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comment How correct is my intuition that tap water is safer in the mountains than in cities?
As others have said - a VERY dangerous assumption. Contamination is liable to be the rule without specific action to avoid or remove it. Doing your =own Chlorination is very easy and effective if you wish to.
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answered What was an insurance vending machine at an airport, and what kind of insurance did they sell?
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revised What was an insurance vending machine at an airport, and what kind of insurance did they sell?
what i think we the public would like to know, who were the bigger companies behind this sham. And how would i collect on a policy today that is over 50years old, nameing me next of kin. who do i need to talk to? Besides a good Attorny.
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comment My flight has changed destinations! What are my options?
What is the first airline? This sounds very unprofessional - and almost like a scam. FWIW- for internal Chinese flight bookings I use ticket.9588 - I don't know who told me about them - but I have had no problems and you can see progressive pricing on a given route and day and I've had some very low cost flights. And no, I have no business relationship with them apart from being a happy customer.
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comment Are there any man-only places in the world?
@jpatokal Nit noted thanks. Interestingly (to me) that spelling has been what I've used life long afaik. It's (cough) an ancient form now no longer used (really) , but wrong by modern standards, as you note. While I could have changed the use throughout to 'Aboriginal', that leans towards the wider sense as for the 'original people' of eg Malay(si)a, Taiwan, Japan(now all very much in the minority and generally disadvantaged) and elsewhere, whereas the 'common usage' here (across the pond from Oz) often is seen as a proper name for the race/group as in a Maori, an Aboriginee, a European etc
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answered Are there any man-only places in the world?
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comment Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?
@DavidRicherby I consider that Priya's case is a superset of mine. She mentioned wanting to enter the US in July. I was told that the US would reject a passport that was mildly defaced - the reason given being that potential tampering was indicated. I have no doubt that anyone who would have rejected mine for that reason would absolutely certainly and with malice aforethought (and both smoking barrels) reject one with missing pages. Anyone who does not share my certainty is welcome to test US Customs & Homeland Security's mettle - but all reports are that they will not be found wanting. Alas
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comment Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?
As @jpatokalsays, missing pages are usually unacceptable. Some countries are known (or thought to be) more inflexible tan others - and the US is on the bad end of that range. [I had some roughing and a slight tear along one page edge when outgoing to China. NZ outgoing customs advised me to get a new passport asap. They said it was OK for China but would be rejected if I tried to enter the US].
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comment In which European countries can I use disposable barbecues in summer?
Our Belgian motorcamp said NO BBQs fires etc. What harm can it do. Whoops. Ah. OK. No harm done. More or less.
May
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
@relaxed I just again re re read your comment and the answer to see if what you said reasonably matches what the answer says. It doesn't. Point by point the answer is talking about what is done and what works. At most the phrase "makes no sense here" COULD be taken as moralistic position - but equally just as "will be found not to be wise in practice". The latter is a reasonable enough interpretation given the rest. | One can certainly read a possible mindset into the writer's advice. But they are offering advice on practicalities that (they consider) work. [Whatever?].
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
... latter was sent to me by a young Muslim woman in Malaysia who sought to make the point being made. [I'll have the link somewhere but it should not be hard to find more of the same]. ||
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
... significant frontal skin showing. Modest enough by almost any western standard. And then the very same woman dressed in Muslim attire - headscarf, skin mostly covered. NO veil. Nothing that you would take as unusual or overdone in any normal western context. Change the headscarf style and the dress would be seen as "western". Then compare the reactions of people who she walks past in the same manner. Count the catcalls, greetings, solicitations, lewd comments, questions re boyfriends etc. Hardly solid "research" and sample of 1 - but a rather good demo for starters. FWIW the link to the...
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
... time in India "just watching". [And if you've done that or live there, watch harder :-) ]. Try listening to the Indian murdering rapists after being found guilty. And the many who loudly and openly support them. You'll hear close enough to 'it is acceptable and even desirable' to assault and maybe kill women who behave like xxx. You'll find enough of that rubbish freely available on the internet. | On youtube you'll find videos of an (apparently) unaccompanied women walking through a US city twice - once dressed in relatively normal western dress - no real cleavage per se but ...
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
... a certain way with impunity, then one can, and that people should not limit or modify their actions f they do not wish to. Such advice gets people into trouble the world over. We do not live in a perfect world (as I'm absolutely certain that you know) and your perspective is dangerous of used to 'inform' others. || I have spent less than a month in India, so I'm hardly an expert, but I try to observe all things as widely as I can manage. Along with much else, I watched women's behaviour, dress and societal treatment. In response to your "is there any evidence...?" I'd suggest some ...
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comment How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?
@Relaxed You are commenting on a two year old post. Given the contentiousness of the subject I'd hope you had read ALL the prior comments and answers before commenting. I just did that again now but it's not obvious that you did. If you have then you are ignoring a fair bit of the material. "Victim blaming" does happen (and certainly so by Indian male miscreants) but there is minimal to no such intention in the material here. There is a majorly significant difference between "fault" and "probability" and too many people blindly claim that because one "SHOULD" [tm] be able to behave ...
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comment Air travel with a competition sword?
.... allows customs and security people to see that you have made it very visible - and as a "downside" ensures that you have no prospect of claim for damage from the airline if it does get damaged - they even attach a sticker that says so as well as what the fine print will say. In numerous international journeys I have not had items vanish from baggage and I'd expect that a stand alone clearly identifiable item that was checked at check-in and verified for presence immediately on arrival would have a very good chance of not being stolen. YMMV.