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I like to cook, and I love my CSA. I write about those things on this little blog.


Feb
2
comment Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?
I would love to see an answer to this question, but I suspect you may not get one. My experiences in India are that you can't rely on anything to remain consistent - even published schedules/rules, or the ability to purchase tickets online. My friends and I once tried to book train tickets around 10pm and got a message saying the website was "closed" and to try again in the morning. I've never encountered websites being "closed" other than some observant Jewish merchant sites who don't fulfill orders on the Sabbath.
Feb
2
comment How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets
@Jonas That's probably mostly a personal choice, but my thought is: if I see/hear other people paying substantially less than what I'm being offered, I will not pay a tourist price. The economy of my home country doesn't matter much; I should pay a fair price in the local economy. That being said, I do occasionally shop at government-subsidized markets that benefit rural cottage industries, for example, and pay 2x what I would in a different market. But it's an informed and conscious choice about where I shop. I don't really blame merchants for wanting to make as much money as possible though.
Feb
2
comment How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets
@AhmedMasud I think mithy's saying to not assume that you'll get a "bulk discount". I don't know where mithy is from (or you, for that matter), but in Europe and North America, it's pretty common for people to expect a discount if they buy more than one of an item. I think "mathematics" might just have been a poor word choice; maybe "economies of scale" is better?
Feb
2
comment How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets
This is a great answer that covers pretty much all of the tactics I use. My favorite thing to say (other than "that guy over there has the same thing for [x money units] cheaper") is "That's a great price for tourists; what's the price for friends?" This usually gets a chuckle and some negotiating; it lets them know I think they're asking too much but doesn't insult them with an insanely low counter-offer. Just a note about walking away: I find that this works better earlier in the conversation. The longer you talk, the more it seems like you want the item.
Feb
2
answered What to do with your valuables on a low-cost holiday while swimming/diving in Central America?
Jan
31
comment Can I walk around in Cuba with a copy of my passport instead of the passport itself?
+1 for suggesting verifying with authorities.
Jan
21
accepted Is it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in South Africa?
Jan
19
revised Self-drive vs. guided safari in Southern Africa
cleaned up the English grammar and spelling
Jan
19
asked Is it better to book a car rental in advance, or once I'm in South Africa?
Jan
10
awarded  Announcer
Dec
15
accepted What are my options for transportation around the Great Plains (US)?
Dec
12
comment Is there a powerstrip which accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?
I'm not sure how widespread these are in stores around the world, but try looking online (in the US, a search for "universal power strip" did the trick). You may need an adapter for the power strip's plug, depending on where it ships from, but that shouldn't be a big deal. I know Amazon US, at least, has several varieties, including this one: amazon.com/WONPRO-UNIVERSAL-POWER-STRIP-OUTLETS/dp/B000WG069C/…
Dec
6
awarded  Talkative
Nov
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
15
comment New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?
As far as lines are concerned, it kinda just depends on how many flights land around the same time as yours. I've had nearly identical experiences at JFK and Newark, though - 10-20 minutes to get through customs/passport control.
Nov
14
answered New York airports: JFK or Newark Liberty International?
Nov
11
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
10
answered Carry on crafting projects
Nov
5
comment What are my options for transportation around the Great Plains (US)?
@Droogans Thanks for pointing this out! I actually hadn't realized that Megabus operates west of Chicago...I knew they were expanding in the south, but apparently missed announcements about expanding westward. Definitely good to know.