>Councilman James Gray, who represents the Lower 9th Ward, agrees. He said the policy change is one driven by emotion and not the facts.
No, the "facts" are that this is the second murder of a Domino's driver in New Orleans. There's a fine line between discrimination and protective policies. There's also a correlation between where most murders occur and impoverished neighborhoods.
Edit: Thanks for the Gold, stranger!
Edit 2: I've made a mistake. It does appear that the murders occurred in separate districts.
Regardless, Domino's is merely serving its own interests and employees' safety. Murder is cause enough for this policy change; the number of times committed shouldn't be a factor.
Wikitravel is a good first stop resource for practical information and tips
Also, if you travel a lot consider getting debit or credit cards with no foreign transaction fees and with full ATM fee reimbursement (Chase, Schwab). This way you won't have to pay exchange rate fees.
I saw this video long ago. Its all a setup to scam money from foreigners. The woman on the ground faked being a hooker and told the man she'd have sex with him. As soon as he started taking his clothes off, she falls to the ground and screams rape. The Asian men are working with her. They then confront the foreigner and demand money or they will go to the police. The police will obviously side with the Asians because the foreigner can't defend himself and he was “caught in the act ". Its a popular scam in China.
Edit: here is a list of scams I found. One of them is similar to the one in this video. http://www.chinatravelsavvy.com/advice/scams/
Edit: If you are traveling or on vacation in another country( especially a 3rd world country like India, Mexico etc..), some locals will try to take advantage of your lack of cultural awareness. Here's a website of common scam techniques so you can avoid being a victim. http://wikitravel.org/en/Common_scams
> The phone would need to be just as powerful and directional in sending a signal as the antenna, in order to establish a two way connection
Actually, no. A highly directional antenna works in both directions -- it is highly effective at receiving and transmitting in that one direction, even if the remote end is not highly directional. (That said, it works better if both ends are highly directional and properly aimed, which would not be practical for a cell phone.)
Either way, I'm not saying to do it from 100 miles, but if there's a place that's only a few miles from the peak, that might work. For example, there's quite a few little villages in the area, and if any of these villages have power, phone/data service and a clear view of the peak and the commonly used trails up to the peak, they might be able to do it there without putting gear closer to the peak at all.
(Though installations closer to the peak that get their power from solar panels and use a satellite uplink could also be an option -- but it would be cheaper if they could do it where power and data connections are already available. That said, I'm guessing those villages are pretty primitive. Looks like Namache Bazaar gets its connectivity to the world from satellite, for example, but it clearly has power available.)
Mecca is barred to all non-Muslims. If you even attempt to visit, expect the police to eject you. You will be deported for trying. http://wikitravel.org/en/Mecca
If you lie about your faith and are discovered, you may face execution.
I'm sorry to sound cynical, but that is one of the oldest scams in the book.
The Belgian embassy in Buenos Aires has an emergency number for just specifically this sort of case:
If this ever happens to you, our embassy staff will support you, help you with the police report, replace documents, and either help you get in contact with family to arrange the money transfer, or in worst possible case, provide tickets. Yes, even in the weekend.
You can also go to a money transfer office and get money from your family in Belgium, to anywhere in the world, within 5 minutes.
Supposedly it's illegal to mispronounce Arkansas when you're in Arkansas.
I'm from Arkansas and when I studied in France the professors told me I had to pronounce the "s" in Arkansas when I spoke in French or it would be incorrect. Really annoyed me because 1) that's not how it's pronounced and it sounds stupid and 2) the odd spelling is a result of French explorers naming it anyway.
We're still Ar-kansans, though, which is kind of weird since you're not supposed to pronounce the name of the state that way. Some people insist on "Arkansawyer", but they're in the minority.
My condolences. Maybe you should try to stay with a friend or family for the next few days until you can get your plans together.
These look helpful.
-edit: added links.
This is complete bullshit. There are multiple tourism agencies that will get you into the country legally. These guys are either lying, or they're complete dumb asses for putting themselves in an immense amount of unnecessary danger.
Don't feel guilty. She was preying on your guilt, your youth, and your generosity - that isn't your fault at all. And don't feel bad about getting tricked - $30 is a very small price to pay for a very valuable lesson. Some people, even people with more life experience than you, fall for worse and lose way more money than that.
Here's a list of common travel scams and here's a list of common every day scams. Mostly, just trust your gut and be wary of strangers who approach you, especially those who are asking favors. Never ever let a stranger in your car/house. Never follow or allow a stranger to take you to a second location.
Edit to add: Never feel guilty or rude about brushing off strangers who approach you or rub you the wrong way - scammers prey on kindness and politeness.
I just went to a Malaysian island on the South China Sea called Tioman island. Rainforest, beaches. Pristine beautiful place, completely getting TRASHED. Garbage everywhere, like some tweakers front yard, but out in nature.
Cigarette butts and broken glass in the sand. Shoes and plastic bags, liquor bottles thrown in the pond.
People just don't give a fuck. It's so frustrating!
