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location Ontario, Canada
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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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revised Are there consquences to stamps in my passport that are not from border control?
obviously you can; it is offered. The question is whether that's ok, right?
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comment Are these guys real or scammers? canadianvisaexpert.com
@MeNoTalk that seems like a pretty low bar to be a fraud - many perfectly legitimate companies (say, the phone company or a theatre when I'm buying tickets) ask for my cc # over the phone.
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reviewed Leave Closed Travelling from India to Hawaii
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reviewed Leave Closed How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?
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answered Is it possible to legally visit uninhabited islands in the Pacific for a couple of days/weeks like Robinson Crusoe
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comment In the high season in Ontario, is it possible to camp on campsites without early pre-reservations?
Yes, sort of, but I have never stayed at any of them and have no idea how they work. In my experience they don't have the best locations: they tend to be on highways for people to drive their RVs into. If you want to get into nature, get away from the highway. (If you don't have a car there is a bus to Algonquin.)
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answered In the high season in Ontario, is it possible to camp on campsites without early pre-reservations?
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reviewed Close Bags from Mexico to Hawaii
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reviewed Close e ticket transfer by internet
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reviewed Leave Open Travelling from Delhi to Dubai to Istanbul (Turkey), staying at Dubai airport only for 7 hours: Do I need a visa for transit at airport?
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revised How are safety standards enforced in an airline which is not IOSA certified?
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revised What method should I use to plan what clothing to pack for destination X?
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comment Going between Canada and America with the visa waiver program
where are you trying to get back to?
Apr
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comment A hotel wants my card details (for payment). Is this safe?
what do you mean by "pay the deposit myself"?
Apr
12
comment Ocean sand and ocean water in a bottle: will it mold?
I have several bottles of ocean water (two from the first trip on which I visited the east and west coasts of Canada) and they lasted over a decade without changing appearance. However one, which had some seaweed in it, shrank and sucked the sides of the bottle in. When I opened the lid to equalize the pressure it let out a horrible stink. I just closed the lid again and kept it for years more without incident.
Apr
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comment What method should I use to plan what clothing to pack for destination X?
Consider also how warm or cool it is inside buildings. If the airconditioning is set on stun you may want a light sweater or jacket in a hot place. If heating in the winter is skimpy, and you're expected to sit by the fire, again you may want a sweater. If there is no airconditioning you may want lighter weight clothes for indoor activities than you might otherwise choose.
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answered What method should I use to plan what clothing to pack for destination X?
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comment Reinstating expired MileagePlus miles
there are lots of credit cards that will give you 1% of your spend in cash, or 1 mile for every dollar, which reinforces the penny-a-point value. I certainly wouldn't pay more than a penny to get a mile. That said, I save my redemptions for times when I can get more (sometimes a LOT more) than a penny-a-point value for them.