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Aug
21
comment Is it possible to pay with euros in Eastern Europe?
-1, in the vast majority of stores you cannot pay with Euros in Romania, and definitely not in most local markets. People don't prefer to be payed in Euros. Source: I am a Romanian citizen.
Aug
19
comment Would Ryanair tolerate a 15.6" laptop case as a second hand luggage?
When I used to travel with them years ago, they weighed each hand luggage (only at airports where they had the necessary setup) and they didn't let me take a 10.5 kg bag because the limit was 10.0 kg. If they do measure, I would not expect them to tolerate even a few cm over the limit.
Aug
12
comment Understanding Greek road signs
Modern Greek does mark the stressed vowel with an accent, check e.g. in.gr and see that every word has one. (The accent is omitted in capitalized words). According to Wikipedia, Ancient Greek had pitch accent instead of stress accent and had three different diacritics to mark three tonal qualities. Modern Greek is written phonetically in the sense that one can (mostly) unambiguously tell the pronunciation based on the spelling (including stress). It doesn't work the other way: it's impossible to tell the spelling based on pronunciation. E.g. there are 5 ways to spell /i/.
Aug
12
revised Understanding Greek road signs
fixed some Greek spellings
Aug
12
comment Understanding Greek road signs
Thanks! Edited, but the edit still needs review.
Aug
12
suggested approved edit on Understanding Greek road signs
Jul
5
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
16
comment How widely accepted are Euros in Hungary and how bad is the exchange rate practiced by shops/hotels?
@Itai You don't have to order Forint. You can withdraw it from an ATM or use the services of an exchange office when you arrive.
May
6
comment First-time Chinese visa applicant needing to apply at a Chinese consulate in Canada
I have applied for Chinese visas three times, each time in a different country, and never in my country of citizenship. It was never a problem.
Apr
28
accepted Where does one go through customs when transferring in the EU/Schengen?
Apr
28
comment Where does one go through customs when transferring in the EU/Schengen?
So I will have the chance to talk to customs officers in France even though the last leg is entirely within the EU.
Apr
28
comment Where does one go through customs when transferring in the EU/Schengen?
@Willeke What specific details do you need? I do not know which terminals will be used in Spain.
Apr
28
asked Where does one go through customs when transferring in the EU/Schengen?
Apr
14
awarded  Famous Question
Apr
13
comment Where can a tourist to Malta ride an articulated bus?
I find it really amusing that something as common as a bendy bus would be considered an attraction :-)
Apr
13
comment What steps can you take to avoid being bumped from a flight?
@MeNoTalk Do you have any comments on my question above?
Apr
10
comment What steps can you take to avoid being bumped from a flight?
Some airlines won't let you select a seat unless paying a fee. Would paying this fee and getting an actual seat number reduce the chance of getting bumped?
Apr
7
comment Airway companies that overbook flights, and those that don't overbook
I am going to take a flight with Iberia in the near future and I would like to know what happened to you. My flight is critical (international move with exotic pets) and it would be a very serious problem if I couldn't take the flight. My experience with Iberia customer support on the phone so far is not giving me confidence.
Mar
2
comment See as much of Europe as possible in a week
Sounds like too much for a week. Of course there is a subjective element to this, but personally I wouldn't be able to enjoy such a rush. Consider carefully what you are expecting to get from this trip and what you will compromise by trying to fit in too much. Yes, doable, but IMO it only makes sense if you do it for the thrill of going to so many places in such a short time ...
Feb
25
comment How can I get to Iceland on a cargo ship?
There are many "freighter cruise" agents that will arrange this for you, but it will not be cheap. Flying is going to be much cheaper (if less environmentally friendly).