Month: June 2012

Unroasted coffee beans in La Paz, Bolivia

Is there a place in La Paz where I could buy beans straight from farms, before they are processed? I have a couple of friends who’d want to roast their beans up to their liking, so I’d like to buy them some beans as close to the source as possible. I don’t have much time […]

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What it the best method to protect from midges in Scotland?

I will be visiting Scotland next month, and I have been told over and over again to be particularly watchful for midges. They’re annoying and they bite a lot! Can anyone recommend any good repellents or other methods/remedies to avoid being attacked by those annoying bugs? Source: https://stackoverflow.com/

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This page says that Tallinn zoo has kangaroos. Tallin is at 59 degrees 26 mins north. A review on this page backs it up. So does this picture. I found a newspaper report of a ship taking a kangaroo back to Leningrad Zoo (59 degrees 57 mins N) after their only one was killed in […]

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The most northerly Australian animals I’ve personally come across were at the Copenhagen zoo. In addition to the not-so-unexpected Kangaroos they also have a few Tasmanian Devils, and at least one Kookaburra! According to my GPS, it’s at about 55.672° N, 12.523° E. Heading even further north, the Helsinki Zoo in Finland has both Emu […]

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Just as a side advice. If you are travelling with an Eurail pass through France, you may have difficult on reserving trains that leave from or go to France. I don’t know why, but it seems that in France they limit the amount of seats destinated to Eurail passes. I had to buy full tickets […]

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Where can I visit the most northerly Australian fauna in the world?

In Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido, Japan (43.768533,142.482717), I saw a pair of emus. Are they the northernmost Australian fauna in the world, or is there a place even further north that has distinctly Australian fauna? Criteria: Can be in the wild or in captivity Has to be reasonably distinct – kangaroos would count even though […]

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Don’t forget the very decent TAZARA, the train linking up Dar with Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. Also, local Tanzanian trains can be a decent enough alternative to travel by bus: Source: https://stackoverflow.com/

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Is there a formula similar or close to Interrail for a family with (small) children?

We are considering our options for the upcoming summer holiday. It would be really nice to do a train trip. The only problem is the tangle of different formula’s. In the past I traveled with the Interrail or the Japan Rail Pass, both making traveling with trains quite easy. Traveling with trains are not so […]

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Yes indeed, most US airlines charge for all check baggage. There are exceptions if you have “status” with either the airline themselves or with any of their affiliated airlines (eg, Star Alliance, OneWorld, etc), or if you’re flying in First Class, or if you’re connecting from an international flight, or if you have one of […]

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Most of the major travel websites such as Expedia and Travelocity will allow you to search multiple rental car companies in one search. My personal preference is Orbitz who display the results in a clean table of company v’s car size. Where rental cars differ from airlines (and thus services like “matrix” that you’re referring […]

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