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May
22
comment What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?
The first paragraph on that Wikipedia article is extremely hard to parse for me.
May
22
comment Can I roller skate on the street in France?
No city in Australia would ever grant any such thing to lowly skaters. I recall there were two events in Paris at the time, one in the daytime and one at night. I think the daytime one was for people of all levels and the night one was hardcore. I went on the daytime one in winter. I don't know if they were organized by the same people.
May
22
comment How do I go from Vientiane to Chiang Mai?
There's travel agents selling all kinds of bus tickets here in Vientiane and also many if not most hostels, guesthouses, and hotels also sell bus tickets.
May
22
comment Can I roller skate on the street in France?
This surprises me. I used to travel everywhere with my rollerblades and found France about the most skate-friendly place I'd been. Even in Paris there was a massive organized skating event right through the heart of the city twice per week I think. There would be police on skates to make sure drivers let the skaters through (presumably also there in case some skaters misbehaved) and I believe an ambulance was also trailing the pack. This was about fifteen years ago and regularly had thousands of participants. In Australia I've been hassled by the police for skating in every city except Sydney!
May
22
comment What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?
In Australia even the terms "outside lane" and "inside lane" are illogical and opaque. I've been an Australian for almost half a century and still don't get it. Roads are the only places where the "outside" is nearest the centre and the "inside" is out by the edge. I have no idea if it's the same in other countries. I prefer to avoid the terms altogether in cross-cultural communication, just like "first name", "last name", "Christian name".
May
22
comment Will having used one previous double-entry visa for China make me eligible for a multiple entry visa now?
Whether or not you can provide the necessary paperwork and proof, you might not be able to obtain a multiple-entry visa for China, depending on where you apply. As an Australian citizen I've found I can't get a true multiple entry visa in either Vietnam or Laos, though I can get a double-entry visa in Laos. Here's a new question just on where you can get true multiple-entry visas: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48052
May
22
comment Do any Chinese embassies or consulates grant multiple-entry visas to people from a third country?
Similar older question before we knew that China distinguishes between double-entry and multiple-entry visas: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/19241
May
22
comment Can a normal backpacker obtain a multiple-entry Chinese visa while on the road?
Similar: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/48052
May
20
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
No I didn't read the signs or they were all in Vietnamese only or I read and then forgot. In this area of Vietnam every town and city has a lot of official/government/army buildings.
May
19
comment How can I know in advance which areas of Vietnam I'm not allowed to travel in, or need a permit, as a foreigner?
Well nobody asked for or received any money from me.
May
19
comment Do we have any kind of statistics for how often rebels actually take tourists hostage in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia?
@Calchas: Yeah pretty much the same as WikiTravel/Voyage.
May
18
comment Dual Canadian and British citizen - healthcare coverage in the UK?
This answer would probably be improved with a link to an official site with more details.
May
18
comment Do my total years of British residency qualify me for UK health coverage during visits to UK?
The two older questions (from a year ago) seem to be the same to me and both asked by the same OP so I just voted to close the slightly less old one as a dupe.
May
18
comment Do my total years of British residency qualify me for UK health coverage during visits to UK?
Doesn't look to me like OP is travelling just to get treatment, but even they are, that's still 100% travel. Going to Thailand for a sex change operation or to Europe to get a same sex marriage would be travel. Travelling to the old homeland and wondering if you'll need to get insurance or if you're old country will still give you free medical is also 100% travel. @GayotFow: Why the inconsistency anyway? You didn't vote to close the two you claim are off-topic as far as I can see so why single out this one?
May
18
comment Do my total years of British residency qualify me for UK health coverage during visits to UK?
Ah I hate that bug too. For neatness sake we should reopen it and then close it again as a dupe (-:
May
18
comment Do my total years of British residency qualify me for UK health coverage during visits to UK?
This doesn't look like an expat question. He seems to be an expat but he's asking about trips to the UK. I'm voting to reopen.
May
17
comment What kind of hat to wear for business in India?
Whereas if you had been going to Australia you can get sunburn even on an overcast day, as 70-80 percent of the sun's rays – above all, long-spectrum UVA rays – go through clouds and fog. India's pollution must have quite different characteristics to normal cloud and fog.
May
17
comment In Bacau, Romania, what is the current name of the street that used to be called “Filimon Sirbu”?
If you think a question doesn't belong here if you don't think many people care about the answer, it's time you familiarized yourself with the Joel Spolsky / Stack Exchange concept of "the long tail". Travelling back to your ancestral home is travelling.
May
17
comment In Mongolia, are dairy products offered to tourists typically processed?
I didn't really see dairy products "offered to tourists" though the local markets were full of strange unappetizing dairy products you've never seen before. Then again I didn't really go to places offering things to tourists. People in my hostel did offer me one type of hard curd thing and I didn't mind it. I believe I also had a few mass produced airags from supermarkets. I don't recall seeing raw milk there, but I was only in the capital and the tiny cities between it and the Chinese border.
May
16
comment I did not receive visa papers when entering Mexico and have a flight in 2 weeks. Can I exit and re-enter through Guatemala to fix this?
I was lucky because I'd flown to Mexico before and knew about the tourist card and was worrying that it didn't seemed to be mentioned on the bus.