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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.


4h
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
Bulgarian is way way easier than Russian, it would make a useful stepping stone toward learning Russian later. The other way around and you're likely to get put off language learning entirely by all the scary inflected case endings only to find you don't need them at all for Bulgarian.
4h
comment Languages in Bulgaria?
Macedonian is basically a very close Bulgarian dialect, but with a different Cyrillic orthography for reasons of national pride. Bulgarian and Macedonian are by far the easiest Slavic languages. Serbian/Croatian is more complex but not so much as Polish or Russian. Knowledge of any Slavic language gives you a huge head start in any other. False friends are not a barrier to learning - we have enough false friends just between the various Englishes ...
18h
comment What to do when no search engine can find a connection that clearly exists
Try Adioso and Momondo. I often found flights on those two that didn't show up on more famous search engines (or each other).
18h
comment Transit visa New Delhi airport
It depends where you are from, which you have not told us.
22h
comment Wi-fi coverage in Taormina and Palermo
@GuidoPreite: Are SIM cards related to Wi-Fi? Surely they're instead related to 3G/4G?
23h
comment Are women required to wear skirts to get into some tourist sites?
I'm pretty sure I've seen signs requesting women to wear skirts at Eastern Orthodox churches or monasteries in some countries such as Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, or Romania.
1d
comment Precautions and Customs to observe when traveling in Morocco
My sister almost got thrown off a train for kissing in public. I had already been to Morocco before her and had been warned of that so I was surprised she didn't hear the same warnings.
1d
comment Travel Macau and back to China with single-entry Chinese visa
Chinese multiple-entry visas are, I'm told, not easy to get these days. But there ar also double-entry visas, and those are as easy to get as single-entry visas. This may vary for different nationalities though.
Oct
17
comment Would an Australian travelling to Germany for a week need a visa?
Your question title should be a summary of your question.
Oct
12
comment Does having visited top countries increases the value of least useful passport?
I don't think there's a conclusive way to answer this. I recall that it's easier to get a visa for Bulgaria or Romania for citizens of some countries if they already have a Schengen visa. But this will be different for each pair of countries. Unless somebody has already made a website that tracks this info.
Oct
10
comment Minimum available passport blank page requirements
I recently travelled for ten and a half months around Asia and only had three blank pages in my passport when I left home. I never encountered a problem but I did use the trick of putting post-its on the blank pages when entering countries I knew I only needed a small stamp for.
Oct
10
comment Town or village in Oaxaca State that is “the home of mezcal”?
Oh of course. This town's claim to be the "capital" is not official as far as I know. The official rule about which regions can make mezcal includes four or five states if I recall correctly. Yes, from Wikipedia: "States that have certified mezcal agave growing areas with production facilities are Durango, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas."
Oct
10
comment Places to drink (party) at Songnae Korea
I can't speak for Yongsan but I always found Hongdae to have a good mix of mostly Koreans with some foreigners mixed in. Foreigners are mostly English teachers from the US. People from US military bases are often banned from the area, which is a good thing, since I never saw a bar fight or street fight not involving them.
Oct
9
comment Would China to Taiwan and back again count as another entry into China?
I didn't re-enter China from Taiwan but I found out the answer is that you can't do it with a single-entry visa.
Oct
8
comment What is this North Korean booze?
Also, since I can't find an official SE policy on using copyright images, I asked a question about just that on meta.SE
Oct
8
comment What is this North Korean booze?
I edited this post to remove the copyright violation of the blogger's photo and replace it with a link to the photo. Reinsert if you get permission from the blogger.
Oct
8
comment How to deal with the fake police scam in Spain?
If this is an acknowledged problem by Spanish authorities and they have published an official "what to do if this happens to you", that would be a highly regarded reference.
Oct
7
comment Are VAT refunds mandatory in the UK / EU?
No problem, just trying to help you learn how to make effective questions. Sorry if I came across as nitpicking. (-:
Oct
7
comment Are VAT refunds mandatory in the UK / EU?
OK thanks. But please add such info into the question and tags. Not everybody will put the extra effort into reading all the comments looking for missing hints.
Oct
7
comment Are VAT refunds mandatory in the UK / EU?
Are you asking if there is an international agreement that all such taxes in all countries must have mandatory refunds? Or are you asking about the EU?