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Jun
28
comment How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?
I've been hitchhiking in Guangdong with no problems at all. Some ignore, some give you a ride for hundreds of kilometres. The fist rule of hitchhiking is don't take hitchhiking advice from non-hitchhikers (-; (But I've heard that hitching really doesn't work in Hong Kong.)
Jun
27
comment How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?
Yep my visa is sorted. I probably can't afford HK for more than a few days anyway so it will be basically a visa run unless I can find some rain-free or undercover camping.
Jun
27
comment How to reach the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with maximum hitchhiking and minimum expenditure from Guangzhou?
Cool. I was slowly piecing some of this together but with the VPN getting cut off again and again trying to Google from zero knowledge was surprisingly tricky. But it looks like I can easily hitchhike from here to the border, walk across the border, and within HK hitchhiking is both not legal and not gonna work. Thanks for confirming some of the key steps!
Jun
26
comment How can I check if a flight has landed or is delayed when I don't know the flight number but know some facts?
Yes it would be for a one time thing now and then.
Jun
26
comment Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?
@drat: No worries. I knew source meant spring in French so I figured it out (-:
Jun
26
comment Where in Southeast Asia is free camping permitted?
@AdrienBe: Travelling to the countries isn't necessary either. Necessity isn't the only reason people want to do things.
Jun
25
comment Is the water potable in Swiss mountain huts?
For those who are not aware, "source" can mean "spring", where water naturally flows from. In English otherwise, "source" just means "where you get something" or "origin".
Jun
25
comment Do hotel pre-open bananas to prevent clients from taking them for after breakfast?
I haven't seen it. But probably yes.
Jun
25
comment Caucasus: end overland trip where I started without retracing my steps
I don't mind going across northern Turkey at all. In fact I've never been to any touristy parts of Turkey other than Istanbul - and that could be why I still love the country so much. In that part everything is genuine and never phoney tourist traps. But it does depend on what you find interesting I suppose.
Jun
24
comment How to visit the Hindenburg Crash Site?
To alleviate Karlson's concerns, just ask what the process for registering involves.
Jun
24
comment Bringing shoes back into Australia after visiting rural India
I believe they usually ask if you've been on a farm in the past N months. So just being somewhere rural is probably not the same thing. I can't remember how many N is though.
Jun
24
comment Secondhand/antique book shops in Lisbon
Just speak Spanish but with a bad Russian accent. (-;
Jun
24
comment Secondhand/antique book shops in Lisbon
I have acquired more than my fair share of dictionaries on my travels too! I found Lisbon to be one of the easiest cities in Europe to find used book shops when I was there a good fourteen years ago just by randomly wandering around the central area pretty much. But the surprising thing for me was that even used books there were much more expensive than in most other countries.
Jun
24
comment Driving from UK to Turkey, is a French Schengen visa sufficient?
I've crossed the border from Turkey to Bulgaria with Turks (who spoke both languages) and the guards on the Bulgarian side gave them a lot of grief. I don't know how normal this is.
Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
Also, real underpants have six orientations before you have to double up! d-;
Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
This technique works great for skidmarks but doesn't have much effect on "soaked with sweat".
Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
@phoog: That depends on how damp they are, what the weather conditions are, what activity will be undertaken, how vigorous and long lasting that activity will be, and what material they are made from. If you're unlucky the result can be very uncomfortable chafing, which I've experienced many times as an international hitchhiker. The moral is if you forget to take enough pairs of undies, don't also forget to take talcum powder!
Jun
24
comment What to do without underwear on a 4 day trip?
Another way to dry something in a hurry is to put it between two or more dry layers of towel and press firmly. This won't get the last bit so do it after washing and wringing but before leaving it for the heater or aircon. If you find the first time that despite your best efforts it does not dry enough then next day try the drying part without the washing part. (Oh and four days is nothing you big baby!)
Jun
20
comment How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?
I was struggling with Google Maps and Baidu Maps with VPN and Google Translate on my overloaded little netbook up against the Great Firewall while you found it for me. I now have a shiny new pair of reading glasses that I paid CNY 10 for (and a metal case to protect them for another CNY 10).
Jun
19
comment How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?
@neubau: Submit your comment as an answer for I now bear the eyewear!