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Jan
21
comment What do locals call San Francisco?
I love how those tiny corners of Angel Island and Alameda Island are within the city limits.
Dec
18
comment Is it true that a “dekoriert”-sign means that naked women are dancing?
Apparently there is a local (but waning) custom called "Beizenfasnacht" in eastern Switzerland where some bars have salacious decoration and scantily clad (but probably not nude) serving girls. It doesn't seem to be a hidden code as is implied in the question, though.
Oct
15
comment What meals are available on Russian trains?
@kaiser: that didn't seem to be an issue, sometimes they walked right up to the train and purchases were conducted through the windows.
Aug
29
comment 10 pieces of checked luggage on a flight instead of a shipping service - crazy?
@EugeneO: the difference is that shipping companies ship larger volumes all the time, so it's business as usual for the customs inspectors. But someone with 10 pieces of checked luggage on an airplane is very unusual, and unusual events tend to get special attention.
Aug
27
comment 10 pieces of checked luggage on a flight instead of a shipping service - crazy?
@einpoklum well, my only similar experience was with German customs, but they weren't too picky about the proof as long as it made sense. So it's probably OK.
Jul
23
comment Cheapest way to get around in Tokyo
@Chris: I haven't found it hard to get used to. You won't be cycling very fast in any case, as traffic tends to be dense.
Jul
16
comment Non-seafood food options in Tokyo?
@EdmundYeung99: Sorry, haven't been there in 10 years. Okonomiyaki, Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu typically have restaurants specialize in them.
Jul
7
comment Layover in Santiago de Chile
@Puce: true, you see more from the top, but Cerro Santa Lucia is close to the center, and itself prettier.
Jun
24
comment Is it socially/culturally acceptable for Indian/Sri Lankan people to visit the Oktoberfest?
@JoErNanO: nope, haven't heard about that - where can I find information?
Jun
7
comment What unit of Euro coins/banknote does Rome use the most and what they don't accept normally?
@Lohoris: why not look at what lawyers have to say about it? legalzoom.com/articles/… or legalmatch.com/law-library/article/…
Jun
7
comment What unit of Euro coins/banknote does Rome use the most and what they don't accept normally?
@Lohoris: that is event more wrong (in normal jurisdictions). A shopkeeper absolutely does have the right to refuse customers for whatever reason, or no reason at all - with some very specific exceptions listed by anti-discrimination laws (which don't include the means of payment).
Jun
7
comment What are the typical/traditional events taking place during Christmas and New Year's day in Tokyo?
@JoeBlow As far as I know, yes. Some specifically Christian venues might.
May
21
comment Partial travel insurance
@AdrienBe: I find your beliefs quite irrational. First of all, it's not as if the insurance will prevent the loss. You'd still have exactly the same bad experience, hassle of having the stuff replaced and loss of intangibles (such as pictures). You will merely get reimbursed for the used value of the items, if the insurance company doesn't find a reason to deny coverage (which they are very good at). Also, you do not know the chances of getting robbed or mugged as well as the insurance company - they are making a healthy profit by knowing it better than you.
Mar
2
comment Does gel deodorant count as “liquids”?
@verve: it's often called the "3-1-1 rule" for simplicity's sake, but the actual limit is 100 mililiters (even from the USA's TSA, I'll add a link), which is 3.4 ounces.
Feb
11
comment Walking across Australia?
CGCampbell: your main problem is going to be water. There are huge stretches of what is effectively desert, with no towns for hundreds of km. You definitely cannot rely on towns for supplies-
Jan
20
comment From what point could you view the most countries?
I have no idea. I assume Pakistan thinks so and India doesn't.
Jan
20
comment From what point could you view the most countries?
Wakhan Corridor could be five if you accept India's claims to northern Kashmir.
Dec
17
comment How to get to Battambang from Siem Reap?
Just did this in early December - great experience! I think I paid $23
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@CGCampbell: I'm pretty sure that's just to speed up the common case and there are fallback methods.
Nov
25
comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Anixx: see updated answer.