

Hayden Christensen

Nathan FIllion

Sandra Oh

Michael Cera

Mike Myers

Sarah Chalke

Will Arnet

William Shatner

Rick Morranis

John Candy

Leslie Nielsen

Eugene Levy

And the list goes on and on

 

So there is some cool stuff about Canada :). While I knew most of these, I was actually surprised to find out about some of the stuff that was Canadian (like the Walkie-Talkie and Gas Mask). So go and post some stuff about your country and not only will you educate the rest of the people on this site, but you may learn some stuff yourselves

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I am from the United States and, in lieu of talking about the nation as a whole, I will address the culture of my home town: Knoxville, Tennessee

Tennessee is a southern state that gets its name from the Native American Cherokee tribe.  Apparently Tennessee meant "land of the blue smoke."  This makes sense if you live in Eastern Tennessee because of the Smoky Mountain National Park.  As a native of Knoxville I am especially versed in the culture of East Tennessee. 

Here are some other people who are from Tennessee that you probably know already before I get into the personal stuff:
- Elvis is from here.  Graceland is in Memphis.  

- Justin Timberlake, Peyton Manning, and Davy Crockett are also from Tennessee.
- Dolly Parton is also from Tennessee.  Her theme park, Dollywood and Dolly Splash Country is located in Pigeon Forge.  

- Technically Quentin Tarintino, Christina Hendricks, and Cormac McCarthy are from Knoxville specifically.
- We are the country music capital of the world.  Thanks Nashville.

 

If the southern states are "The Bible Belt" then Knoxville is the buckle.  There's more churches there than stop signs.  People take three things seriously here: the Lord, guns, and food.  While racist and redneck stereotypes do exist for a reason it is not a descriptor of the typical Southern person.  The stereotypes about our southern drawl and sweet tea are true though.  We f*cking love sweet tea.

Knoxville itself is very green, lush, and hilly.  We get maybe 3 good snows a year and moderately hot (but humid) weather for the rest.  Knoxville is the third largest city in Tennessee due largely to being home to the flagship campus for the University of Tennessee.  Once a NFL player named Peyton Manning played for the University team (the Tennessee Volunteers/Vols).  People talk about it constantly and there are alot of boy, girls, and dogs born in the 90s that share his name because of that.  I personally could care less.   :D

Knoxville was also the last location of the World's Fair (Google that, whipper snappers).  In honor of hosting Knoxville built a large tower called the Sun Sphere.  It stands empty and useless now but remains as our city's mascot nonetheless.  It is the round ball building in the picture below.
 

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This one minute video describe the rest that I'm too lazy to say.



It'd also be a crime to talk about Knoxville without posting our (un)official song
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Knoxville was also the last location of the World's Fair (Google that, whipper snappers).  In honor of hosting Knoxville built a large tower called the Sun Sphere.  It stands empty and useless now but remains as our city's mascot nonetheless.  It is the round ball building in the picture below.

 

Any true Simpsons fan knows that this is a lie. The Sun Sphere is full of wigs and Nelson knocks it over with a rock :D

 

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This is from the episode Bart on the Road where Bart gets a fake license and they decide to go to the world fair.

 

Also it has the FANTASTIC line of "That's it, back to Winnipeg". So even with a post about Knoxville I was able to bring it back to my home city ^_^

 

 

Thanks for sharing though I love learning about other places :)

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I live in California so there is not much I can say about it that isn't already common knowledge, but just like anywhere else there are pros and cons to living here, this is a personal list

 

PRO: although I favor winter, the weather is quite nice all year long

          most of the people here are really laid back and mind their own business

          immigrants from Mexico bring their culinary expertise and start restaurants, the results are delicious

          living an hour away from Hollywood is great, about twice a year me and some friends travel down there and sight see

          some truly beautiful sunsets over the ocean

          

 

CON: living here is so damn expensive!!!

          where I live there is a constant stream of marijuana smoke in the air. If you wanna toke that's fine, but for Christ's sake close your window and keep that foul stench inside your own home

          some people take it upon themselves to be constantly proselytizing about their damn politics. Go ahead and believe what you want, but I don't want to hear about it!

          Spanish is starting to become a required language in the state, even though I am of Hispanic ancestry I know very little spanish which can make it tough dealing with others 

          plastic people everywhere! seeing someone up close who has had extensive cosmetic surgery done can be a little jarring at times

 

As for famous people from/living in California... too many to name

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I live in Arkansas, the Natural State, of the USA. There's a lot of good about this state... The Buffalo River, where my family and I vacation once a year, was the country's first National River as per Nixon, whichs give the majority of the river and it's valley National Park protection... for now. Moneyed interests tend to circle around it trying to sneak in factory farms or other things that would use the river to flush away it's waste products... In a rare display of understanding, the locals often fight for it. Of course, that's just one example. Arkansas is just bursting with State Parks that celebrate the sylvan beauty, modest mountains, or Civil War significance of the land.

 

Arkansas has it's own wine-country, believe it or not, around Altus where the Post Family Vineyard and others produce their drinks from the ground up. Often, they run wine tours where you can visit the different vineyards and taste the end results from different years with, of course, cheese. They aren't the only place that wants to gets you drunk on the local stuff... Vino's Pizza Pub and Brewery in Little Rock is where I saw my first bar show... Hatebreed. It has a long, proud history of doing intimate shows with many bigger named bands, even before Little Rock became a regular stop for the radio-played bands. But they'll give anyone their time on stage. Most of my musically inclined friends have played Vino's. I myself only ever played Down Town Music, may it rest in peace. Riverfest also draws musical talent from all spectrums and eras... Probably the best show I've seen at Riverfest was Heart... Yeah, I said Heart. If art is more your thing, you might enjoy the Crystal Bridges Art Museum.

 

Of course, it's not all music, booze, and rivers. Arkansas is the only state that has 2 cities on the top 10 highest crime rates in the nation. #9 is the State's capital, Little Rock. #2 is Pine Bluff aka Crime Bluff. They're only less than an hour away from each other, and if you make the trip from one to the other, you'll pass through a little City named England, where there lives a man they call Siuilarun. Ignorance, racism, and violent homophobia all run like scars over a large part of the population. Maybe it's because it's a pretty poor area, maybe it's because it's in the Bible Belt, maybe, maybe, maybe. In spite of and paradoxically amidst it all, there are a lot people truly dedicated to kindness and manners.

 

It's a land of urban and natural extremes, explosive hatreds and loves. My culture is almost schizophrenic, and because of that, you'd just have to live here to understand it. Luckily for you, property values and cost of living are pretty cheap, here!

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I've been waiting to educate my American buddies (no offence) some more about Belgium, the famous unkown country :P

Food & Drinks:

French Fries were "invented" in Belgium and not in France like the Britains claimed, so they spread the wrong name.
Belgium has more than 800 different beers and is together with chocolate one of our most exported products.
An average Belgian consumes 150 liters of beer every year.
Pralines, which are known and consumed all over the world, are invented by the Belgian: Jean Neuhaus.
Belgium has the lowest proportion of fastfood chains per inhabitant in the world (0.062 per 10000 inhabitants to be exact)

Society & politics:

Belgium has 3 national languages, which are French, Dutch and German.
Belgium was the first country to legalise both euthanasia and gay marriage
Voting & education untill 18 birthday are compulsory
Belgium was the first country to introduce E-ID's (electronic passports)

Other fun facts:

The Belgian motorway is the only man-made thing visible from the moon (due to very close enlightening)
Europe's first skyscraper was built in Belgium
The Belgian coast tram is the longest tramway line in the world
The world record of acceleration for cars is held by the only Belgian car: Gillet - Vertigo
Belgium had the first European casino and health resort.
Belgium has the largest justice court in the world (21000 square meters)
Belgium has the deepest swimming pool in the world (35m) *might be outdated by now*
The man who designed the Sydney Opera House, was a Belgian (Eugene Goossens)
Belgium has the smallest town in the world (Durbuy, only 500 inhabitants)
UNICEF ranked Belgium as the best country for childrens educational well-being
and probably the most forgotten, yet very important one: The Belgian: Peter Minuit founded New York ! (Novo Belgio at that time) It was later traded for Suriname with the Brittish.
...

