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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.


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! (-;
Nov
12
comment Is Vatican City considered a country?
I feel the same way about the Vatican City, it's not like I wouldn't visit, more like I would visit when I'm visiting Rome anyway. Then again I'm not much into counting countries or pins in maps type travel. I'd much rather visit that other tiny enclave nation within Italy - San Marino!
Nov
9
comment What are possible traveling plan for Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris?
@MarcelC.: Another design goal of Stack Exchange is that nobody "owns" questions or answers. All such posts are wikis and everybody is encouraged to actively improve all questions and answers. You may need to build up enough "reputation points" to gain the ability to edit them, but you can also "suggest" edits, which will be reviewed by moderators.
Nov
9
comment What are possible traveling plan for Switzerland in December-end for 5 days from Paris?
@MarcelC.: I think Stack Exchange is quite prepared to close a higher number of inappropriate qood questions and keep a lower number of the kind of questions they want for their network of sites. I wouldn't be surprised if on the biggest site, Stack Overflow, more questions are closed than kept. There really are some good forum sites out there. I've heard good things but never used FlyerTalk, and I have used Lonely Planet Thorn Tree which I find quite good.
Nov
9
comment Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays?
@MarkMayo: your arguments could be used to close all safety questions so far and ban the topic as inherently impossible to answer; likewise for plenty of other topics too. I don't think we should try to bury "hot" questions because they can attract flames. We can look for travel advisories issued by muslim countries about Israel, statements on the topic issued by the Israeli government, and independent organizations that could be involved in muslim tourism in Israel. There's certainly plenty of reasons for muslims to want to go! I think you rushed to close. I vote to reopen.
Nov
9
comment Is it safe for a Muslim to visit Israel nowadays?
@MarkMayo: I think "Do muslims want to visit Israel" can't be answered objectively as you say, but the question asks specifically about safety, and I would certainly hope that countries implement objective safety for all their visitors rather than something subjective! In the face of such questions our best sources are statistics. And the best kind of statistics to avoid bias on such a topic would come from multiple fields. I don't know how easy such stats are to come by but the site claims to be for experts so hopefully some expert can find something.
Nov
9
comment How do I spend my traveling time wisely?
I do think this is a great topic we should keep in mind for when we start our site's blog. Mark says that will happen soon after we graduate. SE has told us we're graduating "soon" - we just don't know when yet...
Nov
9
comment How do I spend my traveling time wisely?
@mithy: Actually we looked into the "list question" policy recently and they're not necessarily bad, just that usually do break one or more of the other rules, such as the objectivity one.
Nov
9
comment Wifi coverage in SE Asia?
Not related whatsoever but fun anyway: Do native English speakers use the word “touristic”?
Nov
7
comment Which is the cheapest ferry to Jeju in South Korea?
As it happened I never left Seoul after resting my hitchhiking injuries from Bulgaria/Turkey. But I've talked about it to a few people and Wando does seem to be the cheapest ferry.
Nov
6
comment How do I spend my traveling time wisely?
@Jack: Yes such answers are not within the scope of Stack Exchange. What you want is a travel website like Wikitravel or Wikivoyage or a travel forum like Lonely Planet Thorn Tree. Stack Exchange was designed specifically as a supplement to forums rather than being yet another forum. I hope you will try us again when you have a question that does have an objective "right answer".
Nov
6
comment How do I spend my traveling time wisely?
I'm afraid this is going to really subjective, and Stack Exchange is specifically designed for objective questions. For instance I could suggest you study the local/destination language while about but that might not be your cup of tea. Everybody would have their own idea and there would be no "one right answer".
Nov
6
comment Independent excursions on Panama Canal cruise
Huatulco should be safe but as with any tourist trap in a developing country keep an eye out for pickpockets and scam artists. Vallarta is really popular with North American expats and tourists so should also be safe. I don't know any of the others by experience or reputation but Mexico in general is less sketchy than Central America.
Nov
6
comment Most convenient train to arrive in France from Amsterdam?
Unless it turns out to be trivial to answer, I think the PS question at the end should be asked as its own question.
Nov
5
comment Which part of Seoul's ancient city walls is closest to Hongdae by foot?
I'm checking the weather for tomorrow (-:
Nov
5
comment Which part of Seoul's ancient city walls is closest to Hongdae by foot?
No that's another one - I hadn't heard of it and it looks beautiful. Now I only have about a day and a half left and rain has set in though (-:
Nov
2
comment Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?
It does give me some idea about price. I still wouldn't be surprised if prices might be lower from non English-speaking sellers.
Nov
2
comment Where to buy a second-hand smartphone in Seoul?
@Dirty-flow: I thought it would be too difficult to buy from classifieds becasue I hardly know any Korean and I don't expect as good deals from the expats here. Also my being without a phone might make it difficult to contact the sellers.