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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.


Oct
6
comment Books in Malaysian language in Kuala Lumpur
@BurhanKhalid: Since you favour perfectly correct language usage, I think you meant to put a full stop between "Malay" and "the" and a comma before "not".
Oct
6
comment Books in Malaysian language in Kuala Lumpur
@BurhanKhalid: And yet both Malays and Indonesian speakers very often refer to it simply as Bahasa. Many languages in their own language include a word for "language" in their name.
Oct
5
comment What is this North Korean booze?
There's a whole Wikipedia page on Korean alcoholic beverages and while it doesn't seem to cover any of the terms I can spot on the bottle in this photo, I asked about it in the article's talk page.
Oct
5
comment What is this North Korean booze?
In some countries or cultures any white spirit/liquor gets called "whisky". Thai and Lao whisky is not what you think of when you think of whisky for instance. Japanese whisky is what you think of though. In South Korea the local liquors are soju, cheongju, and makgeolli. Cheongju is usually described as "clear liquor" or "clear wine" and if memory serves it's similar to Japanese sake. It might be something like this North Korean stuff. (Soju tastes like vodka and makgeolli is like a kind of beer made from rice.)
Oct
3
comment What is this North Korean booze?
tradekorea.com claims it's whisky, but in my experience a lot of kinds of alcohol get badly translated into "whisky" or "vodka" or "wine" that are not quite what we think those words usually mean: tradekorea.com/product/detail/P144122/Ganggye-inpungsul.html
Oct
1
comment Can I drive to Mexico and catch an International flight without US passport?
The last time I crossed the border by land was in 2000 from San Antonio by long distance bus. There was no checking of papers on the Mexican side at the border post but a passenger warned me that I had to go myself to some office or the whole bus would be held up a bit further into Mexico. I don't remember the details but I took his suggestion and it turned out to be the right thing later on.
Sep
27
comment Are there restrictions on Greyhound Australia's “hop on hop off” tickets?
Well they could let you on without a booking if there is space and tell you "too bad" when there is not space but not require you to book. Or they could insist on booking in advance whether or not there is space at the last minute. I know some bus companies in Japan do it the last way.
Sep
24
comment “Speaking” Korean without really speaking Korean, as a tourist in South Korea
Couldn't've said it better myself (-:
Sep
18
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.