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Nov
20
comment How much of the original 'Lunatic Express' rail system in Africa is still active?
:) I was the one who approved your edit :)
Nov
20
comment How much of the original 'Lunatic Express' rail system in Africa is still active?
You got it. Though the controversial claims were in my third paragraph.
Nov
20
comment Brazil: Getting from Lençóis to Morro de São Paulo
If you have a Visa credit card, you can get bus tickets through plataforma10.com. Also, quite a few of the bus connections have special booking processes, online, for foreigners who don't have a CPF.
Nov
20
comment Brazil: Getting from Lençóis to Morro de São Paulo
You're referring to Lencois in Chapada Diamantina?
Nov
10
comment Which are safe and unsafe regions in Iran?
There's a lot of dissatisfaction in the region. Many of the people here are neither shia nor Persian. And, Sistan and Baluchistan is Iran's poorest province, with a life expectancy about a decade below the rest of the country. I'm not sure describing the situation as a 'rebellion' is completely accurate, but there have been regular unrests. On top of that, unrests from southern Pakistan have been known to spill over into Iran as well.
Nov
5
comment Driving from Kampala to Lusaka in my own car
There's only one route, and pretty much the only towns that have decent enough hotels are exactly the towns you'd need to stay at if you don't want to travel by night or camp. The Kampala - Lusaka trip, for its 2500km, has very little diversity to offer as far as traveling from A to B is concerned.
Nov
4
comment Driving from Kampala to Lusaka in my own car
I voted to re-open this question as this is not nearly as broad a question as it might sound. There is really only one option if you self-drive: Kampala - Bukoba - Mpanda - Tunduma - Lusaka. Stop in Kigoma for the only real city on the whole journey. Do not cross at Mbala (Zambia). Security is decent, though can be a bit dicey in eastern Tanzania. Decent enough hotels are available in the few towns along the way. Only drive during the day. Expect to take 6-8 days.
Oct
6
comment Old Scheveningen beach play structure. What's it called?
How about drawing one and then asking Google for similar images?
Oct
4
comment Old Scheveningen beach play structure. What's it called?
I think I remember those. But I don't think I ever saw them at Scheveningen. Perhaps at linnaeushof.nl ?
Oct
4
comment How far is the sea from Bruges and how easy is it to reach it?
Ha! I agree with how straightforward your answer is.
Oct
4
comment How far is the sea from Bruges and how easy is it to reach it?
That's worthy of an answer, @pnuts.
Oct
1
comment Why are so many airline check-in counters idle so often?
Countries that have public long distance bus (or train) transport systems have typically (somewhat) optimized the check in system. When long distance transport is privately run, each company will have its own counter and runs its own check in. I'd suspect that what you're describing is a feature of the model. Think about it: If I'm paying to fly on a five star airline, I don't want to queue up with the rabble who're flying a budget airline.
Sep
17
comment Does a foreigner need to pay a fine for violating the seatbelt law?
Possibly how it happened, yeah, but you technically can't be fined based on an assumption. Whether that's also the practical truth depends more on the country and the defendant's desire to fight the accusation.
Sep
17
comment Does a foreigner need to pay a fine for violating the seatbelt law?
@jwenting is right. That said, it does sound unreasonable to fine someone for not wearing a seatbelt in car that's standing still.
Aug
30
comment Could not board flight LHR to BKK without departing ticket
You're a foreign aid worker with family, property and bank accounts in Thailand who's been in and out of the country for 13 years? It sounds to me you are, for all intents and purposes, a resident, without the paperwork of a resident. Perhaps it's time to get your residency.
Aug
17
comment Review censorship on the big travel websites: Any analyses/research?
@JoeBlow, that's also something I find horrendously annoying!
Aug
10
comment Uyuni, need some clarification
Ha! Calama is not a town for tourists, indeed, though I do actually think it's reasonably enjoyable for what it is. And it has the huge copper mine that can be visited for free. :) And, yeah, OP should indeed take the Uyuni to San Pedro trip.
Aug
9
comment Uyuni, need some clarification
You don't have to go to La Paz to go to San Pedro. As I said in my answer, there are busses from Uyuni to Calama, from where you can get to San Pedro.
Aug
4
comment How to have fun in Bouillon, Belgium
@PeterRaeves: It was a linguistic joke. To the extent that if I'd be going to Bouillon I would most certainly find a place that serves a warm broth. What else is such a name good for? Additionally, there are the nearby towns of Bastogne (cookies of the same name exist) and Spa (soda water).
Aug
4
comment How to have fun in Bouillon, Belgium
I would make a point of finding a place that serves a good warm broth.