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Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec - I look forward to the day when print and TV adverts can do likewise! (The US is a single media market, unlike much of Europe.) - I'm originally from Europe, and certainly prefer when true prices are displayed - it makes it much easier to pay with exact coins. I'm just pointing out that there are cultural, practical and historic reasons for why thing are as they are; it's not just because the merchants here want to rip off everyone. (Actually, given that it's a tax, it would really be the government that wants to rip people off here...)
Oct
22
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
@vartec: one reason that US prices don't include tax - in stores or restaurants - is that taxes vary not only from state to state, but also between regions within states: a city might levy an extra 1.5% of sales tax on top of state sales tax to fund transit, for example. This makes it impossible to have advertisements list the actual sale price, since it varies so much, so instead listed prices are pre-tax, and that's what consumers are used to. In Europe, by contrast, tax is typically same within any given country.
Oct
20
answered A “Pike Place Market” in Boston?
Oct
20
answered Can you visit the Lille Citadelle?
Oct
19
comment What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
@Roddy - I totally agree with your view PBR; there's a ton of decent micros to be had - to paraphrase someone, 'life's too short to drink bad beer'. I've noticed that PBR is perhaps the beer most likely be be on special - I've seen some places that had "$2 PBR" specials. Wouldn't touch the stuff myself, but if you wanted to grab a beer with folks, it's a low cost option :)
Oct
19
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Oct
19
answered What should you do if you're really broke in a country where tipping is customary?
Aug
27
comment Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART
The day pass can be worth it if you're planning on riding the cable cars: they are $6/ride and don't take or issue transfers, but they are covered by the day pass, so one round trip and you're almost broken even.
Jun
26
comment 10 days in France - a trip from Amsterdam: is it worth buying an InterRail card?
It looks like there is a France+Benelux, but it's not for sale within Europe.
Jun
23
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Jun
23
comment Which trains in France are included in an InterRail card?
Check out the pages on Rick Steve's site about rail passes - the one for France is here - it answers some of your questions including TGV coverage (some % is covered, depends on the type of pass).
Jun
2
comment When traveling to a country with a different currency, how should you take your money?
@AndrewGrimm: for Japan, all you need to do is find a 7-11 (they are all over!) and use one of the ATMs there, as those ones take western cards.
Jun
1
answered Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling
Jun
1
comment Update Facebook and/or Twitter via SMS while travelling
IMO it's not quite about Web Applications - because there's still that added twist of how to get access to the web when travelling - availability of SMS, WiFi and internet coffee shops can vary widely from country to country...
Apr
30
comment Self-service options in Amsterdam
@RobertAtkins - are you sure? I just checked out amsterdam.citymundo.com, and it appears to be current - the reviews page has recently added items. The company is also listed on the official Amsterdam Tourism site, iamsterdam.com/en/placestogo/amsterdam-citymundo/…
Feb
29
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Feb
29
comment Cheapest trip from Canada to anywhere for visa purposes
There's a regular city bus that goes from Windsor, Canada, to Detroit - the Tunnel Bus, and costs a whopping $4.50CDN, but it's not a ticket you can buy in advance, so likely not useful for your purpose. But the Windsor/Detroit crossing might also be worth a look to see if there's other transit you can prepay there to act as an 'exit guarantee'.
Feb
25
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Feb
22
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Feb
22
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