Famous people (alive and dead)

Adolphe Sax (inventor of the saxophone)
Pieter Paul Rubens (The painter of the famous painting: kruisafneming, which means Christ taken down from his cross)
Ingrid Daubechies (The inventor of DNA-fingerprinting)
Adolphe Quetelet (Inventor of the Body-Mass-Index)
Ludwig Von Beethoven (His parents were Belgian and he is born in Belgium aswell)
Ferdinand Verbiest (Founder of the Bejing observatory)
Peter Minuit (Founder of New York)
Jan Baptist Van Helmont (Introduced the word gas to show the existence of the agregation form)
Karel Van Habsburg V (In English: Emperror Charles the Fifth of the Holy Roman Empire)
Jan Van Eyck (Inventor of oil painting)
Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike (The number 6 Dj's of the world 2013) *They are partially Greek however*
François Englert (Nobelprize physics 2013)
Ambiorix
Gerard De Cremer (aka Mercator, world famous cartographer)
Wouter De Backer (aka Gotye - Somebody that I used to know)
Technotronic
Netsky
Saint - Damien
John Joseph Merlin (The inventor of inline skates)
Lionel Cox (Silver Medal in shooting at the olympics)
Jean-Michel-Saive (PingPong)
Dirk Bikkembergs (clothing)
David Guetta (Has a Belgian mother)
...

I could go on for a while, hope you guys learned something :)

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I've been waiting to educate my American buddies (no offence) some more about Belgium, the famous unkown country :P

Food & Drinks:

French Fries were "invented" in Belgium and not in France like the Britains claimed, so they spread the wrong name.

Belgium has more than 800 different beers and is together with chocolate one of our most exported products.

An average Belgian consumes 150 liters of beer every year.

Pralines, which are known and consumed all over the world, are invented by the Belgian: Jean Neuhaus.

Belgium has the lowest proportion of fastfood chains per inhabitant in the world (0.062 per 10000 inhabitants to be exact)

Society & politics:

Belgium has 3 national languages, which are French, Dutch and German.

Belgium was the first country to legalise both euthanasia and gay marriage

Voting & education untill 18 birthday are compulsory

Belgium was the first country to introduce E-ID's (electronic passports)

Other fun facts:

The Belgian motorway is the only man-made thing visible from the moon (due to very close enlightening)

Europe's first skyscraper was built in Belgium

The Belgian coast tram is the longest tramway line in the world

The world record of acceleration for cars is held by the only Belgian car: Gillet - Vertigo

Belgium had the first European casino and health resort.

Belgium has the largest justice court in the world (21000 square meters)

Belgium has the deepest swimming pool in the world (35m) *might be outdated by now*

The man who designed the Sydney Opera House, was a Belgian (Eugene Goossens)

Belgium has the smallest town in the world (Durbuy, only 500 inhabitants)

UNICEF ranked Belgium as the best country for childrens educational well-being

and probably the most forgotten, yet very important one: The Belgian: Peter Minuit founded New York ! (Novo Belgio at that time) It was later traded for Suriname with the Brittish.

...

Famous people (alive and dead)

Adolphe Sax (inventor of the saxophone)

Pieter Paul Rubens (The painter of the famous painting: kruisafneming, which means Christ taken down from his cross)

Ingrid Daubechies (The inventor of DNA-fingerprinting)

Adolphe Quetelet (Inventor of the Body-Mass-Index)

Ludwig Von Beethoven (His parents were Belgian and he is born in Belgium aswell)

Ferdinand Verbiest (Founder of the Bejing observatory)

Peter Minuit (Founder of New York)

Jan Baptist Van Helmont (Introduced the word gas to show the existence of the agregation form)

Karel Van Habsburg V (In English: Emperror Charles the Fifth of the Holy Roman Empire)

Jan Van Eyck (Inventor of oil painting)

Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike (The number 6 Dj's of the world 2013) *They are partially Greek however*

François Englert (Nobleprize physics 2013)

Ambiorix

Gerard De Cremer (aka Mercator, world famous cartographer)

Wouter De Backer (aka Gotye - Somebody that I used to know)

Technotronic

Netsky

Saint - Damien

John Joseph Merlin (The inventor of inline skates)

Lionel Cox (Silver Medal in shooting at the olympics)

Jean-Michel-Saive (PingPong)

Dirk Bikkembergs (clothing)

...

I could go on for a while, hope you guys learned something :)

Wow, i'm from belgium and i even didn't know half this stuff haha.

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Northern Ireland:

 

Pro: Can get anywhere in the country easily.

 

Cons: Weather.  There is just about nothing to do lol (there's loads of places to explore I guess but when you live here and have been to them multiple times..).

 

There you go.  Not a very exciting country.  And the only famous person I know of to come from here is Liam Nesson.

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I come from Wisconsin

 

PROS: Deep fried cheese curds

      Yearly Mud Runs @ State Fair

 

CONS: Weather is unpredictable (last year there was still snow on the ground around this time)

      Too close to Canada

      Not much to do here

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I like many things from my country especially history and monuments. Unfortunately the politics are still bad. For example i didn't know that there were so many comunists in my country (EU elections speaking...)

