Many of our favourite regular posters have dropped off in the last year, in my opinion due to many of the changes here.
Who did you used to count on who you no longer see?
I miss Harold with his comprehensive knowledge, especially of places I didn't know.
I miss Lola, whose knowledge of Switzerland and walking was very deep and cheerfully given.
I miss Ansbach James who before he shipped home contributed tons of helpful weather information.
I miss Stuttgart Sarah whose point of view was always refreshing.
More than anybody I miss Kent, whose gentle encouragement and pleasant ways were the starting blocks for many here, including myself.
And I miss the rest of the ghosts.
Who do you miss?
Badges, schmadges. Post count? Bah! You could have my 8679 posts for all I care. The number means nothing. Now that the Helpline has been morphed into another outlet for Company people who haven't been there to quote how many triangles one place has over another there is no need for volunteers to spend years giving experience from personal knowledge.
There is more to Europe than the narrow paths trod by tour groups, no matter how well informed about their little trodden path they are.
Case in point - condemning Liege because Rick doesn't write about it in his book. By that logic 95% of Europe isn't worth seeing including most of Germany. If you're going to condemn a place you should have at least opened the door and looked inside.
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Don't forget your towel. If you want to survive out here, you've got to know where your towel is