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    Safety in Thailand... Also have you got some tips for me to meet people while I'm away?

    Good tips guys. When conserning safety I have some general tips. In my experience the safest places are actually the most dodgy because you let your guard down, never let it down. I have some really messed up stories I will spare you from Scandinavia, which has got to be the safest place in the world, while ive had no problems whatsoever in a lot of places your told not to go to. Alcohol is by far the most dangerous drug in the world. Every dodgy situation ive ever been in is in some way related to been drunk. If your not in a safe location, ie a hostel or guesthouse, stay within your limits. Heres a little tip most people dont know. Get a soft sunglasses case, put your passport, credit card, excess cash or whatever else really importand in the case. Tie the string loop thing around your belt or belt holder things and wear it inside your pants. Safe as shit. The passport holder things you buy at tourist shops that you strap to your chest are good but really determined theives know about them and if theyre hardcore and desperate will go for them. Noone will think of the sunglasses case trick. The only problem with this is if your wearing tight jeans its noticable and uncomfortable, also its a pain in the arse if you actually have to get to it. If you dont like this girls have a distinct advantage to guys known as a bra. Ive met a lot of girls who swear by storing cash etc there. Anyway good luck Amber, sorry if I scared you, you'll be fine. Go forth and conquor! p.s. read "the alchemist" by Paulo Coelho at the start of your trip, its the quint-essential travelers book. over 10 years ago

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    Can anyone recommend a good Australian travel insurance company for a round the world trip?

    Yeah I had no problems with world nomads. The one that STA offered was good tho, they were easy to claim off. Tas_GC is right tho, your just going to have to look at all the fine details of a lot of companies. over 10 years ago

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    Which mobile provider has good deals for pay as you go phones?

    Well the cheapest is a sim that goes by the name of "blau" (german for "blue"). Very cheap. Problem is that you can only recharge online as far as I know, and the website is only in German so if you dont speak the language you might need a mate who can to help you. You can recharge with any credit card so long as its visa or mastercard. When registering for a simcard in Germany be mindfull to have a bit of time up your sleve. You know the cliche that Germans love their paperwork and to have everything in order? Well its true, its not as simple as buying a sim and putting it in your phone like everywhere alse, bring your passport along and allow a good half hour of forms to fill out. Most phone shop people speak english and can guide you through the form. over 10 years ago

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    Where's a good place to see a live band in Hobart?

    Republic bar is the main live music bar. Its on the main drag in North Hobart. Further up Elizabeth street in north hobart is my personal favourite pub in town called the alley cat. Its got a really nice bar there and is probably more like a "Melbourne bar" than most others here. Also between those 2 pubs is the queens head, thats good if your 50. The Brisbane plays a bit of live music but mostly punk/hardcore, you'll find that on the corner of Brisbane street and Argyle st. Down in Salamance theres Irish Murpheys which plays cover bands over the weekend but during the week showcases a lot of local bands. Theres various other pubs scattered around the town which play cover bands as well. The best venue in my oppinion is actually the unibar, but they only have live bands about once every 2 months or so, usually touring mainland bands. over 10 years ago

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    What is the best way to see the street art in Berlin?

    Well there are many different tours in Berlin but the one you want is Alternative Berlin (www.alternativeberlin.com). I used to be a tour guide for these guys in 2008. the meeting point used to be at the Alexandreplatz radiotower (the massive famous radiotower) out the front near the starbucks at 11am. Though the tour has apparently gone through the roof since I worked there and you may have to book. This tour is not your usual tour, although history is used as a point of reference its about what is happening here and now in Berlin. Various areas of cultural interest are walked through such as various punk, gay, turkish, and general alternative districts. Street art is a very major part of the tour too Niko and the history of street art in Berlin and some of its most famous artists ant works will be pointed out. If your lucky you may even end up at a daytime rave or a leftist demonstration. I had some crazy times working for this company, many stories that are not fit for here. All I can say is that the Alternative Berlin tour is exactly what it says it is; crazy off the beaten track, and not your normal tour. over 10 years ago

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    Top cities in Russia to visit?

    Yeah in terms of culture and art you cant really go past St Petersburg. The city was designed to be a European city so it looks like many other european towns, most notably Dutch cities because of all its cannals. But you definately know that its a different place and has a lot of wired Russian charm. Read up on Peter the Great before you go to get an insight. If your there you will probably check out St Isaacs cathedral, its the most impressive cathedral ive ever seen. Also yes Niko the Hermitage is an inspiring place (read up on the october revolution for more stories about the outside square). Also in Russia dont be afraid to jump in a black cab. Almost every car will stop if you stand by the side of the road and wave your arm. Point to a spot on a map and write 200 Rubles on it. 200 should get you around most of the town. Dont go past Moscow tho either, crazy crazy town. Red square and the Kremlin are the obvious sights to see. In terms of nightlife check out the hungry duck. It has a reputation for been the most wild and debaucherous club in Europe. There are worse but its definately up there. Perhaps the biggest tip I have for Russia is DO NOT under any circumstance loose your passport!!! They like you to carry it on you at all times and dont be surprised if a Russian policeman sticks a machinegun in your face and asks you for it in a rather abrupt manner. They're mostly hoping you dont have it so you have to bribe them (500 Rubles I hear is the appropriate bribe). What you can do is have it locked up at your hotel (providing its safe) and carry a few hotel business cards on you and then show the cop/soldier that. They wont be happy but they'll back off. over 10 years ago

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    Is it expensive?

    Well last I hear their kronor had lost about 20% of its value and falling. So that'd have to make things a bit cheaper, though im not sure but very interested in finding out!!! Also right now would be a very interesting time to visit, with the government change, and the demonstrations and so on. over 10 years ago

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    Where would you go out in Munich?

    Hmm... Well I actually had some difficulty finding decent beats in Muenchen, theres quite a few clubs but most I went to played pretty shoddy music. Harryklein I hear is the place to be, though it doesnt seem to be a well known club. I never made it there, however I did make it to a festival they organise which is awesome. If you can check out Shining Festival (www.shining-festival.de) its this party they throw in this beautiful palacelike townhall at the foot of the alps next to a lake, about an hour out of town. Its a 2 or 3 day party where you camp beside the building. Beautiful location, some of Europes best dj's, beautiful people. Definately a highlight. Also when I went there I was the only non German or Austrian, so that always adds to the charm. over 10 years ago