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comment Mobile internet in the Caucasus
In Azerbaijan, ONE SIM CARD roams in only one of the national networks, namely the Nar network (nar.az). You do of course not get better coverage, nor faster speed with a ONE SIM CARD than what you'll get with a national pay-as-you-go package for a fraction of the price.
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comment Mobile internet in the Caucasus
ONE SIM CARD has ridiculously high rates in most countries. E.g. for Azerbaijan, a 1GB data package costs US$75.00. Just to compare with the first Azerbaijani operator I found (Azercell), which charges 6 manat or appr. US$5.70 for the same deal.
Jun
25
comment Why are there no waste bins on public transport?
@jpatokal It's actually not a problem. Perhaps Germans are generally able to behave.
Jun
25
answered Why are there no waste bins on public transport?
Jun
24
comment Is it possible to skip between days without changing hours by traveling West at 330mph?
The 'close to the pole' approach is actually not so easy. On the South Pole, time zone boundaries are actually defined based on the time zone observed by the research stations and/or national claims, hence the time zone borders are rarely in one-hour-steps: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_in_Antarctica#/media/…
Jun
24
answered What are the consequences of overstaying Schengen zone for 28 days in 90 days period with a valid visa for the next 3 months?
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@GayotFow There are speculations going in all possible directions on the impact of a potential grexit. Just to mention a few of the news articles downplaying the risks for the rest of the euro zone: dw.com/en/consequences-of-grexit-for-germany/a-18175827 bbc.com/news/business-31457991 theweek.co.uk/eurozone/euro-debt-crisis/46910/… smh.com.au/business/world-business/…
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@phoog: Traveler's cheques are not worth the paper they are printed on if they are not accepted by merchants (it would be hard to find a shop in Greece accepting these) and the banks don't have paper money to cash the cheques.
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
@GayotFow The text in your question drifts in so many directions, that I'm honestly not in any way sure what you're actually asking. If the real question is "how should travellers prepare for a nation-wide closure of banks in Greece", my comment does not answer your question. I was just trying to point out that your comparison with Iceland and Argentina (both in the question and in the answer) does not seem appropriate since this is a completely different situation.
Jun
23
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
The Greek economy (GDP) stands for only 1.8% of the euro zone or 1.3% of the EU. It does not make sense at all to compare the situation in Iceland or Argentina, countries with their own and before the crack volatile currencies, to a potential Greek default. Since we've never had this situation before, it is pure speculation and crystal-balling to assume anything about what will happen in case of a grexit. My guess is that it won't have much impact at all on the value of the euro, since the remaining governments will play all their cards to keep the euro stable.
Jun
22
comment Common travel scams on tourists?
There are too many tourist scams to summarize here and plenty of lists on the net already. Wikitravel has a comprehensive list of tourist scams: wikitravel.org/en/Common_scams I also found a smaller list of typical Istanbul scams: wittistanbul.com/magazine/…
Jun
22
comment Importing laptop as gift in France, how much duty will I have to pay?
@CMaster: Where do you have the 390€ limit from? As I wrote in my comment, the value limit is 430€ (btw. uniform for the enitire EU and not specific for France).
Jun
22
comment Importing laptop as gift in France, how much duty will I have to pay?
Your answer is not consistent with the page you are linking to. The French VAT for laptops is 20% (not 19.6%) and you are allowed to bring goods with a value up to 430€ (not 20€) when entering France by air without having to pay VAT or other duties.
Jun
21
comment Preparing for Greece to Exit the EU (Grexit)
Why is Greece' membership in the EU and Schengen often questioned in connection with a potential grexit? Even if Greece would leave the euro-zone, that alone would not be a reason for Greece to leave the EU or Schengen as well.
Jun
21
comment Why are Americans and Asians in such a rush when traveling in Europe?
I did 10 European countries in three weeks on a bicycle last year and didn't feel particularly stressed and tend to get bored if I spend more than a few days in a city. I am voting to close this question as primarily opinion based.
Jun
18
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: Neo also pointed out that according to their terms of service, the id cards are only visually inspected, which directly contradicts the explanation in the letter. If you see any easily imaginable explanation for these contradictions, please tell.
Jun
18
comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: I have no clue what DB does internally with the id number, if they follow German law it can't be very much and I am neither sure what you mean with end-to-end verification, nor which easily imaginable reasons for the restrictions there might be. According to the letter O.R.Mapper quotes, the issue is that other ids cannot be digitally scanned. I have already commented twice that foreign id cards and passports can be scanned exactly as German id cards (is something I wrote not clear?).
Jun
17
comment Do airlines really check whether battery packs for laptop/phone/tablets are less than 100 or 160 Wh?
Since both the battery packs you're showing and also all regular laptop batteries are well below 100Wh: What kind of device do you have an issue with?
Jun
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Jun
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