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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 denied 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).
Oct
17
answered Which languages to brush up on for Ukraine trip?
Sep
8
comment Dealing with conflicting announcements in multiple languages?
This reminds me of a sign I once heard of near Belfast, right before a dangerous curve. In Irish: "Slow down, dangerous curve ahead." In English: "Speed limit 120 KPH". Places and languages changed to protect the guilty
Aug
19
comment What are the polite ways to draw attention of a waiter around the world?
@O.R.Mapper: I understand your position.
Aug
3
comment What's the best way to take a cold shower?
@YEZ: Now I'm in trouble! I'm Jewish!
Jul
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
30
awarded  Critic
Jul
28
awarded  Commentator
Jul
28
comment Good aurora viewing areas around Tromso accessible by public transport?
If you have an international drivers license, you could just rent a car. They are not terribly expensive for small economy cars. See my answer detailing exactly that.
Jul
28
answered Tromsø Aurora Borealis tours
Jul
28
comment What's the best way to take a cold shower?
@reirab: Probably a combination of reasons. I was researching rheumatism and noticed that cold showers are good for the back muscles, that was part of it. Luckily, just a few months after I started taking cold showers I had opportune to visit Tromso, Norway in winter to see the northern lights. The ability to withstand the cold was an asset, as my companion was suffering from the cold and he originates from a land where they see snow yearly (Belgium).
Jul
28
comment USA Citizen Residing Abroad Traveling to USA with Foreign Wife
I never said to be rude. I said to comment on American's rudeness as a trait of people from America! Undeniably that trait is much less prominent than it was a decade ago, but it is one of the qualities (still, unjustly) associated with Americans. I think that the French have a similar stigma, justified or not.