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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
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).
Mar
14
comment Haggling for autos in India
I never heard them called "autos" before. I came here just to see what that meant (-: I guess it's about five years since I was there so I could've just missed what the locals called them and said "tuk tuk" or "rickshaw" all the time ...
Mar
14
comment Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?
I popped in for a look this afternoon about 5pm. You just say hello in the office and they invite you to go up the stairs and have a look. There was an '80s looking Jaguar, a '70s MG and an '80s MG, an Austin-Healey‎, and what I think was a replica Morgan. They had some interesting posters on the walls of classic Japanese and American cars. Downstairs there was a car under a cover which was an early '70s Nissan Fairlady (Datsun 240Z). It would probably be most interesting when the guys are there but not busy and if you're into those particular cars so you can chat with them.
Mar
13
comment Park or lake with jogging and outdoor gym in Kuala Lumpur?
I think this needs a bit more info. I'm not in KL anymore so can't explore it in person. Looking at Google Maps though I've got no idea where it might be. That includes where the campus entrance is.
Mar
12
comment Where can I ride a pump trolley?
What a great question! Best of its type so far this year (-: I think everyone who has seen one of these in a movie or cartoon has wanted to try it.
Mar
12
comment Where exactly is Yamada Castle in Okinawa?
We actually saw a sign on the side of the road saying "Site of Yamada Castle" as we were driving south on Route 58 yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately we were in traffic so I couldn't get a photo of figure out exactly where we were. But at least the area is signposted.
Mar
10
comment Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?
How on earth did you find this? It's perfect because I'm heading to Ginowan tomorrow anyway after getting a tip that a secondhand bookshop there specializes in books on Okinawan/Ryukyuan languages!
Mar
10
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
Looks like at least in practice it's not safe to assume what "e-visa" means for now ...
Mar
10
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
Yes I found the terminology in that question a bit confusing. I tried to find out what ECR was to see if it warranted a new tag, but seems they're not meaningful anymore.
Mar
10
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
@FixedPoint: Interesting. As an Australian I always get a visa-on-arrival, which is a "foil" attached to the passport, but doesn't take up a full page. It's about the size of a postage stamp.
Mar
9
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
I've added the "terminology" tag since this question is kinda about what "e-visa" does and doesn't imply.
Mar
9
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
So do you think "e-visas" are the same as the "electronic visa" talked about in this older question? Electronic visa having Old Passport number
Mar
9
comment Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China
Haha doesn't sound much different to the kind of rooms I stayed in then (-:
Mar
9
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
The question is answerable and you've answered it. I don't need a list. All I needed to know was that if "e-visa" might sometimes mean you still need a blank passport page when you get there, that I should allow for that possibility when planning. If the answer had been that everyone uses "e-visa" the same way because it's a standard term that's not used when foils are also required, then I'd be able to go to countries with e-visas, even with a nearly full passport.
Mar
9
comment For countries that issue e-visas, do any also take up a full page of your passport when you arrive?
But E-Visas, by definition, are electronic (that's what the "e" stands for!). d-; How dare there be two ways to apply the concept "electronic" to the concept "visa"!
Mar
9
comment Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China
Ah so maybe knowing where to look for booking hotels online in China might be the key. I never noticed those in my two months in China, but then again I was probably staying in the places you consider to dives (-:
Mar
9
comment Accommodation that accepts foreigners in Dandong, China
Oh well they never emailed me, sorry I can't update ...
Mar
9
comment Electronic visa having Old Passport number
Hmm so are "electronic visas" the same as "e-visas"?
Mar
9
comment Is there a website or list somewhere of which countries need a full page of a passport to issue a visa?
Actually I'm finding out about more and more countries that have e-visas that do not require anything taking up a full page of your passport when you arrive. I could've gone to Cambodia on this trip between Thailand and Laos if I had known. It seems Armenia has them too.
Mar
9
comment Do I need to take any precautions regarding smog when travelling?
I just made the "air-quality" tag intended to become a synonym of the "smog" tag. Please vote for it if you can, or create it if you're a mod and agree.