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comment Can I enter and exit a country immediately?
In Europe, the Schengen agreement has made this not only easy, but even advisable: At some points, there is no simple route from Czech Republic to Germany except via Poland: openstreetmap.org/… In usual traffic, you'd spend about two minutes in Poland (the street is even called Three Countries' Avenue). It's almost unnoticeable - except for the gas stations that have seized the opportunity of lower gas taxation in Poland, compared to CZ and DE ;)
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Sep
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comment Where is the safest place in an airplane?
@greyshade: You are correct, I have misread the original claim. Most airplane accidents are indeed survivable.
Sep
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comment Where is the safest place in a train?
@supercat: Certainly. I have just added a real-world example of an actual train accident where the obstacle has remained stationary - I was not implying that this would rule out other possibilities.
Sep
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Sep
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comment Paying with Euro in Czech Republic
@greyshade: Fair point - I haven't used such a bank yet, but I trust they exist. Edited.
Sep
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Sep
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comment Where is the safest place in a train?
@supercat: For example, a road bridge collapsing in front of a train. That's exactly what happened in 2007 at Studenka: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stud%C3%A9nka_train_accident - essentially, the train cars had so much kinetic energy @ impact that they have gone over the collapsed bridge (IIRC, the engine went into it),which was barely shifted (that was actually a Good Thing,as the train's decceleration on impact wasn't as terrible as if it had jackknifed into the bridge). Engine and two front cars completely trashed, major damage to third & fourth car, minor damage to rest of the train.
Sep
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comment Where is the safest place in an airplane?
@greyshade: No other mode of transport has such a low fatality. Yes, "1111 fatal accidents" sounds like a whole lot, but let's not ignore the fact this is a total, worldwide sum over half a century (and trillions of miles flown). See, the world is a pretty big place: "1111 fatal accidents worldwide per month" would be considered unusually low for other modes of transport. So, yes, the claim that 'situations where planes crash and some people survive are very rare' is absolutely accurate.
Sep
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comment Where is the safest place in a train?
@wbogacz: Orange light, then ;)
Aug
7
comment What's the cheapest SIM card with Internet for smartphone in Czech Republic?
As a local O2 user, I can confirm this: once you go over the data limit, you'll be throttled to GPRS speeds (some 8 KB/s on average), but you are not cut off from the service. I have used it for exactly this purpose, and while slow, it is still usable.
Jul
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comment Paying with Euro in Czech Republic
Update for 2014: vending machines still don't take Euros :(
Jul
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revised Paying with Euro in Czech Republic
updated for 2014
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May
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comment Is there a reason to prefer the bus to the train in the Czech Republic?
For getting to Brno, flying to Vienna is usually the better option (100 km bus ride from VIE, 200 km from PRG; both direct routes). Of course, not all airlines fly to Prague or Vienna - that might be the deciding factor.
May
10
answered Paying with Euro in Czech Republic
May
10
comment How to get from Prague to Punkva caves and Macocha abyss?
There are also direct trains from Prague to Blansko; this might be slightly cheaper than the above. You may then want to take a bus from the train station, or take a walk (a few km). Try the "Trains+Buses+Public transport" timetable at jizdnirady.cz - this will find both options, mine and @Lex Vjatkin's.
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