The GTS has paid off again for me... this time with a Finnion and a Murkrow. Both from Japan. I think I have seven different Japanese cities marked on my GTS globe, stretching all the way across the nation.
My new catches this week: a Sneasel, a Cleffa and a Clefairy. I just recently realized that the second countergirl in the Pokemarts (the one on the left) sells the special function Poke Balls, so I have been checking out her wares in the various cities. Those Clefs that I caught were both snagged with Dusk Balls, the one that offers an improved chance at a capture when used at night or inside a cave.
I'm working on evolving a Buneary, because I saw that its evolved form is some hot bunny chick thing. Even if it's male, as mine is?
I have investigated two of the three lakes... I found it hilarious to see all the about-to-die Magikarp flopping around in the drained bed of Lake Valor. You should be able to pick them up and chuck them around, Link-and-Cucco style.
The trek to Snowpoint was nowhere near as annoying as that swamp zone in the south of the map. Candice (candICE, get it?) is the Gym Leader of Snowpoint, and fire-type attacks do her in. I packed the party with my Monferno and my GTS Skuntank (who knows Flamethrower), but my Staraptor was just as useful. The Medicham she fields at the end was a surprise, but hardly a challenging one.
Have you noticed that the badges in your case all sound a chime when you tap them? Have you further noticed that they are all in do-re-mi order until you get to badge #7? Guh?