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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 anywhere to store luggage at the Buenos Aires ferry terminal?
Your title makes it look like this is a transport question but your question seems to be about just luggage storage. You should edit them to focus on whichever is your focus.
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comment How to find “night and day” decongestant for a head cold when there's a language barrier?
@Ida: Careful, "de-contestant" could mean something for eliminating a participant in a contest. A "decongestant" eliminates congestion / blockages. Anyway it's an interesting comment. I assumed at least the kinds of cold and flu treatments would be universal, if not the brands or active ingredients.
Sep
16
comment 14 hour layover in Incheon, how to spend the time?
Incheon has a very famous Chinatown. You should try the famous Korean/Chinese dish Jajangmyeon - it's not spicy at all, unlike most Korean food. There's enough in Incheon that it in fact has its own full page at Wikivoyage. But 14 hours is definitely enough time to go see a bit of Seoul itself instead. I would recommending focusing on just one part of the city though, and be aware of the afternoon rush hour.
Sep
4
comment Where can I eat sushi with chocolate in it?
You distinguish between meaning and definition?? What do you mean when you use the word "technically" then? \-:
Sep
2
comment Where can I eat sushi with chocolate in it?
Well technically, if we want to use such a word, "temaki" just means "hand rolled" so doesn't technically imply use of nori.
Sep
2
comment Where can I eat sushi with chocolate in it?
"Sushi" just means "vinegared rice". "Norimaki" just means "seaweed roll". Putting innovative ingredients in and not removing the vinegar, rice, or seaweed doesn't make it not one. It just makes it not a traditional one. Just like deep frying a Mars Bar doesn't turn it into "not a Mars Bar". Doesn't mean Shintaro has to like newfangled stuff.
Sep
2
comment Is there any way to tell if someone has been through our hotel room?
I wonder if there is a kind of spy camera on the market with built-in motion detector for just this job. I bet there is!
Sep
2
comment Is there any way to tell if someone has been through our hotel room?
I don't trust "do not steal" and "do not do illegal stuff" signs either. If only posting a sign was all it took to stop crime ...
Sep
2
comment Why do some hotels etc and other accommodation have rules against washing clothes in your room or in the sink?
@MeNoTalk: That would be a valid reason in Australia and other places with droughts or water shortages. But I'm sure I've seen it in other places too. Places that don't bother asking you to limit your shower time or turn the tap off when you're brushing your teeth, that don't have dual-flush toilets, etc.
Sep
2
comment Why do some hotels etc and other accommodation have rules against washing clothes in your room or in the sink?
@pnuts: I've seen both. Signs telling you not to use the ones in your room. Signs saying not to use the handbasin in the bathroom or the sink for dishes I'm pretty sure at campgrounds.
Aug
28
comment Another scenic pass, near the Stelvio pass
It's not near the Stelvio Pass, but in the Romanian Carpathians you will find the Transfăgărășan, which replaced the Stelvio Pass as "the world's best road" in the opinion of Top Gear a few years back.
Aug
27
comment Identify waterside building / skyline
@MaxVernon: I tried Google image search and TinEye. TinEye seems to manage only for edited versions of the very same image and not different photos of the same subject. Google image search didn't work with my image combined with "Denmark" or "Aarhus" but it does work combined with "Isbjerget" now that we know what it's called (-:
Aug
27
comment Identify waterside building / skyline
Aha! I had a feeling it was Denmark but doing Google image searches with "Denmark" and other hints didn't uncover it.
Aug
27
comment Airport boarding fee in La Paz, Bolivia
Is this "El Alto International Airport" (LPB)?
Aug
27
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
Yes if you do manage to get Wi-Fi you'll have a lot fewer hassles, just those imposed by the Great Firewall of China. But in my two months travelling on and off the major tourist path Wi-Fi is never available in ineternet cafes and seldom in the cheaper hotels. But always in hostels.
Aug
27
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
There were two main reasons and one suspected reason: 1) Most of these use ancient and broken Internet Explorer 6, have no other browsers installed, and have management software to prevent you from installing new software. 2) There will be a crap-ton of malware, adware, and crapware installed, most of which is China-specific, only in Chinese, intrusive, buggy, and you won't be familiar with. 3) Some of the intrusive stuff installed could be spying on you either officially by secret government or unofficially due to corruption.
Aug
27
comment What popular western web services don't work in mainland China?
You might have considerable trouble signing in to StackExchange from an internet cafe or hotel room computer though. And you might have trouble finding Wi-Fi if you're not staying in a backpacker hostel.
Aug
26
comment What makes a backpack a women's backpack?
There is a structural element due to differences in typical male and female physiologies, but there is also a marketing element. Companies making women's backpacks that are different from their men's backpacks only in their naming and colour choices would be taking a pretty cynical approach. I'm a guy but my current backpack is a women's backpack because the girl who bought it decided it was too big for her. It's by a big name brand though so surely does have structural differences but works great for me since it was free (-:
Aug
24
comment If a baby is born on an international flight over international waters, what nationality are they?
Current news articles on children born stateless. Both include interested relevant information: Stateless babies: Born into a world without citizenship from The Houston Chronicle, and Nowhere to call home: The changing face of the world’s non-citizens from The Economist.
Aug
24
comment If a baby is born on an international flight over international waters, what nationality are they?
Related current news: ‘Secret’ proposal would nix citizen rights for babies born in Canada