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bio website taiwanease.com
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Dec
30
comment OK we're all adults here, so really, how on earth should I use a squat toilet?
@hippietrail Oh man, haven't been on this site in a while! I did an undergrad in pre-med years ago, and during an Infections Disease class, we sampled all sorts of stuff including toilets. They were surprisingly clean (many bathrooms are typically cleaned often more often than say, gas station handles). Aside from anecdotal comments of getting warts, I think toilet seats are generally fine. There were some coliform bacteria (fecal), which wiping won't really help with... mostly, I just think the posters statement that a sitting toilet is better in every way is absolutely ridiculous.
Sep
5
comment Can Westerners use the free Wi-Fi at Guangzhou international airport?
Two years ago, I found one open wifi in the domestic terminal by the coffee shop near security (not actually owned by the coffee shop mind you, but I couldn't get a good connection anywhere else). Played me some Starcraft. However, I can't answer for international.
Jun
9
comment Travelling to Taiwan in September/October
@row1 You should also be aware of the number of tropical storms. They are frequent. Generally, there are between 25-30 tropical storms/typhoons per year! You should be fine in Taipei, but you can use one of the many foriegner website for more information. Tealit is the one I use: tealit.com/…
May
9
comment Avoiding the traveller's 'fanny pack' / money-belt
I tie a neck purse around one of my belt loops and toss it in my pants. If someone is willing to root around in there, they can have my money.
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Also, Ive had issues with drivers trying to renegotiate with a pre-agreed upon price, never with a meter. In the Philips and in Russia I've had drivers pull over an demand more money. A pre agreed price may be common "advice" but I so strongly disagree with it. I've even had a friend kicked out of a cab in the middle of nowhere because he refused to pay more.
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Just time-based? Curious. Most taxis I've been in world-wide have a charge per distance and per time. For instance, Taiwan is 5NTD for .3Km and another 5 NTD for every 20 seconds that the taxi is not moving. I don't know about US meters either.
Apr
11
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
*shrug. Most meters I've run into charge for time, as well.
Apr
10
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
Perhaps this is a bit too anecdotal, but my biggest issue with agreed prices is it inspires dangerous driving. Several times I've been in a traffic jam with a driver and an agreed upon price and his response was insane driving. I've nearly lost a hand to one experience. I never agree on a price because there is no money in traffic jams OR stop lights... but that is just my two cents.
Apr
10
comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
Depending on how many wine snobs there are around you, you may get some funny looks for banging a wine bottle. But it isn't a bad idear.
Apr
10
comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
I said that above... "If you don't check bags, then buy a cheap corkscrew in your destination."
Apr
10
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
@Flimzy You are allowed your opinion, but I would beg to differ. As I said, just jumping in a metered taxi is not a good idea. You should always know where you are going and the approximate cost. You let a taxi driver run the meter at a gas station? That is silly. Use a well respected taxi and you will be fine... generally. I would strongly disagree with your arguments, but to each his own, I suppose.
Apr
7
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
I would say if they won't run the meter get out. Eventually you will find a cab to run the meter. Don't let cab strong arm tactics scare you, stick to your guns ;) In Thailand, I once had to go through 6 cabs before I got one that would actually run the meter.
Apr
7
comment How can I avoid being overcharged when taking a cab?
I wouldn't say that at all. A GPS may not be SOMETIMES useful, but it is far more helpful than sitting there wondering where the hell your driver is taking you. Also, there are typically well represented companies. I'll edit it to point that out as well.
Apr
7
comment What can I use instead of a corkscrew?
No offense, but in some places, such as Tuscany, one might call that blasphemy ;)
Jan
31
comment What is the LONGEST Tour operated by travel companies?
I heard back in 2006 or so that companies were starting up some round-the-world cruises. I don't know if they actually did them, but that might be interesting to look into.
Jan
22
comment How safe is travelling on European rail networks for solo travellers?
Just a bit of my personally experience. I've ridden overnight trains quite a bit and never had anything bad happen. Worse thing that ever happened to me was someone nicked my rail pass and I had to pan-handle to get enough cash for a bus to the nearest ATM. I have, however, had several problems on trains in the good ol' USA.
Jan
22
comment Can I side-step discrimination against foreigners in Japan?
My advice: Find a place that is foreigner friendly. Generally, it doesn't matter where you are from. People that hate you because you're X will also hate Y. Unless of course someone says, "I hate Americans/Dutch/Ethiopians." In that case, just be "Canadian/German/Kenyan." If someone tells you foreigners aren't allowed here at all, or after a certain time, just go elsewhere. Japan is a nice place, but there is quite a bit of discrimination. Don't let that get you down.
Jan
19
comment Why exactly is it so important not to forget my towel when hitchhiking?
@Roflcoptr The better parts of American culture are sometimes lost in translation. Here (long... but a classic part of American cinema): youtube.com/watch?v=HFtxLh6Ij9c
Dec
29
comment What does one year of traveling around the world cost?
I have some buddies who did it for 6,000US each. It was a lot of camping and eating of rice.
Dec
7
comment Catching snow in Southern California
Actually yea... chains are quite handy.