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You won't win any fashion contests, but that's not what you're aiming for anyway. I can't tell you anything about East Asia, but I've travelled plenty around Europe (including Eastern Europe). Jeans might be more common, but there's absolutely nothing unusual or inappropriate about wearing sweatpants for a flight, regardless of your gender. It certainly won'...


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Since most (all?) computer museums can qualify as retrocomputing museums, you might find this list of computer museums useful: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_computer_museums You could also look at science museums and see whether they have some computer section. E.g. the large Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia has a nice computer section: The ...


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I haven't traveled to east Asia or East Europe before but that is a very long flight, I don't think jeans are comfortable at all for that many hours. I have though traveled to central Europe several times and have never worn anything other than sweatpants and nothing has happened, even though they usually don't trust travelers from my country easily. It ...


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There is a computer museum in Halle, Germany, formerly in the GDR. They have a lot of old computers and other devices on display from that time and place : http://rechenwerk-halle.de/usr/digital-ag/projekte/andere/museum/ or http://rechenwerk-halle.de/usr/digital-ag/RECHENWERK/index.html If you google "Robotron museum" or "computer museum DDR&...


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It all depends on where you are from. Being from east Europe myself - we'd put our most official nice clothes for even going to the store literally 2 steps from the house. Having lived in the UK for 8 years now, I've realized how stupid this is, and more importantly, no one cares how you look, in a setting where that is not the most important thing. I'd ...


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Yandex Museum, in the headquarters of Yandex -- Moscow, Timura Frunze st., 11 str. 13. Not a very large one, but has a dozen or so of old computers, from around the world, not only from Soviet block. Website (in Russian): https://yandex.ru/museum/ They also have a branch in St. Petersburg: https://yandex.ru/museum/spb (apparently currently closed, but to ...


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I've read through all the answers and comments and, if I'm not mistaken, they seem to be always written by men. Using a squat toilet is surely much more complicated when wearing trousers, as most men do around the world, so I appreciate your points and debate. Squat toilets are not as much of a problem from a female point of view, if we think of women ...


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I traveled for Work a lot! I mean a lot. I used to wear Jeans and a Shirt. With the whole getup (belt, nice shoes, etc.). After 50+ trips, I couldn't do it anymore. Not only was I never on-site first day at the client. There was absolutely no reason to wear what I did. You have to take off the belt/watch for the TSA. Untie the nice shoes and whatever else ...


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I'll add a short answer to address the central point in the question: "trousers seem to be blocking an important thoroughfare! How the hell is this supposed to work??!!" I traveled in Asia for a while and at first had the exact same problem. For the first few months there, I would actually completely take my trousers off before using a squat toilet. But ...


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(I see that this is an older question -- but since it has been recently edited, it is now at the top of the feed. Since I have some experience in trying to make these plans, I figured I'd add an answer in the hope that it would be helpful to others who come across this question in searches about car rental.) My experience is that the Hertz website gives ...


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Given the route over Eastern Europe you have a problem. First of all, there are relatively cheap car rentals which are local, meaning that you are not permitted to cross borders between countries. Europe is not a single country with states like the United States; it is more like traveling from the USA to Mexico each time. So the very tantalizing offers ...


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When I stayed in Tbilisi a few years ago I met quite a few people from African countries and Americans of African descent. In the circles I moved in they were all accepted 100% the same as the people of other skin colours in Georgia. Now my circle was the kind of people that owned and ran backpacker hostels and student bars, so might not be representative. ...


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There is Apple musseum in Prague, Czech Republic. I have seen computers like 1984 year Macintosh 128k there so it should probably qualify.


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I am Georgian and simply we love tourists, anyone outside our country who wants to visit anything related to Georgia we appreciate it alot. This country is very hiddend from the media and only shown wars back when there was Stalin and most people think its part of Russia. Hospitality is a massive thing in Georgia, if you were black ,green or any colour ...


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I have been on various long flights (EU<>Asia, EU<>US) and would recommend you to wear whatever fits you best. Sweatpants are incredibly comfortable, so go for it. What I recommend as well: Wear good shoes, no flipflops or sandals. In the unlikely event of an emergency this might save your life. Take shoes without laces. The same holds true for ...


