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bio website fiveyearsabroad.com
location Lima, Peru
age 29
visits member for 2 years, 10 months
seen 19 hours ago

Hi! My name is Phoenix Zerin, and I'm on a mission. I'm going to settle the question once and for all: "Why am I here?" ... for various definitions of "here".

Find out more and follow my continuing adventures at fiveyearsabroad.com!


Apr
10
comment What tasks would I need to complete to prepare for any international trip, regardless of destination?
Question has been re-worded severely to better conform to the format of a more successful CW question. If you agree that the new format is much more useful, please submit a reopen vote (:
Apr
10
comment What tasks would I need to complete to prepare for any international trip, regardless of destination?
Created a meta question to discuss ways this question can be improved to make it more valuable/relevant to this community.
Apr
7
comment Is tipping expected in Indonesia?
This matches up with feedback I've gotten by asking other travelers and Indonesian people that I've met here in Bali. Thanks!
Mar
24
comment Renting a manual transmission motorbike in Ubud
In the meantime, I went ahead and rented an automatic scooter for a couple of days. Wow these things handle WAAAAAAY differently than motorcycles! So far, I've managed to brake REALLY hard attempting to pull in the "clutch", and I've stomped on the floor a few times trying to activate the rear brake :P
Mar
24
comment I overstayed my Thai visa! What's going to happen to me?
Everything went as normal until it came time for the officer to stamp my passport. He called over another officer and gave her my passport. She led me over to the area labeled (in very big letters) "FINE FOR OVERSTAY". But, as I was only over by one day, she just stamped my passport as normal. I didn't have to pay anything, and I didn't get the dreaded "OVERSTAY" stamp in my passport neither (:
Mar
5
comment Are Thai visa extensions effectively suspended because of the protests?
According to DSBKK, it looks like the answer is, "Nope! Business as usual!" facebook.com/groups/DSBKK/permalink/645880402132933/…
Mar
5
comment What's the process to get an Indonesian tourist visa for a US citizen?
Sweet! Thanks for the info!
Feb
20
comment Travelling as a US citizen with a stopover in Brazil
I'm at GRU airport now, and I can confirm that international connections do not have to go through immigration. No visa? No problem (:
Feb
17
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
Annnnnd guess what; I found my original tourist card this evening. I knew I'd lose it if I kept it in my wallet, so I stuck it in my notebook for safekeeping. If I didn't have a blog to vent my travel frustrations, I swear I would go insane :P
Feb
13
comment What is the least useful passport in the world, visa-wise?
@Annoyed along those lines, there's lots of variations on this question I'd love to ask, but they're more appropriate for Expats.SE (:
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
I walked up and down Morandé this morning. I assure you, there is no PDI/Extranjeria office anywhere near that address.
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
Thanks for the info; I stopped by a PDI office this afternoon, and they gave me the same address, so that's a promising sign. Unfortunately, the key word there is "afternoon" — I'm gonna have to wait until tomorrow to request a new tarjeta. That's ok though, I still get to burn through an afternoon canceling my health insurance at Masvida :P
Feb
13
comment I lost my Chilean tourist card! What do I do?
I spent all morning looking for Morandé 672. Trust me, it doesn't exist.
Feb
13
comment Travelling as a US citizen with a stopover in Brazil
Is that GRU airport that has the exception?
Feb
13
comment How long does it take to get a tourist visa for Thailand in Chile?
Well, my question just got a lot less urgent — I visited the Thai embassy this morning, and they won't let me request a 60-day visa unless I am a resident of Chile.
Jul
7
comment Where can I exchange Paraguayan Guaranies in Santiago, Chile?
While cleaning out my bag, I discovered some more Guaranies. Looks like I'll be making a trip out to centro soon!
May
13
comment Where can I exchange Paraguayan Guaranies in Santiago, Chile?
I checked around at currency exchanges in Las Condes. No luck. There's a bunch of money changers in the downtown area that are famous in the area, so I'm going to give them a shot.
May
9
comment Where can I exchange Paraguayan Guaranies in Santiago, Chile?
I ended up finding a guy who was traveling to Paraguay, so problem solved. But I'll check out a few places recommended here so I can mark down an answer. It'll make a good story for the blog anyway (:
Apr
20
comment Rooftop restaurant in Santiago, Chile
They're different enough that I figured it warranted a separate answer.
Apr
17
comment Rooftop restaurant in Santiago, Chile
The bar at the top of the W is a cool place, and there are excellent restaurants in the lobby on the 4th floor. A little pricey, but the view is very nice. I don't think you need to be a guest at the hotel to visit the pool/bar area; I've been up there a couple of times.