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

Half a year ago I left my recurrent job working in a backpacker hostel to embark on the current trip where I hitchhiked from Singapore to Ulan Bator and now find myself in Kagoshima, Japan.


Apr
14
comment How to get the best currency exchange rates for USD, when not in the US
The question title a verb!
Apr
8
comment Cheapest way to travel from Osaka Kansai airport to Kyoto and back?
Do you mean Osaka International Airport (大阪国際空港 ITM), or Kansai International Airport (関西国際空港 KIX)??
Apr
8
comment Is there one or more marinas in Okinawa used by private yacht owners that allows non yachties to visit?
@uncovery: You should submit this as an answer, along with how you know this I suppose. I finally left Okinawa by ferry but it will be useful to others who Google for the same kind of info (-:
Apr
8
comment Are wild dogs really a problem in Samoa?
As somebody who likes to hitchhike alone all around the world, often after dark, the only thing I answer when people asking me if I'm worried about safety is "dogs"! And I'm not even scared of dogs, but not being scared of them isn't enough to prevent you from getting bitten, and definitely won't prevent rabies. In fact I've never been bitten but came very close once in Mexico and once in Georgia and have seen plenty of feral dogs in Central America and parts of Asia that would be worth bearing in mind.
Apr
8
comment Sights in London applicable to British Empire in Southeast Asia
You'd be interested in museums with exhibits on say British Burma and Malaya too right?
Apr
5
comment May I cross closed gates in Iceland?
also aka a cattle grid
Apr
3
comment I was told my signature was ripped out of my passport. Should I be worried?
It's not irrelevant in trying to decide what happened for what reason.
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
@Dhara: In fact I'm really interested in these kinds of things and I have asked questions about how these words are or should be used for these various foods/condiments etc on either or booth the english.SE and cooking.SE sites: Is wasabi considered to be spicy or to be a spice?
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
Here is one blog post I found with quite a bit of info about spicy foods in Japan: WASHOKU Japanese Food Culture and Cuisine / Toogarashi red pepper
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
I'm definitely interested in Japanized dishes too.
Apr
2
comment Resource for local cuisines and specialties across Japan
Yes it's a lot easier to find out what the local specialities are when you get to a place, but so far for me it's been harder say think of a route then see what specialties are there to help me pick a way to travel (-:
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
I've come across mentions of a kind of ramen noodle made with chili in the actual noodles when they're made, and an eb-chiri sauce, but not enough to know if they are local specialties of anywhere...
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
Don't forget that Sichuan, Thailand, Korea, and India didn't have chilis until after the Americas were discovered and they eventually arrived by trade. (Sichuan did have its own local Sichuan pepper, a bit like Japan had its own local wasabi.) I wouldn't be surprised if the other languages didn't have a word for "spicy" before that either. So young traditions are just as good as ancient traditions as far as I'm concerned (-:
Apr
2
comment Which city has the greatest religious diversity?
What makes this hard to answer is that there's no natural way to compare the two key factors: 1) number of religions (diversity) and 2) distance (density). You have to choose arbitrary weightings for each to choose between a place with lots of religions but further away and a place with fewer religions but concentrated quite close to each other. Otherwise I do think it's a really interesting question.
Apr
2
comment Using Wifi in Japan
It would be nice to also find some tricks to help find free Wi-Fi with free electricity. I'm going to face this problem soon when I leave my guesthouse.
Apr
2
comment Is there a POI file with lat/long of mailboxes in the EU?
You could also try asking a version of this question on the opendata.SE beta site
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
In fact a Foodie's Guide to Japan would also interest me greatly, so I've asked a related question: Resource for local cuisines and specialties across Japan
Apr
2
comment Is there any region, island, mountain, or village in Japan known for hot spicy local cuisine?
@NickStauner: Wonderfully, 辛い also means "tsurai" - painful (-:
Apr
1
comment What are the two closest countries that do not share a border?
@Max: I didn't feel confident that I knew everything about that. Since there are very few that would probably make a good factoid question since it couldn't be too broad!
Apr
1
comment What are the two closest countries that do not share a border?
I was pretty sure Armenia and Iran do have a border because I was hoping to cross it a couple of years ago, but didn't get to. Indeed: Wikivoyage Armenia→Iran and Iran→Armenia.