EDIT to add: http://wikitravel.org/en/Tioman
They used to use children to do wiring in the wings of bombers before ww2, but due to child labor laws they had to switch to using midgets instead. I grew up in a town called ypsilanti that was famous for having assembled bombers for the war effort and there is a former midget bar downtown because of the crazy number of midgets brought in to work on the bombers.
English is a fairly common international language. Considering that you're managing to post on the internet, I'd say it's fairly likely you have a phone. You can call your travel agency and the Embassy. Call the company you hired your interpreter from. You have 8 days. Your life hasn't ended. Traveling to a foreign country without any familiarization with the language was a big mistake, but you have access to plenty of resources to get by. Memorize enough basic phrases to acquire directions and transportation to your next lodgings, and proceed with your vacation for the next 8-days.
First, New York City is more than just the super-pricy borough of Manhattan (you know, the skinny island with the Empire State Building, Central Park, the museums, Times Square, Chinatown, and rest of the things most people think of when they hear "New York City"). One can live in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island, where the rent is cheaper (though still quite expensive compared to virtually anywhere else in the US) and still be in NYC.
Plenty of people do live in the suburbs--New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester County, Connecticut--and commute into the city every day.
Another option--though I'm not quite sure how prevalent they are these days--are rent-controlled and cooperatively owned (co-op) buildings. One such example is "Stuy-Town", a sprawling apartment complex which allowed 25,000 middle-class New Yorkers to live in lower Manhattan on the cheap. However, it was privatized in 2006, and I don't know what kind effect it has had on rent. Maybe someone who knows more about it than me can tell us.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Freighter_travel Go for it! I hear its great for writers and the like. None of the frills or distractions that cruises have. Just you, a couple of crew members, and a lot of quiet time.
Because it's Mecca. Saudi Arabia owns it and they only want Muslims there. Plus it gets insanely crowded already with just Muslims.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Mecca see the warnings littered throughout.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Hajj_stampede see that the place is way too crowded.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_during_the_Hajj big incidents aren't uncommon.
So yeah I would like to visit if there weren't so many people, it weren't so dangerous, and I wouldn't get arrested/deported.
That's the karst landscape of Yangshuo.
Karst topography is a landscape shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite.
pretty much this - Germany, Austria, Swiss, Lichtenstein, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia
Stockholm is the capital and largest city of Sweden, with nearly 2 million inhabitants within its vicinities.
The inner city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets.
Stockholm is a cosmopolitan place with both classical and modern architecture, and a captivating Old Town, Gamla Stan. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways, and another 30% is made up of green spaces. Air quality is fourth best of the European capitals - behind Zurich, Copenhagen and Vienna.
I couldn't really find a clear original source even after an extensive Google Image search, but here is where I got the image.
lol this scammer is very famous and has his own place on wikitravel. Every time I'm in Buenos Aires I'm hoping to meet him, but never had the chance...
> Be aware of a guy claiming to be a Dutch/Belgian traveller (blond/brown hair, Overweight, Blue Eyes, about 40 years old, who got 'mugged' at the station (or in a taxi, or a similar story), having everything including his passport and backpack taken and with nowhere to stay that night. He will engage you in conversation at length and is a con artist who is VERY persuasive and convincing. He will use every trick in the book to win you over. Do not help him out, he has been doing this for 8 years or more and systematically targets travellers.
I cannot speak for Cyprus myself, but Croatia is and always was a super popular summer destination for Austrians.
Check out the wikitravel page of Croatia. Tons of great places there, plus the food is absolutely amazing.
When the U.S. invaded the island of Okinawa over 150,000 were killed. Imagine how many would die in an invasion of the Japanese mainland.
This makes me think of this joke:
>A Swiss guy, looking for directions, pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.
"Entschuldigung, können Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks.
The two Americans just stare at him.
"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries.
The two continue to stare.
"Hablan ustedes Espanol?"
The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first American turns to the second and says, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."
"Why?" says the other. "That guy knew four, and it didn't do him a bit of good."
I think this map is pretty good and this one is fairly similar. I seem to recall an article about common Lingua Francas around the world in different regions, but I can't find it right now...
The longest stretch of road between petrol stations in Australia is apparently along the Eyre Highway, through the desolate, sparsely populated Nullarbor, and it's 190 km. Which is... longer than 106 miles.
Everytime people do this they bring up the Great Pyramid of Giza.
I think Mereen looks a lot more like Teotihuacan ....
Am I the only one?
I looked through the WikiTravel guide for the USA. It warns visitors about feminists, haha.
>It may be noted that although there are many levels of feminism in America, many of them don't mesh with each other. So the definition may extend to merely women preferring equality to men or to the extreme of women who indiscriminately dislike males regardless of the male's character.
Sunny Beach is marketed and aimed at young adults, so it's a party resort. Think loud music, cheap booze, topless women. Would not go on a family vacation there.
Golden Sands is better. It's close to a big city (Varna), lots of nice beaches in the area, sea water temp is around 25-28C in the summer. Check out the travel guide, it has some ideas.
Eating out - very affordable compared to the rest of the EU. You can easily get a 3 course meal for 10 EUR in a mid-market restaurant. I like Happy.
