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location Kagoshima-shi, Japan
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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.


Aug
20
comment Are swimming costumes required for hot springs in New Zealand?
I assume you're asking so you can avoid seeing nekkid New Zealanders' bottoms?
Aug
20
comment Is there any possibility to ride on a freighter from Romania to South Korea?
@AndrewGrimm: Try hovering your mouse over the freighter-travel tag d-: (If you have a touchy iDevice I dunno though...)
Aug
20
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
Really? An alternator has more resistance when more power is drawn from it? Is this something to do with the rotating doodads in the magnetic field? Which SE site could I ask a question about this - it's really piqued my curiosity. Oh I didn't notice until I finished my comment that you also mentioned other SE sites (-:
Aug
20
comment What is the cheapest available freighter voyage anywhere?
@mouviciel: I mean as a traveller, so yes (-:
Aug
19
comment Is it more expensive to buy airline tickets together than separate?
Well if the sites are tracking IP addresses they don't also need cookies, they can do all the tracking on the server. Not saying they do, just that this test alone isn't sufficient to rule it out.
Aug
19
comment Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?
Now I want to go to Helsinki!
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
Another point is that you could supplement the alternator with the solar cells/panels so that your electrical system has more power available while still having a strain on other car systems, but less of a strain. (Then again I don't know much about volts and watts and amps and all that.)
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
@iHaveacomputer: Unless things have changed a lot since I sold my last car to concentrate on backpacking, the engine has no idea how much power is being taken from the alternator. If you draw too much power you might end up with dimmer headlights than usual and your battery not well charged, but there is no feedback for the engine to work harder. But hey cars are full of computers now so if this has indeed changed, let us know about which which year or decade most cars gained this ability.
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
I'm pretty sure that putting more demand on the alternator doesn't cause the alternator to put more demand on the engine. The engine pushes the alternator by a belt - the alternator does not pull the engine.
Aug
19
comment Layover at Narita, Japan. Do I need a transit visa?
Related terminology question: In the context of air travel, are layovers different to stopovers?
Aug
19
comment What's a good way to generate solar electricity while driving?
I think gadgets to generate power while using your car on a road trip is more on topic than gadgets to simulate flushing sounds while using a toilet in Japan. But it might also be on topic in the "Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair" beta site - at least ask on their meta site whether questions about accessories and enhancements are within their scope.
Aug
18
comment How safe is it for “Western” Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?
Thanks. All good points though I can think of many examples of dangerous places within otherwise safe countries so I don't think "safety of country X reflects the safety of city Y" is a sound generalization. My point 4. that I couldn't fit in my previous comment is that I Googled for a reference to the story of the German tourist killed for being a non muslim and couldn't find anything, so it could well be apocryphal ... or it could just be too old and obscure to be easily found on the net.
Aug
18
comment How safe is it for “Western” Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?
1. "Do you think they would have gathered if it isn't safe??" Yes I do thin they would if it's a part of their religion and they are devout. There's plenty of instances of trampling and stampeding where hundreds of people or even more have been killed. 2. I wasn't asking about safety in general in SA or Mecca, I expect it's much safer than my home or where I am now! I'm only asking about during the Hajj. 3. I can't recall ever seeing or hearing a report of such a Hajj tragedy in the Western media that even mentioned western victims at all.
Aug
18
comment How safe is it for “Western” Muslims to participlate in the Hajj and visit Mecca?
@AndrewGrimm: It's pretty hard to go on a pilgrimage without travelling.
Aug
18
comment Male nerd here, how on earth can I listen to an “otohime” / “sound princess”?
@AndrewGrimm: Again that's a cultural question. Ask somewhere likely to be populated with shy Japanese female urinators. Here's we're travellers. We know where to buy tickets and where to stay. We don't know about pee-sound-related psychology! d-: "How far away do Japanese ladies think people might hear their tinkle sounds?" - not a fricken travel question dude! d-:
Aug
18
comment Male nerd here, how on earth can I listen to an “otohime” / “sound princess”?
It's not hard - try the toilet in a hostel, or anywhere small enough that separate male and female toilets are not required.
Aug
18
comment Waterfalls you can walk behind near Maryland, USA
That looks potentially romantic indeed! At least for outdoors types. I wouldn't want to arrive at the spot with a tired and annoyed girlfriend though!
Aug
18
comment Paying by credit card while overseas cheaper in US dollars or in the local currency?
In some parts of the world it's not at all rare to specify the price in an "international" currency rather than the local currency. In Eastern Europe it's very common to quote prices in Euro in non-Euro countries for instance.
Aug
18
comment Paying by credit card while overseas cheaper in US dollars or in the local currency?
I work in a hostel (not a hotel) in Sydney Australia, and of the few cards that trigger a choice of currencies for us to charge in, we never add a charge when the custom asks to pay in their home currency.
Aug
18
comment Paying by credit card while overseas cheaper in US dollars or in the local currency?
Are you a US citizen? I ask because it's unclear whether they were US dollars, you were offered this option because your card was from a country which uses US dollars, or US dollars is some kind of universal option. It could be that you can pay in either the local currency or the currency of your credit card. Knowing which could help me clarify the wording in the question. If you have no idea which then please add that info too because it's also useful and interesting. (-: