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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
9
comment Sichuan food in Xi'an
@jpatokal: Would you question people looking for Chinese food in San Francisco or Indian food in London? Sichuanese food is a famous cuisine available all over the place, even if you won't be able to make it to Sichuan you can still seek it.
Mar
9
comment Sichuan food in Xi'an
Chinese usually leave most of the soup, oil, sauce, gravy, etc uneaten in dishes that are high in liquids. The high oil content bothered me in their instant noodles but not in restaurant dishes.
Mar
8
comment Sichuan food in Xi'an
I'm a westerner and I know I'm not alone in loving Sichuan food. The more authentic the better, chilli, Sichuan pepper, oil. Better than the bland stuff that passes for "Chinese food" we often have to settle for at home. Other westerners I met in China who had spent time in Sichuan were always moaning about how they couldn't get proper Sichuan food even in other parts of China!
Mar
7
comment Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?
@MeNoTalk: Failing anything else that could warrant an answer. I tried searching for restorers, clubs, etc. There has to be some enthusiasts or collectors here, even if not museums.
Mar
7
comment Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?
I found other lists too, like lists of museums in Okinawa. But I tried to word my question to allow for private collections that don't mind visitors too.
Mar
7
comment Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?
@Karlson: I get the impression that list is not necessarily complete, but you never know.
Mar
7
comment Is there a practical point in learning foreign words while travelling?
Some unexpected caveats: Some languages such as Chinese don't have a word for "no". In others such as Japanese "no" can come across as a bit rude. In both cases foreigners will be given leeway. In some languages including Armenian and the languages of India it's rare to say "thank you"! In the latter case people actually use the English even in local languages and reserve the native word for special circumstances.
Mar
6
comment Best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan?
@MarkMayo: Ah well maybe that's better to say then. The chart actually has dates for this season and the previous season. Some of the dates for Okinawa are in December of the year before too, both of which end up not fitting so well with "for this year". But I wrote my first comment expecting it to be a static charts, and I suppose others would too.
Mar
6
comment Sichuan food in Xi'an
From the ease of finding Xi'an food in Kunming and the greater reputation Sichuan cuisine enjoys, I'm sure there are very many places in Xi'an. We cannot give recommendations here if it turns out not to be specialized as I expect, but we can hopefully get you an answer telling you how to find some places.
Mar
6
comment Is Guantánamo Bay, Cuba open to visitors/tourists?
Needing an invitation doesn't mean you can't visit. Otherwise we would have very few questions on Russia and a bunch of other countries... Maybe we should check out what possibilities exist for invitations?
Mar
6
comment Best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan?
@MarkMayo: "latest forecast for this year"? I'm not sure you want to keep coming back to update that choice of phrasing d-;
Mar
6
comment Best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan?
And if you're in Okinawa you missed them by a couple of months already (-;
Mar
6
comment Can a foreign tourist attend Okinawan language class in Naha?
@jmac: I don't know. I have very flexible "plans". Ideally I'd like to just sit in if there's open/public classes somewhere, possibly with some Japanese friends to translate if that appeals to them.
Mar
5
comment What is the estimated tuition fee of Australian Universities for Citizens?
Please commit to the new Stack Exchange site for expatriates. It should go into beta any day now. I'm not sure if there might also be an SE site about education where this might also be on topic, but this is not a question about travelling.
Mar
5
comment One-way USA to Switzerland without a return ticket
Since you are flying into a Schengen you will need to show a ticket out of Schengen (if you are asked for proof). The UK, Turkey, or a Balkan country seem like the closest off the top of my head.
Mar
5
comment One-way USA to Switzerland without a return ticket
This varies mostly by airline, departure airport, and destination. I was asked to show an onward ticket to board an Air Asia flight from Sydney to Malaysia one-way flight. But I was not asked show one when flying one-way from Istanbul to Seoul on Korean or from Taipei to Okinawa on Peach.
Mar
5
comment Can I stop at Amami on the ferry between Okinawa and Kagoshima without having to pay more?
Yes I saw the Tokara option and it caught my attention too. But with my funds dwindling the higher cost was disappointing. But is this the price for one-way from which place? Okinawa or Kagoshima?
Mar
4
comment How to use Turkish toilet tap?
Maybe related to this newer question: Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?
Mar
4
comment Are the hoses in toilets in Asia something I should know about?
Maybe related to this older question? How to use Turkish toilet tap?
Mar
4
comment How can I find a job in Brisbane as a foreign university student?
I have to agree that if this question is about looking for a job as a backpacker/gap year/working holiday traveller then it's definitely on topic. Otherwise we would be saying things like "This question is off-topic because it's about car rental." Stuff that travellers do while travelling that they have to ask questions is on-topic.