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:D I grew up using that thing. When I went studying abroad, I had problems with the toilet you guys called as the normal one (the sitting one). I literally wet my pants several times. Probably I should start a post about "How to sit on the normal toilet". Here are just some extra tips so you don't wet your pants on a squatting toilet. I will suggest you ...


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Here is a video that explains how people use this thing. Seriously, it's informative and visually presented and makes it much clearer.


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Ok, I'll take the risk in answering ;) Anyway, I'll take the notes from a Wiki How link, and add in bits from past experiences... Bring your own toilet paper. I used to think this was ridiculous. How could a public bathroom NOT have toilet paper? Then I went to Egypt where the majority of our group had Delhi Belly AND you had to pay for a couple of ...


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Nobody seemed to have given emphasis on what I consider the most important, the position of your arms when doing it: they must be extended away. No: Yes! I live in China and got used to them squat toilets, they are actually better for the transit, and learning this position is good for many other purposes, like waiting for the subway, watching the sun ...


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Let's take this one step at a time. First you must own jeans. Here's your problem - you'll want them to be worth a bit. You can buy jeans for anything from $5 to a few hundred dollars if you really want to in western clothing stores. Let's say an expensive pair - US$200, and I assure you I've never spent that much on a pair of jeans. Now let's assume you ...


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That used to be true, back in the 1980s, in the Soviet Bloc countries, because: blue jeans were the fashion trend then and there they were not available on the market, at all (not "sold out", not "in small quantities", not at all.) thus providing an opportunity for home-made imitations and for scarce (rare even) black-market goods Now, that's a textbook ...


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This is funny. When I first read the question, I thought it a humorous prank. But, half way through the page, I was sort of convinced that it may possibly not have been intended to be. I have used squat toilets for nearly all my life. At home, we have both the squat toilets and the sitting ones. I don't mind either, but I find the squat toilets to be more ...


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It is the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania (some more photos). As to whether it's the biggest building in the world, Wikipedia says: According to the World Records Academy, the Palace is the world's largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building. But see also the list of largest buildings in ...


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Most of the answers here cover most bases you need to know so I'll try to cover topics not mentioned yet. Do a short flush / send a bit of water down the pan before you begin. It'll help sending everything down later. Washing up after you're done: Sometimes, you find a soap bar left inside a toilet instead of liquid soap. I'd suggest you to use this for ...


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Probably not. I saw blue jeans for sale in streetside markets in Niš, Serbia for €5. I'm now so far east in Eastern Europe that I'm technically in Asia and there doesn't seem to be any shortage of jeans. Then again my jeans are about the cheapest I could find in a Chinese import store in Greece, which are probably not what people would stop me in the ...


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First of all I think 5-6 weeks is a lot of time to see part of Eastern Europe. From Lyon you can reach a lot of places in Europe in one day. So if you have 5 weeks to travel you can easily see a lot of Eastern Europe if you're willing to spend some days traveling from one destination to another. The fastest connection between Lyon and Vienna by train takes ...


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I grew up with those as well and only positive that comes out from using those is that you get a good work out and avoid keeping reading material in your bathroom. I am not sure about other parts of Asia but in India they mostly have western toilets in metropolitan cities. I had a tough time adjusting back to the squatter when I went back after 10 years. ...


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Good grief no, it's not far at all. London to Istanbul (Turkey) takes 4 hours - if you've come from Australia, it'll feel like nothing ;) Check on kayak for lots of cheap EU flights. And also RyanAir and EasyJet for low cost flights - although always check what airport they use, as they quite often use unusual or out of town airports - their flight to ...


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From http://www.ferrylines.com/en/ferries/ferries-in-the-black-sea/ it would seem to be NO, but it does indicate you could travel to Bulgaria. Aussies don't need a visa for Bulgaria, so you could then take a train up to Bucharest from within Bulgaria. Bucharest to Istanbul is 16 hours, so from Bulgaria wouldn't be a long trip.


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Yes, real Levi's still go for considerably more in foreign countries than in the US, in official shops. Like 501s are usually under $50 in the US, and over $100 in Australia. This is partly historic, partly due to currency fluctuations and the dollar being down at the moment, and partly due to VAT/GST. No, you will not easily find someone to buy your one ...


