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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.


Mar
25
comment How can I make a wire transfer from Japan?
I was in Korea three or four years ago in the same hostel as a guy who was doing a visa run from Japan. At that time there was no way to wire money from Japan! No Moneygram, no Western Union, nothing. I think they ended up either sending cash in regular mail, or getting somebody who was flying to Korea anyway to bring the money with them. I don't know if the situation has improved. I don't know how guest workers do remittances. It could be worth asking on both the money and expats sites though.
Mar
25
comment What's the easiest way to get to Sapporo, Japan from Misawa, Japan?
(Cars are also quite handy in Okinawa where there are no trains in the postwar era outside the monorail which only services a few bits of one city.)
Mar
25
comment Is it possible for tourists to enter/attend Japanese Game Shows?
What about talent shows like X Got Talent / X Idol / X Factor? You might be able to audition for one of those, or a similar show. I've also seen a show where random foreigners are asked random questions as they arrive at the airport - but of course you won't be able to book that (-:
Mar
25
comment Is it possible for tourists to enter/attend Japanese Game Shows?
I shall make more fluently the English in your excellent answer (-;
Mar
25
comment Is it possible for tourists to enter/attend Japanese Game Shows?
There really are lots of foreigners on Japanese TV shows. I can't tell which ones are "gaijin tarento", but they always seem to have very good Japanese language skills.
Mar
22
comment Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?
Lastly: 19:00 is too early for what?? \-:
Mar
22
comment Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?
A second observation: If you want to crash in one of these places for a half night, they might have a five or six hour pack that will be cheaper than a hostel or guesthouse, but I found the price for a full night to be more than the price of a hostel. Also set your alarm and do not overstay as the price for extra time can be shocking! In good weather I might get a half night pack then nap on the grass in a park.
Mar
22
comment Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?
I actually found Shibuya to be the most difficult place to find a "night pack" in an internet/manga cafe. I walked around for hours after midnight one night when I arrived and couldn't contact my local friend there. I think because rent is so high and those places are pretty large. I'd recommend knowing the exact location of one in advance, or picking any other part of Tokyo.
Mar
21
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
Thanks @karancan but I actually just poured it straight out to the keyboard without thinking very much as a reaction to reading the question.
Mar
19
comment Is overnight stay at Narita Airport permitted?
If you don't want to fork out for a pricey Japanese hotel, there is very probably a very comfortable quiet internet cafe or manga cafe in Narita that has "night packs". They're in most cities of a certain size.
Mar
18
comment If I manage a trip drinking a little bit of local water without Delhi Belly, am I now fine in future?
Drinking filtered water is still taking chances. There are different size filters for getting rid of amoebas, bacteria, and virus, so unless you know what kind of filter is used and what kinds of nasties needed to be filtered out you're still playing dice. And then there's filters not getting replaced in a timely fashion. And then there's other types of contaminant that filters do not address. Other ways to clean water are reverse osmosis and distillation. These are discussed in detail on our sister site, The Great Outdoors.
Mar
18
comment If I manage a trip drinking a little bit of local water without Delhi Belly, am I now fine in future?
@SteveJessop: Yep I agree with you, though I gained my immunity to Hep A the hard way (through food, not water though) (-;
Mar
18
comment Lesovo, Bulgaria to Hamzabeyli, Turkey with bike
Yes Malko Tarnavo has only cars and very few of them. I've crossed it a few times and I'm pretty certain the last was on foot from Turkey to Bulgaria.
Mar
18
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
@MichaelCalkins: You can extend this even further. Even the same people who might hassle you while they're working can be great to hang out with when they're not working. Even for people whose work is not legal. For instance, befriend some gypsies and you might get invited to a wedding celebration you'll never forget. But it's still a good idea to avoid ones you can see you are at work on street corners, etc.
Mar
18
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
@MattFenwick: I know I'm bad at writing. Most people seem to have understood what I was trying to say. I welcome constructive criticism such as suggesting which wording to use in opposition to "pushy" and "vendors and drivers". "Regular" was the best I could come up with with my limited ability. Hopefully you can see I had a great time in India with Indian people.
Mar
17
comment Lesovo, Bulgaria to Hamzabeyli, Turkey with bike
I've crossed on foot at a couple of Bulgaria/Turkey crossings. I'm pretty sure Kapitan Andreevo was one, but I'm not sure about the other(s). The Turkey/Greece definitely does not permit pedestrians to cross, but I'm not sure about bicycles.
Mar
17
comment Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?
Yes resistance is futile. Entering India is diving into the deep end. Don't fight it - go with the flow!
Mar
16
comment Is there currently a problem with border crossings to Ukraine?
Somehow I had missed this question when it was fresh. Ukraine has been on my list for my next trip so fingers crossed things work out. Hopefully we can keep this thread up to date...
Mar
15
comment Haggling for autos in India
I added this sense to Wiktionary (-:
Mar
15
comment Haggling for autos in India
Hmm I wonder if that's an Indian English thing then. In Australia if you just said "auto" it would mean a car with an automatic gearbox. In some countries "auto" is another word for car, used mostly like an adjective (auto mechanic etc).