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

For the first time I managed to save enough travel funds in less than six months in Australia.

I've been soaking up the atmosphere in Kuala Lumpur before setting off around Asia for the next nine or ten months.


Feb
8
comment How dangerous is the 'La Boca' neighborhood of Buenos Aires?
@Jonik: But are there parts in pretty much every country or major city where you're likely to meet somebody from your hostel every single day who was robbed? I've only had such an experience in Barcelona, Spain.
Feb
6
comment How dangerous is the 'La Boca' neighborhood of Buenos Aires?
Wow this does make it sound worse than Mexico City, but about equal to Barcelona when I was there twelve years ago.
Feb
6
comment How dangerous is the 'La Boca' neighborhood of Buenos Aires?
Is South America really more dangerous than Mexico and Central America? I've been to those a whole bunch of times and was never mugged - I did finally get pickpocket one time in Managua though.
Feb
3
comment An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders
Here's an example: I'm trying what adventure to have on my next trip in maybe ten or twelve months from now. I'd like to go to Mongolia and I'd like to go to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan. And I'd like to start by flying from Australia to Korea. Now I want to travel everything except ocean crossing overland (well no flying). So when looking at all the unusual ways to get between those countries there's surely some borders closed. So I want to rule out routes that are impossible due to closed borders. On my previous trips I found that the Turkey/Armenia and Armenia/Azerbaijan borders are shut...
Feb
3
comment An online map indicating the status of all open and closed international borders
Actually I'm not very interested in the safety of countries or regions, that information is pretty easy to find. Does this app have information on which borders are open and closed? You don't seem to mention this feature in your answer.
Feb
1
comment How long does it take for Google Maps to include a newly opened highway in its driving directions?
If Google Maps isn't always accurate enough, I heave Apple have made their own maps application to replace it on their smartphones and tablets.
Feb
1
comment How long does it take for Google Maps to include a newly opened highway in its driving directions?
When I was living in Georgia I had some edits go live quite quickly, and others seemingly stuck in their old ways for ages. I mainly corrected locations of hostels but started checking or adding street names in various languages and adding and removing landmarks too for a while.
Feb
1
comment About Schengen 90/180 rule
As I understood it, the 90/180 rules is about when you're allowed to enter / when you must leave - it's not about whether you have one or several visas.
Feb
1
comment How long does it take for Google Maps to include a newly opened highway in its driving directions?
I would've said webapps.SE because I've asked Google Maps questions there before (at least I think I have) whereas I'm not really familiar with GIS.
Feb
1
comment About Schengen 90/180 rule
There are two websites which can help work out these kind of 90/180 visa rules in this older question: How to calculate stays against 90/180 visa rules?
Jan
31
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
I guess it would mean "are unrecognized passports sometimes recognized?" or something.
Jan
31
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
I think "passports recognized by some but not all of the other country in the world" is a different concept from "fantasy passport", no matter whether the value of "some" is "very few" or "almost all".
Jan
31
comment Are there any “Fantasy Passports” that are recognised by other countries?
Well following this criteria you could also add Israeli passports. There's a bunch of states which don't recognize the country, which leaves only "some" who recognize it. This might depend on your definition of "fully recognized", which is so far left to each reader's interpretation.
Jan
30
comment Burushaski teacher or course in Hunza Valley, Pakistan
As a comment sure. But I never learned a language through online lessons alone.
Jan
29
comment What is more widely spoken in the Baltic countries: Russian, Ukrainian, or English?
For comparison, everybody in Armenia and Georgia seems to speak and enjoy Russian, but I never met anybody in Hungary or Romania who used it or admitted to understanding it.
Jan
29
comment Is it true that a “dekoriert”-sign means that naked women are dancing?
This question really needs one or more of these tags: german, language, terminology
Jan
29
comment Is it possible for a traveller to study the Jeju language in Korea?
Excellent work! Thank you mouvicel.
Jan
28
comment What is more widely spoken in the Baltic countries: Russian, Ukrainian, or English?
The Russian population is huge in Latvia, but possibly resented by the Latvians from what I've seen about language laws in the news. In Ukraine it seems that Russian is somehow more useful than Ukrainian, which surprises me.
Jan
28
comment Half day in Berlin - after non-classical tourist spots
I find this question too subjective and in the attempt to not make it too broad it is now a collection of personals likes and dislikes for a single person and thus "too localized" in my opinion so I have voted to close.
Jan
27
comment Is there a website that measures the level of xenophobia in countries/cities?
I share the same opinion as Kate on this one Mark.