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Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2012
On line check in I am having problems  (6 Answers)

Hi as many of you know I am regularly travelling in Europe & have been using Wizzair to travel from England to cities in Central Europe. However I have been having problems with trying to check in for my flight from Vilnius to London on July 9th 2012, is the website inoperative, unless I am from Afganistan I can not provide my details to proceed to the web check in. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I will try again later this week but time is running out on me as I am leaving from Kaunus on Thursday (I am flying with Ryanair, their on line check in has worked). If I can't get the thing to work & have to pay the airport check in, will I get my money back?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2012 - Has anyone used it?  (56 Answers)


I am looking for some accomodation at Barcelona and Berlin. At HouseTrip I found some great prices near to city center, but I can't see any reviews about that site.

Has anyone already used HouseTrip to reserve apartments?

Thank you!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2012
Stirring Your Cup of Tea/Coffee  (29 Answers)

It's been a long while since I last made a post on this forum but what better way to conduct an informal scientific study!

Question No 1:

Which way do you stir your cup of tea/coffee when your making it? Clockwise or Counter (Anti)-clockwise?

Question No 2:

What hand do you write with?

My very anecdotal evidence is that left handed people stir clockwise whereas right-handers do it counter-clockwise or perhaps if you use your left hand to stir your brew you'll stir it clockwise, right hand - counter clockwise!

What say the masses of VT?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2012
Grammar ques:I look forward to hearing from you.Correct?  (21 Answers)

Lots of people use this phrase and make mistakes and it has been a while since I did. Now i am second guessing myself. Googling didn't get me very far it served a bit to confuse me and less reinforcing so I just would like a straight forward answer without reason unless very simple to understand are these both correct? If not what's the proper phrase.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I am looking forward to hear from you.

This one probably requires English teachers or writers who do know their grammar.Heheh.TQ!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2012
Hotel Incidental Charges...  (48 Answers)

I am about to travel to Ireland this Sunday but just realised that they require a credit card for incidental deposit.I am very concerned about this HIDDEN COSTS that I may incur during my stay eventhough I have Paid the reservation IN FULL!

Any advices and Ideas of How to avoid this kind of charges will be very welcomed. and again what If it happens that the amount(THE INCIDENTAL DEPOSIT) they require is very high that I can't afford???


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 06, 2012
teeth implants-anyone done it?  (50 Answers)

There was an article on it and it was the first time i've come across it.. this year. The common one is bridging which i heard does not last and according to the article makes other teeth vulnerable so teeth implant is the way to go for replacement of loss of permanent teeth. Was quite interesting a read but would like to know of anyone with first hand or near experience.

Was the operation painful and or long? Simple/complex? Why is it so expensive? Any complications after? Your life is back to normal as when before loss of teeth? Do normal dentists do a good job or should a specialist be sought(what type)?, recovery period took time? Are you happy with it?

:) Thanks

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 04, 2012
Riding the Train - Forward or Backward?  (21 Answers)

Which do you prefer?

Riding forward to see where you are going?

Riding backward to see where you have been?

What does your choice say about your personaility?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 17, 2012
Discount Shopping in Paris and Rome  (23 Answers)

My wife and I find some surprisingly good quality clothing and other goods at TJ Maxx and Marshall stores here in the United States.

My wife was wondering if there are any similar type of stores that she can check out in Paris or Rome.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 10, 2012
R2D2 in Ancient Greece?  (7 Answers)

I have just finished watching the original "Clash of the Titans" by Ray Harryhausen (you know, stop-action special effects). Great fun - it was better than I thought it would be...

One part I liked was R2D2...I mean, the mechanical owl constructed by Hephaestus to mimic Athena's real owl. Yes, Zeus ordered Athena to give her owl, Bubo, to Perseus to help him out in his adventures, but Athena wouldn't let her real owl go so she had a mechanical owl constructed instead.

So what, you say? Well, when you see the mechanical owl in the movie (it appears in a number of scenes), you realize that because of its small size, cuteness, comic antics, and ability to communicate with certain people by chirps and whistles, that the director of the film must have been influenced by R2D2 in Star Wars, which had appeared just 4 or so years before. Really, when you see the mechanical Bubo in the Clash of the Titans, isn't R2D2 the first thing you think of?