From the wikitravel article on Mogadishu:
> The safest way through Mogadishu is escorted by Ethiopian and official Somalian troops; however, they themselves are a target for the militias and may come under attack. Independent travel is suicidal. When being escorted, it is best to be in an armored car. Infantry are highly likely to get engaged in street battles, and an armored vehicle can provide far better protection against most threats. A bullet proof vest is a must-have in Mogadishu.
You're god damn right this is balls of steel.
Have to admit, having moved to PR last year, that this is a spectacularly beautiful city when the sun's out. I mean, look at this on Highway 16 towards Terrace from WikiTravel. The problem is that the sun's not out all that much. :)
So I actually know where/ what this is.
This is in a small japanese town called Noboribetsu in Hokkaido.
It is famous/ a popular tourist destination for it's hot spring baths (onsen).
What's pictured is not actually a tunnel but a little vent where hot spring steam can escape. If I remember correctly there's a little sign talking about the hotsprings also in there.
It's really an amazing place and I would recommend visiting.
> Note that security measures above and beyond what you might encounter in most countries are taken for flights both to and from Israel - these, of course, are undertaken for your and other passengers safety and security. Arriving at the terminal at least three hours before your flight is well advised, as Israeli security procedures can be time-consuming. Bag inspection, both by machine and hand, is routine and should be expected, in addition to repeated interviews about your time in Israel. Keep your cool in what can be a frustrating time - it really is done with the best intentions, if not always the most elegant execution. Having the telephone number of friends or colleagues you may have spent time with in Israel, and who can vouch for you, always helps the process. If travelling as part of a group, they will usually question you separately before cross checking your accounts.
They were deemed a risk, due to her Arab heritage, her previous trips to Israel, and her time spent in other Arab countries. Like it or not, Israel is engaged in an ongoing ethnic conflict with the region's muslim arabs, and the state of their border security reflects that.
She may have gained entry had she downplayed her arab heritage, focused on her interest in history and archaeology, and been more obsequious and less combative. You're right that they probably would have denied her anyways, but once she started talking back to the border guards her fate was sealed. That is quite simply never a good strategy.
> Yes, sir. No, sir. How high, sir?
We went to Java and got to release baby turtles into the ocean.
Almost every night turtles make their way to the beach at Sukamade on the south eastern part of the island Java in Indonesia.
Guards watch the turtles laying eggs and collect them all after the turtle leaves for the ocean. They are kept until they hatch at which point the turtles are brought to a nursery where they stay until they are big enough to be let into the ocean.
Info about Sukamade:
This site says there is. Now I don't know what to believe.
Vær så venlig (Ver saw venlee).
Selv tak (seloo tahg).
> No way, I'm from Yakima. God, that place sucks these days.
Don't you dare speak ill about "The Palm Springs of Washington"!!!
I have family there whom I visit occasionally. It's not a fun place to go...
This is correct. If you take a cross section of Detroit's top-earning companies, they fall into three categories.
Detroit is more or less where Pittsburgh was in the 70s and 80s when the steel industry imploded. But hey, Pittsburgh looks like this now, so it does get better. Eventually.
Sorry, I wasn't trying to throw the law in your face in a, "take that motherfucker!", kind of way. Consent was mentioned and I figured that actually knowing what the state law says about it would be useful.
That being said, I'm no lawyer and and I can't rightly claim to know what "the least-visited state in the union" would say about the man being a pedophile.
This doesn't look possible.The furthest North East (coastal) it appears to be possible to get to by road is here: http://wikitravel.org/en/Magadan, which is still thousands of miles from Alaska.
Also, the journey there sounds kinda rough:
>Independent travel in Kolyma is serious adventure, with the very real possibility of death. The area is essentially lawless, undeveloped, barely populated, and unbelievably remote. Just getting to either terminus at Magadan or Yakutsk is an adventure in itself - travelling along the road makes this look like buying a bus fare in comparison. Every year dozens of people die in the region from drowning, freezing, car accidents, starvation, tick-borne encephalitis, alcohol poisoning, fires, crime, wild animals, or just disappear. While travelers in the region are rewarded with nature, adventure, and so on, there is NONE of the safety net that accompanies nearly every other area that people travel, such as health care, consular support, English speakers, law enforcement, telecoms, etc
I would say around 6k - 7k USD for a 8 - 10 week trip.
Here are some tips that I learned from mine:
~~Don't you need a written invitation to go anywhere in Russia?~~
I answered my own question
> Because of its strategic importance, Norilsk is a closed city and special permission is needed for travel (which will likely be denied unless you have a really good reason).
wow, thanks for posting these. I had no idea... Looks incredible. Wikitravel cautions people to stay away from the border region with Turkey, but this looks pretty safe.
AFAIK, Cilegon is just an industrial city. There wont be much to do there I suppose. It is close to Anyer, a town with a lot of beach resorts.
There are a lot of beautiful places around Cilegon though, you can explore krakatoa, Ujung Kulon National Park, Sangiang Island and multiple other islands around it.
It is 2 hours away from Jakarta, the capital, and it's close to Merak port so you can go to Sumatra easily from there.
