Whatcountries will you never visit again?
Brian Walt, worked at Self-Employment
First thing to keep in mind before reading ANY of the responses tothis question is: you are an individual, you will see each country from yourown perspective and my experience will be different from yours.
Morocco, specifically Marrakech and Casa Blanca. The city ofMarrakech has beautiful architecture and some very interesting sights. CasaBlanca is a stark contrast and felt quite dirty and run down. This isn't way Iwouldn't go back to Morocco. The people seemed unfriendly, pushy and readyto take advantage of us. (Disclaimer: obviously not everyone we met there, butenough to leave this impression). I spent some time in the Atlas Mountains,which were breathtaking. Since I don't speak French or Arabic it's moredifficult to get to know the people there, but they did seem a little morewelcoming. I've heard wonderful things about Fez, so there's a slight chance ofreturning one day way off in the future.
Zimbabwe, mainly due to the state of the country. Their economyhas collapsed which in turn has made many of the people there “opportunistic”and not in a good way.
On a similar thread there are many countries or cities that nowI've been to once just don't need to see again. These are places that are cool,but won't be a priority to return to.
Dubai, Hawaii, Cancun, Guayaquil, San Jose (CR) and a handful ofothers.
Remember your experience in any one of these countries or citiescould be this BEST time of your live, so try it all or see it all at leastonce.
Harriet Baber, philosophy professor
China. Hell on earth. I was there for academicconferences—twice—and declined a third all expense paid trip.
The first conference was held during the annual suicide season,when students who fail their university entrance exams throw themselves undertrains. And that may even be rational, because in this hellhole if you win youwin big but if you lose you’re going to be working 16 hours a day at the mostexcruciating, boring, menial work. In other words, China is like the US butmuch, much more so: a high stakes game with a killing hyper-work-ethic.
There are beautiful things, which the government has been carefulto preserve. Superb wooden structures built entirely with joinery—no nails. Butthe more recent architecture consists of huge glitzy high-rises,where the privileged few who passed their university entrance exams work 16hours a day and eat money and, at ground level, filthy little shops andeateries, where those who didn’t get in work 16 hours a day.Work-work-work-stress-misery-work.
For both conferences we had the same government handler who, inone of her speeches, noted that China had retained Marxism as a ‘philosophy’but given it up as an economic system. True. And the worst of all possibleworlds. Endless drudgery, competition cranked up to the screaming point, glitzfinanced by human misery, the most hateful, stinking place on earth. Andthey’ve adopted Neo-Confucianism to promote ‘harmony’—in other words, don’tcomplain, don’t rock the boat, just work until you drop dead.
And then there is the glorious antipode—Italy! Heaven! They don’twork. They talk—and drink wine. And the whole place is awash with art,architecture, and music. At 9 or 10, in the South at least, they straggle intoshops and businesses. 12 noon—shutters go down for the siesta until 4. Thenthey straggle back for a little more business. Heaven on earth! Been there 3times—if I could live there I would.
Well this country created $10T of wealth in last 20 years. Your goodold Italy is slacking. Blaming people for working too hard isprobably the best complement.