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Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
@phoog: That depends on how damp they are, what the weather conditions are, what activity will be undertaken, how vigorous and long lasting that activity will be, and what material they are made from. If you're unlucky the result can be very uncomfortable chafing, which I've experienced many times as an international hitchhiker. The moral is if you forget to take enough pairs of undies, don't also forget to take talcum powder!
Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
Another way to dry something in a hurry is to put it between two or more dry layers of towel and press firmly. This won't get the last bit so do it after washing and wringing but before leaving it for the heater or aircon. If you find the first time that despite your best efforts it does not dry enough then next day try the drying part without the washing part. (Oh and four days is nothing you big baby!)
Jun
20
comment How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?
I was struggling with Google Maps and Baidu Maps with VPN and Google Translate on my overloaded little netbook up against the Great Firewall while you found it for me. I now have a shiny new pair of reading glasses that I paid CNY 10 for (and a metal case to protect them for another CNY 10).
Jun
19
comment How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?
@neubau: Submit your comment as an answer for I now bear the eyewear!
Jun
19
comment Suitable shoes for long-term, light-packing travel
Here are just a few of the questions like this I found over on Quora: ⬤ quora.com/…quora.com/…quora.com/What-are-some-attributes-of-the-best-hiking-shoequora.com/…quora.com/…
Jun
19
comment Suitable shoes for long-term, light-packing travel
Since you are polling people for their varying opinions, I would highly recommend you ask the question on our "competitor" QA site, Quora. That site embraces both poll questions and opinion questions. By the way, my preference prior to my current trip was one pair of sneakers (trainers) and one pair of thongs (flipflops). For my current trip I hunted for sale priced hiking shoes from any name brand and bought a pair of Kathmandu shoes reduced from over $200 to $80. But just over six months into my trip they're about to wear out. Next trip my opinion will be different.
Jun
19
comment Why ITA Matrix is failing so much last months?
What is a "PNR"?
Jun
15
comment In which places in China can travellers not stay at just any random local hotel?
I had this problem tonight in Shilin, Yunnan! Every hotel either needed an ID card and couldn't take a passport of specifically didn't allow foreigners. Some suggested that the hotel at the local convention centre is the only one that takes foreigners. I local joined to help me but it was still unclear if this is because of "terrorists", because of the China-South Asia Expo underway in Kunming right now, or a permanent state of affairs in this town. (Fortunately my new friend had a spare room.)
Jun
15
comment Can I apply for an Iranian visa in the Republic of Georgia?
@Blackbird57: I didn't end up going to Iran on that trip. Usually I don't like to plan my trips in advance. Sometimes that makes some visas trickier. Often it makes other visas cheaper.
Jun
14
comment Is it OK to dress as a stewardess on a flight?
I can now imagine an aircraft full of passengers in pilot and hostess uniforms on their way to a cosplay event!
Jun
10
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
See my answer. It's right but there's more to it.
Jun
10
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
No cab drivers for me! Technically this is right but there is no 6800 number visible anywhere and nowhere nearby has a visible number either. It turns out it is right at a subway stop though.
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
And I wouldn't have this blister on my foot from the long walk in my new thongs (flip flops). And I wouldn't've had to learn the Chinese word for "Band Aid". And I wouldn't've found out that the word is exactly the same word for "Bondi", which is where I live in Sydney! 邦迪
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
Damn me twice! That is exactly the same spot as the 6,800 Caiyun Road address. So I walked right past it yesterday. I remember seeing Kingworld Night Club. I hunted around some areas that felt likely but lacked numbers. I'm not sure if this was one of those areas. It's right at a subway stop so I think I'm going to pop down there for a look even though it's too late for the consulate now...
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
Damn me! Somehow I saw this address and in my head merged it with the address in Weiyuan Street due to my brain finding too many Chinese words to "sound the same". I've even had the consulate's page open in a tab the whole time!
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
If nobody already knows, I'm going to suss it out again myself during business hours and post the answer to help anyone in the same predicament.
Jun
9
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
I've tried to ask them about things before when I'm not in the country. It can take weeks to get escalated past the Indian call centre with their short list of possible questions and answers to somebody that actually can help. I asked in a branch about prepaid cards before my trip but I didn't think to ask about this and I don't expect to be back home for another four-five-or-six months.
Jun
8
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
I guess the very cheapest hotels where I stay don't worry about the up-front payment. This is the first time I didn't get a receipt from an ATM on my trip (over six months) and probably much longer. I was surprised.
Jun
8
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
Hehe I'm not buying air tickets or hotel rooms that take credit cards actually (-: It is pretty cheap but Vietnam was so ridiculously cheap that I keep thinking it's expensive here now! I went to BofC and could withdraw the amount I'm comfortable with carrying around. It didn't mention any fee and didn't give me a receipt either. In many other countries I often get a fee added by both my bank and the local bank (or government)!
Jun
8
comment Is lack of toilet paper a common occurrence in Japan?
What's with the stupid close votes? Getting caught in a toilet in a foreign country without toilet paper is a real problem real travellers face! I've damn well faced it a few times. At home I know what to expect. Overseas, why not ask people who've been there and know?