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Offline Vinnvinny

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Re: International Travel Checklist
« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2009, 06:03:10 PM »
The real key is Beirut when?

I’m not sure but the good news is that I'm already semi compliant with much of the above as I always leave my pornographic magazines at home (usually with a spouse or friend) and I never go near windows or trash bins (for at least 3 days) before departure.

I’m surprised that Hawaiian shirts didn’t get a mention ….

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Re: International Travel Checklist
« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2009, 06:12:39 PM »
Would you like to tell us a bit more about yourself, and what international travel have you done?

I'm guessing but ..... maybe just Kabul, Baghdad, Tehran and Beirut.  ;D

Yah, I'm guessing more like Abu Dhabi...  :chuckle:

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Re: International Travel Checklist
« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2009, 06:16:58 PM »
The real key is Beirut when?

I’m not sure but the good news is that I'm already semi compliant with much of the above as I always leave my pornographic magazines at home (usually with a spouse or friend) and I never go near windows or trash bins (for at least 3 days) before departure.

I’m surprised that Hawaiian shirts didn’t get a mention ….


What no roadblocks, convoys, or the value of a competent, skilled, connected fixer? Makes me wonder what else we missed? :-X
Put abit of that in your Hookah and smoke it.. :smileysherlock: :BEER:


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Re: International Travel Checklist
« Reply #33 on: August 20, 2009, 06:50:05 PM »
Yah, I'm guessing more like Abu Dhabi...  :chuckle:

I doubt it Voyager.

“In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the police can arrest a person for "committing an action that would be harmful to the general public". This might be the official charge for something as harmless as kissing a woman on her cheek in a public place. The penalty is ten days in jail for both the kisser and the kissee. The action could even be adultery! And adultery in Abu Dhabi is punishable by death.”

If he had been there then you would think that AnitchkaZeonchka would have appended the ‘Obey all laws of the country you are in - no drugs - no smuggling’ advice with ‘and definitely no snogging or murdering’.  :biggrin:

Makes me wonder what else we missed? :-X

I think he forgot to mention the possibility of doing the whole journey in a M1A2 Abrams. No need to worry too much about proceeding through security ‘immediately’ after you have checked in, go outside a have a smoke first if you want. Admittedly the ‘moving away from disturbances’ might become a tad tiresome but on the plus side …. you shouldn’t worry too much about noting the ‘location of exits’.  :P

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #34 on: August 22, 2009, 10:54:52 PM »
Eric and Vinny, she did have a funny list. I liked the one about leaving any item with a company logo at home! My experience is those things are valued...would a girl rather have a pen with the company logo of the man she will marry, or just an ink pen he picked up at Walgreens?!

Also the "leave religious jewelry at home." Right, you're traveling to a land where girls (and guys) put on a cross at Chrismation and wear it the rest of their lives, even in the shower, etc.


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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #35 on: August 28, 2009, 02:07:05 AM »
Can I bring new Perfume on airplane nowadays??  I heard that the police will ask you to drink a little bit!   :biggrin:
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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #36 on: August 28, 2009, 07:12:43 AM »
Can I bring new Perfume on airplane nowadays??  I heard that the police will ask you to drink a little bit!   :biggrin:

 :chuckle: I burst out laughing with this one - you were until recently limited to 100ml only, it has now been raised a little I believe, (I will have flown in and out of 6 different airports in 6 days by the time you read this and I am still not sure what the legal limit is on this now)   but if you are worried about being made to drink it  :ROFL: put it in your stored/checked in baggage 

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #37 on: October 15, 2009, 10:13:17 AM »
Goods - subject for declaring.
Imported goods with total price exceeding 65 000 RUB and/or with total weight exceeds 35 kg. Precious metals and stones, except for personal use, must be declared and are subject to tax.

One question, if bringing a laptop for personal use while in Russia that you will bring with you when you leave, will it have to be declared if the value exceeds 65 000 RUB?

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2009, 11:27:44 AM »
No, but one caveat....never bring to Russia something you can't live without later on.

Get an decent older laptop and use it for foreign travel until you're comfortable, and it can even be left behind to teach Mama how to do email, Skype, etc, in prep for when you will take her daughter away.

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #39 on: October 15, 2009, 11:54:38 AM »
Thanks Mendy! No time to arrange for another laptop, but I'll make sure everything is backed up. The laptop itself can easily be replaced.

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #40 on: December 05, 2009, 07:39:06 AM »
Topicstarter put alot of useful info [especially about Ukraine]. I am an Ukrainian, but I dont know whole info:)

some corrections about Ukraine:

Now for call Emergencies--
For fire, dial 101; police 102; ambulance 103, gas service - 104.

for dailing local Ukrainian cell phones and city phones
(if you are in Ukraine, not from abroad) dont use 8

for example, my cell phone is [old dialing in Ukraine] 8 050 868 72 40
new dialing - 050 868 72 40.

for travelling by train
website of train departments is http://uz.gov.ua doesnt have english version.
As an alternative use http://www.poezda.net/en/index (very hard in using)

for travelling by bus
website with bus timetable is http://bus.com.ua, has english version, but very hard in using


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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #41 on: December 05, 2009, 09:48:09 AM »
Thank you, we've added those in the list!

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #42 on: March 31, 2010, 06:04:55 AM »
Gifts


Electricity

Everywhere in Russia/Ukraine/FSU, 220 Volt and 50 Hz AC current supplies are used. Most of the sockets are standard European-size for double round-pin plugs, the same as in France or Germany. Appliances from the US, Canada, Britain will need adaptors (it’s better to buy them in your own country, as it’s very hard to find them in Russia). If looking in places like Walmart, Staples or Radio Shack, look for the "Northern European" style which has two round pins.


At least here in Ukraine, that has not been my experience. I have found plug adapters in several different rinoks, usually for three or for hryvnia (less than fifty cents American). Before I came here, I made sure that my only plug-in electronics were dual voltage, so all I needed was the plug adapters. If you go to a stall in a rinok selling electrical supplies, you can generally find the adapters--but you may have to ask for them. If you don't speak the language, take the cord with you and show them what you have and they will quickly get the idea.

By contrast, the adapters I saw in the States were usually at least $5 each, and no better. Often, to get one, you had to buy a set of adapters suitable for the whole world for a lot more money. Save the cash, and visit your local rinok!

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2010, 09:27:48 AM »
dbneeley, your explanation reminds me of my exact experience. Hard to find in the larger stores but many markets, small shops, will have these adapters for almost nothing.

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Re: Checklist before you travel to FSU
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2010, 09:40:01 PM »
In agreeing with you it may seem as a contradiction, but most guys traveling don't know much about shopping and finding things beyond restaurants and a neighborhood food market nor speak/read the language. In that sense finding a product in a foreign language and culture can be, for many, like finding a needle in a haystack. 

I like the idea of taking what you need to visibly demonstrate to the clerk what you are seeking.

Both of you should share more tips from your experiences and we'll list them. Thanks guys!  tiphat