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July 31

Ensuring personal safety in areas close to civil unrest?
I'm going to be traveling to Romania later this year for business, and I'm a little nervous about its proximity to the Ukraine and Turkey and all that civil unrest. Is emergency travel assistance/insurance available? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey at 9:53 AM - 7 answers
Going to Guatemala
In the fall I'm going to Guatemala for about 10 days. I plan on spending 5 days in Antigua and 5 days at Lake Atitlan. I think I have my lodging settled in San Marcos La Laguna, and I'm hoping you'll have recommendations for a clean, reasonably quiet inn/posada/BandB in a lively and safe but not too rambunctious neighborhood in Antigua. [more inside]
posted by Pineapplicious around Guatemala at 7:14 AM - 2 answers

July 30

Not your typical LAX layover
First week of October, on a Sunday. 12-hour layover at LAX, but here's the thing: I've done LA. What can I do that won't feel repetitive? [more inside]
posted by signondiego around Los Angeles, CA at 5:56 PM - 7 answers

Can I register a car in NY and drive it into Canada right away? How?
I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 4:03 PM - 6 answers

Tiny corporate retreat space in CA Wine County?
I have a small consulting firm (3 people) and our busy season kicks off on Labor Day. I'm looking for a location in Napa or Sonoma where we can stay (nice place, separate rooms) one night and have access to a conference room, coffee and snacks, etc., on either side. This would need to be a weeknight in the next few weeks. [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly around California at 12:42 PM - 5 answers

Fast and Furious...Car Shopping
What is the fastest way of buying a car in New York city? What should I keep in mind? How can I be super-productive and not lose money within this transaction? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly around New York at 9:23 AM - 2 answers

Bringing tamales into the US from Mexico
I'm currently in Mexico and will be returning home to the US in about a week. I'd like to bring back some tamales to share with my family, but I'm not sure whether or not I can bring them through customs. I've read the guidelines here and here, but I'm still not sure. [more inside]
posted by mekily at 8:56 AM - 8 answers

July 29

Should I buy a car with 170,000 miles on it?
Good maintenance/car history/reliability/price versus everything else [more inside]
posted by mermily at 4:25 PM - 19 answers

Kayakity Yak (Don't Talk Back)
Where are the best areas in the Southern California region for a new kayak owner to become familiar with kayaking? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 3:46 PM - 13 answers

Please suggest a good bike for commuting: Iowa edition.
I am shopping for a new bike which I will use for a daily commute in Iowa City, and I am looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:21 AM - 11 answers

Electronic-only European gift-giving ideas
I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him. [more inside]
posted by Bentobox Humperdinck at 8:46 AM - 11 answers

July 28

Best Route from Billings to Eugene?
My husband is going to be traveling from Billings, MT to Eugene, OR and is still trying to determine the best route to take. He will be towing a small trailer with a Ford Ranger and he's not very familiar with mountain driving, so would like the easiest route, time is less important. Any suggestions, or even general tips I can pass along?
posted by Quizzical Hamster at 7:00 PM - 7 answers

July 27

What's a nice dinner date spot in Budapest?
What's a good dinner (first-)date spot in Budapest for a couple of twenty-somethings? I'm 25, they're 28. I'd prefer Pest side, something not too loud, not super expensive by Budapest-ian standards.
posted by yaymukund around Budapest, Hungary at 11:46 PM - 5 answers

Are we spending too much on bus fare in Sydney?
Currently my partner commutes to work from Enmore to Lane Cove. It is costing around $12 per day, I've googled around for cheaper ways but come up with nothing - are we missing some way to cut the cost or do we have to suck it up? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday around Sydney, Australia at 7:56 PM - 4 answers

Take me to St. Louis -- with my husband and child
I just got funding to travel to St. Louis to do an oral history project. Yay! Where should I stay and how should I travel? And what should my husband/infant do during the day? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy around St. Louis, MO at 1:30 PM - 6 answers

Most flexible travel website?
Looking for a website that will let me look at multi-leg international travel that's also flexible about dates so I can poke around for best fare options. [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 12:25 PM - 4 answers

What kind of car is in this political advertisement?
What is the car in this political advertisement? I believe it says Chevrolet on the front, but I'm not sure. Please limit discussion to identifying the car and not the people or politics in the ad - thanks.
posted by Seeking Direction at 10:40 AM - 7 answers

Orient me to Montclair / Bloomfield, NJ
We are moving to New Jersey on the Bloomfield / Montclair border. I know nothing about the neighborhoods except their reputations. Help me hit the ground running with things I should know, especially best coffee, food, shopping, parks, health services, business services and other things that wikipedia has left out. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by safetyfork around Montclair, NJ at 7:45 AM - 8 answers

Lost credit and debit cards abroad. How do I get new ones?
Backpacking Europe and lost my wallet, which held my debit and credit cards. I still have a backup stash, my US passport, and a friend who will lend me money. In about three weeks I plan on traveling alone. Canceled all my cards, now I need new ones. My card issuers can send by mail at varying speeds. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 1:35 AM - 5 answers

July 26

Places outside the US that have a "gym culture" similar to the US
Almost anywhere in the US, I can find a gym (24 hour fitness, YMCA) within a short drive. Is there anyplace else in the world where this is true? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 8:22 PM - 22 answers

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