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There is a computer museum in Sigulda, Latvia. It's a private project by a single enthusiast (known as MaiklsBlack on the net). He's been collecting devices for years and the museum has reportedly grown to 90 m^2 in size. He reports to have had over 380 old computers in 2018, about 80% of them working. His sites are only available in Latvian and Russian ...


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That used to be true in 1980ies, but it ended with the collapse of the USSR a whole generation ago. In essence, in USSR there was a thriving black market for imported goods which weren't generally available locally - jeans, music records and consumer electronics such as VCRs; such items would be worth a fortune and the 'local' items were price-controlled to ...


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There is a small computer museum in Brno, Czech Republic: https://www.fit.vut.cz/units/museum/.en It focuses primarily on machines manufactured in Czechoslovakia (and some imported ones). Also in Brno, there is an exposition in Technical museum about old computers: https://www.tmbrno.cz/en/expozice/computer-technology/


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Hungary, Szeged. https://ajovomultja.hu/?language=en Some of the most interesting pieces include the first robotic animal ever constructed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladybird_of_Szeged and the originator of the once ubiquitous 3.5" floppy drive https://ajovomultja.hu/mcd-1-casette-floppy-marcell-janosi?language=en (the English translation is ...


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No, there is no such universal website. The simple reason is that far from everything is computerized and even if it is, the infrastructure is often so primitive it's not linked to any search engines. In your specific case you've got two options: Estimate the driving time on Google Maps and plan to grab a taxi instead of a bus. Use GetByBus to find the ...


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in Russia, if you buy railway tickets via internet and next print it on terminal, you receive another version of a ticket, and conductor cuts off only small part from your ticket, where was wrote duplicated information about your destination. As answered above, it is for control to get off exact on your station, and wake up sleeping passengers for half a ...


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Part of the problem westerners have with squat toilets is not knowing how to squat. The locals probably consider it impolite to have your knees apart when you squat, but they've been doing it all their lives. If you're a westerner, you'll find it much easier to squat, on the potty and when social events require it, if you keep your knees far enough apart ...


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According to OP from a Comment: Fortunately I did go over their heads and reported it to the visa center and was also encouraged to report this incident to the ministry of foreign affairs. In a few hours time, I got a call from the consulate that my visa was ready.


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This depends where exactly you are and what you will pay for. I haven't been to Serbia but in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria you can pay in Euro in bigger cities often. But it heavily depends where and what you will buy. Paying the Hotel/Hostel/B&B will most likely work. Same for some bigger food stores and tourist attractions. Often there is also a ...


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To add at least one anecdote about East Asia: I have flown from Paris to Tokyo and back in Sweatpants and had a normal experience. No comments, stares or anything like that. Neither border agents nor flight attendents will look at you funny. They are used to people wearing whatever is most comfortable, especially on a long haul flight such as yours. ...


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Regarding Bulgaria you could visit the "National Polytechnic Museum" http://polytechnic-museum.com/. There are a mix of different technologies, a few years ago they had an explicit 'old pcs' exhibition.


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There's a couple of restaurants that sometimes have live gypsy music. If you got in touch with them you should be able to find out if they have any bands playing while your friends are in town (assuming this isn't too late). Casa Doina sometimes has them playing in their wine cellar. Locanta Jaristea sometimes has Taraful Cailor de Curte Veche playing.


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My limited experience of Albania is also very dated (15 years) but may be better than nothing. Then, south of Tirana might as well have been the moon, as far as facilities and terrain were concerned. Private ownership of cars had only been allowed since 1991, at which time there were a mere 6,000 or so in the country. While roads in Tirana were quite ...


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Those who say it is a leftover from Soviet times are correct. But the reasoning was far more prosaic than the totalitarian restrictions on traveling: financial accountancy. Conductors would happily let you ride for a bribe (which amounted to a fraction of the official fare). To fight that, there were inspections. An inspection would board a wagon, count the ...


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I've travelled by bike across Turkey, Iran, Pakistan etc. When you go into the toilet, make sure the hose pipe works / there is a water source and a bucket to fill to wash your behind. Pull your trousers / skirt fully down / up (respectively) and assume a fully squatted position (legs fully bent at the knees, as if you are going to sit on the ground, but ...


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