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revised Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
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comment Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
It turns out that there are providers who offer SIM cards with very cheap international calling without using an additional calling card--see my answer.
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comment Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
Comprehensive info on German SIM cards: prepaid-wiki.de
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answered Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
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comment Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
Yes, it's very easy to get a SIM card in Germany. Plenty of network operators have stores where you can go, and almost all supermarkets also have re-branded discount SIM cards. To activate the SIM card, you'll need to go online and register a German address, but there is no verification.
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comment Can I buy a SIM card in Germany for a short duration?
possible duplicate of What are the options for a prepaid SIM card in Berlin?
Aug
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comment Should one bring a power strip when travelling from the U.S. to Europe so that one won't have to get more than one power adapter?
I tried this, bringing a power strip from the USA to Germany. Once plugged in in Germany, there were some crackling noises, smoke came out, and it no longer worked. I guess it had some surge protection circuitry or something that didn't like 220V?
Aug
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comment How to tip in the United States?
I disagree with @littleadv; Servers prefer cash. But it would be unusual to mix forms of payment.
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comment How to tip in the United States?
California state sales tax is 7.75%. Some cities add up to 1% local sales tax.
Aug
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comment Unlimited-ride pass on San Francisco BART
AFAIK There is no "day pass" for BART.
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comment Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?
+1 for "Above all, remember that the greatest risks of driving in Baja California come not from drug cartels, banditos, or corrupt police, but from the road itself."
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answered Is it safe to drive the Baja Peninsula?
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comment Are there any ATM fees within the Euro zone?
In general: Yes, there are fees. For example, my (German) bank charges a €5 fee if I use another bank's ATM.
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answered How can I participate in group travel?
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comment On a stop in Amsterdam with KLM, if I want to visit the city, must I pay another boarding fee when coming back to airport?
This answer is correct.
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comment How long is a typical CouchSurfing stay?
1-3 nights matches my experience, although in one case I ended up subletting a room to a guy for an entire summer.
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comment Is there a web-application that provides the ability for interested people on the ground to “stalk” a flight?
NB, FlightAware mainly covers U.S. flights. Coverage for international flights can be hit or miss. I looked up a few LAX-SYD flights, however, and the data was there.