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 04, 2012
Have you used Colloidal Silver?  (7 Answers)

Has anyone had occasion to use Colloidal Silver; and if so, in what capacity and what were your results?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2012
washing machine-changing settings in the middle of a wash  (29 Answers)

Sometimes when in a hurry,i use the 'speedy' mode but will change the water level to a higher level during the rinse so as to try and get as much residual soap off. Is this bad for the machine? I usually do medium loads with middle level of water then change to high level (of water) by pausing the machine. Is it best to do one load a day to keep the machine in good condition or doing another soon after the other is alright?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 02, 2012
I need help translating a couple of phrases from English to French  (8 Answers)

I'm really terrible at French, but I enjoy the language. I'm interested in having the correct translation for a couple of phrases I'm considering incorporating into a tattoo, so the correctness is absolutely needed.

How would "Love life" translate? I'm not looking for "I love life." Would Aime le vie be appropriate?

I'm also looking for the translation for "Love yourself"

Thanks for any advice, and I apologize for looking like the "dumb American."

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 22, 2012
Anti-Mosquito Products?  (36 Answers)

Hi Guys, I planned to visit Philippines in August-Sept. But my big problem is to escape from Mosquitoes. Last time I brought with me different kinds of Lotions but the mosquitoes never get “K.O”! Maybe they go dizzy for short then make revenge and the next day I have horrible erosions in my Legs or arms scratch them bloody. I am allergic to these Insects. They even go deep into your Head skin under your hair!

Can anybody give me some Tips or ideas maybe Household mixtures or the latest commercial Products effective against these Vampires? I hate them ;-( I am very Thankful for your Feedbacks!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 19, 2012
Length from elbow bone to wrist joint  (15 Answers)

Did you know that the length of your inner elbow bone to your wrist line is the size of your shoe size? Take a measuring tape and try it out. You'll be amazed.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2012
Why we pay so much commissions for refund? (tax free shopping)  (2 Answers)

While we travel around, it s the best to use our rights:))
Tax free is one of them. What i see around the world, there are companies like globalblue, premier tax free et.c. But problem those companies are also getting so much commission.

Example if u buy 5000 kronas good in Sweden, normally tax is %25 but due to using tax free companies, u ll probably get %15-17,5 as refund.

Why we should pay those commissions to companies? I feel really bad at those times.

I have also met very few retailers who says can send directly. But those are really few.

I ll be very happy if i can find direct sender retailers list at the net:))

Maybe we focus on shopping from those places and open more savings for real travelers:))

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
where to go with 14 year old for spring break on a budget  (20 Answers)

Hi all,

I am trying to plan a trip for myself and my son for mid March, and there are so many possibilities! We're adventurous but don't want to rough it. We want to go outside the US. Any ideas for a reasonably priced week-long vacation?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2012
No Bags Allowed at Qutub Minar, Delhi  (3 Answers)

Not a question. Only a cautionary message.

Wanted to have a picnic at Qutub Minar, Delhi today (Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012) with family after almost 3 years. Went armed with food and stuff. Not allowed entry as 'NO BAGS ALLOWED'. Had to go to Deer Park near Hauz Khas village.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2011
"coming year" or "upcoming year"  (31 Answers)

Hello everybody,

I must admit that I sometimes think about how to express things correctly in English. I know it is not a big thing, but is there a difference between "coming year" and "upcoming year"? Is any of the two wrong or are both totally correct in all variations of English?

Thanks for your help,


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2011
audi....owdie or awdie pronunciation?  (71 Answers)

I guess me and my husband who works on them for a living are wrong. Let me hear you, please.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2011
Geriatric Bird  (11 Answers)

We have had the pleasure of a particular Grey Butcher Bird for about 10 years. Daily day we feed him/her a small balls of mince meat blended with insectivore powder. Each year we get to see the young ones when he/she brings them to us. This is a delightful experience watching them frolic outside our kitchen." Pop" as we call him/her has always had this trick of catching the ball of meat when we throw it, other butcher birds have not done this. Pop also Flies to our kitchen window to attract our attention.Thus we have assumed it is just the same bird we are feeding. Their calls are a delight to hear

What we cannot figure out is "How Long Does A Butcher Bird Live" ?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2011
Water, water, everywhere  (96 Answers)

Apologies if this has been asked in the past but I can't find anything on it.

Browsing through European hotels and even apartment, I am astonished to find bathrooms with no doors or curtains on the showers. It's just a unheard of thing here in the states - how do you keep the TP and towels and everything else from a soaking? And keep your feet dry so you don't track water all over the place? I even have trouble with those 1/2 door things - also unknown here. Why is that?

Really, it's just the oddest thing to me. Do any of you friends across the pond have showers at home with no barrier between it and everything else?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2011
Blankets of airlines  (23 Answers)

On my way to Frankfurt, Germany and on board United Airlines, I was seated with a US army in uniform. He has a really nice backpack (camouflage) that he put underneath the seat in front of him.

