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bio website corbasson.fr
location Paris, France
age 28
visits member for 2 years, 1 month
seen Sep 27 at 13:43

I'm an enterprise architect working for several years for big companies in France and abroad, with a MS in Information Systems and a MBA.

During my studies, I used to work (among other jobs) as a software engineer, and still have some knowledge I can put to work and share :)

In my spare time, I like to travel, learn languages, kayak, and do plenty of other things.


May
23
comment Visiting Monaco as an EU citizen — what to think about?
This really depends on cost vs. risk. I'm not aware of how much travel insurance costs for Monaco but it may be costly too. And seriously, all travelers to Monaco I know of do not take travel insurance just for a few hours/days in Monaco, with France at most at 1 km. But YMMV.
Nov
20
comment Can I bring an anti-religious book into Saudi Arabia?
"Drug smuggling is punishable by the local laws" = "Drug smuggling carries the death penalty, regardless of you being a foreigner or not"
Nov
20
comment Biometric passport: How can I know if the chip is still working? Does it matter?
Same for the automated entry lanes in France: you'll need a working ePassport or a passport (even non-biometric) previously registered at a PARAFE booth (you'll find them in big airports e.g. CDG and ORY).
Oct
1
comment What to do about my US iPhone while traveling around Europe?
And most carriers' stores (in France, Orange and SFR at least, probably Bouygues too) do have prepaid nano-SIMs too.
Jul
6
comment How do you pack your dirty clothing when moving from hotel to hotel?
I was always told that plastic bags are wrong, and cloth/cotton bags are way better to avoid moisture from staying in the dirty clothes. Afaik, moisture stimulates the bad odours and helps mould form; dry clothes stink less and can't be damaged by mould.
May
2
comment Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?
This is at least unheard of in Western countries, as that would probably qualify as sex-based discrimination. And while I do travel quite often and outside Western paths, that's the first time I hear of such a thing!
Apr
21
comment Are there any man-only places in the world?
Same in Saudi Arabia
Apr
21
comment Are there any man-only places in the world?
Your link in the second paragraph is a Thai monastery
Sep
29
comment Are there ways to keep long-distance land transport costs down in France when not planning in advance?
Now you can (but the change is recent); before, national passenger travel was a monopoly for the SNCF.
Sep
29
comment How do I get my money back for my foreign coins?
Or put them in a Unicef box at one of the participating airports.
Sep
29
comment Why do there seem to be no long distance buses in France?
Yes, the SNCF had a monopoly on both rail travel and national city-to-city travel since 1937... other operators had to get permission from the SNCF to open travel lines, and long-distance bus travel was seen as a direct competitor by the SNCF so never allowed.
Sep
26
comment Is all of Afghanistan dangerous for travellers?
This is still valid in 2012; I was there in July this year.
Sep
7
comment Vomitorium: Only common in the German-speaking world?
No, it's used to fill buckets of water to clean the floor. That's why it has the NO DRINKING WATER sign above, and the bars allow to put and pull the bucket with less effort. The two sinks allow for quicker refills. And the flushing is a normal one, as you shouldn't have anything else than dissolved dust and water in the bucket (or if you do, you'd better get them from the basin before they enter the still quite narrow exit pipes). You can find them (sometimes hidden in a cabinet) in almost every modern place where they wash the floor, including most of the public Western buildings.
Sep
4
comment Are there any women-only places in the world?
@Andra I do not agree: there are famous places like Mount Athos where only men can travel, so why not a question on gender-restricted destinations for women?
Sep
3
comment Road journey from Europe to Mecca?
@Geeo: don't count on it, it doesn't always work (see my answer)
Sep
3
comment Road journey from Europe to Mecca?
@HaLaBi: from the best of my knowledge, ferries from Cyprus to Egypt are suspended (see my answer)
Sep
3
comment Road journey from Europe to Mecca?
Thanks for the comment @hippietrail; I gathered notes and put them here for a first version, and came back to improve it and fit better with the OP's question; the tricky part IMO being Saudi Arabia I wanted to give this info to the OP ASAP.
Aug
28
comment Can you do the annual required technical control in another EU country than your own when doing a road trip in Europe?
@Andra On the certificate duration: Council Directive 96/96/EC of 20 December 1996 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers and for passenger cars requires that all Member States shall inspect their vehicles at least when the car is four years old and then every two years thereafter. Agreed, it might be less than four years (in Sweden, it is/used to be three) before the first. I'll modify accordingly. My intent was to say: it will be valid for more than the few months you'll be travelling.