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Jul
9
comment Budget accomodation in Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil?
@Flimzy: Any accommodation is fine for me.
May
31
comment How to get to Easter Island?
Flights from Lima are seasonal.
May
23
comment What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?
Ha! My sources didn't tell the whole story. :) What 'special needs' would this be, exactly? Also, I remember in Salvador there were no seats between the entry door and at least some of the turnstiles. But perhaps, there, special needs enter through the other door?
May
20
comment Will one be refused entry on a full passport?
Of course. I'll update the answer to be a bit clearer.
May
19
comment Will one be refused entry on a full passport?
True. I was perhaps a bit too succinct. The two-page requirement was so that a full-page visa can be inserted, which I already had.
May
19
comment Examples of higher prices charged to tourists vs. locals
Plenty of examples involve services that are paid for (in part) through taxes. Wildlife parks in much of Africa, for example.
May
18
comment convert brother's railway ticket into mine ticket
What could be happening for the exact same question to be asked over a year apart?
May
13
comment Are there cultures in which walking in the nude in public is not frowned upon?
It is not besides the point if it's taken as representative for the whole country.
May
13
comment Are there cultures in which walking in the nude in public is not frowned upon?
You can also find some tribes in the Brazilian amazon that wear nothing.
May
13
comment Are there cultures in which walking in the nude in public is not frowned upon?
bada-tssh. Where in Ghana does he live? As this is certainly not typical for city life in Ghana, where going nude would very much be frowned upon.
May
7
comment Does Solvang, CA have Dutch roots?
The photos on the Wikipedia page look decidedly more Danish than Dutch.
May
7
comment Panamanian citizen living in the US lost his Panamanian passport
How will he return to Panama without a valid travel document?
May
6
comment What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?
Yes. The location of the turnstile needs to facilitate the location of the entry doors and, with that, the side the bus stops will be on.
May
4
comment 8 hour layover, as an Indian citizen, can I visit Doha city in meantime?
I was under the impression that the same visa regulations apply when you have a STPC.
May
3
comment Why do conductors hold on to your ticket for the duration of the ride in ex-eastern block countries?
In a way, yes. But by withholding the ticket, not having a ticket at disembarkation meant no authorization for disembarkation was given. If the ticket would have been returned upon embarkation, disembarkation wouldn't mean authorization for disembarkation or the lack of authorization. Keep in mind that this would stem from times when communication between train and station was difficult at best, impossible in practice.
May
1
comment What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?
Your answer on the seats before the turnstiles confirms what I thought. However, OP does make the point that he sees the people using those seats leave the bus without paying.
Apr
30
comment What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?
I'm quite sure this is not what @Filmzy is asking about. The special needs seats can be before and after the turnstiles.
Apr
30
comment What is the purpose of the seats in the front of the bus in Vitória, Brazil?
This is typical for all metropolitan busses throughout Brazil. However, I'm not aware of a reason that would allow any passenger to exit the bus without eventually going through the turnstile first.
Apr
27
comment Is it reasonable to do the Trans-Siberian/Mongolian without pre-booking all the train tickets?
Well. Depends on how small is 'small' :) I stuck to the bigger towns (like Khabarovsk, Ulan Ude, Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, etc.). The smaller ones, I think, really don't have too much to offer. The only one I wished I had visited but didn't was Birobidzhan.
Apr
24
comment Why are postcards of Cologne in ruins following WW2 bombing sold in the city?
Not related to 'travel', but more like related to 'history'.