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For Slovakia, you could consider the Bratislava Rifle Range: Bratislava's premiere outdoor rifle shooting range is the setting for our most popular stag do activity. You can have a blast shooting a real Scorpion machine gun, sub-machine guns or a selection of handguns supervised by certified instructors. We guarantee you will love letting a fully loaded ...


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Europe has a very dense railway system. You can reach almost any destination in less than 24h. For getting info on train connections, check any railway site using HAFAS database, such as: Belgian railways German railwails Swiss railways I found connections from Lyon to Vienna in about 14h and Paris to Vienna in about 12h. Vienna-Prague takes only half a ...


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It used to be the thing to travel to New York for the weekend and come back with a suitcase full of Levi's (nonchalantly avoiding the red channel). Looking at Levi US and EU_GB sites, I see the prices for the classic 501 is from $44 or £70 ($112). However, mid-nineties saw the emergence of a large grey market. I guess you only pay the high prices to buy ...


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I'm form Croatia and know a bit about this region so here goes (you didn't mention Croatia for your itinerary but I would suggest you visit our coast; I'm presuming you are traveling in the summer time): You will need from 13 to 20 euros a night for a bed in a dorm in a hostel. It is widespread in larger cities but it depends on what season it is. A lot of ...


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There is a train from Bucharest to Istanbul every day at 12:20 pm, it merges with the train from Sofia in Eastern Bulgaria and arrives in Istanbul at 7:30 the next morning. One source mentions 36 Euros as the price. There are also buses going directly from Bucharest to Istanbul taking 18 hours. I am not sure about the prices but I travelled on trains and ...


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If hiking interests you, I'd recommend the Rhodope mountains in Bulgaria -- there are a lot of popular tourist trails between the mountain refuges. The mountain is virtually uninhabited (there are a few large-ish towns and small villages), so if you are tired of civilization, this might be something to consider. Depending on your interests, you can choose ...


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"Eastern Europe" is kind of a broad term, and depending on definition may comprise quite different countries. In any case, Grzenio is right in that the recommended vaccinations are pretty much the same as for Western Europe (or North America). (MastaBaba is also right that these are recommendations, not requirements.) To be more specific: Vaccines ...


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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People in India who use Squat toilets at home wear a specific attire called 'Lungi' for this job. This makes the whole process more comfortable. Public domain image of men wearing lungis in Kolkata (Calcutta) thanks to WikiMedia Commons. In most of the public toilets, you will find space above the door where you can hang your trousers. The real problem ...


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In Montenegro: UNESCO-protected Kotor Old Town, Ostrog Monastery, Cetinje (Historical Capital), Skadar Lake. If you have enough time, it would be nice to see some mountains too: Zabljak, Durmitor, as well as Biogradska gora. If you'd like to take part in night life than Budva is very good and while you're there, you could visit Budva Old Town. Also Maximus ...


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Well I can recommend the Transylvanian mountains in Romania. Bucharest you'll likely go through (the capital) but I found it a bit dull and oppressive. Head out to Brasov in the mountains, a fantastic town, and with lots to do in the mountains all around, from Bran Castle (marketed as Dracula's castle), a mountain fortress and more. And if you're lucky, ...


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I checked all your routes and all of them seem reasonable long for a day trip (if you´re into driving). Probably the leg Vilnius -> Lviv can get a bit long, because without a transit visa and head-aching regulations, you can just drive into Belarus. So you have to drive via Poland. Tallinn -> Riga (310 km, 4.5 hours) Riga -> Vilnius (290 km, 3.5 hours) ...


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In Poland you can visit Wolfsschanze (Wolf's Lair), the place where Hitler stayed during the war against Russia. There you can see the older concrete buildings, but you can also fire some massive guns for not a lot of money. From the Website about the site: Suffering from lack of adrenaline? Want to test your sniper abilities? Visit our new shooting ...


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Poland: Between 8-20 euros for a night for a bed in a dorm in a hostel. Depends on the town and if it is high season or not. Not really widespread 10-15 euros per day if you'll buy in supermarkets. National railway operator is called PKP. You do not need a reservation of Regio/InterRegio/TLK trains (the cheaper ones). Crossing the border in a train is ...



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