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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.
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comment How the US verifies person's citizeship given that US passports are optional?
@Anixx: see updated answer.
Oct
30
comment How to get rid of Argentinian Peso before leaving the country?
Umm... the official rate would be VERY GOOD if you want to change Pesos to Dollars. Which is why you won't get it anywhere, that's the whole point.
Oct
5
comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
@sawa: we may be thinking about different age ranges. I meant toddlers, not teenagers.
Oct
2
comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
@FranciscoPresencia: older women can be notoriously unabashed and might well do it, but what I was really thinking of is that someone else would call you out, thus taking the role of "enforcing social norms" (or maybe "educating the gaijin") rather than "requesting privilege".
Oct
1
comment Is it rude to give up your seat in Japan?
@LightnessRacesinOrbit I believe the point (with which I somewhat agree) is that this kind of polite behaviour is pretty universal in modern societies and thus it doesn't really matter where the question or the answer is from. Only the details vary.
Sep
29
comment If you have a rental car from outside Germany, can you enter the environmental zones?
@andra: No, I'm saying that foreign rental agencies which allow their cars to be taken into Germany will provide such papers.
Sep
29
comment If you have a rental car from outside Germany, can you enter the environmental zones?
@Gagravarr: if you don't have them with you, you'd actually be breaking another German law.
Sep
22
comment How to enforce transit points during flight booking to avoid transit visas?
@Imso1987: I have no idea. Shouldn't be too hard to find out on the various embassies' websites.
Sep
22
comment How to enforce transit points during flight booking to avoid transit visas?
@Imso1987: according to the airport's website (see link in answer) Cayman Airways provides regular services from Kingston, Jamaica - that might be a possibility.
Aug
18
comment Is there an obligation to renew a small child's passport before its expiry date?
The immigration officer being German is relevant. It probably ran against his innate sense of orderliness that a document that exists to identify persons fails to fulfill this purpose and could be fixed but isn't- even if this state is widely tolerated and legally allowed for practical reasons.
Jun
10
comment What happens if you are caught (accidentally) not declaring something at customs?
The "honest mistake resulting in a warning in the form of half an hour of stern talking-to" thing happend last year to my girlfriend in Chile.
Jun
8
comment What tips or tricks can you use to get an upgraded/better hire car?
@DJClayworth: In this case definitely not, I think the satnav was just 6 EUR/day. But yeah, of course that has to be factored in: some rental companies try to lure you in with cheap basic rates and then gouge you on each and every extra.
May
29
comment Japanese 'SU' hotel room classification - enough for two people?
I may be wrong, but I think the SU category is not really for people wishing to have a larger room, but to deal with the case where there are more single travellers than actual single rooms. As a hotel, you don't want to charge them the full price of a double room because that would seem unfair (it's not their fault you don't have enough single rooms). But of course you still want to charge fully when there are two people in the room!
May
29
comment Japanese 'SU' hotel room classification - enough for two people?
I'm pretty sure the resources are irrelevant, what matters is that SU is specifically intended to give a double room to a single person without making them pay for a double.
May
14
comment Student dorms in Stuttgart (Germany)
Just for clarification: will you actually be studying in Germany?
May
8
comment Change itineraries in Munich do I need a Schengen visa?
@veebee: no, it's not possible for a practical reason: in Munich, Etihad and Lufthansa operate on different terminals, so you 'll have to leave the transit area anyway.
May
7
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
I think many people who write real reviews don't want to spend much time on it either....
May
7
comment How to spot fake reviews on TripAdvisor?
Interestingly, "mini stories" are actually a strong indication of a fake review, according to a study (see my answer). People who write them also try to fake authenticity...
Apr
25
comment Why are postcards of Cologne in ruins following WW2 bombing sold in the city?
@Nobilis: as for how they are perceived by Germans: while it's true that for NPD types it's often "look what they did to us" and all the implications you can draw from that (often along the lines of "so what we did wasn't all that bad either"), for mainstream society it's more "look what happens in a war; let's avoid those at all costs". For example, one reason why the not-too-popular Schröder government won the 2002 elections was that they clearly refused to join Bush's "coalition of the willing" for the Iraq war.