 

Btw here some images:

 

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I'm Irish, so this'll sum it up pretty nicely:

 

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There you go.  Not a very exciting country. 

 

I beg to differ, man. I'm from Belfast originally, and you can't deny that Northern Ireland has one of the most tumultuous and complicated political landscapes in the entire world; that alone should make it relatively interesting to the outside world. Also, it has some of the most outstandingly beautiful scenery on its shores, and it's home to Game of Thrones. So, it's not all drab and dullness. 

 

But, the weather is indeed fucking shite. 

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I'm Irish, so this'll sum it up pretty nicely:

 

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When I think Ireland, this is what comes to mind. 

 

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Rory Gallagher, one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time. I named my son after him, in fact. 

 

 

Parker

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While I've never been a massive Thin Lizzy fan, they definitely are a great band.

 

I've never been to Ireland but my family is Irish (last name is O'Bryant and we've traced our family back) and as soon as I can have a proper honeymoon the wife and I plan on visiting for a couple weeks. It looks like a beautiful place. 

 

 

Parker

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While I've never been a massive Thin Lizzy fan, they definitely are a great band.

 

I've never been to Ireland but my family is Irish (last name is O'Bryant and we've traced our family back) and as soon as I can have a proper honeymoon the wife and I plan on visiting for a couple weeks. It looks like a beautiful place. 

 

 

Parker

 

All jokes aside, I am immensely proud to be Irish. I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in such a scenic, resilient, humourous, pensive, relaxed and overall beautiful place. Also, when I consider all that Ireland and its people have had to endure over the years, it's remarkable how such a small country has left such a massive, indelible mark on the world. 

 

Plus, St. Patrick's Day is the only holiday I can think of in which most of the world celebrates just one little nation. I find it funny considering how everyone used to detest and try to kill or extradite the Irish, that we've managed to turn around the world's perception - all it took was green hats and Guinness. 

 

Parker, if you manage to make it to Ireland, you should visit Westport - it's where I grew up and it's routinely voted one of the most scenic places in Ireland and in Europe. 

 

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I can't exactly say I'm proud of being English anymore but here goes.

 

The least spoken language in England is probably English.

We're the fattest country in the EU.

We drink more tea than anyone else, including the Japanese.

French was the official language of England from 1066 to 1362.

 

Colchester is apparently the oldest recorded town and was the Roman capital of Britain.

Colchester castle is the largest in the EU.

Postage stamps were invented here in the 1680s.

It's considered treason to stick a stamp bearing the King or Queen's image on upside down.

Big Ben is not the name of the tower or the clock, but actually the bell.

 

The weather is miserable and unpredictable but there's not really any dangerous wildlife.

False Widows are our most dangerous spider.

We have about 650 types of spider and only about 12 are able to bite humans.

Longleat Safari Park was the world's first drive-through safari park.

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Well what can I say about my country? You all know about the U.S. Our government makes us citizens have enemies around the world :P Those who hate us seem to think that we all agree with our government 100% -_-

As for Southern California, it's pretty much nice weather, beaches, and food for me. I know when you think California beach, you think the classic stereotypical "dude" surfer. But for me, the beach is fishing with my cousins or walking down the Venice boardwalk seeing cool stuff.

Speaking of Venice Beach, it is a very cool and diverse place. It is "Vespucci Beach" in GTA V. "There are many words and terms that come to mind when describing Venice. Many of these might be funky, artsy, edgy, urban, dirty, artistic, creative, friendly, neighborhoody, energetic, weird, dangerous, bohemian and many more". Yeah, all that stuff. And if you've been there, then you know this dude. :P

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The graffiti pit. Used to be freely legal, now you need a permit. -_-

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I grew up in Boyle Heights, a HEAVILY Hispanic youthful community. It is right across the bridges that cross from Downtown over the LA river bed. The gang violence here is bad, I mean it is a small area for the large number of different gangs so close to each other. But looking past that, I am very proud to be from there. There is heavy culture here, from the murals to the music. Best Mexican restaurants, but I get the same food for free when the family cooks. :P

Downtown in the near distance.

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Homeboy Industries. Helps out current and ex-gang members with jobs, leaving their gang, etc.

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Cross the bridge into the Arts District. Street art is the best, just awesome. Will post pics if it and will talk about Lil Tokyo later, gotta go. :P

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