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Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2011
Middle aged couples - what do you call your partner that you're not married to?  (30 Answers)

So, you're aged 40 something to 50 something add or subtract a decade etc, and in a relationship, but not married/engaged.
How do you introduce the other one? Yes by name, but how do you 'describe' your relationship?
Girlfriend/Boyfriend feels wrong .... of mature years now - Ladyfriend/Gentleman friend doesn't feel right- too twee!
Partner doesn't sit easy....
Any suggestions?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2011
Vat refund in US  (12 Answers)

As European citizen, is it possible to get a vat refund on things bought in the US, which are going to be imported in Europe? If yes, which is the procedure?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2011
Have you ever gotten to the Border and been Turned Away?  (40 Answers)

It happened to me again today, and both times it has been trying to get back in to the USA!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2011
Paul de Waard, Welcome back to Australia. Melbourne Dutch hero.  (5 Answers)

Probably an unknown hero to many, Paul de Waard has continued the long history of important Dutch association with Australia. The front page of Melbourne's people's paper, The Sunday Herald Sun, today carries a colour picture of a very healthy surfing Paul. The image and story are here: >
Briefly, on an ordinary work-day morning four years ago, as he was back-packing his way through the Melbourne part of an around-Aussie journey, Paul unhesitatingly went to the help of a woman and another brave man in a frightening mid-city street shooting. The other man was killed and Paul received serious gunshot wounds which were thought to be fatal. Expert surgical and nursing attention at one of our leading hospitals saw Paul gradually recover and eventually return to his home-town in The Netherlands. (The woman survived.)
Some time later Paul was brought back to Melbourne and was given a public civic reception. He was and is hailed as Melbourne's Dutch Hero.
Now he is back, currently enjoying the Sydney surfing scene and will be in Melbourne in a few months time.
We all look forward to that visit when he will probably be continuing his Australian Odyssey. His Interrupted Journey.
Welcome and Well Done Paul.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 19, 2011
Do you bring anything to a dinner party when asked not to?  (60 Answers)

I have been invited to another dinner party and when I asked the host what he would like me to bring--he said nothing..It got me wondering what other people do when asked not to bring anything.
At one dinner party I attended,the hostess had so much food bought when she asked guests not to bring anything and explained that it was a dinner party and the food was being catered for.She took it to a homeless shelter the next day because she hated wasting food,and then had all the trays,dishes etc to wash up and return to the owners.
She told me that a few people were very upset with her for not serving their food and then taking the food to a shelter and told her that it was made for the party!!!!! I wonder if those people genuinely didn't understand what a dinner party is!!
I felt really sorry for the hostess in this situation.

I usually take a bottle of wine or chocolates to give to the host/hostess.

So what do others normally take,if you are asked not to bring anything?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 06, 2011
Is a Computer Masculine or Feminine  (16 Answers)

Saw this old joke yesterday and decided to pass on:

A language teacher was explaining to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine. "House" in French, is feminine-"la maison." "Pencil" in French, is masculine-"le crayon."

One puzzled student asked, "What gender is computer?" The teacher did not know, and the word was not in her French dictionary. So for fun she split the class into two groups appropriatelyenough, by gender, and asked them to decide whether "computer" should be a masculine of a feminine noun. Both groups were required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computer"), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval;

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('le computer") because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2.They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3.They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem;

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

So what do you think? Is a computer masculine or feminine?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 14, 2011
No schissors to Ryanair plane at all?  (22 Answers)

Hey friends...brief question...if i fly ryanair -I cant put inside the carry on luggage any kind of schissors?even not small one?i need them way somehow to put them among lot of stuff ...small ones for nails..
thanks a lot!!..

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2011
Ryanair's transparent reseable bag?:-)  (18 Answers)

Hello my dear travel friends!
Im supposed to use Ryanair in the first time to fly from Bratislava to London but i saw they require for liquids -RESEABLE TRANSPARENT BAG, do you have any idea where is it usualy possible to buy it?(I live now in Vienna)
Thank you very much!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2011
Did you find any funny travel documentary show on tv ?  (10 Answers)

I found one as I tuned to Science Channel tonight.

The show/documentary is called "An idiot abroad".

It is about a guy named Karl Pilkington who has no interest in global travel, but he was sent off by his two other colleagues to travel to the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The two colleagues wanted to make him experiences different cultures of the world, and see if they can change Karl's perspective of the world in the end.

A sample clip of the epidsode when he visit China can be seen here :
(the video is only suitable for people over 16 years old)

P.S. : I am very tired and sick of Rick Steve's style of travel show.....