Some more infos :
This is like tourists who try to cross Australia in a car, like driving across the outback from Perth to Sydney (2449 miles). They end up skeletons in a rusted Jeep. Australia is a WHOLE other situation. You need gear like you're preparing for a zombie invasion. It can easily be over 100km between rest stops, or worse, e.g. http://wikitravel.org/en/File:FuelSign_WA.JPG
The Efteling puts a ton of effort into scenery and the feel of the place, they build really cool stuff around their coasters.
Serbia's excellent. It's a little different from the Western cities, but it's great.
Western cities have a concentrated centre where it's zones out into suburbs & the green belt, however the city centre doesn't look much different from the suburbs.
It's excellent even from the airport. It's clean, organised, & spacious. When you take your bus from the airport, everything's nice. You can look out the window until you get to the hotel (I went to Hotel Slavija, it's really elegant) and just not worry about anything else.
Nothing is alien to you, the traffic lights and traffic rules are just like any other, customs/manners are very similar. All the people are nice and the younger generation know good English.
There's plenty to do. Multiple nightclubs, bars/restaurants, parks, museums & getting a tram/train (they have a hybrid of a bus and a tram called a 'trolleybus') for a simple adventure is a joy.
Nothing is expensive. With about £10 (I think $13?) you can get yourself some decent snacks.
I would recommend to anybody of any age to visit Serbia. It'll change your opinion completely on Eastern Europe to a positive one.
I'd be happy to answer any more questions you have!
Živeli! (Serbian for 'cheers' when you knock your glasses before drinking)
Edit: added the final i on Živeli
Don't hit children. Don't kick hornets nests or ant hills. Don't be stupid essentially.
Biggest dangers are probably wildlife and nature. Dress properly, and make sure to look out for animals if driving. Try reading this
I'm a little confused by the article perhaps someone knows of another article on the incident that sheds more light. The article says that members of the team suffered food poisoning and then jumps to the conclusion that the food was deliberately poisoned. Wouldn't it be more likely that they were served improperly cooked or stored food and that is what caused the food poisoning?I've gotten food poisoning several times from different restaurants its just a thing that sometimes happens, and it is more likely to happen in a foreign country.
However the article also states that a few were hospitalized so that seems like something more than standard food poisoning, but since they were hospitalized and the coach expected poison wouldn't the hospital test for poison?
> The words are written the same. They're just pronounced differently.
Seriously?. I live in Basel and while standard written text is German, if you find someone writing Swiss German, there are vast differences in spelling (and pronunciation)
> Alli Mönshe send frey ond geboore met gliicher Wörd ond gliiche Rächt. Si send xägnet met Vernonft ond Gwösse ond sölled enand e brüederlechem Gäisht begägne.
So it looks like this is a user-submitted map depicting what D.C. would look like if it were split up into districts. It makes a lot more sense when you scroll down to the section of this page that says "Comprehensive districts proposal." http://wikitravel.org/en/Talk:Washington,_D.C./Districts_discussion
For Americans... Anywhere in SE Asia. The flight may be somewhat expensive, but the exchange rate is really good.
To be more specific, the Gili Islands near Lombok, Indonesia are amazing.
Huh. In Norway we just say "There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing." Though our phrase rhymes in Norwegian and doesn't say it's just in Norway there's no bad weather.
"Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær".
"When entering a bus or another form of public transportation it is often considered unpolite to sit next to another person if there is another twin seat available."
That is great, you'll love the country! The closest city you can fly to is Surabaya, from there you can catch a train to Probolinggo (only a couple of hours) and from there you can get on a (mini) bus towards a little town near Gunung Bromo to stay the night and get up very early for sunrise. Check out wikitravel and have fun!
the pit beef is pretty good stuff, especially with the horseradish. . .faidley's crabcakes are pretty awesome too. . .ruth's chris is not the best steakhouse ever, and they are a chain so you don't need to go to baltimore for that. . .crab boil is not only found in b-more either. . .but lake trout. . .if you're looking for the location, i think you can find a wikitravel tour that maps out all of the food locations. . .
I don't think that many actually own any islands. Finland has "freedom to roam" in law, so everyone is free to wander in the nature, pick berries & mushrooms, camp a few nights, even though the land is someone's property. Going to someones garden is forbidden though.
It wouldn't be much point owning an entire island as it does not stop people from exploring the islands. I think most of the islands are just owned by the muncipalities. There are some small towns and villages in the archipelago, a classic village looking like this but there are also tons and tons of summer cottages. The Archipelago is somewhat quiet in the winter, but on summertime the population of islands can multiply by ten. It's a really popular place for Finns to spend the summer. I used to live in the archipelago when I was a kid. The town has a population of 13 000 and looks like this.
This all applies also to the lake district. It's filled with summer cottages and some small muncipalities multiply their population in the summer. But unlike in the archipelago, the lake district has several larger cities, like Savonlinna, where the mentioned Olavinlinna is. Cities in inland Finland often spread on islands and peninsulas in the middle of the lakes.
Overall, I think Finland has some 700 000 summer cottages (most with a sauna!) and these are often in the archipelago and in the lake district.
