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I am Nicolas Raoul, IT consultant in Tokyo.


Aug
21
comment How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot
Call me weird but for me, walking in a Chinese all new-construction area (even if I barely make it to Tung Chung before heading back) is more interesting than browsing the duty-free shops for 4 hours :-) The 1 hour walk is along the seaside with a view on the mountains, so it might actually be quite enjoyable.
Aug
19
comment How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot
Thanks! "you can you can only pay by Octopus card or exact change" ← Actually you can also buy a ticket at the counter on the left, they always have change.
Aug
18
comment How to leave Hong Kong International Airport by foot
+1 Indeed! Wikivoyage lists walking as an option for going to Lantau from the airport: en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Hong_Kong/Lantau#Get_in
May
21
comment Why do I have to wait 2 hours instead of 1 for intercontinental flights?
While some checks are usually performed at departure, most of the formalities are performed at arrival, though.
Apr
28
comment Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul
Oh I see! During Golden Week I imagine there are a lot of people willing to stand for 2 hours in the train, actually. And I imagine JR staff does not allow unlimited numbers of people to stand inside Shinkansen trains, as it would make it very inconvenient for people getting off. So we might have to wait in line at Kyoto for a very long time, I guess?
Apr
28
comment Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul
+1 That's also what I read on this (2 years old) blog post: insidekyoto.com/2012/01/… I am not sure to understand the "two hours wait" Paul and you are talking about, is there really a mandatory 120 minutes wait, or did you both give 2 hours as an example of the length I might have to wait, but it can as well be 1 hour or 4 hours?
Apr
27
comment Booking a JR Shinkansen train ticket in Seoul
About eki-net.com: Unfortunately, tickets from eki-net.com can NOT be withdrawn in Kyoto: "お受取り不可能な駅 JR東日本以外の駅 新大阪・京都・名古屋・静岡・札幌など". I suspect eki-net.com is only for JR East. A similar website for JR West would be a valid answer though.
Apr
19
comment 8-hour stop over in Mauritius MRU - can I exit the airport?
@MarkMayo: Understood, I removed the opinion part :-)
Apr
13
comment Best way to bring Desktop CPU from to India?
Before wrapping it into a sponge or styrofoam pad, I would put it inside a small electrostatic wrapping to avoid humidity and electric charges generated especially by styrofoam.
Apr
13
comment Best way to bring Desktop CPU from to India?
@Sid: Do you really mean CPU, or computer case? CPU is usually as small as a biscuit. Computer case is usually the size of a briefcase. We can't answer the question if you don't clarify which one you mean. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CPU en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_case
Dec
6
comment Transit visa in India?
So sorry I totally forgot to add this essential information! Fixed now.
Oct
25
comment Visa-friendly country for an international conference?
Just my imagination, but I was thiking that an average African citizen might have more trouble getting a visa for a "rich" country like Singapore, than for a "poorer" country like the Philippines. I guess I am mistaken?
Oct
25
comment Visa-friendly country for an international conference?
"one attendee from each country of the globe" :-)
Feb
1
comment Can a Japanese citizen get a visa for Iran at the border from Pakistan?
I don't know the details but I am sure she has been to this embassy at least a few times already.
Feb
1
comment Can a Japanese citizen get a visa for Iran at the border from Pakistan?
I am not familiar with this IATA tool, but maybe it concentrates on airports and does not list all ways to get on-arrival visa?
Aug
25
comment What clothes should I bring on a backpacking trip
Great advice. Note: Nobody needs a "giant" towel. I have a 20cm*20cm one, and it is sufficient, just twist it when it is full of water. With this size, attach it to the top of your backpack and it will get completely dry very quickly.
Aug
8
comment What is the best time of year to visit Reykjavík?
I have been working in Reykjavik during summer and winter, and loved the city during both seasons. But based on your criteria, summer wins.
Aug
2
comment Is Norway significantly more expensive than other European destinations?
Just nitpicking regarding your two first paragraphs: No, whether Norway is more expensive than other European countries does NOT depend on the asker's country or exchange rate. Great info otherwise :-)
Jul
27
comment Airport transfer in Sanya
SYX = Sanya Phoenix International Airport, in China
Jul
20
comment Choosing hiking shoes
This could be the right place: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/3659/the-great-outdoors