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bio website ist.rit.edu/~jxs/jargon/html/…
location EDI, United Kingdom
age 42
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen 19 hours ago

Weekend traveller.

Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada (BC, ON), Croatia, Cyprus (Cyprus, "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus"), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy (mainland, the Holy See, Sardinia), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain (mainland, Balearics (Ibiza, Mallorca, Minorca), Canaries (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife)), Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom (England, Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales) and the US&A (CA, CT, DC, MA, MD, NV, NY, RI, VA, WA).

Airports: ABZ, ACE, AGP, ALC, AMS, ANR, ARN, ATH, BBU, BCN, BFS, BGO, BHD, BHX, BLK, BOS, BRS, BRU, BSL, BUD, CCF, CDG, CGN, CPH, CRL, DBV, DCA, DFW, DUB, DUS, EAP, EDI, EWR, EXT, FAO, FCO, FRA, FDH, FUE, GIB, GLA, GVA, HAM, HEL, IBZ, IOM, IST, KRK, LAS, LCA, LCY, LGW, LHR, LIN, LIS, LJU, LPA, LTN, MAD, MAH, MAN, MKE, MLA, MLH, MRS, MUC, NCL, NQY, NWI, OLB, ORK, ORY, PRG, RIX, RLL, SEA, SEN, SFO, SJC, SKG, SOF, SOU, STN, STR, SWS, SXF, TNN, VCE, VIE, VNO, VRN, YTZ, YVR, YYJ, ZGB, ZRH and RAF Edgehill [unpowered aircraft only]

New airports coming up: TFS, FNC, OPO

Airlines: Aer Lingus, AirTran, Air Aaron, Air Baltic, Air Canada, Air France, Air Malta, American Airlines, BA CityFlyer, Binter Canarias, BMI, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, CityJet, Coastal Pacific, Continental, EasyJet, Flybe, Iberia, Isla, Jet2, Manx2 (now "CityWing"), Monarch, Norwegian, Porter, Ryanair, SAS, Southwest, Swiss, United, US Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Wizz.

New airline coming up: TAP Portugal

Most hated airlines:

  1. United
  2. Monarch
  3. Wizz
  4. Ryanair
  5. American

Aeroplanes: A300, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A380, ATR42, ATR72, B1900C, 717, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, Cessna?, Dash-8/Q400, ERJ145, E170, E190, E195, L-410, MD80, RJ85, RJ100 and a couple of gliders

I11l ferries: Bratislava -> Budapest, Dublin <-> Holyhead <-> Dun Laoghaire, Tallinn -> Helsinki, Victoria -> Seattle

Intercontinental ferries: Istanbul

I11l walks: (Cyprus - "TRNC"), France/Germany/Switzerland, Spain - UK.

I11l train borders: Italy <-> Switzerland -> Austria -> Germany & Slovakia, Netherlands <-> Belgium <-> France <-> UK.

To do before I'm 45:

  • EU capitals: Warsaw.
  • Italy: Naples.
  • Islands: Iceland, Isles of Scilly, Jersey, Guernsey, Sicily, Azores and at least two significant Greeks.
  • European countries: Ukraine (perhaps San Marino, Liechtenstein, Monaco; probably not Andora)
  • Northmost Africa: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and probably others.
  • Germany: Hannover, Dresden
  • And: Japan, Melbourne, Sydney, bits of NZ, a pacific island or two.

Oct
22
comment How many types of Pound Sterling are there and what is the relationship between them?
There's signs on Barclays ATMs in Gibraltar saying which one dispenses Bank of England notes and which one dispenses local notes. I didn't notice and spent a weekend pissing off bar staff in tiny pubs attempting to buy half pints with £20 notes.
Oct
21
comment Can I get from Gatwick airport to London by Oyster card?
It's worth pointing out that with these sorts of journeys (assuming some further local legs) it can be worthwhile putting away the Oyster and using ye olde paper travelcard with an extension (I believe from Coulsdon South [CDS] in this case).
Aug
8
awarded  Scholar
Aug
8
comment Is it possible to walk from ExCeL to London CIty Airport?
I don't know why I didn't tick this one three years ago (upvoted). Previously I've gone up to (down from) Hartmann Road instead of using Camel Road. I believe there's a suitable crossing outside the airport, though I've always gone under the DLR station to the south side.
Aug
8
accepted Is it possible to walk from ExCeL to London CIty Airport?
Aug
8
comment Is it possible to walk from ExCeL to London CIty Airport?
Currently the Google "satelite" view appears to show working from around the time the section of the docks was drained for working on the Connaught Tunnel for Crossrail. That was refilled in September 2013, so I think that's gone. Crossrail site says current works are scheduled to copletely finish by June 2015.
Apr
6
comment Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?
You'd have less people wanting to fly, leading to lower prices, leading to more people wanting to fly. The price is where the difference should be more noticeable.
Apr
6
comment Are flights (generally) cheaper on Friday the 13th, compared to regular Fridays or 13ths?
I'm guessing there's selective reporting in that. Over two years, there will only be three or four Friday the 13ths. Few people are going to issue a press release about no correlation, or people more willing to fly.
Sep
30
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
19
comment What are the drawbacks of taking this window/aisle solo seat - 71A on Boeing 777-300ER?
Where it tapers like that, you may find the seat misaligned to the one in front. May be there will be a bit of extra pitch to compensate. 70 C/H in that diagram are likely to stick out so may get bumped.
Sep
23
comment To which country in Europe should I travel to if I want to see a lot of lighthouses?
I want to know what's the objection to crossing borders? Wouldn't you want a stretch of coastland with most interesting lighthouses visitable in a certain length trip.
Sep
23
comment Visiting London in December - what is the weather like and where can I feel the Christmas spirit?
I find wikipedia usually has statistics for weather. Claims average high for December 8.6 °C and average low 2.8 °C with 53.0 mm precipitation and 8.2 cm of snow (across the month). If you want better weather than that, edit the page. / It's unlikely you'll end up in snow, but it will be miserable. Plenty of lights on Oxford and Regent Streets and FREE Norwegian christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. Plenty of pubs for spirits everywhere (except in the City at weekends).
Sep
5
comment Flight deals from the UK
@MarkMayo I saw that. Whatever the case, the pricing is so secretive, it may well be worth doing anything to take another throw of the dice.
Jul
8
comment Book multiple flights with Ryanair and save on Administration Fee
Also per person. Possibly less annoying than a single "admin" fee.
Jul
8
comment Book multiple flights with Ryanair and save on Administration Fee
They don't charge extra for debit card any more. £6 "admin" per person per leg. (Unless you use their "Ryanair Cash Passport" - costs £6, minimum loading £150. I can't imagine they sell many.)
Jun
21
comment What's the cheapest way to travel from the airport to my hotel in Dublin, Ireland?
(Buy the travel card before you get on the bus.) aircoach.ie go right through, but are not the cheapest (EUR 7, IIRC).
Jun
21
comment What's the cheapest way to travel from the airport to my hotel in Dublin, Ireland?
Note that you can use a day travel card on the 747.
Jun
21
awarded  Yearling
Jun
12
comment Do I still have to pay airport fee in Lima?
Even in the UK, you need to pay GBP 10 at Blackpool airport (my least favourite airport) to get through security in departures.
May
30
awarded  Nice Answer