I think the main argument is that "Eastern Europe" is just a common way to say "russia's (former) front yard", regardless of where they are geographically (as can be seen by the first map in the album). If you want some drama filled discussion, there's some on the wikitravel talk page for Europe (and some more on the main talk page).
What I would suggest:
- If you see someone dicey, try to enter in an establishment (a bar or whatever) and wait for them to go by.
- In the car keep always the windows closed. Specially inside the cities, in the countryside is fine.
- Try always to use taxi. Public transport can be really dicey in the night.
For Rio (or any other city in Brazil), look at this page with lots of info regarding safety.: http://wikitravel.org/en/Rio_de_Janeiro#Stay_safe
Anyway... Hope you have a great time. Go Germany!!
According to Wikitravel the population is very conservative, and almost entirely (if not entirely) religious. Getting drunk is frowned upon, and not recommended - people have been deported from Niue for causing trouble while drunk. So you can probably extrapolate from that their policy on trees!
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they're not selling it here. it's some apple flavored shit.
this looks like it is it, sold is SA
There's a really good run down on wikiTravel's Japan page of the different inn types. Just do a ctrl-f for "Inn" and you'll see the different types described really well.
Also, if your trip happens to end up during one of the three lucky windows of the year, you should check out the Seishun 18 Ticket (Seishun Juuhachi Kippu). It's a really good train pass deal if you only need non-express trains.
Yeah we all like to give everyone a bit of shit, it's a part of our culture, it's mostly always done in good fun, with a smile and our way of letting you know we like you. Remember to give as good as you get and almost no topic is sacred. If you can't think of a good come back "ya mum" is a good default response.
Check out http://wikitravel.org/wiki/en/index.php?title=Australia
A couple of friends and I went on a weekend trip on the Mae Hong Son loop, which is a sort of a legendary riding trip around here.
Left to right: Honda CBR 650 F, Honda CB 650 F, Kawasaki Versys.
That's what I always think when I see pictures (such as this) of Okinawa. Today it's a popular vacation spot and a rather pleasant, sunny tropical island, by all accounts a paradise if you go to one of the nicer resorts. 70 years ago, it was this hellhole with a conservative total of 150,000 people (both Allied and Japanese) dead, with significant portions of the island stripped of vegetation and thoroughly cratered by artillery bombardment. It's more than a little surreal.
It's a bit sad what the pyramid complex has turned into nowadays...
"Not much more than a century ago, the Pyramids Road existed as little more than a dusty carriage track amongst irrigated fields, leading out from the city to the then small peasant village of Giza adjoining the pyramid field. Given the rapidly increasing population of Cairo in the 20th century, and the obvious tourist opportunities that the Pyramids provided, Giza has now been transformed beyond recognition to those pioneering Western travellers of the late 19th century. Major arterial roads, apartment blocks, retail strips, restaurants and night clubs now replace what used to be palm-fringed farmers' fields, and the city has now spread to the very limit of the desert plateau. Such rapid development, of course, has not been without its costs - social, economic and aesthetic - and the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities is now making some efforts to control and channel future (re)development in areas closest to the Pyramids themselves"
This is a picture of "Jacob's Ladder" in the city of Jamestown on the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Here it is in Google Maps.
>Jacob's Ladder is the somewhat misnamed staircase that rises from Jamestown to Halfmoon Hollow high above. It is said to have 699 steps. The "Ladder" was built in 1829 as an inclined plane to bring goods down from the farming areas in the center of the island, and manure up out of town. The planes are on either side of the steps, and the cart on one side was used to counterweight the cart on the other. The Ladder is a prodigious climb, and very few are the tourist who can climb it in one go. In addition to its length, it's stairs are somewhat high, making the climb all the more difficult. There are railings, but no landings for the entire length, and those who are afraid of heights may not want to look down! If you see a kid around, you might want to ask her to show you how to slide down the railings; they are reputed to have invented a way to do this scary feat without killing themselves. The Ladder is lit at night.
Since this picture is reposted twice a month, never with any context, I thought I'd contribute.
I've got no skin in this game one way or another, but according to Wikitravel, the US State Department still discourages foreign travel to Juarez and states that
>The city is mostly controlled by drug cartels and there few police officers and they may even not be able to help you if something bad happens, since they are also afraid of the consequences that they might face if they get involved.
Although they do agree that the homicide rate has been in a decline.
No. It seems that you have a bivolt adapter that works in 110/220V. It should work.
The small difference between 110V and 120V is within the tolerances of most electrical devices. Likewise for 220V and 240V.
Frequency is generally not a problem--most travel items will work on either 50 or 60 Hz. If all the electrical appliance does is produce heat or light (except fluorescent lighting), then the frequency is unlikely to matter.
Frequency is most likely to affect clocks and devices with motors - http://wikitravel.org/en/Electrical_systems
AU citizen here. Moved to Wellington last year, no ragrets. It was a real leap of faith but it worked out for us. Scary but worth it.
Yes, it's that simple -- get on a plane, get an IRD number, live, work, pay tax. Eventually vote, get citizenship if you like. Simple, but not necessarily easy.