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2011
Weird airline names.  (31 Answers)

I am sitting here in JFK airport and there are dozens of planes with an AA logo on.
Is that an airline owned by alcoholics annonymous?
"Hello this is your captain speaking, my name is John and i am an alcoholic"

What other airline names do you know that could have a double meaning?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 02, 2011
Mary had a little lamb......  (34 Answers)

What's his name?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2011
Apparently hundreds of thousands of bottles of absinthe are being sold illegally in Slovakia.  (19 Answers)

Should I notify the authorities in Bratislava about this crime? How should I go about reporting something so important. Perhaps the big distillery in Zelina, as well as other Slovakian distillers of absinthe are also in big trouble.

I read on the main VT Prague page that the Czech Republic and Spain are the only countries in Europe that legally sell absinthe, so it must be true.

Please help. I don't wish to get my Slovakian friends in trouble.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 24, 2011
Question for the ladies: Was former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln an ugly looking man?  (31 Answers)

Not at all meant to be a political thread. This is strictly about how ugly looking (or good looking) the man really was.

Abe Lincoln was a powerfully built man who had very little body fat. He stood 6ft.4inches tall (about 195 cm.), which was about 27 cm. taller than the average man of the times that he lived during. He had rugged and chisled looking facial features. Despite this, the man was historically considered to be homely (a polite word for ugly). Did dumpy little men with pot bellies call Lincoln ugly out of jealosy or what was their motive?

Although I am certainly no expert on what makes men good looking, I would personally rate Abe to have been much the opposite of ugly. What are your opinions ladies?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2011
Pesticide Spraying in Planes...  (9 Answers)

Upon arrival in India, the inside of the plane is sprayed with an awful smelling pesticide. Why?? Since the cargo holds (and all the luggage), and presumably, the cockpit, are not sprayed, why do they bother?

I was on a plane once leaving India that was so full of mosquitoes - and it was not sprayed prior to arrival in the U.S. Why not?

And there's no way that anyone can convince me that those pesticides are "safe". I feel very sorry for the cabin crews that have to constantly endure the spraying.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 18, 2011
Are more people dying young?  (32 Answers)

Is it just me, or do more people die young these days?
In just the last four months we have known 4 people under 50 who have died (cancers and heart failure)
When I go back 10-12 years, the number is staggering.
Yet, 15 years ago, at least in my world, hearing of someone under 55 or even 65 dying was extremely rare.
Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2011
Interesting Names of Towns and Places  (37 Answers)

I just received a postcard sent from Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.

What an interesting name :) Do you know others to share?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 08, 2011
Eating carrots 'makes you more attractive': study  (15 Answers)

Eating strongly coloured vegetables and fruit such as carrots and plums makes people more attractive, according to a new British study. yup we all know veggies are good for you. Another BS?????

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 21, 2010

Hi i am 44 and would like, next april to take, if possible, a long flight. We were hoping for Barbados but it is a bit academic as i am unsure what " the rules" are. I have had four PE s and also have ME and Fybromyalgia. Would anyone, either in a similar position with the warfarin situation be able to advise me whether a long haul flight would be possible. I would be very grateful for any advice that could be given. Many thanks

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 13, 2010
Bugs ate my basil  (11 Answers)

I had a beautiful basil plant growing on my balcony - I even used it in my cooking, I went water it yesterday and found all the leaves had been munched on. The were small black balls on the leaves (they look a bit like cockroach droppings). What do I do about it?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 07, 2010
how can you tell if crocs are real crocs?  (20 Answers)

i bought a pair today very cheap and they said they were crocs but they seemed too cheap to be real crocs

they are scuffs so don't have the button with the croc head on them that i understood meant they were the real thing

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 03, 2010
Puns for the Weekend  (10 Answers)

Busy weekend coming up, so 3 for the price of 1 today.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2010
Election trauma and the innocent  (10 Answers)

So another question today:

Elections have become a very nasty business with all sort of wild and negative accusations being blared all over the media. I got to wondering about candidates with children and how those children cope with hearing/reading those accusations, and seeing the less-than-flattering images of the people they love splashed all over the television and left on their front doorstep. I wonder how their parents handle the anxiety that may cause?

I am reminded of a friend's child who came home from school in hysterics because a classmate informed her that her parent's chosen candidate would kill babies and old people, and mommy and daddy would go straight to hell for their votes. Honestly, gave the child nightmares and took them some doing to convince her that no one was going to shoot Grandma or her baby sister, and mom and dad weren't going to leave them and be sent anywhere awful.

