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revised Chennai to Pune - bus or train?
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comment Chennai to Pune - bus or train?
Thanks. That was mid 2014. I took a train - hard sleeper non AC 2nd class (or 3rd or none? ) :-) About $US4.50 for a 20 hour 1000 km trip. (No bedding - take your own). It was utterly marvellous. I was adopted by the cleaning crew and allowed to use their sole intercarriage window seat whenever I wished. Big wide spaced bars curving out wards gave excellent camera location with (some) protection against "stuff". 2000 photos :-). Countryside towns people water temples crops, ....... . Marvellous.
Apr
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comment Does anyone know where this beach is located?
At a glance looks like Big Sur area.
Apr
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answered What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
.... months. When I did I had a built in vast fear of other vehicle. I would veer and brake when I felt threatened. I realised that this was rational enough as people MIGHT do what the two people who tried to kill me did. My normal driving is what was irrational :-). No matterhow hard I tried I could not overcome the behaviour. I bought a small car. After a year the car died. I got back on the bike and I found I was back to normal. The time off had somehow dispelled the fear. | My point is that our minds may follow unconscious paths that do not fully track what we think we think :-). ....
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
... to be removed. Whether it would help you the same way I utterly do not know. A talk to a psychologist or psychiatrist may help. Or not. . | FWIW: In my 1st car-motorcycle accident the bike was written off, I was thrown through the air and sustained a broken leg. As soon as I could I got back on another very small motorcycle, strapped my crutches on the side, and rode it 12 miles to work each day. NO fear issues. In my second accident I was hit head on, underwent surgery for what were essentially minor injuries (leg torn open nicely) BUT did not get back on a motorbike for about 3+ ....
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
.... NOT the norm but is "common enough" . Odds are that however we die our deaths will not be excessively terrible events, BUT they may be, and the chances of this being in an air accident are utterly minimal. | If you dug into this in any detail the affect MAY be to make you feel worse about dying overall. Not desirable :-(. OR may be to help with the subconsciously driven fear from air accident death. As I noted, in my case, just reading up on air accident statistics for all Chinese airlines was enough to erase a long held "discomfort" which I was not really aware was present or able ....
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
@melange Again, probably not going to help, but: (1) The likelihood of dying really should be noted compared to daily alternatives. (2) There are many worse ways to die (and yes, I've thought about this and other options). It's likely to be un-useful to get into any sort of detail BUT very worst case the current situation you might be conscious to some degree of what was happening for a period measured in minutes. I've been hit headon and side-on by cars while motorcycling. I've seen a lady (only once) trapped in a car by crash impact. Unpleasant death ove hours days weeks and years is ....
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
.... for all Chinese airlines. While they are not known as the top of the safty list, what I found cured my 'nervousness'. Totally. That was not a conscious result. Nor expected. I have been "carefree" when flying ever since. Perhaps too much so :-).
Apr
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comment What measures are taken to prevent bombs being smuggled onto planes via insider jobs?
It won't help (even though it should :-) ) - look at all the airline stats from airlines you would ever be willing to fly with - and look at your typical life expectancy. If you travel then the chance of your dying on an aircraft is FAR less than the chance that you will die form some other cause. Air travel is REALLY safe. Hiding in an airline cabin is probably safer than walking down a city street. | FWIW: I used to be "somewhat nervous" about flying - not scared but 'aware'. When booking a flight across almost the whole diagonal of China (up to Urumqi) I looked up accident stats ....
Apr
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comment Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?
MastaBaba - that would be interesting to hear about. I loved just about all aspects of Indian train travel (1000km hard sleeper Chennai-Pune $NZ6 :-) ) but I know that many wouldn't.
Apr
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comment Is there a flight search engine that allows me to pick the departure and return flight separately?
Many, I imagine. | hipmunk.com is useful. | adioso.com is fun and often useful.
Apr
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comment Is Inner Mongolia safer than Mongolia?
Foreigners who date dogs should ... never mind. | Data point only follows - if that :-) : Manhole covers? You expect manhole covers???? In India they walk on the roads because it's usually safer on average. (Really, alas.)( Not only manhole covers but whole bits of footpath may suddenly 'not be there" or the footpath may just stop with a 1 metre dropoff or washout on the building side down a steep bank. Really, alas.[[ NBNBNB: I love India and would happily wander around there any time. ]]
Apr
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comment Do they have to take checked suitcase off the airplane, if passenger does not show up at the gate?
More or less adding to others comments AND a comment on RA. | You can expect them to take it off. If it's Ryan Air you can also expect them to be rude and unhelpful and to charge you anything they reasonably can and as much as they unreasonably can that they can get away with. | Ryan AIr have their place and I have flown with them and still would BUT be prepared for worst case stuff to "just happen", NEVER give them a chance to even just maybe cause you to be too late at check in such that it would be "your fault". Prefer Ryan over Tiger if there is ever a choice.
Apr
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comment Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?
.... BUT on long distance sleeper trains the low cost hard sleeper beds (3+3 beds in a open ended compartment or 3 high bunks along the corridor - young unaccompanied women (say late teens ) travel over 1000+ km in apparent safety. In such situations there is no privacy at all, which probably helps safety.
Apr
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comment Why do they have sleeper cars for women in Thailand? Is it for security reasons?
Data point - not Thailand: In India they have women only carriages or compartments on urban trains and these can be an EXTREMELY good diea, but I have also seen women and children travelling on relatively crowded mixed compartments without problems (To my relief as I and any assailant of women and children would be liable to be the worse for wear in such a situation (and I'm liable to be older). ). |From what I've read and heard but never seen, it is not at all unknown for women to be harassed in mixed carriages.
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Mar
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comment Flying with motorcycling gear
Tom - as I noted, the damage that I consistently see to baggage owned by many people and to my own is inconsistent with what I would consider a reasonable standard of handling. I have seen (as noted) one example of gross mishandling (multiple bags) where damage to some bags was certain and totally unnecessary (a baggage conveyor should be designed so bags do not fall off part way up (as some did) even when they are thrown onto it carelessly and from a distance (as they were). I have seen internet videos of similar treatment but can only vouch for what I personally saw (and photographed).
Mar
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comment Flying with motorcycling gear
.... reduced to mush in one multileg journey. The one good example I have seen and (still) photographed was about as classic as they come - with a combination of indifference and destructive mayhem being combined most artfully. Seeing bags thron a meter or 2 onto a conveyor, with some falling off the edges with drop of 2+ metres and being retrieved and rethrown was "enlightening". | Maybe I've been unlucky with experiencing the good people. I know now how to choose and pack a bag so it and contents has a good chance of surviving heavy impact. Many people don't.
Mar
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comment Flying with motorcycling gear
that may be true, but my observation, over a large number of flights in recent years, is that there seems to be some extremely energetic things happening to many bags in the relativel small timeframes during which they are transferred between various location Say Checkin-conveyor-waiting-transport to plane -conveyor to plane- storage - retrieval - unload-transport-carousel. In some cases some of that would be containerised with fewer steps. I have frequently seen bags (mine and various others) which would survive many many trips in cars etc in domestic use, ....