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location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
age 38
visits member for 2 years, 11 months
seen 2 days ago

Expat for last 10 years and counting.


Sep
20
comment EU: Medical insurance mandatory at border control?
@Annoyed: it wasn't quite clear from the question, edited now
Sep
13
comment How safe are cable cars?
Just check it there is no US air base anywhere near :-P
Sep
10
comment EU: Medical insurance mandatory at border control?
@mouviciel: eh? "anyone who is insured by or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EEA countries and Switzerland". Why would you say that it doesn't apply for non-citizen residents? The part of the article you linked to only talks of Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
Sep
10
comment EU/Schengen: Is a visa required if you have work permit?
@Prometheus: please put where are traveling from in this question and the question about med. insurance.
Sep
2
comment Are Australian passports expensive in comparison to other western / developed countries?
@jpatokal: AFAIK, only 5-year validity passports issued in EU are the ones issued to kids <13 years. Adult biometric passports have 10-year validity (I know first hand that's it's the case for Italy, Poland and Spain).
Aug
28
comment In which countries are the visitor's first name and last name compulsory?
There is similar issue with people having standard western Name Surname when dealing with bureaucracy in Spanish speaking countries, where two surnames are expected
Aug
14
comment Is it possible to get a Russian visa with a Dutch passport while holding the Russian nationality?
I was under the impression that Dutch have anti-double nationality laws, thus you cannot legally have Dutch and any other nationality (except very short list of circumstances).
Aug
8
comment What should I think of and prepare when flying with kids?
And don't let them watch "Mayday" on Discovery Channel ;-)
Aug
2
comment Language to communicate in tourist places in Bratislava? English is sufficient?
Obviously Czech is the closes to the Slovak. Polish is close, but that's only enough to have very rough understanding. I'd say that Polish native speaker would understand about 70-80% of Slovak if it's spoken slowly and clearly. I'd say kind of similar like Spanish and Portuguese. Slavic languages from other language branches are significantly different, thus I wouldn't expect you to understand even 40-50% if you only speak for example Russian.
Aug
1
comment My boyfriend is Turkish citizen but has a green card. Does he need a visa to visit me in the UK?
@Tor-EinarJarnbjo: interesting, however, not relevant in this case.
Aug
1
comment My boyfriend is Turkish citizen but has a green card. Does he need a visa to visit me in the UK?
Of course, why would US greencard change anything?
Jul
30
comment Wearing Vibram FiveFingers while travelling in Europe
FYI, in Europe Vibram is better known as sole making company, with products like this: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/…
Jul
29
comment What happened to lifting the liquids ban?
@MarkMayo: interesting, that they've opted for lifting the least controversial and the least annoying ban.
Jul
26
comment Are Trinidad and Tobago as well as Suriname safe places to travel alone?
March 2013? Traveling back in time? ;-)
Jul
26
comment What happened to lifting the liquids ban?
@MarkMayo: I've used [europe] tag ;-) I don't think TSA will ever lift any restrictions.
Jul
26
comment What happened to lifting the liquids ban?
Interesting, seems like there is clear conflict of interest: AOA are responsible for installing new scanners, but at the same time they make extra money by not installing them.
Jul
26
comment What happened to lifting the liquids ban?
@MarkMayo: liquid bans is still enforced in European airports.
Jul
23
comment Which brand of backpack should I carry so as to not stick out in Europe?
@verve: Besides France, Decathlon is very popular in Spain and central European countries, including Poland. Local students use them.
Jul
23
comment Which brand of backpack should I carry so as to not stick out in Europe?
@verve: it doesn't matter. No one says "Berlin, Germany" any more than they'd say "New York City, New York". Also there are non-unique names in Europe, but state/region name is not used to differentiate. For example Frankfurt might be considered is ambiguous, thus you have full names such as Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt an der Oder.
Jul
23
comment What happened to lifting the liquids ban?
@sharptooth: more like airports and airlines not wanting to let go of opportunity to sell 0.30€ bottle of water at 3.00€.