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Jul
22
reviewed Close Safety: What data is available on crime in NYC in 2013?
Jul
15
comment Why shouldn't I have an ATM PIN beginning with zero if I travel internationally?
I'm not aware of any restrictions on the leading digit. On the other hand, a lot of places only support 4-digit PINs, so you may have trouble with ATMs (and shops, if your card has a chip) if your PIN is a different length.
Jul
15
comment Why shouldn't I have an ATM PIN beginning with zero if I travel internationally?
@JoeTaxpayer It's the relative frequency, with the digit 1 set to the frequency value 1.0. No, I don't know why the author didn't use the absolute frequency. The digit 1 comes up to an absolute frequency of about 40%, and 0 to a little over 10%.
Jul
15
comment Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?
@gerrit but it also avoid Intercités trains, which adds about 45min to Paris–Amiens for no difference in price (tickets for Intercités and TER are the same).
Jul
15
reviewed Close Dual UK/Canadian Citizens travelling to USA and Canada
Jul
15
reviewed Leave Open What do I have to take into account when buying an urban backpack?
Jul
15
reviewed Reopen $6000 for a trip to Europe ( 2 months at most) Not included flights
Jul
15
comment Precautions to take when travelling alone around Ireland
@MarkMayo I've removed a bit of cruft. I think the question can be answered reasonably objectively — are there any precautions that women traveling alone should take in Ireland?
Jul
15
revised Precautions to take when travelling alone around Ireland
removed fluff
Jul
14
revised Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?
added prices
Jul
14
answered Is there a cheaper (slower) way to get by train from Brussels to Paris than Thalys?
Jul
14
awarded  Cleanup
Jul
13
reviewed Leave Open Inner tubing down rivers in the United States
Jul
13
answered Free wifi in Reykjavik
Jul
13
revised Can 2S (i.e. general compartment) tickets be booked online for trains in India?
added 2 characters in body; edited tags; edited title
Jul
12
reviewed Close Experience taking iMac on plane as carry-on
Jul
12
reviewed Close Road Trip planning tool
Jul
10
revised Is the couvert mandatory or optional in Italy?
focus on Italy, because there's no such thing in France
Jul
10
comment Is the couvert mandatory or optional in Italy?
That's an Italian thing (and not just Italian, it also exists in some form in other south-western European countries including Portugal). It definitely doesn't exist in France; most French restaurants bring you bread to the table (no butter or tomato or whatnot, just bread), and that's free.
Jul
7
reviewed Leave Open When should I buy airplane tickets to St. Lucia (from US)?