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Sep
7
comment Travel from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Alternatively, plan for a single transfer in Püspökladány (search for Püspökladány - Cluj), which gives you one additional option.
Sep
7
comment Travel from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
I very strongly doubt that trains go every 2 hours, this must be some artefact of how that site presents the connections, but it is not realistic, and anyone reading this should not rely on this information (otherwise you may end up with lots of transfers and no reduction in travel/arrival time). There is certainly one direct international train and maybe one more with a single transfer, which gives only two reasonable options per day. I've made this trip several times and I could research a reasonable travel plan, but the question is closed now.
Sep
7
comment Travel from Budapest to Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Go to www.mav.hu, switch to English, and search for trains, direct connections. There used to be maybe a couple of direct train connections. "Corona" arrives at night, used to be between 1 AM and 2 AM. These trains typically leave from Budapest Eastern station (Budapest Keleti pályaudvar). I recommend trains over buses unless you can put up with discomfort. I do not recommend that you transfer trains unless absolutely necessary.
Sep
7
comment Weather in Transylvania, Romania in October
Another comment about the 1-day trips by car: while I have never personally driven there, I'd advise to allow plenty of time for these trips. Road and traffic conditions make Google's driving time estimates unrealistic. If you are thinking of hiking, you may need to be prepared for unpaved roads too. Where are you going to be based?
Sep
7
comment Weather in Transylvania, Romania in October
Yes, it is conceivable that it could rain for a week, but it is not particularly likely. The weather cools quickly in October, the beginning can be quite warm and by Nov 1 it's been freezing in several years that I remember.
Sep
6
comment Weather in Transylvania, Romania in October
Romania is a large area with varied geography. It has mountains, highlands, valleys, plains and seaside. The weather is not the same everywhere. You will need to tell us where you are going specifically.
Sep
5
comment Safely driving a car in Romania with foreign plates
"border officers are susceptible to bribes" <-- I'd strongly suggest not to attempt any bribing if you want to stay out of trouble. Also, the corruption problem (at this level, i.e. anything that'd affect you in an everyday situation) has been quickly improving in the recent years.
Sep
4
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Sep
4
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Sep
4
comment US visa photo: ears must show?
... (especially since the background manipulation is visible) and having to re-do the photo yet again caused even more delay. Apparently this is how that photography shop usually does US visa application photos, and I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out that the same bank clerk regularly accepts photoshopped visa photos ... this world is messed up. Also, just like in your mother's case, the applicant's previous visa photo also doesn't show ears.
Sep
4
revised US visa photo: ears must show?
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Sep
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revised US visa photo: ears must show?
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Sep
4
comment US visa photo: ears must show?
While your answer is entirely reasonable, and my belief is still that as you say, there's no requirement for the ears to show, unfortunately things don't always go smoothly. See my own answer. What makes me even more angry is that apparently photography shops in China who claim to know the photo guidelines will make a completely unacceptable photoshopped passport photo. They artificially (and sloppily!) removed the background to make it white and photoshopped out birthmarks. Doing this is clearly against the guidelines ...
Sep
4
accepted US visa photo: ears must show?
Sep
4
answered US visa photo: ears must show?
Sep
3
comment Aerosol cans in the checked luggage?
As it happens, I flew once since asking this question and at the airport they explicitly asked if I have any aerosols. That's because at that location many people had bear sprays which were now allowed in the checked luggage. Once again, it looks like most types are not allowed.
Sep
3
comment Venice Marco Polo Airport to Venice
There are buses waiting at the airport that can take you to Venice. You can get the ticket directly from the driver or a guy standing next to the bus. Once in Venice, it's a pretty much walk-only place. Motor vehicles don't fit, bicycles can't cross all the small bridges with steps up and down. The only option other than walking is taking the vaporettos (tickets are pretty expensive, 10+ EUR, but if you have large luggage, just take the boat and don't try to drag them all the way to San Marco square). Once the luggage is not a problem any more, you'll need to walk if you want a cheap solution.
Sep
2
comment US visa photo: ears must show?
Well, having to give a new photo would be pretty bad, as it would mean delays and missing the return flight. (The person for whom this question was written is using the CITIC dropbox service in China.) But all the evidence does point in the direction that it is not strictly required to show the ears. At this point I'm fairly confident that it'll be fine.
Sep
1
comment Where to take photo for Schengen Visa?
@Karlson There's no such thing as in international standard passport photo. As usual, in the US the "standard" always has to be different from the rest of the world ...