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"Yes we can"

More personal

In another language

Which country am I going to for vacations?

Hint 1:

Three countries involved in the riddle (not talking about the destination yet) are/were very close to the destination to some extend. Two of them have been major foes for quite a few years.

Hint 2:

Play with simple sounds

Hint 3:

Let us be more affirmative, in a third language

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  • $\begingroup$ My first contribution, not sure it deserves your brains $\endgroup$ Jul 21, 2016 at 21:45
  • $\begingroup$ Is the answer in english, or 'in another language'? $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Jul 22, 2016 at 7:35
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    $\begingroup$ The answer is part english, part another language, and give you a country name $\endgroup$ Jul 22, 2016 at 10:21
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS Done. I can add a couple of others $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2016 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ Hint 1 could mean USA and Russia(But they are too far from each other) or India and Pakistan(Not exactly major foes) $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Jul 28, 2016 at 13:31

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I'm guessing you are going to :

Canada

"Yes we can" :

I just disassembled the sentence.
In french, "yes" = "oui" which is phonetically equal to "we".
"CAN" is the code of a country where official language is french : Canada!

"More personal" :

As stated in the comments, initially the sentence was "Yes I can a "da"", with "I" more personal than the "we".

Hint 1 :

Three countries involved in the riddle : you are talking about USA, France and Russia/URSS, who were allies during the World War II. Also, URSS and USA have been foes for a few years.

Hint 2 :

Simple sounds refer to "we" = "oui", and "can", which gives the beginning of the country. Also...

Hint 3 :

..."Yes" in russian is "да", which is said "da" and so represents the end of CanaDA.

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  • $\begingroup$ Initially the sentence that came to my mind was "Yes I can a "da", with "I" more personal than the "we". Russia is at least involved in the "да". $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2016 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ Ok, I will edit to reflect that! I knew I was missing something on the "more personal" $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Jul 29, 2016 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ Canada is bordered by the USA and Alaska and France (through Saint-Pierre et Miquelon). Alaska used to be a russian territory. First Nations probably came, at least partly, through Bering Strait. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2016 at 15:49
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I'm going to guess

Casablanca, Morocco

Yes we can

Was USA President Barack Obama's campaign slogan in 2008. Mr. Obama lives in the White House. "White House" in Spanish is "Casa blanca".

More personal

Might refer to the Moors, who populated North Africa including Morocco

In another language

See spoiler block #2

Hint 1

Spain and France are close to Morocco, but USA is not.

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  • $\begingroup$ That could be it, +1 $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Jul 29, 2016 at 5:30
  • $\begingroup$ @shoover Pretty clever. Your answer relies a lot on the name of a specific city, instead of a country. $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2016 at 12:51
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You are going to...

Italy

"Yes we can"

If you translate "Yes we can" from english to latin you obtain "ita, possumus"

More personal

If you translate "More personal" from english to latin you obtain "personale" which is an italian word

In another language

The other language is clearly latin

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  • $\begingroup$ Almost the same path that the one I traveled (for the puzzle). When the riddle is found, I'll share a joke joining Italy and the country I am going to. $\endgroup$ Jul 22, 2016 at 10:27
  • $\begingroup$ So, what is the difference between Montréal (Canada) and Florence (Italy)? In Montréal, many women are named Florence (sorry, but I promised) $\endgroup$ Jul 30, 2016 at 0:50
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My theory is you shall visit:

Switzerland

Yes we can

In french, yes is oui which is pronounced we. Cannes is pronounced can and is a place in france.
Stever indicates this could also point to Italy from the Latin translation into ita, possumus"

More personal

Moors inhabited sicily which reinforces the Italy connection

In another language

My suspicion is this will lead to German and Austria , in french the phrase has the word "autre" but that isn't quite Austia... My theorem is it is the country around Switzerland (minus Austria...). Quite Frankly safe to say I didn't solve it dead on but maybe someone can build on it.

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  • $\begingroup$ As a french, I thought this at the beginning, but OP said in comment that it was not in Europe... $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Jul 28, 2016 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS Do Swiss(es) believe they are in Europe :) The reasoning is very close to mine, and you gave an important hint I was holding (in your spoiler block #2) $\endgroup$ Jul 28, 2016 at 21:41
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I think You're going in:

USA

"Yes we can"

You can find this on Youtube, Barack Obama's Song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjXyqcx-mYY

"More Personal"

In the USA there are society like CIA, NASA. They have a lot of secrets, they are more personal and safe.

"In another language"

! In the USA the official language is English, 20% of people speak another language (Combined total of all languages other than English).

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  • $\begingroup$ You are at the same time the closest and the farthest. I like the joke: "what is the second language spoken in California?" "english...". $\endgroup$ Jul 29, 2016 at 12:47

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