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ITT: The little bits of info you'd wish someone had told people going to your country but nobody ever does and the guides don't mention it.
I'll start with my own country, Denmark.
1. When you buy soda, beer or bottled water, you have to pay for the bottle or can, most stores won't include it in the price tage, since it's technically not a part of the price and you can return the bottle at the store for a refund. So always expect your sodas and such to cost just a bit more, and don't just throw out the bottles and cans.
2. When you ask for a plastic bag in a grocery store or a store like a 7Eleven, they'll charge for the bags, so no point in wasting money on a bag for something that'll fit in your pocket.
3. There are no time limits on when you can buy alcohol, and most grocery stores and convenience stores sell alcohol, so you can walk into a 7Eleven at 4 in the morning and buy as much vodka as the store has. You have to be 16 and only up to a percentage of 16%, next step is 18 and you can buy whatever the fuck you want.
4. Drinking publicly is fine, you can walk down the street and chug down whatever you want and the cops won't give a shit.
5. Seen a lot of travel guides tell people you don't have to worry about pick pockets in Copenhagen, but you really do. I keep seeing tourists walking around absent mindedly with their wallets in their barely closed handbacks that they keep at their side or back, or in open pockets or leaving obvious imprints on their clothes. Thieves can smell tourists and I'm tired of seeing these fuckers coming into my store trying to pay with shit that isn't theirs. Also, if some guy tells you he's a cop and you need to show him your money so he can tell if they are fake, it's bullshit and he's not a cop, figured it was obvious but it apperantly isn't.
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ITT: tell about your experiences with cops. Which countries have the most chilled out/strictest, most supid cops in the world?
Share your funny stories, warn fellow travelers.
I'll start: a friend of mine was hitchhiing through Slovakia. Cops there became german-strict some years ago, but they are also corrupted.
He found 2euro coin on the ground, which became his sole monetary possesion. He put it in his sock for some reason. Then he was unlucky enough to be dropped on a highway and police appeared in a moment. The cop started the litany about it being dangerous and a fine he has to pay. Yet at the same time he pulled up a sleeve of his trousers, showing my friend he should put the bribe in his sock. My friend smiled happily and started fingering his own sock producing the coin. He extended it toward the cop who got trully pissed, but the other in the car started laughing a lot and they let him go in the end.
Themed Travel Pic Thread -- Ruins and Relics
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OK, the Golden Stuff one didn't take off like some of the earlier ones, but still got some good pics. Trying something maybe a little broader. Old ruins, abandoned places, leftover bits of flotsam and jetsam of the past you've encountered on your travels. Interpret that as broadly as you need to.
As always, posting a couple to get started -- and please do mention where the pic was taken unless it is Bleeding Obvious.
Greek Temple, one of three in Paestum, south of Naples, from before the Romans swept across the peninsula and took over.
New York, New York
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>25 years old
>Move to New York City. Greatest city in the world.
>Get government job. Overworked underpaid.
>Spend two hours a day on subway, unable to move.
>Finally get off subway after long day of office work. $18 an hour.
>Step in steaming puddle of piss. Shoes soaked.
>Rush to the exit. EMTs surrounding lifeless homeless corpse. They're laughing and talking about the Mets.
>Finally outside. Step into another giant puddle of piss and garbage juice.
>Taxi honks at an elderly woman struggling to cross the street. She dies.
>Yellow cabs and Toyota Camrys run over her corpse until it disappears.
>Receive five text messages.
>So excited. Maybe my new roommate wants to be friends and take me out on the town.
Mom aunt brother cousin dad. “Are you safe?” Terrorists attacked down the street. Many wounded.
>Remind myself that New York City is the greatest city in the world.
>Tinder date with Eliza to boost the mood. Eliza consents to date. We’ll met at the local tavern for a drink around 8:00.
>Arrive, she's waiting.
>Order 2 beers. $37
>Eliza looks up from her phone screen to tell me she's going to the bathroom. Eliza goes home.
>Never see Eliza again.
>Back on the subway headed home. Reading the news on my phone.
>Homeless guy puts his hat over my phone screen.
>Don't stare at him he'll go away.
>Look at the other passengers. Everyone is staring at the floor or pretending to read.
>”Ritch ass faggot"
>Everyone looks down nervously.
>PA system reminds me that the NYPD has the right to search me for any reason at any time.
>Remind myself that New York City is the pinnacle of human civilization.
>Finally get home to my 5x7 apartment.
>February 28, end of the month.
>Write $12,750 check to Chinese landlord.
>depressed. Order Seamless. ETA 25-40 minutes for my cheeseburger.
>Drift off into a light sleep consisting mostly of horns and sirens and women screaming.
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New Japan General
As always, feel free to ask about:
>Traveling to Japan
>Living in Japan
>Teaching in Japan
>Joining the Yakuza
>Getting your weeb fantasies crushed
*Info on prostitution*
*Note about the JR Pass*
Many people ask about whether or not the JR Rail Pass is worth it. It depends on your itinerary.
Plug your itinerary into Hyperdia to determine ticket costs, then compare to the below JR Pass options:
>7 day Pass: 29,110¥
>14 day Pass: 46,390¥
>21 day Pass: 59,350¥
Please check the /trv/ sticky before asking questions. It's filled with links to great resources, many of them specific to Japan travel.
Please refer to the old thread while it's still up: >>1215087
Traveling to Bangladesh
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I'm traveling to Bangladesh in December. I will spend 30 days there before returning to the U.S. First vacation, so I'm really exited.
I will be spending my time getting messed up at the brothel 170km outside Dhaka, and sleeping at whatever room I can rent, which I think will be the perfect vacation.
I want to bring $4,500 cash. How do I go in doing this? Should I just bring the cash in my carry-on, then exchange it at an exchange in Dhaka?
How will I know which exchanges give better rates so I get more for my cash?
Any advice about Bangladesh I should know?