After our long hours of flight, I started chatting with him regarding the warm wool blanket of the United Airlines. I said, it would be nice to have.

When we got out the plane, his blanket was missing and for some reason, I thought he stole it and put it in his backpack. But, how did he do it? I asked myself. He was fast in folding the blanket and put it in his backpack. He wave goodbye to me with a grin!

Last Sunday, I took my family to a Thai restaurant. On the peanut sauce tiny bowl that they served with satay, there was this tiny spoon with EVA air on it.

Are these for passengers to take? Have you taken one?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2011
Manual or Automatic??  (44 Answers)

Hi Guys and Gals!

A recent travel question made me wonder about driving tests and licences in countries other than the UK. In the UK you can take your driving test in either a manual gear change car or an automatic one, but if you take the test in an automatic car, then you are NOT allowed to drive a manual change car.

How about in your own country? I wondered because, for instance, if visiting from the USA, your license (US spelling now!!), may NOT be valid in the UK. I'm not sure just how this might work, but your replies could be very interesting!


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2011
Best rental car company for Italy?  (15 Answers)

Does anyone have recommendations or warnings about car rentals in Italy? No, we still haven't reserved a car yet... We know we would prefer to get diesel but that doesn't appear to be a choice when we search online. We won't need a rental car until this Sunday so we're not flipped out (yet). Though we are leaving for Italy tomorrow...

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2011
Cooking question about Dal  (17 Answers)

I'm not so much into cooking but decided to try to cook some dal. So my question is: Can you reheat it once you've added the coconut milk?

I ask as the smallest packet of coconut milk available is 250 ml which only stays good for 3 days in the fridge once opened.

Thanks for your advice!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2011
Still or tap water availability in your countries?  (43 Answers)

Since I was in US for my very first time ages ago I realised with relief that there is water without carbon dioxide existing and widely available in supermarkets and restaurants :-)
I grew up with having access to "Mineralwasser" only, and that is heavily loaded with CO2. And I hated it since I can think back.

Now still or tab water is available in many countries but in Germany it still seems to be something alien...., especially in restaurants. I recently found an article why this is so and it was mentioned that many restaurant owners bought cheap bottled water and sold it for a higher price. At the end, there was a law which prohibits to bring a simple glass of water to the table: every water must be brought in a bottle. And still, even when I order still water, what I get is most of the times water with content of CO2, albeit low. But I still hate it and often left restaurants when they wouldn't serve me simple water from the tap.

I understand that CO2 is used to "reduce microbiological content". But why is foreign water available as true still water?? Volvic or Vittel or Evian from France for example. Many others from Italy.
I simply don't get it....

That's why I would like to know how it is in your countries and how rules and regulations for water are.

Thanks in advance :-)
Ingrid, from a completely overruled country, where we inhabitants will sooner or later die out because of the law and rules strangulations....

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2011
Meaning of expression "He has sprung his gourd"  (20 Answers)

Could someone help me understand the expression "to spring one's gourd"? I saw it in the following review (excerpt only here) by Roger Ebert on the film Luna by Bertolucci:

"...And maybe that goes some way toward explaining the astonishing events in "Luna," which cannot be believed in any terms except, possibly, the operatic -- and of course you don't have to believe operas, that's one of their charms. Bertolucci has sprung his gourd this time. He's the Gunter Gebel Williams of cinema, and right there in the center ring, he's got a soap opera and a Freudian case history (traditional enemies in their natural states) and he's forcing them to copulate!..."

I looked up "gourd" and related stuff. Only found this, from the Bible:

"And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd."

Thanks for your help!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2011
English is difficult!!! >.< hehehe read for fun n_n  (10 Answers)

Repeat with me:

Three witches watch three Swatch watches. Which witch watch which Swatch watch?

Three switched witches watch three Swatch watch switches.
Which switched witch watch which Swatch watch switch?

Three Swedish switched witches watch three Swiss Swatch
watch switches. Which Swedish switched witch watch which
Swiss Swatch watch switch?

............... HELP MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >.


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2011
Proper attire in Sorrento and Amalfi Coast areas in August?  (5 Answers)

Do men wear shorts in Sorento? What other clothing tips are there for touring Pompeii, Positano, Ravella, and Capri? Thanks from a nervous packer!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2011
Best way to write Travelogues !  (15 Answers)

HI there,

We are planning for a west coast trip in USA for about 25 days. I was just wondering as to how do people write their travelogues while traveling, Should I do so when traveling or should I just maintain a journal and write some highlight points and then when I return back I can actually do the write up.

Let me know.

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