My MacBook is really stupid... My smartphone easily figured out the timezone I'm in and adjusted the clock properly. Even my Digicam automatically adjusted its time automatically. But my stupid MacBook still has the old time and to make it even worse, Thunderbird seems to use the local system time to display incoming email messages .... :(
@MarkMayo that would be cool, but I'm not sure if there is time after tonight. Tomorrow evening my work starts ;)
About a year ago I was given a three person dual skin popup tent. Almost new but possibly a factory second.
(It's made by "Vango" and I think it could be a "reject" because one of the four guy ropes is not attached to the tent and looks like it didn't get ripped off but was never attached.)
Okay, soooooo I'm off to Turkey for two weeks in September. Cannot afford longer, now that I'm expected to be a starving and poor student again. Quick poll from people here on chat who have been there (nudge nudge @hippietrail nudge): stay in Istanbul the whole time and explore that really well, or spend a week or so in Istanbul and the rest elsewhere? I'm asking about what places YOU all found good, YOUR opinion. Then I'll figure out something to do.
if you haven't been to turkey before, watch out for tourist traps, tourist prices, unwritten prices. even if the people are super friendly and hospitable you can get a nasty case of bill shock.
istanbul and indeed anywhere in turkey even where you think no tourists ever go can suffer from this. if there's no prices on the food, ask. Istanbul has bars where you can pay almost supermarket price for a beer, and places where you can pay $10 for a beer. sometimes the former are just a block or two from the latter hidden in the backstreets.
@hippietrail Sounds a lot like the scams in Bangkok, with switcharoo pricing! Ya I read that on Wikitravel.
My only problem is that with my passport, I need to show accommodation reservations everywhere. :( So I need to lock down the itinerary. Or...I could just book a place in Istanbul for the full period in Istanbul on Hostelworld, keep the receipt, and the cancel the booking.
Also pinging @MarkMayo since I'm sure he's been to Turkey too. :)
canadians love squirting themselves in the toilets - just go with the flow
@AnkurBanerjee: Istanbul is full of great laid back hostels. far less anal about rules than i know in australia. "Stray Cat" is friendly and cool and cheaper than many. try telling them your situation in advance.
there are two other problems with this design. they overflow - a lot! i've never seen or heard of a toilet overflowing in australia. also it's impossible for a man to politely aim at the porcelain to be less noisy when other people in earshot are asleep
i'm always told the good thing about toilets full right up to the brim with water is they don't smell because everything nasty is safely underwater - but personally i don't buy that explanation d-:
OK so for anyone that's travelled to Japan you know what I'm talking about.
They're devices that are a textbook example of excessive featuritis.
But I want to use something other than the flush knob before leaving Japan. What is a feature that has the following characteristics:
Common to most...
(-: 1. german toilets have a very low water level... and not just that - they have a "shelf" jutting out. So you have a chance to check out how marvellously things went before flushing it away forever.
2. at people's homes, at least if they are not inhabited solely by males, gentlemen visitors will be expected to sit down no matter what they intend to be doing there.
it involves at least booking a personal interview in a US embassy or consulate at least one month in advance to which you must bring all your old passports, your education history, your work history, and a non-refundable $100 USD
> You must bring a printed copy of your appointment letter, your current passport and all old passports to the visa interview. You must have completed your medical exam before your interview. Applications without all of these items will not be accepted.
hmm actually the australia equivalent of that page doesn't say the same...
@AnkurBanerjee - only been once for 30 hours after a trip from Bratislava down through the various countries to there. If I were to go again, I'd definitely explore, go to Batman province, just because it's Batman, and definitely go to Cappadocia and Gallipoli, for ANZAC reasons
@RoflcoptrException I have no problems with ... splashing ... myself - my only problem is that my apartment's toilet is a little smaller than most - feels weird to sit on at first.
@hippietrail: looks like these things aren't getting cheaper. Ah, traveling to/through the US was so much more convenient pre-9/11. They even started to let us transit through Miami without making us to go through customs. Also, requirements for different countries are different. In part due to tit-for-tat.
Sounds sweet! I thought about this for a while, and I don't think I can stand being just in Istanbul for two weeks when I know a lot of other sites are in close reach. For now, I'm thinking Izmir, Bodrum, Epheseus, Cappadocia, Ankara, Istanbul. Should be fairly relaxed, with overnight buses interspersed with nights in hostels with proper beds.
I am originally an Iraqi citizen but I hold a British Passport, do I need a visa if I travel to Iraq ? Because I have a flight in few days and I don't know if I need a visa, considering I'm an Iraqi person but with a British passport