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May
25
comment How correct is my intuition that tap water is safer in the mountains than in cities?
This is probably one of the most important questions yet asked on Travel.SE. Thank you.
May
16
comment Is it OK to play the piano housed in the lobbies of hotels?
Ah, python!‎‎‎‎‎
May
13
comment Renting a Manual Car in the US
@MasonWheeler: Regarding performance: Unless you are on a drag strip, the feeling of performance in a stick is better than the feeling of performance with an automatice. The OP presumably is not running moonshine, but would rather enjoy the feeling of actually driving (not just steering) the vehicle. Regarding safety: the safer machine is the machine whose controls one is familiar with. Perhaps an automatic-bred driver in an automatic is safer than a manual-bred driver in a manual, but less safe than either is a manual-bred driver in an automatic.
Apr
9
comment What style of bathroom facilities are in Hong Kong hotels?
Note that if you do go to the bar, dress the part. They will turn you away if you are not dressed to spec, even if you are a guest in the hotel.
Mar
23
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Mar
21
comment Is a tour of a US Embassy possible?
I hear that the Ecuador embassy even has a dormitory now!
Mar
19
comment When driving in Belgium, what equipment is mandatory to have in a car registered in another country?
Please refrain from profanity in the question title.
Mar
9
comment Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?
I think that you accidentally the end of your last sentence.
Mar
9
comment Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?
I met one like that in Cairo in 1999. He was actually extremely knowledgeable about the Egyptian tourist traps, and took us to local food and a hotel that was relatively inexpensive. I really feel that I got a lot more out of my trip having met him, and I'm sorry that I do not remember his name. So some of these follow-you-around folks really can help out.
Jan
11
comment Does changing latitude affect sleep?
This does not answer the question. Perhaps you meant to leave a comment?
Jan
11
comment If I have to put up with bed bugs can I prevent bites or stop the itch?
Never sleep in a plastic sleeve! That is a suffocation hazard.
Dec
17
comment Is tap water drinkable in Massachusetts (and elsewhere in USA)?
@Schwern: Bisphenol A is one such chemical which is known to leach out of plastic bottles into drinking water.
Dec
17
comment Is tap water drinkable in Massachusetts (and elsewhere in USA)?
Additionally, the stored bottled water may absorb volatiles from the plastic. That is the reason that bottled water has an expiration date.
Nov
26
comment Kenyan citizen refused Schengen visa from Sweden
Thank you for this wonderful question. Being from a developed nation, I have always viewed visas as being an unnecessary bureaucracy which is always approved. The answers here have opened my eyes as to א) the reasons for having visas, and ב) how privileged I am that they are always granted.
Nov
24
comment What's the best way to get sleep on a train in a sitting compartment?
"grease it grossly with your hair"?!? You're that guy? I've been promising myself to buy you a bottle of shampoo for years!
Oct
21
comment Does the term “middle east” cover a certain set of countries? Could I be misunderstood when using it?
Great answer. I'm Israeli and I take no offence at your use of terminology. I find your frankness keen and I'll be sure to check out your other answers on the site as well. Thank you.
Oct
18
comment Getting around to transfer in huge airports if you don't know English
I see, thank you. I do remember Australian Israelis having concern when Emirates partnered with Quantas. Thank you for highlighting that there is a distinction between the airline's policies and those of it's charter nation.
Oct
18
comment Getting around to transfer in huge airports if you don't know English
Note however that Emirates may be a problem for citizens of certain nationalities. (I don't mean to start a flamewar as I am a national of a nation that Emirates refuses to service. That said, I know that it is regarded as an excellent airline. However any recommendation of the airline should mention this important possible shop-stopper. And I did +1 this post.)
Oct
17
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Oct
17
comment Which languages to brush up on for Ukraine trip?
Igor is right, but notice that the word is almost identical in Russian. I was not attesting that all your Latin/English experience would carry over, rather that there is significant carryover between the languages. This in comparison to my native language Hebrew, which has absolutely obvious carryover to English and only two letters carryover to Cyrillic (ш and ц).