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Backpacking since Christmas Day, 1989. Hitchhiking since mid 2010.

I've just returned home after hitchhiking around Asia for the last 9.5 months.


May
14
revised Do Vietnamese citizens need a visa to enter Spain for short term?
vietnamese citizens tag; copyedit a bit
May
14
comment Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?
Would you happen to know rough travel times and prices?
May
14
comment What time do the city buses start running in Istanbul?
Actually I was told that bus station was in a good area to try hitchhiking from so I wasn't actually taking a long distance bus (-:
May
13
revised Where lies the closest tropical rain forest to Mainland Europe?
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May
13
asked Is there a bus/coach direct from Batumi, Georgia to Istanbul, Turkey?
May
13
revised What are the two closest capital cities in the world?
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May
13
comment What are the two closest capital cities in the world?
@AndrewGrimm: Pyongyang is the capital of North Korea, Seoul is the capital of South Korea. Just like during communism Berlin wasn't the capital of West Germany, it was Bonn.
May
13
revised Renting a flat in San Diego for my son
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May
13
comment Does Georgia (the country) have a museum or sculpture park of Soviet/Communist/Socialist art?
And here's what it looked like after Lenin was removed but before the concrete arches were removed: [1].
May
13
comment Does Georgia (the country) have a museum or sculpture park of Soviet/Communist/Socialist art?
I do really love the huge old monuments from the communist era. Georgia has quite a few but the most amazing are in Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia. Rose Revolutions Square is so run down and ugly right now that nobody is posting photos from a similar angle, just of the Radisson Blu hotel or the giant bicycle public sculpture. But here's some photos of what they're planning to develop it into: [1], [2].
May
13
comment Does Georgia (the country) have a museum or sculpture park of Soviet/Communist/Socialist art?
No no this is so totally gone now you wouldn't recognize it if I put a photo of the same area now up here. I have found a few images of both Stalin and Lenin about the places but not so conspicuous.
May
13
comment Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?
@MarkMayo: Stockholm itself is already more than half way to Norway if you're coming from Gothenburg like I did (-:
May
13
comment Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?
Well thanks to me parroting this not entirely true factoid here, we now have a new factoid question specifically treating this minor, debatable, pedantic, and interesting question (-: What are the two closest capital cities in the world?
May
13
revised What are the two closest capital cities in the world?
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May
13
comment Must I cancel the return portion of an airline ticket if I decide not to fly it?
The ticket was I assume a non-refundable ticket since it was the cheapest I could find, but since it's a 1-year Australia-Turkey return that still cost about $2,000. But reading around on the Korean Air website they say I can only get a refund if I cancel a month or more before the expiration of the ticket, which is now 13 days away. But maybe I'm missing something! (-:
May
12
revised Do I have to enter the UK on my UK passport?
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May
12
revised Must I cancel the return portion of an airline ticket if I decide not to fly it?
reword title to enhance the difference with previous questions, also fill in the missing end of the question
May
12
comment Must I cancel the return portion of an airline ticket if I decide not to fly it?
Well I knew about that question and know that I'll lose the rest of the flight. The other question is about skipping a medial leg and still using the final leg. Mine is about skipping the final leg. The answers to the previous question tell you you'll lose the rest of your ticket. In this question obviously whether you take the final leg or not the ticket is done... but what I want to know is does it get you some kind of "black mark" or not for not informing the airline that I'm not showing?
May
12
comment How can I meet people while traveling in the UK
CouchSurfing's "Groups" are a great way to do just this. Very popular for meeting both locals and fellow travellers. And you definitely don't need to send money to be "verifed" on the CS website, some google searching will enlighten you that many people believe it to be a bit of a scam.
May
12
comment Is it too far to go to Eastern Europe on a 5-6 week holiday if I land in Paris?
Bah don't buy into those popish fantasies d-: