Nicholas Roberts

Nicholas Roberts

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    Any things that we should not miss in Dublin?

    Here's my recommendations! * A pint of Guinness in Temple Bar - touristy but still a must * Visit the parks north of Grafton street * The Guinness factory tour is brilliant and ends with a drink in their sky bar with fantastic views over the city * The "stiletto in the ghetto" - that's about all worth seeing south of the liffey river * Walk over the h'penny bridge and have a coffee along the river * The deers in the big park just outside Dublin - can't recall name and never went but have been told it is wonderful * Barnacles youth hostel in temple bar highly recommended for good value accom/hostel over 10 years ago

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    What is the best way to cross the Andes?

    Well my flatmate and I did that trip July last year. We went through Túnel del Cristo Redentor/Paso Libertadores which was amazing. It goes from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile down a jacob's ladder. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paso_Libertadores You will have to have very good luck to travel that pass in winter though. Other passes go much further north or much further south and take an extra 12 hours or so from memory. The websites to find information on the passes across the Andes are: Chilean: http://www.vialidad.gov.cl/PasosFronterizos/Pasos_Fronterizos.asp?Regiones=16 Argentinian: http://www.aca.org.ar/servicios/turismo/vial/pasos.html over 10 years ago

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    Is Argentina still cheap?

    My sister's housemate was just there and she said that it was now 2 pesos to the dollar generally. When I was there last June (08) it was 3 pesos to the dollar. Back when I was there it was still very cheap but the economy was going up because of the major demand for produce world-wide and the massive farmland in Ar. I would imagine that it is still very cheap but not as cheap as Bolivia. over 10 years ago

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    Where can I see live local music in Lisbon?

    Well for festivals, unfortunately, you are a bit late for Rock in Rio (last week of May) and early for CoolJazzFest (starts in July) or Super Bock Super Rock (End of July) When you say "local music" do you mean bands from Portugal? Check out http://www.festivaisverao.com/Agenda/index.html It has a pretty good listing of events from small shows to festivals Not much for that week though... over 9 years ago

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    I have been told Mendoza is a bit boring unless you pay money?

    We went there in the winter and it was a bit average... If you want to see the wineries then pay the ~200 pesos for a guided tour with lunch and transport. We tried to find our own way around and the wineries we tried were closed. It was a long walk and the bike hiring places were closed at the end of the town where the bus dropped us off. over 10 years ago

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    In Italy should I buy a eurail pass or buy tickets at the stations?

    Trains in Italy are pretty cheap for short journeys. My advice for Eurail passes is use them for long trips. Good rule of thumb is about 30-50€ or more (depends on your pass) you should use a Eurail pass and it will be cheaper than buying the ticket. For example: If you are hopping on a regional train from Verona to Venice it will only cost 7€ so using the Eurail pass (if that is the only trip you are taking that day) will turn out more expensive, because you use up one of the days in your pass. If you want to travel from Napoli to Venice however that is a totally different story. If you have an Italy pass, you should use it as much as you can within a calendar day (or including as far back as 7pm the previous day if it is a night train) So hop on a train from Napoli to Rome (get it stamped for the first time here) and then get your connecting train from Rome to Verona and then hopefully get onto a connecting train from Verona to Venice. Do that in one day and your Eurail pass definitely pays for itself. Have fun, Niko almost 9 years ago

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    Where is the best place to stay in Rio de Janeiro?

    Another thing to remember. When you get to the airport you will be approached by plenty of people offering to rent apartments in Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Don't just refuse them. Check it out as prices can be bargained down to a reasonable price depending on what time of year you are there. The place will always be a bit less than what is advertised and try and travel with the person back to their apartment or you may be duped by a taxi driver with his own apartment deal (this happened to us) over 10 years ago

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    What is some good, cheap accommodation in Madrid?

    RC Miguel Angel is a good hostel to stay near one of the 3 big metro stations (Sol) In Madrid, depending on how far ahead of time you intend to book, it will cost you anywhere from AU$30/per night and upwards (more like $40 for decent hostels) One thing you should visit there is the El Tigre Tapas bar. It is 2 blocks North-East of the Gran Via metro station (2 north and 1 east). Great place where you can eat until you are really full for extremely little. It is packed with locals and tourists who you can easily find people to go out on the town with. over 10 years ago