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The best advice, even though it requires more preparation (the first time) than simply taking cash, is to get a Charles Schwab High Yield Checking account. You will get an ATM card that you can use at any 7-11 in Japan, and 7-11s are plentiful in Japan. It's possible to use at other ATMs as well, but I know for a fact they work at 7-11. The benefit of this ...


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Japan is an extremely safe and largely cash-based society. As I remember, if you use a cash machine the smallest amount you can withdrawal is the equivalent of 200 USD. Also, there is virtually no crime. So it is quite normal to walk around with a lot of money in cash. Second, it is no problem to pay for a small thing with a giant bill. In some countries if ...


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For starters don't exchange it in Australia, you will get a better rate exchanging it in Japan. (hard to tell from your post if you have or will do this, since you used different tenses in each sentence) Bring it all in AU$100 notes, so you have less bills to conceal. Then exchange it in smaller amounts as you need it, not all at once. Personally I would ...


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It's complicated. As for the "good buddies" thing, the relationship got better in a certain way, due to Kadyrov allowing his countrymen to go fight in Ukraine. On the other hand, certain tensions arise: e.g. several weeks ago some cops from another region killed a suspect in Chechnya, after which Kadyrov declared that any non-Chechen policeman may be fired ...


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People sometimes get things wrong. Rules sometimes exist which have no purpose, either because they used to be valid, or because they are a 'cargo cult', or because it is seen as desirable to enforce some form of authority in certain situations, and it doesn't matter what form that authority takes. People also sometimes find spurious justifications for ...


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I've heard from informal publications and from crews that there are two reasons. First, the crew needs everyone's undivided attention during takeoff/landing, should things go suddenly wrong. Second, some have said it causes interference, though as a physicist, I highly doubt this is the case. Based on the first answer, I've often wondered why it's okay to ...


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The ability to leave phones and small electronics turned on is a relatively new privilege with many airlines. And some flight crews still ask travelers to turn them off during take off and landing. During the flight, the captain and the crew under his command are the final authority and can impose additional safety restrictions if they feel them warranted ...


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Have you tried the Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin? The hostel is located in Berlin City Centre, a 10-minute walk from Hackescher Markt, the Museum Island and Humboldt University of Berlin. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is under a 10-minute stroll from Berlin Friedrichstrasse Railway Station. They have dormitory rooms at around 11 Euro per night. ...


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If you do this, I'd advise you to be extraordinarily careful at intersections. Motorists making turns are, at best, looking for pedestrians moving at normal walking speeds in crosswalks. A right turning driver isn't necessarily going to see you speeding up to the corner from behind on your skates. This kind of accident is depressingly common when people ride ...


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Inline Skates would be more practical to use in the USA because they would provide a smoother ride than Quad style Skates. The larger the wheels are on Inline Skates the smoother the ride with them will be, however they will require more effort to get up to speed, and the top speed of the larger wheels will be quite a bit faster than smaller wheels, so if ...


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(I'm unsure of the legality of roller-skating as transport in these cities.) It's not necessarily frowned upon, just extremely unusual (roller-skating as a means of transport is uncommon in the USA). Note that sidewalks in all of these cities may be quite irregular, i.e. bumpy -- the norm is concrete slabs, which may have fissures between them. Also common ...


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I did exactly this - put competition swords in a firearm case and check it as baggage - when travelling through the US, Hong Kong, and China a few years ago. It's completely legal, as long as you aren't violating local weapons laws regarding personal carrying at any point, and isn't a violation of terms of carriage for any airline I'm aware of, as long as ...


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Is there any rule about using a firearm case for other than firearms? A firearm case without the firearm is just a case. Put anything you want in it. Swords of any description are fine in checked baggage, airport security sees knives, spears, arrows and various other pointy things daily, it won't surprise them at all. and the mini sound system ...


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For the case itself, I would get a custom made Pelican case (just google it). They are sturdy, safe, lockable, come with foam padding. In any case, contact the airline you wish to travel with and make certain they are aware you will be carrying weapons at the airport and will be checking them in properly. Also be prepared to get at the airport earlier ...


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It will likely be treated as a weapon, enhanced by the fact that you are packing it in a gun case. Weapons are handled with a bit more care and are delivered at the end point either by hand or at a different baggage claim (often at the oversized claim door).


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Based on a look through British accident investigations from the past decade, the safest place is towards (but not at) the rear of the train. Passenger trains tend to derail starting at the front, due to track faults or driving errors (this is in contrast to freight trains, which tend to derail in the middle from suspension or wheel faults). Riding ...


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Coaches in Cuba - Astro and Viazul There are two main coach companies providing island-wide transport in Cuba: AstroBus and Viazul. Astro caters mostly to Cuban residents and intrepid travellers. Most of the seats are available for purchase only to residents with a valid ID, and just a few are available for foreigners albeit at higher rates. Overall its ...


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There is also the Sunflower Hostel that is near Warschauer Str. It's not exactly central, but near public transport, and last time I took a short walk from Berlin Ost station. If you cross Warschauer Str. from there, you end up in the heart of Friedrichshain, with lots of restaurants and bars.


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I would recommend Meininger Berlin Central Station. It is half-hotel half-hostel, so you can find good rooms and facilities for low prices. I've stayed there twice in their hostel style 4-bed rooms. Nice, clean, and no problems. It is literally next to the fairly new Berlin Central rail station, which connects you to all the major parts of the city (and ...


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As I have only ridden through Reading on a through train, I can only give the answer as Internet allows me. But from the lack of information I would say that the parking is not safe enough to leave an expensive bike for 3 days. The railway station information page gives 'stands' as main option for parking the bikes, the car parks are given as extra without ...



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