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Mar
10
comment Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?
@AntiVeeranna: I tried that too, searching for a one-week BRU-BSL-BRU round trip in mid-April: the cheapest option was EasyJet at 69€, but the next-cheapest was Brussels Airlines at 71€. Looking for a one-way flight changes things dramatically, though: EasyJet is still cheapest at 56€, but the cheapest traditional airline is now British Airways at 196€, with a 7-hour(!) transfer at Heathrow; the only direct one-way options besides EasyJet were Brussels Airlines at 820€ and Swissair at 874€(!). Moral of the story: always book a round-trip flight.
Mar
9
comment Why would I choose full service carrier instead of a low-cost one?
It's also worth noting the converse: while traditional airlines will also sell you one-way tickets if you insist on buying one, the prices are often exorbitant. (That's probably what those 1000-2000 € tickets are.) If you book a round trip (or even a circle trip), it's usually a lot cheaper. Airline pricing can be really complicated, so if you want to minimize the cost, you'll all but have to use a computer search tool.
Mar
9
comment Who was this persistent person at Shanghai airport?
@hippietrail: I think Esoteric Screen Name is talking mostly about things like inspection and/or vehicle tax stickers. It's just that generally, in English, license plates would not be considered as part of the same category of things, even if they do have a certain similarity (both being informational markers that you are required to affix to your vehicle); the main difference is that, despite having the word "license" in the name, the main purpose of license plates is generally considered to be vehicle identification, rather than merely proving that you've registered your vehicle.
Jun
30
comment Is there a powerstrip which accomodates most if not all AC power plugs?
Using a power strip with an IEC C-14 plug is a clever idea, but I've never seen one of those for sale (although, apparently, they do exist). You could make one yourself, either with a rewirable C-14 plug or by replacing the entire cord of a normal power strip, but I wouldn't advise it unless you have at least a bit of experience working with mains wiring. (Pro tip: the yellow-green wire is the ground; always make sure it's correctly and securely wired, and has more slack than the others.)
Jun
13
comment How can I not get electrically shocked when handling my laptop in an airport?
@Doc: Metal detectors can be somewhat random. I've had my shoelace hooks set off a metal detector gate at Charles de Gaulle, gotten wanded, told to take off my shoes and passed the same detector cleanly, only to later realize that I also had a 10cm+ steel comb in my pocket that it apparently did not react to.
May
3
comment Calling USA from Schiphol (Amsterdam)
...and if both parties have Skype installed, you don't even need to use Skype-out, at which point it becomes free.
Mar
4
comment Is it dangerous to go to the USA as a Russian now?
That last part's likely to depend on just what ends up happening there, don't you think? But I do agree that if, as one would fervently hope, the current conflict blows over instead of escalating, most people in the U.S. are unlikely to care much.
Feb
16
comment Is yellow fever vaccine needed to travel to Europe?
Lyme disease vaccination is a surprisingly complex topic. Basically, there are vaccines available for veterinary use, but none currently on the market for humans. There used to be one, but it was withdrawn in 2002 due to safety controversy and poor sales.
Aug
25
comment Booking hostel (in Europe) without credit card?
@MarcelC: Don't knock it until you've tried it.
Aug
13
comment Feeling the spirit of Helsinki, where?
This recent New York Times blog entry might offer some ideas.
Nov
16
comment What can I do to prevent passport stamps being put on blank pages?
@Malvolio: Actually, a stamp on paper is "leima" in Finnish; "leimasin" is the tool you use to make them. But I'm sure people would understand you even if you mixed them up. BTW, since you already recommended Wikipedia, may I suggest Wiktionary too? For example, looking up "stamp" there would've given you the correct translations.
Nov
8
comment Why is Nynäshamn a de facto “port” for Stockholm?
Having sailed in the area, I'm not at all surprised that cruise liners might not want to try navigating the inner passage to Stockholm. What's not so apparent from the Google Maps link is that routes through the archipelago are not only narrow and twisting, but also shallow and full of rocks. This nautical chart may give some idea of what it's like. It's different for the Finland-ferries -- they do the route every day and know exactly how many meters of margin there is in each gap and when to start turning for each bend.