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location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
age 38
visits member for 3 years, 7 months
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Expat for last 10 years and counting.


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comment Ridiculous and unreasonable taxes for used electronic devices in europe
@chx well, I find whole situation ridiculous. I travel with laptop, value of which well exceeds the limit. So does the mobile phone. And DSLR. Obviously I don't carry any kind of paperwork for them, because I'd assume we're in democratic countries, rather than some high-security prison. I've never heard of anyone being asked to pay VAT except in cases that the device was clearly brand new, still in it's original box.
Apr
14
comment Ridiculous and unreasonable taxes for used electronic devices in europe
"you should have declared these items the first time you brought them to Europe" — isn't there exemption for single device of each type for personal use?
Feb
17
comment How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?
As for BART, I feel there is quite heavy police presence. There is dedicated BART Police.
Feb
17
comment How safe is public transport in San Francisco for a female travelling alone?
Wouldn't the stations mentioned simply be the ones with most on/off traffic?
Dec
26
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
@MarkMayo MH17 and IR655 are not that dissimilar.
Dec
19
comment Is it safe for a commercial flight to have Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan on its flight route?
Assumption that "the terrorist" are the danger is wrong. What's real danger is overflying US military, which might end like it did for Iran Air flight 655
Dec
12
comment May I take a parcel as my “personal item”?
@pnuts: I mean put it in the question, not the comment.
Dec
12
comment May I take a parcel as my “personal item”?
16x15x7 of what? cm? ft? in?
Dec
4
comment How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?
"it's assuming you can drive at basically the speed limit all the time". From my experience it seems like it's assuming you're driving slightly over the speed limit.
Dec
2
comment Duty exemption for non-resident aliens
@Clément: all visas, except EB- types, which directly grant green card, are "non-immigrant visas". Including dual intent ones such as for example H1. Anyways, staying for few semesters is out of scope of this site (it's not traveling) and within the scope of Expats site.
Nov
26
comment Duty exemption for non-resident aliens
This is better fit for Expats.SE
Oct
22
comment American citizen expat traveling to USA, how can I get liability auto insurance?
I've just checked, neither Progressive nor GEICO offer this kind of coverage anymore (at least in California).
Sep
19
comment What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?
@LessPop_MoreFizz: AFAIK "Reasonable and Prudent" is there for the sake of case, when you have lets say highway with 65mph speed limit, but there's a intense snowstorm. In that case it would be unreasonable and imprudent to drive at 65mph, even though it's within the speed limit.
Aug
20
comment Can Somebody travel with their gun internationally?
"Take the Netherlands, where you can't get a permit to own a gun unless you're a resident and have been a member in good standing", awww.. please, in NL they even give permits for assault style weapons to mental patients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Aug
14
comment Is it possible to environmentally offset long-distance air travel?
@gnasher729: mpg in UK isn't equal to mpg in US (US gallon = 3.8L, imperial 4.5L). Myself I'm using eco-diesel using nominally 3.0L/100km (4-4.5L/100km in practice), but by American standards that would be a toy car.
Aug
13
comment Can I rent a car in Berlin and drive to Krakow?
@andra: he knows that, because Geert Wilders told him :-P
Aug
13
comment Can I rent a car in Berlin and drive to Krakow?
-1 for repeating xenophobic propaganda. Poland has one of the lowest car theft rates in all EU, with only 42.5 car thefts per 100K people. By comparison Italy has 322.9, Sweden 304.1, the Netherlands 119.2, Germany 85.2.
Aug
13
comment Can I rent a car in Berlin and drive to Krakow?
AFAIK, significant problem might be finding place to park the car in Kraków.
Aug
13
comment Is it possible to environmentally offset long-distance air travel?
@JonathanReez: this question most certainly does not belong on Skeptics.SE. There is no claim to verify. It belongs on sustainability.stackexchange.com
Aug
13
comment Is it possible to environmentally offset long-distance air travel?
@gnasher729: let's take what EPA classifies as mid-size car, Cadillac CTS. According to EPA it's got fuel economy of 14mpg in combined cycle. That's 17L/100km. Even if you divide that by four, you're still burning more fuel per passenger-km, than in a jet. B747-8 does 2.75L/100km/passenger (86mpg/passenger). As for the buses, they're mostly running way below capacity, thus really they're at 54mpg/passenger on average