Month: May 2016

It’s not a rule on paper that decides what’s allowed, it’s a human with their own history and beliefs who has that authority – if you can’t board the flight it doesn’t exactly help you that the airline apologizes to you afterwards because the decision to throw you off was clearly wrong. People get thrown […]

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First, the Verpflichtungserklärung (I’ll call it VPE) is not really an invitation. If you cause unplanned substantial costs for the government etc. (law suit, deportation, medical costs…) that you can’t pay on your own, the VPE is a guarantee that your friend will pay for you. While not mandatory in any way, it can be […]

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UK visa valid date and depart/arriving date

I’m now holding the Chinese passport and studying in Canada. I bought a ticket departing on June 23rd and arrive on June 24th in London, UK. However, my visa begin to valid on June 25th. Can I stay at the airport for more than 10 hours and enter the UK after my visa begin to […]

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The West Coast Trail Express picks up and drops off passengers between the two trailheads, Victoria, and points in between. It looks like the round trip cost would be well under $250. Another choice is West Coast Shuttle which offers similar services for a similar cost. You can probably also find water taxi or float […]

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Just to add a bit of background and local knowledge to the answer above… Food can be rather expensive in Norway. We lay too far north and are to rocky to make agriculture very profitable. We tend to have many small farms, rather than a few large ones. We have tariffs to protect our own […]

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Travel insurance while spending 4 months in the US?

I’ve typically taken out annual travel insurance for any trips abroad, at around £40-80 a year based on travel plans. But with my renewal fast approaching, I’ve realised that the 4 month training secondment I will also shortly be starting to offices in the US will either push my insurance beyond £400, or not be […]

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Getting to the West Coast Trail without a car

I am interested in hiking the long West Coast Trail on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, in Western Canada. This is an area with great vistas and the feeling of isolation is probably one of the most intense you can feel without undertaking an extreme expedition. This trail is located in an isolated area […]

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The Pier 39 California Welcome Center (as mentioned in this question) does offer luggage storage. It’s $5/bag, 7am-9pm. I’ve never used the service, but it’s run by the state’s tourism promotion organization and I would expect it to be reasonably reliable. The catch is the location: it’s Pier 39, which is an extremely touristy area, […]

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Is there anything like “Epcot World Showcase” in other parts of the world?

I recently looked up whether there are Epcots at other disneylands/worlds and nothing came up on the internet, but I am curious as to whether there are other facilities similar to Epcot where there are some countries on showcase. Particularly, I am curious about Japan, since I’m going there soon, but I would love to […]

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What is the detailed Process of getting Schengen Visa by locking money for verpflichtungserklärung?

I am from Iran and want to visit my friends in Germany, but getting a visa is difficult. However, I have a German friend who wants to send me a formal invitation letter called verpflichtungserklärung so that I have a better chance of my visa application being accepted. On the other hand, according to the […]

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