Russell

Russell

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    Cheap nice hostel

    Nice to meet you too Mariana, Berlin is all about districts. I would recommend either staying in Frederichshain, Prenzelauer Berg of Kreuzberg. In Fredrichshain doesnt have a lot on the surface but theres heaps of culture and underground stuff, street art and so on. Very East. There I would recommend the schlaffmeile, the sunflower, or Pegasus. Prenzelauer Berg is a little richer but also quite cool, like Frederichshain it has nice bars and cafes. if you stay there stay at Lettem Sleep. The other district I would recommend is Kreuzberg, Im not too sure about the hostels there but I think Baxpacks should be cool. Kreuzberg is the old slums of the west that was surounded by the wall, lots of cultural history there, especially for the turkish and gay communities. Anyway nice to meet you, and have fun in Berlin! p.s. do my old tour www.alternativeberlin.com you'll love it about 10 years ago

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    Cheap nice hostel

    The Schlaffmeile (http://www.schlafmeile.de/) is the best in town and also usually the cheapest. Its situated on the east side of town which I argue is by far the coolest part of town. Aside from that theres quite a few good hostels around that part of Fredrichshain. Sunflower is very good, Pegasus is also good. Lettem sleep in Prenzelauer Berg is a good option too. If you want to stay in Mitte (the central bit) check out Circus hostel, steer clear of Generator is you can. But Berlin isn't the sort of town that has a "center" per se, your better off staying in central east Berlin (Frederichshain, Prenzelauer Berg of Kreuzberg [although technically Kreuzberg is former West]) or if thats not your cup of tea stay in central west. If you want to stay in central West Berlin then stay at Jetpak City. about 10 years ago

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    What can't I miss when I go to Moscow?

    Well the obvious attactions are redsquare the the kremlin. Definately gotta see those sites. Just be careful in the kremlin to stick to the designated areas and to stay off the roads, the police really don't like that. Also in red square it is possible to see Lenins body. You know when the opening times are because of the security checkpoint and the massive queue of people lining up to go through it. Make sure that you dont take photos, the police REALLY dont like that, also they like to shuffle people through in an orderly fashion so if you stop to look at his body for too long expect for a policeman to hurry you along. For something a little different there is this club called the "hungry duck". This is a particuarly wild and debaucherous night club, expect to see a lot of nudity and sexually confronting russians. A fun night in my opinion! One great experience though is simply to just explore the cities underground. Stalin made all the stations really really beautiful in order to create a "palace for the proletariat". An amazing site, just watch out for thieves. I also swear by black cabs in Russia. Dont be afraid to stand at the side of the road and wave your arm at the traffic. When a car stops if you dont speak Russian point to a spot on your map and write down the amount you want to spend. By memory I think 200rubles was the going rate and that should get you to pretty much anywhere in town. Most cars will stop and take you to where you want to go. about 10 years ago

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    international student seeking "university" courses in "land of Aussies". Where to find 1 semester courses eq... ?

    Im a utas student so I mostly know about that. Here there are a number of courses that might interest you such as geography ones where you go out into the field and see some natural stuff which might interest you. Also there is a tourism "antarctic studies" course or something along those lines which is a course you can do by distance from anywhere about tourism in antarctica (but people usually only do that one because its a bludge), there is a rumor though that there will be a new tourism course here offered as a "summer school" course which is all about tourism interpretation in tasmania and tourisms impact on the environment here where you go out and do all these bushwalks, kiyaking etc and stuff which would be perfect for you. http://www.utas.edu.au/ Aside from here though I swear by Wollongong (a.k.a "the gong"). Its a really beautiful area a 1.5 hour train ride from central Sydney and a cranking and friendly student/surf/party town. http://www.uow.edu.au/index.html Another uni in an interesting place is the university on the Sunshine Coast http://www.usc.edu.au/. Havent heard a lot of good things about the uni but hey its on the Sunshine Coast! As for unis in Sydney and Melbourne heres a few: Macquarie, http://www.mq.edu.au/, Uni of Sydney www.usyd.edu.au, uni of melbourne www.unimelb.edu.au, Monash uni www.monash.edu.au, www.rmit.edu.au. about 10 years ago

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    Package deal of visiting Iguazu Falls from Buenos Aires (2-3 days)

    I think that hostel did have some private rooms didn't it Niko?... Its reliable, plus its a converted resort so its quite classy. If you want a hotel I think they're all in the town. You can negotiate with a taxi driver to drop you off and pick you up from the falls quite cheaply which will make life easier for you. about 10 years ago

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    Visa required for Australian to visit Iguazu Falls in Brazil?

    Yeah and dont loose that bit of paper niko is talking about! Trust me, not worth it... about 10 years ago

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    From Helsinki to Tallinn by boat?

    Im actually thinking of writing a thesis on the phenomenon I refer to as "Booze tourism on the Baltic Sea". Because alcohol is really expensive in Sweden and Finland there are all these cruises that travel across the Baltic between Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and the island of Orland. They travel through international waters so the booze is duty free, you dock in the city and wander around in a drunken/hungover daze, then get back on the boat and drink a shameful amount of booze again on the way back. These cruises are generally dirt cheap or free. Now you must be careful though, you are in international waters and the bouncers can and will do really bad stuff to you. I was beaten to near death by a bouncer on a Viking Line ferry. Try and stay within your limits, I know its hard with so much booze around, but its a good idea. Provided you dont have any contact with the bouncers you will have a great time and cheap transport. I must point out though that the majority of people actually use the ferry as a ferry and not for a party so its more than possible to ride the boat and not get smashed. Now Ive never done the Helsinki to Tallinn leg but I think its a bit different because they're so close. After all many joke that Tallinn is simply a suburb of Helsinki. The duty-free booze thing should still apply though. Id suggest using, Tallink http://www.tallink.com/ and Tallink Silja http://www.tallinksilja.com/ However there is also Viking Line http://www.vikingline.fi/index.asp?lang=en although I wouldn't recommend them because they effectively tortured me. over 10 years ago

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    Is one day enough to visit the city?

    Is one day ever enough to see a city? I dont think so. Although one day is enough to wander around and get lost in time in Tallins old town. The old town in Tallin is, in my opionion, the best old town in Europe. Big call I know. Its not so much huge and awe-inspiring architecture like other old towns, but its all these quirky little streets that are really bloody old and you feel like your in the middle ages. over 10 years ago