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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
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.
May
31
comment Will it matter if I cross the Russian border 6 hours after my visa expires?
In many countries with corrupt officials this kind of thing is exactly what they will try to use against you to go for a bribe. I wouldn't be surprised to hear if this kind of thing would happen in Russia but don't have the experience to confirm or deny. Even if nobody is corrupt there is very often a time-based fine. I'd change my ticket or carry enough money to cover the fine.
May
31
comment Would it be unsafe for an American to go to Moscow right now?
@Karlson: We're not all alike. I personally am most interested in the lesser known parts of the vast country even though I don't speak the language. I don't think one follows the other and I lack the power of guessing what other individuals would be interested in generally. I can tell you that the first-hand scary stories of random violence all seem to involve skinhead street gangs in Moscow, which certainly puts me off wanting to visit that major city.
May
30
comment What are less expensive alternatives to flights in and out of Panama City?
Costa Rica is a major tourist destination nearby - did you check it?
May
29
comment ESTA - 90-day Visa Waiver for Australian
It used to be that going to Canada or Mexico wasn't enough as the US counted you as still in the US for visa purposes. I heard that they wanted to add some Central American countries to this list too. I don't know how up to date this is though ...
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@SpehroPefhany: Even grossly under reported stats can at least give us some hints I suppose. That's a pretty scary and worrying story by the way!
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@AdityaSomani: Japanese stats are fine. Somebody will help translate or interpret them.
May
28
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
@Geeo: I reported it to the onsen management so they would be aware it happens. I didn't report it to the police since only untraceable cash was taken from a room with no security cameras and I didn't have travel insurance so didn't need a police report.
May
27
comment Can we find some statistics for crime in Japan with tourist / foreign victims?
Yes I had a scan a few weeks ago too. I thought there could be other potential sources besides the police such as travel insurance companies, surveys, studies, tourism advisory offices of foreign countries, etc.
May
27
comment OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
@AlanChavez: Squat toilets are generally not public/open/communal, except in China where communal ones are not uncommon.
May
26
comment Why are there holes in ice cubes in airplanes?
I have to vote this down because it focusses arbitrarily on one point in a string of causes and effects and decides it is the "correct" one, with no justification, in a one-sentence answer.