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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.


Jun
11
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
@Geeo: It's all subjective in my opinion. American Italian food has been around for over a century for instance. Everybody can decide their personal cuttoff point between "history of food" and "nowaday dishes". There's no one of those opinions which is the "one right one".
Jun
11
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
It took me three long tours of Mexico before I found my first burrito for sale in a place not designed specifically for American customers. I had started to believe burritos were fake Mexican food!
Jun
11
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
@Geeo: Bah rubbish. Italian food has always been bastardized food from other places, and that's why it's so damn good (-: Just try to imagine Italian cuisine without the bastardized Chinese noodles and the bastardized American tomatoes!
Jun
11
comment How to log the places you visited as detailed as possible?
It will make it easier for bad people and governments to spy on you (-;
Jun
11
comment Is 6 hours transit time enough to see something of Seoul?
You could definitely take the train in to see one of the changing of the guard or opening or closing ceremonies at ones of the palaces/gates, depending on what time you'll be there. If you did you will see some historical architecture, a bit of pageantry, and a modern developed part of Seoul. There are also places to eat nearby in all price ranges - though knowing a bit about Korean food would help.
Jun
10
comment Cost of eating in San Francisco
Sounds like "mid range" meals are in my high range.
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
Yes. I had to totally re-learn hot to order from non-tourist menus in Yunnan, then Northern China, then Taiwan. Few dishes were on the menu in any two of these areas, let alone all three.
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
I can assure you I ate plenty of tomatoes all over China. Especially in a soup with egg which made a very good and cheap breakfast. And I almost never ate in places for tourists in China. Don't forget that tomatoes like chilis and potatoes and corn originate from the Americas yet have become fully nativized ingredients in cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Irish, Italian, etc.
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
There's also the incentive to sell the dishes the customers expect to find. Most Chinese restaurants in the west are based around versions of Hong Kong food. Most Indian restaurants in the west are based around versions of (I believe) Punjabi food. It's much tougher to sell dishes the customers are not familiar with unless you also have a large base of expat customers to feed.
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
Also, adapting to local tastes in only one of the factors. Another is the availability of ingredients. Substitute ingredients are widely used all over the world in cuisines of other cultures. Then there's economic incentive. Japanese restaurants run by Koreans or Vietnamese, Chinese restaurants which include versions of Thai dishes, Thai restaurants often have laksa, etc. There are preparation differences due to cultural differences. Indian dishes can take all day or longer to prepare the traditional way but most Indian restaurants are run is sensible western business hours.
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
You even get this between provinces in China. Even westerners I met in China who had lived in Sichuan were complaining about how pale the approximations of Sichuan food were in the rest of China - even in neighbouring Yunnan!
Jun
10
comment Where can I eat dishes that feature in western countries' Chinese restaurants?
And European food in America and American food in Europe. And if you've actually been to Mexico you will find Mexican food in Australia very depressing indeed despite its new-found popularity.
Jun
6
comment Is it possible to travel safely in Guatemala?
When I have to look for strangers to trust, I always choose families with kids as the most trustworthy.
Jun
6
comment Is it possible to travel safely in Guatemala?
I wouldn't say Antigua has more petty crime than Guate or Xela. I would say that people have a false sense of security about Antigua because it is so pretty and full of expats. There is plenty of petty crime, and even a little violent crime, in all these places.
Jun
6
comment OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
This will be easier for Jonah Falcon and more difficult for Enrique Iglesias.
Jun
5
comment Are there any legal restrictions on busking in Mexico City?
I think this is a great question and absolutely on-topic. I've met a few people busking around the world and wish I could do it one day. I have to say I've seen the Aztec dancers in and behind the Zocalo getting hassled by the police multiple times while they're busking. Though there is a possibility that some people might operate on a blurry line between busking and scamming none of these guys ever tried to scam me. Haven't been there for a few years now though.
Jun
4
comment Which airplane is the safest?
"Too broad" makes no sense at all for this question. It asks for statistics. It's fair to discuss the problems with statistics but stats exist and there's no way this question is off topic or too broad. It doesn't make the internet better by closing this question.
Jun
3
comment What are less expensive alternatives to flights in and out of Panama City?
I wouldn't be surprised if that's as cheap as it gets for flights between those destinations. There are possibly cheaper flights between any of those and some US cities or more important Latin American cities. Flight prices are all about supply and demand so routes are cheap when there are lots of tourists or lots of business travellers. You'll be able to get between Belize and Panama by bus for less, but probably not direct, and it will be less safe. You can't go to Colombia by land because of the Darien Gap.
Jun
2
comment Transportation to Vilnius
How to get to and from the Vilnius airport to old town in the early morning
May
31
comment Will it matter if I cross the Russian border 6 hours after my visa expires?
@Bernhard: Countries which are both laid-back and not very corrupt. Especially if the visitor is from a favoured country. Even then it would depend on the mood of the official.