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October 20

Recommend me a Caribbean vacation.

Where should I go for my first SCUBA dive? [more inside]
posted by doogan nash at 12:20 PM - 4 answers

A snowy small town with a starry night sky

I am plotting a move. Researching big cities is easy, but finding out about small towns is hard. So I'm looking for advice on small towns to research and visit. Priorities: United States. 4 seasons, including snow. Community I can get involved in and get to know my neighbors -- volunteering, a mainline/progressive/queer-friendly Protestant church (ELCA/Lutheran, UCC, Episcopal, Methodist, etc.), hopefully some local arts organizations. More neighborliness, less traffic. Access to the outdoors. Dark night sky / low light pollution. Access to coldwater scuba diving a plus. [more inside]
posted by cnidaria at 11:56 AM - 26 answers

The gift of a tree

As discussed in MetaTalk, what would it actually take to ship a 200-foot Douglas fir from the Pacific Northwest to the UK? By what means would it ship, what would the time frame be, and how much would it cost? Is it possible? Please provide a quote for this ASAP. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 7:06 AM - 13 answers

October 19

Do I have a Delta rap sheet?

I fly to/from work on Delta airlines a few times a month. I’m usually just a normal traveler, albeit tired and just wanting to get where I need to go. I usually sit in First Class or Economy Comfort, and almost always bring a small gift of candy for the flight attendants to share. I consider myself pretty well-behaved...I keep my body in my own seat, I don’t hog the armrests or overhead bin space, and I never remove my shoes. [more inside]
posted by jen14221 at 4:48 PM - 7 answers

Where to read on NYC on a Friday night

I'm in New York City. I want to go and read somewhere tonight (Friday), that is not a Starbucks, open until at least 10 pm or even midnight, where I can sit in a comfortable couch/chair/sofa and order refreshments (coffee, tea, alcohol, light snacks). [more inside]
posted by andrewesque around New York, NY at 12:33 PM - 13 answers

October 18

Commuter rail parking on North Shore

I've been taking a bus from the North Shore of Massachusetts to Boston, but I'm tired of the creepy bus driver and the bad parking situation. I'm looking into other options. What's parking like at the MBTA stations in the Newburyport and Haverhill area? [more inside]
posted by marfa, texas around Boston, MA at 7:02 AM - 4 answers

October 17

Where should we go in the South for a New Years mini-vacation?

Our family situation is unique: we have two biological kids (in middle school), two recently-placed foster kids (one in middle school and one in preschool with some mild special needs), and a grown woman who we know from previous foster care experience and who is essentially our daughter. She has a fiance and a 2-year-old son. I wouldn't have it any other way, but it makes a traditional new years' getaway a little tricky. We want to drive somewhere south from Chicagoland where it's quasi-warm and there's opportunities for family fun. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket around New Orleans, LA at 5:21 PM - 10 answers

Where to stay in London — 2018 "Hipster-ish" Edition

Can you suggest a place to us to stay in London? Essentially we'd like the Bushwick of London: good food, good Tube access, not terribly touristy, not so hip that I want to murder everyone (so not Williamsburg-esque!) [more inside]
posted by dame around London, England at 6:45 AM - 18 answers

Design our visit to the Loire

My husband and I are going on a long-awaited trip to Paris, with a couple of nights in the Loire at the end. Our Paris planning is on track, but in the Loire, we're stymied by the chicken-and-egg of where to stay, how to get around, and where to go. We'd like to visit the Château de Chenonceau, and we'd like to take an easy, ~1-3 hour paddle in kayaks or a canoe. We'd rather not rent a car if we can avoid it. Can you help us figure this out? [more inside]
posted by daisyace around Loire Valley, France at 3:47 AM - 6 answers

October 16

Composing a Craigslist rideshare ad!

As a solo female traveler , I'd like to post an ad that doesn't specify gender in order to weed out all the unpleasant correspondence I'm likely to receive. On the other hand I WOULD like to specify only wanting to travel with a woman / couple. And I can't think of a way to both without seeming like a creep! Which would you choose? [more inside]
posted by miaow at 5:05 PM - 7 answers

New Orleans in November - public transit touring & local picks

Please tell me about touring New Orleans by public transit and name your favorite places. I am coming to New Orleans in November and have the basics down - lodging, airport transfer (hello E2!), Jazzy public transit pass, city layout and the Ignacious O'Reilly statue. I haven't visited since Katrina. [more inside]
posted by jointhedance around New Orleans, LA at 12:07 PM - 8 answers

Confused about front-facing car seats

We have been lucky enough to keep our old Subaru going strong -- but how do we install a forward-facing car seat on a car without the LATCH system? Our child is growing out of the rear-facing seat. Can we install one facing forward with only the seatbelt? What is this "top tether" I keep reading about when I Google this? I'm assuming we might not have that either? Thanks!
posted by slidell at 10:57 AM - 26 answers

October 15

Where in Seattle can I stay to walk everywhere?

I haven't driven a car in years and would rather not start up again in a foreign state. [more inside]
posted by fantasticness around Seattle, WA at 1:03 PM - 13 answers

Trip to Juneau, AK for novel research! Writers & locals please help.

I'm going to be in Juneau, Alaska for two and a half days in the near future, and need some help getting the most out of my trip! I've written a first draft of a novel set in post-apocalyptic Juneau, and really want to get a sense of the place, the culture, and the history that I haven't been able to get through reading and googling. [more inside]
posted by bridgebury around Juneau, AK at 11:41 AM - 9 answers

Shipping personal goods to Germany

I'm shipping 10 boxes of personal belongings from the US to Germany via USPS. I talked to people at the post office, but I'm still confused about some details. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:00 AM - 6 answers

October 14

All aboard ... for anywhere

I drive a lot (all in NZ's South Island) servicing my jobs and doing sales. I'm normally alone so have a spare seat and room for a backpack. There's no service to connect hitchers and drivers here so I'm thinking of setting up something for myself (maybe it will expand but right now I'm just thinking about me). [more inside]
posted by unearthed around New Zealand at 2:58 AM - 5 answers

October 13

Carfilter: Car won't start

I have a 4 year old Ford fiesta that has never given me any trouble. This morning I woke up, drove to lunch, came home, drove to get my hair cut, and when I got out of my haircut to my car to go back home, it wouldn't start. Please help me figure out why! [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 11:49 AM - 12 answers

Canadian euro savings accounts - can they be accessed in Europe?

I am a Canadian resident but plan to spend the first half of next year in France so I'm trying to figure out how to best handle money while I'm there. I already have all the money I will need in euros, but I'm not comfortable carrying/keeping so much cash on me for a prolonged period of time. What are my options in terms of banking? [more inside]
posted by piamater around France at 10:05 AM - 9 answers

Portland trip with family (toddler and prego mom edition)

We're taking a car free trip to Portland, OR next weekend. Would like advice on activities and food that can be accessed by public transportation and are good for a 34 weeks pregnant person and toddler. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls around Portland, OR at 10:03 AM - 8 answers

October 12

Travel tips and must-dos in Sedona?

Next weekend, I'm going on an impromptu trip to Sedona with a small group of friends. I'm very excited! Can you please share your favorite things to do in Sedona? [more inside]
posted by areaperson around Sedona, AZ at 12:14 PM - 10 answers

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