My advice would be to leverage the Internet. Read the NZ + the city pages on wikipedia. Get anecdotal/insider info here:
Plan the hell out of it, speak to some recruiters to gauge your employment potential. Try to arrange a support network in case it goes pear-shaped. But realize that you can't plan everything. At some point it will be a plunge.
Feel free to ask other questions, or PM if you prefer.
"The right to access is in some countries the right for anyone to vastly partake of nature and what it offers, as long as it is within the boundaries of local law or general acceptance. Although Scandinavia is quite expensive, many of the things that are of most value are free-for-all - the scenery, hiking, quite a lot of museums and many other sights."
We get several of these posts a day right now, so the responses may be a bit terse.
WikiTravel is great for basic info and ideas for sights, and you'll also find visitor info in the FAQ linked in the sidebar. TripAdvisor is good for activities and restaurants. There are lots of threads here about restaurants, bars, breweries, etc.. just search a bit.
Midweek there'll be a sticky thread for people to post things going on over the weekend. They're a bit hit & miss. I recommend picking up some local papers like The Stranger and/or Seattle Weekly.
If your house is close to the Mercer Island Park & Ride, it may be easy (and a LOT cheaper) to bus into downtown. Catch is that a lot of commuter buses may not run, or not run frequently, on the weekend.
Ich glaube, es wär' sinnvoll, die Sidebar zu entrümpeln und dort recht deutlich auf die eine oder andere Ressource für Touristen hinzuweisen. Das /r/Austria - Wiki hat eine nette Seite zu diesem Thema (https://www.reddit.com/r/Austria/wiki/vienna), die Wiener Toruisteninformation ist gut (http://wien.info) und Wikitravel hat auch einiges an Informationen (http://wikitravel.org/en/Vienna).
Really? You're either greatly exaggerating, or have no idea what it means for a language to be "closely related", for you to say they're not at all closely related. Obviously not as close as say Dutch and Flemish, but still. Just have a quick check: http://wikitravel.org/fi/Saamen_matkasanakirja
Just a few examples:
Terve! - Dearvva!
Kiitos. - Giitu.
Anteeksi - Ándagassii.
Mitä kuuluu? - Mii Gullo?
Obviously the spelling of a bunch of words seems really foreign and some words are not related to Finnish at all. However, saying that Finns don't understand any Sámi whatsoever is false.
Basically everywhere else.
Tamsui (淡水) & Beitou (北投) for interesting culture and hot springs
Hualien (花蓮) and Tailuge (太魯閣) for beautiful scenery and some peace; You won't regret it, see some info here: Hualien Travel Guide - Wikitravel
Sansia (三峽) if you want some decent hiking without paths
Yilan (宜蘭) for the scenery and there's a nice art village and coastline
Jinguashi (金瓜石) if you want to see some old mining buildings, a neat multicolored sea, and a historical POW gold mining facility that you can tour and learn the history of the area. This is my write-up of a day-trip there: Day Trip to...金瓜石.
Jioufen (九份) is right next to it, and you can see the place that inspired the anime Spirited Away
Ruifeng (瑞芳) is right next to both of them, and there you can find Teapot Mountain (無耳茶壺山) (if you take the bus to a large Guangong temple, ask them and they'll inform you where it is, then you can find the path behind the temple, as you'll see many gazebos going up the mountain). Some pictures of Teapot Mountain here: Teapot Mountain
Hope that helps! All of these, except for Hualien and Tailuge, are in the North, by the way.
>US citizens can apply for a visa at the Iranian Interest Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, . However, US citizens must have an MFA-approved guide to accompany them for the entire trip and must have an exact itinerary. This generally precludes crossing into Iran at any border, as your guide would have to meet you at the border. Tour guides, however, are generally friendly to Americans, understand the process, and can work with you to set up a custom itinerary for you.
>To get the visa, US citizens must work in advance with an Iranian travel agency to set up a guided itinerary; only then, that travel agency may apply for a visa authorisation number from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Once approved, the authorisation number is transmitted to the interest section. At that point, the applicant can then apply for the visa. Turnaround times can be as short as a week, but the interest section does not reliably answer emails or phone calls.
Sorry to be a dick, but we get questions like this all of the time. You'll get the same responses. I'm sick of seeing this shit on my homepage.
Edit: Actually, I'm not sorry about being a dick. Go to Boston and you'll realize what I'm talking about.
Cycling enthusiasts, you must ride whats called the Transfăgărășan. Top Gear called it the greatest road in the world. It's very tough going but sooo worth it.
One spot I particularly enjoyed in Romania is Sibiu (http://wikitravel.org/en/Sibiu). I highly recommend it if you want to chill in a smallish town for a few days.
Nothing. Like I said, bribes are not acceptable in Chile. From wikitravel:
> Do not try to bribe a carabinero [police officer] , since it will get you into serious trouble! Unlike other South American police corps, Chilean Carabineros are very proud and honest, and bribery would be a serious offense against their creed.
You might have already read Wikitravel's Dublin page, but its 'Stay Safe' section will probably give you better and less biased advice than individuals on this sub will.
Dublin is a fairly safe city though. We get a lot of tourists, and most of them make it home again in one piece. Some even come back to visit again.