Have any of you or anyone close to your family, run for office and had to handle any fear and confusion negative press caused your young people?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 01, 2010
Sore legs!!  (11 Answers)

Hey guys. My legs are starting to hurt! Reason? ... Yesterday we had a fire drill at work and I had to join the rest of our floor and walk down the concrete stair well some over 30 floors to the street level! ...This is the most exercise I have done in a while!! ...don't laugh... haha.

Should I take a sickie tomorrow?.... What would you do?...

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 24, 2010
Passport and e-tickets names!!!  (19 Answers)

I just wanted some confirmation (because no-one seems to know); my travel agents sent me my e-ticket and my first and middle name has no space between it. However I was told by the travel agents that all airlines do this, and technically your middle name 'doesn't count'. It's only the spelling that is important.

I'm confused, because I thought your e-ticket had to be EXACTLY the same as the name on your passport. Seeing as how security are always moaning and picking over every tiny little thing, I can't see how this can be right...?

Also they put me down as Ms not Miss. But they said it doesnt matter as Miss, Mr, Mrs etc is not something on a passport and it still clearly shows that I am female, so again, not important.

Has anyone ever had problems with this kind of thing? Or does anyone know for sure (or can direct me to a website) that has this kind of information? I don't want to be a nodding dog, believe everything the travel agents say, and then when I turn up to the airport they say something like 'Oh, I'm sorry, there's a problem, because your name...' etc etc. I'm flying with BA and I sent them an email (after trying to unsuccessfully to navigate their page to find a phone number for general enquiries- it was all for complaints!!!!) but they didn't reply.

Many thanks in advance

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2010
posing underwater  (48 Answers)

Hello : )

Can anyone help me pleace ? Im going to a country with nice fish. I whant to take a picture of them together with me under water and wonder what to do ! Its the red sea and very salt so I keep floating up all the time. I need to have some weight around my feet,I am not going deep. I dont want to float, but dont want to drown. Just want to be able to "stand up" under water to get cool photos of me and fishie together. but dont know how much weight I need around my feet. It does not help to diet. my weigt is 67,5 kilo if you realy need to know. Pleace help me. ANSWER ME NOW!

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 18, 2010
National Jewel of Japan  (14 Answers)

I am getting a large Japanese Dragon Tattoo on my arm. It calls for a jewel under its chin. To keep it authentic as I can i want to have a jewel that represents Japan. Any ideas.

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 02, 2010
What is your favorite misquoted quote?  (20 Answers)

While watching the baseball World Series the other night, one of the commentators held up a fake skull (I guess this was on Hallowe'en, then ;-) ) and said "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him well." Of course, as you all know, the actual quote is "Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio...", but here in the US everyone seems to add the word "well" at the end.

This got me thinking of other famous misquotes...OK, I'll start...

"Play it again, Sam"...this is widely "quoted" from the movie Casablanca and was the name of a Woody Allen movie (who knew it was not the right quote), but no one ever actually said this line in the original movie...the closest they came was Ilsa saying to Sam: "Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By." "

What are your famous misquotes?


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2010
How much health supplements is too much for Italian customs  (31 Answers)

Hello. My wife and I will be visiting Europe late December and our port of entry is Rome.

I just thought that we take health supplements every single day without fail. We take various pills and tablets like vitamins C, vitamin D, antioxidant capsules, liver supplements, Glucosamine,etc. Not to mention emergency medicines like aspirins. In total, I reckon we would be bringing in around 300+ capsules of different types (all harmless) for our entire duration of stay in Europe.

Do you think this will cause us trouble or too much time at the customs?

Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 18, 2010
Jury Duty  (35 Answers)

One of the privileges of living in free country with a jurisprudence system based on the English model is the ability/duty to serve on a know, "you have the right to be tried by a jury of your peers".

Tomorrow morning very early, I'll be off to the County courthouse in downtown Dallas to see if I'll be picked for a jury. In the 38 years in Dallas County (well, with some time off to live in Italy), I've never actually sat on a jury...they either didn't need jurors or I got struck off every time.

So, have any of you served on a jury, and what was it like?


Q   VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 04, 2010
Do my filipino friend need a TRANSIT VISA ?  (7 Answers)

A friend of mine will also be travelling to Brazil and he is a filipino citizen. For what i know, filipinoes (Philippines) doesn't need a visa to travel to Brazil. But he will be into a connecting flight to Heathrow, London. Do he need a transit visa if he will just stay a couple of hours in the airport like 8 hours. I was just reading something and i was confused with it, if he is visa national or the other option. Can anyone explain it carefully? I included the site here;jses...


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