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Alexx
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PostPosted: 05-Apr-10 18:04  Reply with quote

OK, I see the tip was specified on bill, as it is as well in some European restaurants. Then I guess they in fact did not pay what was stated on the bill, but less... anything is possible.

I hope at least prices in restaurants include taxes Smile.

Anyway I am looking forward to my stay in September, but being on tight budget I will most likely eat in Target and similar "restaurants".

There is nice inprisonment story in 7th episode of Studio 60 serie, nice example of how you can end up in prison for few hours when doing nothing wrong.
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PostPosted: 06-Apr-10 2:51  Reply with quote

Alexx - where are you going to visit in the US? Will you be in the Washington, DC area? I would like to meet you and show you some US hiospitality if we can agree on a day, time , and place.

Maybe I can treat you to something better thatn Target.
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PostPosted: 06-Apr-10 20:57  Reply with quote

Smile Rather no. Wy fly a little bit complicated way PRG-Gatwick/Heathrow-Toronto-LAX and the same way back. We are going to visit national parks of the west (approx. route: LA, SF, Boise, SLC, Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix, LV, LA).
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PostPosted: 08-Apr-10 1:02  Reply with quote

Hey guys- whatever happened to the advice on where to go skiing in CR ? All the banter is interesting but really far off the original thread.

Besides Spindleruv Mlyn, is there any other places to go? thx
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PostPosted: 08-Apr-10 12:49  Reply with quote

Mountains (hence ski resorts) are on almost all borders between CZ and neighbouring countries. Most famous by foreign tourists are Krkonoše mountains, but look for Šumava, Jeseníky, Beskydy, Krušné Hory, Orlické Hory, Jizerské Hory,...

Krkonoše and Jeseníky (especially Praděd) are places where there is usually more snow then anywhere else, so these places are more probable to have snow later in spring.
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PostPosted: 08-Apr-10 16:33  Reply with quote

just a little side advice Alexx, Target food is aweful and a little more expensive than McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell or Wendy's. People really only eat at Target when thier wife is shopping too long and they are really hungry. Smile

You'll find the fast-food places mentioned above have quite a nice $1 menu. Another good way to save money while traveling out west is to stop at a grocery store (a large chain like Super Walmart) and buy a cooler for around $10-$20 and buy a bunch of groceries to make sandwiches, etc.

The best place to buy the cooler is Dollar General or Family Dollar. Also, if you are camping, be sure to bring hat and gloves. The Grand Canyon gets quite cold in the evening in a tent Smile

We also will be camping out west this year (we do so almost every year) - but not Sept., we are going in August.
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PostPosted: 08-Apr-10 21:35  Reply with quote

Heh, I always thought Target has grocery section (like Asda, Tesco in UK, or aparently Walmart), which I now see it does not Smile. This what you described in Walmart is what I ment.

About that cooler thing - those comes with 12V power plug, so it can "cool" during the drive? Or 110V so it can work during the night? Or none what so ever (most popular in Europe - frozen stuff (cubes with some blue liquid inside) has to be put inside, and frozen again during night).

I was thinkig about it before, that is would be an asset for us.

We are planning to spend most nights in motels rather than camps - does typical Motel 6 or Super 8 room have a fridge?
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PostPosted: 09-Apr-10 4:39  Reply with quote

We do have coolers with plugs but they are not $10 - $20, they are probably closer to $50. We had one before and didn't like it much. We just prefer to replace the ice. If its a long trip, using the blue things will be a waste because you can't refreeze them once they defrost. You're better off buying the ice. You can get it at almost any gas-station for $1 - $2 per bag.

We always take 2 coolers, one for drinks and one for food. Then we have a suitcase for dry foods like bread, chips, and things that don't need to be cooled. But our trips are usually 2 weeks and we replace food only once, but we replace beer a couple of times of course. Smile

As for the Motel 6, I really can't tell you, we always camp. You will spend about $50 a night at Motel and if you camp like us - no running water, bathe in river, etc, you will spend only $10 a night. It would even be cheeper for you to stop at Walmart when you get here and buy a tent for $100. but its all about preference.

Anything, you don't want to take back home, you can dump it at any goodwill or salvation army, but you won't get your money out of it, those are for donations. You might be able to sell it though to a camp site store and they will sell it used.

Anyway, just a few ideas. I hope you have a great time and let me know if you have any more questions. Oh, and if you do decide to camp, you don't have to bathe in river, you can pay $5 at any truck stop, or you can do like my husband's family. I pay the $5 at any KOA camp ground for the key, and they all slip in after me for free! HA - that's Czech people for you. I've never heard of this the type of traveling I've explained until I met my husband. But I gotta hand it to him, I have a great time and absolutely love the trips.
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PostPosted: 09-Apr-10 10:23  Reply with quote

Also (not sure if you know or not) most chain grocery stores have deli counters with both hot and cold prepared food (quality does vary depending on the competence of deli employees) , pricewise it puts them about in the middle in between cheaper restaurants and unprepared food.

Most motels have ice machines, some charge small fee for ice but some provide ice free of charge for their customers. (at least around here they do)

You can also buy disposable coolers made from styrofoam, depends on how much they will be handled (in and out of the trunk) it may be an option.
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PostPosted: 10-Apr-10 3:19  Reply with quote

There is always Subway - $5.00 subs. ALso Quizno is good

I agree, Target food is not good, however there are Super Targets that have groceries like a regular grocery store. If you want cheap groceries, the Dollar stores have some decent prepared foods for a dollar.

McDonalds has a good Dollar Menu and ithhas a good variety for breakfast and lunch, but one can get tired of that food.

There are many ways to eat cheaply all over the US. I think that one can eat fairly well on less than $20 per day.
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