Not really. It's <strong>very</strong> isolated. The island is too small and rocky to support an airstrip and out of range of helicopters. The only way to get there is by the freighter that brings supplies to the island every 3 months. But once you're there, you're stuck until another ship shows up.
It's common in areas that aren't constantly below freezing to have unfrozen lakes when the ground is covered in snow. Water has a much higher specific heat capacity than air, which means that it takes a long time for cold air to bring down the temperature of a large body of water.
However, it's not impossible at all (or even uncommon) to have snow on top of a frozen lake, especially in areas where the air temperature stays below freezing for long periods of time. Here's an example of a thawed lake with snow on the ground (looks to me like Banff, Alberta, but the description doesn't say the location), and here's the same area with the lake covered in snow.
It's also not unheard of for people to fall through snow-covered ice. It's pretty easy to tell the difference between a snow-covered lake and an open field (the former will be perfectly flat), but it's important to know what time of year it is and what the weather has been like recently in your location before venturing out. There's some good information available here.
Edit: Better picture
They do in Sweden:
>You are obliged by law to have your headlights on at all times, even in the middle of the day. Modern Swedish-sold cars always have the lights turned on automatically (unless you actively turn it off), so if you rent a car in Sweden you won't have to worry about it.
Zurich is one of the most expensive cities on the planet. It's quite hard to get a flat if you don't have a fixed income.
Basic German is good for starters, and everyone speaks English anyways, so no problem with that.
Privacy is paramount in Swiss culture. So we tend to come off as a bit cold to foreigners. Finding friends is hard for expats I've heard.
Anyways, you are young and life is ahead of you but do everything one step at a time. Who knows what'll happen in 8 years.
You want to go to Nepal. Check out Poon Hill on the Annapurna trek. Nepalese hash is quite amazing. See my Sadhu post on r/eldertrees
I doubt if you will be able to find a 'shaman' in Asia, they are very secretive. http://www.hotelnepal.com/nepal/program.php?pro_id=33 I've heard that there are some places for opium in Laos, but have no info. I'm heading down to SA to do ayahuasca in a few months.
this subreddit is a pretty terrible place to get information about SF, sorry about that. your downvotes are a demonstration of the inexplicable mindset SF redditors have of "if you dont already know something, we're not going to tell you." not helpful to visitors.
maybe frommers.com or lonelyplanet.com will have some information you will find useful. i hope the people you encounter in the city in real life are friendlier.
http://wikitravel.org/ is a very good resource as well.
"The French spoken in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon is very similar to that spoken in Normandy, Brittany, and Paris. The islanders are quite proud of their linguistic heritage. " (source)
A lot of great information here. Maybe we can as a group work to improve the St. Louis wikitravel article and then put the link to it. There is already a lot of information there and having active locals improving can only help.
Northern Vietnam according to their stories. Based on the landscape, I'm 90% confident it's Sapa. In fact looks like this spot. A popular backpacker spot a day trip away from Ha Noi (where they definitely were based on some of their other pic).
My town's iconic Town Hall and high street.
Our beautiful football ground. Obligatory 'Fuck Professional Football' comment.
Also : aaaahhhh you beauty...
Thanks for checking it out. I know a lot of the places referenced were filmed in alternate locations so I tried to notate that when I could. I still have a lot of information I want to add but I thought it was at a point where I could get some input from others on how to improve it.
Since you're from Baltimore if you see any mistakes I made let me know, I'd really appreciate it. I did this from Google Maps streetview, this WikiTravel Blog and a few other online articles showing the more famous locations.
Πάλι αυτή; Ακόμα στο μεταξύ δεν μας έχει εξηγήσει πως έμεινε εκεί δύο χρόνια. Έστω αν ήταν και απεσταλμένη του ΟΗΕ, η παραμονή πάνω από 2 μήνες απαγορεύεται, πόσο μάλλον σε δημοσιογράφους http://wikitravel.org/en/North_Korea. Επίσης απαγορεύεται η έξοδος από την πρωτεύουσα Πονγκ Γιανγκ.
Σε άλλα άρθρα στο μεταξύ ή ίδια μας λέει ότι έμεινε από τον Ιανουάριο ως τον Απρίλιο του '13, ενώ εδώ λέει ότι πήγε από το ΄12 ως το ΄14. Στο προφίλ της στο Press Project, λέει πάλι ότι πήγε στις αρχές του '13.
>οι Βορειοκορεάτες π.χ. που έκλαιγαν κι οδύρονταν μπροστά στο σκήνωμα του αποθανόντος Κιμ το κάνανε πράγματι αυθόρμητα – νιώθανε όντως σαν να είχανε χάσει τον πατέρα τους!
Travelling to Tibet depends upon the political situation inside Tibet and can change all the time. Every year during March it is impossible to obtain a permit. Its easier to visit Tibet as a part of a group via Nepal. Permits for solo travel might be difficult. Get the Tibet guides published by Footprint and Lonely Planet. Both have very good info. Also check http://wikitravel.org/en/Tibet and http://www.freetibet.org/about/travel-guide
Hope this helps.
Grammatizer: It is a lyric from Alt-J. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg6BwvDcANg
>gostou de morar na Arábia Saudita por 25 anos e foi muito feliz no país.
