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visits member for 3 years, 1 month
seen Sep 19 at 15:57

Expat for last 10 years and counting.


Jun
21
comment Which other Schengen countries should I visit from Munich such that the cost is minimal?
"Schengen" in the question is superfluous, as there are no non-Schengen countries nearby.
Jun
21
comment Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have a Schengen visa?
@momo17: No, you don't have to enter Spain first. You can enter Schengen zone at any place. That question has been answered on this site numerous time already.
Jun
20
comment Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have a Schengen visa?
@Karlson: you're right.
Jun
20
comment Do I need an airport transit visa through Switzerland if I have a Schengen visa?
@Karlson: actually not, this one is way more clear cut
Jun
20
comment How unsafe is it to leave an expensive laptop at a rented apartment or a cheap hotel room? Which precautions should I take?
@exizt: this video is really on how not to lock your laptop. :-P Unless the table is permanently attached to the floor, one could just take laptop, put it under the table, getting slack on the loop and take the loop off the table foot.
Jun
19
comment Where can I get a student ID in Poland (Wroclaw) using my American Student ID?
Railways are major PITA. I've had problem when bought tickets for my family. Cashier asked how old my son is (10 at the time) and gave me what I thought was the correct ticket. But then in the train the conductor said it's not valid, because he's not attending Polish school. I had to pay a fine. Apparently there are two kinds of discounts, one base on age (33% IIRC), other based on attending school (50%).
Jun
17
comment Are there limited term identification cards in the UK?
@Annoyed: I was under impression that these were somehow related, and IDs for non-EU families of EU members were one of the pilots for general ID programme. Are residency cards still issued?
Jun
13
comment Does condition 8115 mean you can't check your work email?
@badp: In that case you should mention in the question, that they've got business visas, not tourist ones.
Jun
13
comment Does condition 8115 mean you can't check your work email?
@HaLaBi: also seems that working remotely full-time for employer outside of Australia would be illegal too: "An applicant who wishes to continue to work online, basically full-time may be of concern in terms of the genuine visitor requirement and should be considered carefully."
Jun
13
comment Does condition 8115 mean you can't check your work email?
@HaLaBi: not necessarily, for example if you'd travel as consultant to work with client on behalf of your company, you'd wouldn't find job locally in Australia, but you'd be still working in Australia. This is legal gray issue, AFAIK, generally not acted upon. Another similarly gray-zone example are mother-companies sending their representatives/auditors/etc to local subsidiaries.
May
30
comment Whalewatching around New York City
@Coxer: my bad, I should have said Wal-mart ;-) (per definition of whale)
May
30
comment How can I get a prepay SIM card before going to Greece?
any particular reason for getting it before, not upon arrival?
May
24
comment Is it safe to visit Peru?
Safety is always relative. Generally as a European I'd consider both US and Peru unsafe. OTOH, San Francisco area (OP's location) - 13 murders per 100K, Peru - 10 murders per 100K.
May
17
comment How can roadside cafe quality be measured in Greece or Turkey?
Depends on your definition of "quality", there seems to be correlation with how elaborated the food is, but a simple grilled shashlik served with bread and cabbage salad might be better quality, than some more elaborated food.
May
17
comment Is it safe to visit Peru?
For sure safer than US, where US citizens actually do get kidnapped.
May
14
comment Where to take photo for Schengen Visa?
AFAIK, smile is allowed, as long as it's not grinning. Rule of thumb is that the mouth cannot be open.
May
10
comment Local cuisine in Peru
Another one worth mentioning is Pachamanca
May
8
comment Is it common that hostels charge more for woman only dorm rooms?
From financial point of view it's logical that they'd charge more for dorms rooms where they discriminate against big part of potential clients, be it "women-only", "whites-only", "muslim-only" or whatever. OTOH, for example in Europe "women-only" rooms would be either illegal or in the grey zone. You cannot discriminate based on sex.
May
7
comment Do Europeans require a visa to visit USA?
Being part of EU is completely irrelevant in case of US visa.
May
5
comment Can I put Kensington lock in my hand luggage?
Problem in Poland is that until recently security screening in international airports was handled by the Border Guard. But since 2013 it's no longer their duty, thus airports had to hire private security contractors. Their training (or lack of thereof) leaves much to be desired.