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comment 10 checked pieces of 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.
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.