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Não adianta ficar indignadinho por punições medievais num país sabidamente preso na Idade Média com uma fachada moderna.
Pra terem uma noção leiam esse artigo da WikiTravel com recomendações para turistas/expats ocidentais.
Sorry, that's a little too vague. I'm getting that you just learned you're going to Switzerland and it's apparently not your choice. It would be helpful to know why you're going to Switzerland and for how long.
In any case, though, I don't think there's much to worry about. Switzerland is a safe country, don't do dumb shit and you'll be fine.
As an Argentine national, you may want to read this.
If you haven't read it already, I find that Wikitravel is a fine resource.
Please don't hesitate to post specific questions.
Your English -- written, at least -- seems perfectly fine, by the way.
The problem with names and cities is: The founder of the city has a name from their occupation, and names it after themselves, then people name themselves after the city, then their progeny go off to found a new city in the name of themselves, so on, so forth. Or the city could be named after a geographic feature (some say Washington relates back to wheat fields or rivers), and then the cycle begins.
Either way, Washington is a city in England well before George Washington got a city named after him.
Cycling roundtrip around Åland is definately a classic.
E. The first link seems to have more cycling stuff, shoulh have some good info for you.
I'd recommend Duluth, MN right on Lake Superior. It's very pretty in the summer or fall. Canal Park is the main tourist area, and you can also venture up the North Shore to visit Split Rock Lighthouse and Gooseberry Falls.
I was curious too. Found this: http://wikitravel.org/en/Common_scams#Help_the_poor
Also found this from a tourist forum: I know it is a scam, and I am not falling for it, but some of them are quite good at what they do, and sometimes it is entertaining to engage.
Two summers ago I am in Rome with my daughter. We are sitting in some piazza eating a gelato watching the crowds and a young man, kinda cute, approaches us and offers her a bunch of roses. Tells her they are for her. I, of douse say no, she says no. She knows it is a scam. But, he is quite convincing, and very, very sweet. Big on the sweet talk, telling her they are for her beauty, that no, he just wants to give them to her, free, no money. She smiles and takes them. He immediately turns to me and say, "Now you pay." I laugh and say "NO." HIs sweet look immediately turns to disgust my daughter laughs and he grabs them and leaves. It was not that quick, and he got a bit threatening. I am not an easy person to threaten so it was not an issue for me, but a warning to others.
No, Latrice's conviction was for drugs. Ironically while she was in a car. She was out of custody in 2007. There is also a mandatory drivers license suspension of 2 years if that enters into it over there.
She was lucky she only got a 1yr 6 mo sentence, the amount of MDMA could have gotten her a very long one perhaps 5-30 years under Florida law. She had to have MORE than a very small amount or she would have drawn a diversionary program and no jail time so she must have had an amount that was perhaps just "over" that limit and under the 5 year amount (less than 10 grams).
This Wiki outlines some basic differences but it's not all that informative.
> all the while seemingly completely ignorant of the fact that there is flat out nowhere accessible on the face of the planet today that you can go to entirely escape from the grasp of political authority.
Let me know how that goes.
Depending on where you are going/ if you are a good defensive driver, I wouldn't recommend renting a car when you come. My boyfriend's parents did when they came to Beijing last year and they realized they weren't very good at defensive driving/ didn't want to be stuck in traffic. The major cities in China all have great subway systems, as well as buses and taxis.
I would normally recommend taking trains or flying to other cities in China while you're here, but since it's nearly Spring Festival (you're talking about Spring Festival New Years, not New Years 2015 right?) train tickets and flights are extremely limited and expensive. Also keep in mind the highways are going to also have a lot of traffic as well.
If you do decide the to rent a car, really read up on this! http://wikitravel.org/en/Driving_in_China
Also if you're looking for WIFI definitely get a China Mobile Sim card like mrmdc said, a lot of places require you to put in your China Mobile number.
Where are you headed while you're here?!
Do you have two weeks in Sweden, or one week in Sweden and one in Finland?
Being a local, I have to recommend visiting Uppsala, it's a 40 minute train ride from Stockholm. Just go to the cathedral and walk around a few blocks there, then take the bus to Gamla Uppsala and look at the grave mounds. That's where Odin, Thor and Freyr are buried :)
In town, you should visit Museum Gustavianum (open Tuesday-Sunday 11-16, 40 SEK) and look at the anatomical theatre, where dissections were performed before students from the middle 1600s to the middle 1700s. There is also the Augsburg art cabinet with over 1000 curious objects depicting the knowledge of the world at the time. The coin cabinet has coins from all time periods, since the beginning of coinage stamping. They also have an exhibition about the history of Uppsala University, starting in the 1400s, and one about the Vendel period (550-800 CE) with loads of items from the time.
In May, the Botanical Garden will be beautiful, and I believe visiting is free of charge in all its parts (tropical greenhouse, baroque garden, orangerie). They have 250~ year old bay trees that Linnaeus planted, probably some of the oldest potted plants in the world.
Other than the vikings and the university, we're a pretty boring city, so you can do all the interesting bits in half a day.