26,787 reputation
979248
bio website en.wiktionary.org/wiki/…
location Tamarama, Australia
age
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen 6 hours ago

Backpacking since Christmas Day, 1989. Hitchhiking since mid 2010.

I've just returned home after hitchhiking around Asia for the last 9.5 months.


Nov
26
comment Inexpensive eating-out food in western Europe
Actually you can get pretty decent and pretty affordable sandwiches at train stations in Berlin, sometimes even at hours when better places are not open.
Nov
23
comment Are there any traditional German Christmas markets in the Lake District, UK?
Then again I saw what I only knew previously as a Christkindlmarkt on the main street of Tbilisi Georgia last Christmas so you never know...
Nov
21
comment Is there any reason not to do laundry with bar soap?
Hi @Rebeka. If you can, try to put your links here behind some descriptive text, especially long ones like this one. Thanks (-:
Nov
20
comment Is nudity as common at the Australian Burning Man as at the original US Burning Man?
It's considered good manners to leave a constructive comment about why you've voted down or voted to close a question. I see there are three such votes all too shy to leave a comment? (-;
Nov
20
comment Can you tell a cabbie which route to take?
@DjClayworth: Then it appears that in my area we have a greater than average share of not almost always cabbies who bring people to my hostel in Sydney from the airport for a good $10 to $20 more than we know the price should be. Maybe you're talking specifically about Boston cabbies (-;
Nov
20
comment Can you tell a cabbie which route to take?
@KateGregory: Then it becomes a game of probabilities: How far out of your way can the driver take you before annoying you : How likely is there to be a fare nearby when he drops you off?
Nov
18
comment Downloadable maps of China
@dageshi: You're right! I ran into this problem while trying to answer "Does this monument depict Koxinga?"
Nov
18
comment Where can I find a good, printable map of Kraków (Poland)?
Thanks for the answer, rlesko. But instead of just "this site" in the link text, try to include something about the link or the site. It improves our Googlishness and is better for usability. See this topic on our sister site: Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?
Nov
18
comment What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?
Actually Georgian is related to either two or three languages, depending on which authority you listen to. Svan, Mingrelian, and Laz. Some authorities consider two to be dialects of a single language. Most Laz speakers are over the Turkish border and there's few left anyway, Svan speakers are also few. Mingrelian has by far the most speakers of Georgian's sister languages.
Nov
17
comment Fastest public elevator in the world
Oddly, despite my dislike for factoid questions, I like this one. It's the kind of thing that if I discovered it was nearby and not famous I might go check it out.
Nov
16
comment What is a good place in Las Vegas for a scotch and cigar?
Actually we try to avoid tags in the singular and unless we expect many questions on a topic and that topic is sufficiently differentiated from other topics, we don't usually give it its own tag. We thought about this in meta and decided nightlife was the closest we had for cigar bars.
Nov
15
comment Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?
Sounds like a business opportunity for an entrepreneurial weegook (-; Thanks for you excellent information. Some friends in Korea did tell me that you usually hand over your old phone when upgrading to a new phone. The fact that these old phones don't show up visibly on the market made me think there's probably a hidden side of the business that ships bulk trade-in phones to poorer countries like India perhaps, where I saw tons and tons of used phones. I guess a quantity are recycled too.
Nov
14
comment Is Vatican City considered a country?
I've added the terminology tag since many feel this question is about the definition of country.
Nov
14
comment How to find a sauna/bathhouse in Korea that allows customers with tattoos?
The couple I knew were Norwegians. He had quite a few quite big tattoos, but of course not in the style of East Asian gangs. I think she also had several, but smaller.
Nov
13
comment What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?
@AndrewGrimm: Oh sorry, people from many if not all of the Caucasian republics and former republics such as Chechnya, Dagestan, Georgia, Ingushetia. I don't know many specifics, just some horror stories I heard from Dagestanis and Ingushetians I met in Georgia backed up by a Ukrainian friend who said the same (about Caucasians, not about Ukrainians.) Wikipedia has some information.
Nov
13
comment What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?
@gerrit: Why not ask a version of that question on linguistics.SE?!
Nov
13
comment What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?
@gerrit: If you love languages it's a golden opportunity. Russian is Indo-European too and believe it or not quite a bit closer to English. Armenian is quite an outlier with much the same difficult sounds for English speakers that Georgian has. Many expats there find it more beneficial to learn Russian than Georgian. Those of us who really loved it there preferred the daunting task of learning Georgian instead (-:
Nov
13
comment What language to use in Georgia (the country)? Is English widely spoken?
Georgians still love Russians and are still welcomed by the government and the locals. Georgians cannot get tourist visas to Russia, all Georgian imports are banned, and Georgians and other Caucasian people are subject to random violence at the hands of skinhead gangs at least in Moscow if not other cities.
Nov
13
comment Is Vatican City considered a country?
@VMAtm: I thought it was the original question that was too much a forum topic, which is why, like Marcel, I've voted to close. I don't find this answer particularly worse than the question.
Nov
13
comment Is Vatican City considered a country?
I've never met anybody from Vatican City but I met lots of guys from San Marino when I first started working in a hostel in Sydney. And if I visit Rome then Vatican is just inside anyway. For San Marino I would have to go out of my way. Oh and the Vatican doesn't even have a Grand Prix! (-;