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comment Two possible itineraries on the Silk Road
Same page: January 20, 2016: " ... For February travel in Tibetan Autonomous Region the Chinese government has confirmed to our agents in Lhasa that every foreign group should exit Tibet before the 18th of February, in relation to the customary closure of permits for the whole of March. Generally speaking we recommend that you do not try to travel in the TAR between February 18 and April 15.(2016)
Jan
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comment Two possible itineraries on the Silk Road
@DanielRobert-Nicoud Sounds like that route is closed "for now": " ... From here - December 1, 2015: " ... At the moment, the Tibet travel situation is normal, with the exception of the overland route from Nepal through the border town of Dram (Chinese: Zhangmu) to Shigatse in Tibet. The border crossing, we understand, is still closed, ... road on the Tibetan side is open ... not for foreign tourists. This situation is unlikely to change this year. ... you cannot travel overland from Nepal to Tibet for the foreseeable future.
Jan
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comment Two possible itineraries on the Silk Road
... (which seems strange to me as grey beards are not unknown in the area) BUT I'm probably constitutionally unable to not wave a large camera around :-). I've been in a few areas (mainly in China) where I was warned by locals re security (and in 'slums' in India) but I've so far never had any indications of problems. Hopefully "there's never a first time" :-).
Jan
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comment Two possible itineraries on the Silk Road
@DanielRobert-Nicoud I'm not even sure that Nepal is a viable route. If it is please advise. I looked into how viable it was to do India to China a while ago (2 years?) and thought the only route still left was via Pakistan and through the "pass" to Kashgar. I would love to do that but probably never will manage. I'm told that Northern Pakistan is very bad for security and the odds of coming to grief (kidnapped or worse) are serious enough to be dissuasive. An Afghan gent here said that when I am in full beard mode I'd do OK if I dressed correctly and dyed my beard to eliminate grey spots ...
Jan
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comment Two possible itineraries on the Silk Road
I am not aware that you can travel from New Delhi to China directly without going via Pakistan (Islamabad - Kashgar). If there is a legal direct way to travel India-China I'd love to know of it. Please comment.
Jan
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comment What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?
FWIW: I now when out of NZ ALWAYS carry a lightweight synthetic jacket which is ~ 0 weight and ~ 0 volume and astoundingly good at saving ones life. ALWAYS :-).
Jan
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comment What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?
... STUPID and never again. I ended up putting a newspaper layer inside my shirt and still froze. Not enough paper to make a decent blanket when others wanted it too. A single newspaper layer over you when just above zero roof is radiating coolth works wonders :-). Better solution is catch a train (from AT airport to town etc and find a hostel for the night). I was travelling next day to Gold Coast and stayed with others mainly for "solidarity" but regretted the gesture :-).
Jan
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comment What times do the Sydney international and domestic airports open and close?
My first hand experience of "sleeping" at the Sydney international terminal is that they purposefully make the in-terminal seating as unsuitable as reasonably possible for sleeping , they do ticket and passport checks at closing time and let bona-fide travellers linger miserably for some more hours and then at maybe 2am-3am ? kick you out into a cold windy shelter - again designed to be inhospitable. || I arrived after having had 1st my baggage and then me lost on a nightmare ??? hour trip from China (30+ hours?)(maybe not) with no clothes apart from long trousers and a long sleeved shirt...
Jan
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answered Can anyone identify this beach?
Jan
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comment Black Labyrinth or Tube it in Waitomo?
I'd contact both and ask about the glow-worms. In my experience glow-worms are rather noise sensitive and visitors have to be well behaved and quiet to ensure that you get best results. I'd expect that unless special care was taken to ensure that quietness was maintained in appropriate areas that the glow-worm experience may be limited. But, I may be wrong :-).
Dec
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answered Can I trasport a small set of tools with me in the airplane?
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
... Many are near the US-Mexican border and US-Canadian border, but by no means all. | The large majority of US residents live within 100 miles of a "border" (somewhat surprisingly). | | ... Wikipedia notes (along with MUCH else) " ... the Supreme Court held that Border Patrol agents on roving patrol may stop a vehicle only if they have reasonable suspicion that the vehicle contains aliens who may be illegally in the United States. ... " | The men with guns may have other ideas.
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@AndrewLazarus Reading the links turned up via @ Phoog's suggestion stirred part buried memories and provided much more material. The US operates a "100 miles from the border" zone where they can carry out constitutionally questionable (but possibly sensible enough) activities related to immigration - illegal aliens (all sun systems), "weapons of mass effect" (not the mass type used in future based video games that a search turns up) and other. 'Other' seems to grow. Check point locations (permanent &^ most of the transient ones) are given in my above link. ...
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
From @phoog 's links: (legally) Avoiding BP checkpoints | Videos- people refusing BCP checks | Facebook - end BP checkpoints & many more. FWIW the OP makes it clear that he IS a person that the BP legitimately seek to 'encounter' :-). Wikipedia
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@phoog Thanks.You'd probably do better by providing a few links eher with an indication of what they are about. Your July 7th answer to this question infers the opposite of what you allude to above and the opposite of what some of the related pages say. There is lots of material there saying that many people believe that the BP people are exceeding their constitutional and/or legally constituted rights. Not surprisingly, the ACLU agrees. So, yes, it does appear that it has "come to that" with the comrades, as you say. |
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
... automotive related ID check by a very friendly Sheriff who seemed a rough visual equivalent of Andy Griffiths. At that stage we travelled over most of Europe without need of any ID documents (except at EU / non-EU borders). In NZ and Australia to this day such checking of ID is non-existent. | If the US has moved on from there to the point that Border-Patrol relevant "Borders" exist within the country (and I have no knowlege that indicates that things are not as you say) then it is of philosophical interest to me.
Dec
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comment Traveling inside the U.S. with a tourist visa from 3 years ago
@phoog As your (non TSA cerftified) profile page indicates that you reside in NYNY you may be correct, but if so, I was not aware that the comrades now checked the comrades' identity documents when travelling within the land of the brave and the home of the free. If that is in fact the case, and, again, I do not know if things have moved so far along the path but, if so, then I am appalled, aghast, saddened, and not at all surprised that it has (already) come to that. I was last there in long ago 2003 and did encounter an agricultural inspection stop and a trouble free ...
Dec
24
comment What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight?
.... " To stop the aircraft's take-off after reaching decision speed. JAR:‘V1’ means the maximum speed in the take-off at which the pilot must take the first action (e.g. apply brakes, reduce thrust, deploy speed brakes) to stop the aeroplane within the accelerate-stop distance. V1 also means the minimum speed in the take-off, following a failure of the critical engine at VEF, at which the pilot can continue the take-off and achieve the required height above the take-off surface within the take-off distance."
Dec
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comment What's the longest take-off run of a commercial flight?
.... ICAO ECAIRS Modifiers -> # 40 Abort - After V1 - Just because it has a name it doesn't mean you should do it :-( - BUT ...