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Scottish ex-pat, currently working in Manila, Philippines as a Software Architect for Embedded Systems.


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comment 1.5 hour layover long enough?
The linked question basically answers this and gives links to the airport website which will help. They key question is whether you've booked on a single ticket -- if so then the system has already decided you can make the connection and if there are issues you'll be rebooked. If the two flights are separate tickets then you're on your own and will run into issues if the first is delayed. But as @Doc says 90 minutes is plenty, and there are 'fast lanes' for passport control and security if you're running late (and you will have to go through immigration, etc as it's an international flight).
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comment How do non-English speakers navigate through international airports (specific question about Amsterdam)
Ha, maybe we should get 'where is the toilet' cards made with that phrase in multiple languages. But, yeah, Amsterdam airport is pretty hard to get lost in. Follow the signs for immigration (picture of a guy with a hat looking at documents, if I recall correctly) after that baggage and the exit is obvious. It may be worth getting to know the people next to you on the plane and/or the cabin crew as some of them are almost certainly going to have to go the same direction when they get out the plane.
Jan
22
revised Is this back to back ticketing or throwaway ticketing?
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Jan
22
answered Travel insurance for elderly visitor from Georgia to UK
Jan
22
answered Is this back to back ticketing or throwaway ticketing?
Jan
21
comment Prepaid SIM card for internet use in France, Netherlands and Hungary?
Alternatively, it's reasonably easy in Paris and Amsterdam, at least, to find free or cheap WiFi. You could also look a Skype WiFi which will connect to for-pay WiFi in many places using your Skype credits (although it's horribly expensive in some places).
Jan
21
comment Prepaid SIM card for internet use in France, Netherlands and Hungary?
@MaxFerreira I have a WorldSim, but I haven't had a chance to use it in Europe yet. I see no reason why it wouldn't work if you follow the instructions (connect to the preferred network). The one time I used it in Asia for voice the quality was really bad, but that could be the signal where I was. Alternatively, if you don't care about having a fixed number -- just buy pre-paid SIMs in each country -- that will almost certainly be cheaper.
Jan
21
comment Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station?
@MohamedMosaad Sorry, you're correct -- see this answer: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/37598/… I've used my Oyster card on Southern trains before and assumed it covered the whole network, but you're correct that it's only the greater London area which Gatwick is outside. Still it's worth buying one and you can still pick it up in Gatwick.
Jan
20
comment What countries have separate pricing fees for international tourists for country attractions?
Does it help if you think about it as a discount for locals (whose taxes do contribute to many attractions as John Zwinck says in his answer) rather than a price hike for tourists? No link but I'm pretty sure I remember places in the UK that operate similar dual-pricing schemes. Even if a place doesn't have a website you could always ask here to see if people know the prices. :) And 600 baht is, what, $20 -- it's a bit steep for a zoo but it depends on what it's like inside.
Jan
20
comment Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station?
Thanks, I thought that might be possible but it's a while since I've been in that area and I was trying to remember how long a walk that was.
Jan
20
comment Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station?
You can get all the tickets from the same window, although I would urge you to pick up an Oyster card (which is a card you can put money on and then you 'touch' in and out of each station and money is deducted -- it's a lot cheaper than cash). The stations will be the same, just follow the signs.
Jan
18
answered Can I go from Gatwick Airport station to London Bridge station?
Jan
17
comment Travelling to India via Germany with 2 stops, do i need transit visa?
@Doc, my bad -- I didn't read that answer closely enough. I've deleted my comments to avoid confusion, your answer is enough.
Jan
17
answered Phillipines visa 2 weeks
Dec
19
reviewed Approve Is tap water drinkable in Massachusetts (and elsewhere in USA)?
Dec
19
answered What do high-end all-inclusive resorts in Mexico dilute spirits & wine with (besides water)?
Dec
19
comment What do high-end all-inclusive resorts in Mexico dilute spirits & wine with (besides water)?
@Karlson, I think it's (now) arguably on topic, although maybe too broad I'm not sure there's a definitive answer here.
Nov
22
comment How can I see currency exchange rates?
I deliberately made that point in my answer, and talked about fees and commission. So I take exception at the 'all the other useless answers' phrase. Your answer is fine, but take the snark out if you want to avoid the downvotes.
Nov
21
answered How can I see currency exchange rates?
Nov
21
comment In-transit Visa for Amsterdam enroute to British Virgin Islands (Filipino)?
The short answer is no (because you'll stay in the international airside area of Schipol), but the long answer is in the answer linked in my other comment.