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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.


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comment Is there a mc guyver way to charge rechargeable batteries?
D'oh! I must be having a stupid day (-:
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comment Handwash on the go
@divB: You should edit your question with some of the info in your comments clarifying that you're looking for clean=refreshed as a higher priority than clean=germ-free. (Not that the two are mutually exclusive.)
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comment Handwash on the go
Be aware that many "refreshing towels" are very harmful to the environment. I'm not sure if there are also some environmentally friendly kinds, but I would try to find something like that if possible.
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comment Handwash on the go
In fact normal soap sanitizes hands insofar as removing bacteria almost as much as antibacterial soap. Some regard the overhyping of antibacterial soaps as a bit of a con. I do not know if there are other "soaps that include sanitizers" than antibacterial soaps.
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comment Is there a mc guyver way to charge rechargeable batteries?
Are they rechargeable AA batteries or regular carbon/alkaline batteries?
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comment Nordic countries, Sweden and Norway, similar top buildings colors
Probably copper. You'll see this in Vancouver too.
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comment Claim for Lost and then found baggage
Only ever in my hand luggage other than alcohol before liquids were restricted. Certainly never "mostly edible items". But whether I've done it or not surely doesn't affect the airlines' rules about it or their willingness to compensate if I were to break that rule.
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comment How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?
If you're travelling with the aim of seeing rude ignorant Australians getting drunk and vomiting and offending the locals, you might not need to go anywhere besides Bali d-;
2d
comment How safe are the ferries in Indonesia?
I don't think it's unreasonable to ask about the safety record of the ferries in a given country. The Philippines has a very scary record and South Korea has a scarily inconsistent record, for instance. If it's answerable for those countries it's answerable for arbitrary countries.
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comment Claim for Lost and then found baggage
I don't think most airlines allow perishable food items in checked luggage.
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comment If a passenger damages another passenger's property (accidentally) on a flight, who is responsible?
Could the passenger in front not claim an expectation that seats recline at an acceptable velocity and that seats capable of reclining suddenly enough to damage something belonging to the person behind indicate fault on the part of the airline?
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comment Applying for a B2 VISA after previous overstay as a child?
Very interesting. I've never heard of getting an old overstay waived. I have one from 1990 or 1991 that gets in the way a lot because I like Latin America and the cheapest flights there from Australia all go via USA and USA airports have no concept of transit and people with an overstay in their history need a visa no matter their nationality, even just to transit ...
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comment Possibility and price of getting to Lord Howe Island by sea?
@MarkMayo: Should this old one be tagged with fares or price?
Oct
28
comment Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?
Unfortunately to most of us not in Asia "immigration" means the act of moving permanently to another country. Something that is off-topic on this site yet which gets asked frequently. You can find the naming of this tag discussed on the meta site a couple of years ago... Then again I can't find it so we must've discussed it in the chat room...
Oct
28
comment Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?
Now the "legal" and "rules" tags do blur a bit out of necessity. Many people will think of "legal" as "Would this mean I'm breaking the law, doing something criminal, and risking arrest?" whereas "rules" is broader and covers cases when you don't know or care whose jurisdiction the rules are, when you wouldn't expect to gain a criminal record by breaking them, etc. But it doesn't always matter which you use.
Oct
28
comment Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?
It was I who made the "customs and immigration" tag for the very reason that the two concepts are blurred and confused even by native English speakers especially given that they are or were previously often the same desk or the entire phrase is used on signage. Anyway in most countries the customs and immigration officers follow the rules set out by the government.
Oct
28
comment At what kind of eateries can you have a lamb roast in Australia?
You wouldn't typically go to a restaurant for this type of food. But there are some kinds of restaurants that specialize in "Australian food". They will often be enormous places in the suburbs. Another kind of restaurant that would serve this kind of food is called a "carvery" or sometimes a "grill" though the latter tends to be more a kind of Australianized American style food. As mentioned elsewhere, the most common place to buy a roast dinner would be at a pub or, depending which part of the country you're in, a club (RSL, rugby, surf lifesaving, etc).
Oct
28
comment At what kind of eateries can you have a lamb roast in Australia?
Clubs are not really an Australian institution. They're definitely a New South Wales institution and I think it's probably the same in Queensland. But not so at all in Victoria and I don't know either way for the other states and territories.
Oct
28
comment Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?
Your question doesn't ask anything about visas or about customs and immigration but does ask if India has rules about which airports Pakistanis can arrive at. You're not asking whether customs agents will accept you but whether India regulates which airports you can use.
Oct
25
comment Cost of UK visa in Netherlands for a South African citizen?
Doesn't the costs or price tag cover "cost of a visa"? My tag edit revert came with no explanatory comment.