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October 2

Leaving the U.S. for better health care system? esp. Canada vs Portugal

I've become interested in living abroad, particularly in permanent residency in Canada (via an investor visa or skilled worker visa) or Portugal (via their golden visa.) Is one better than the other if my concern is good public health care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:31 PM - 5 answers

Carsharing using Getaround?

Has anyone on MeFi used Getaround for car sharing? Tell me about it! [more inside]
posted by pdb around Portland, OR at 1:50 PM - 3 answers

Help me build my Japan Itinerary

Three mid-to-late 20 somethings will be flying into Tokyo (HND) on November 20th and departing on November 28th. What should we do while we're there? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs around Japan at 8:18 AM - 8 answers

October 1

Looking for travel advice from New Orleans area MeFites

I need to make a day trip from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Trader Joe's in Metairie, with a stop somewhere for a cheap liquor stock-up. [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii around New Orleans, LA at 3:17 PM - 3 answers

ESTA - point of contact?

I'll be travelling to the US soon and while my ESTA is still valid, my friend who I originally stated as my point of contact no longer has an address in the US (he's just travelling around the country at the moment) and his visa expired recently. [more inside]
posted by U.N.Owen at 2:05 PM - 3 answers

how terrible is a long commute?

i have two job opportunities and am mostly nervous about the transit-based commute. tell me about your long commute. bonus if it's in chicago. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 1:14 PM - 37 answers

Greyhound says what?

What's the current state of Greyhound bus experience? Are the rules about quiet enforced? Is there a lot of body odor? Recent experiences and tips requested, as the last question is a decade old. [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 10:51 AM - 13 answers

Help me plan a vacation scavenger hunt in Japan!

We'll be traveling to Japan in 2 weeks time with my 5-year old. One of the things we plan to do is walk a lot; in particular we're going on a short hike through the countryside. To keep my kid from getting too bored, I was thinking of preparing a sort of scavenger hunt for him to play while we're on our feet: a list of things he'd need to spot and point out while walking around. I need help coming up with that list! [more inside]
posted by destrius around Japan at 3:02 AM - 6 answers

September 30

Moving to Hungary with four persnickety cats.

My husband and I are in the early stages of planning a move from Ohio to Hungary and figuring out how to move our four spoiled felines. [more inside]
posted by at 6:57 PM - 17 answers

What should I know about riding a moped in Brooklyn?

I tried a Revel moped in Brooklyn this weekend and loved it—so much so, I'm thinking about just buying a similar moped. What do I need to know about owning and operating one in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 1:39 PM - 5 answers

Clairvoyant pilots

While flying out of LaGuardia yesterday I was listening to the tower on LiveATC. I noticed that many of the planes on the runway I could see (31) began their takeoff rolls a couple seconds before they received takeoff clearance. This wasn't a typical 'rolling takeoff' in which the plane goes directly from the taxiway into their takeoff roll. The planes were told to line up and wait and came to a full stop at the end of the runway, and began rolling a couple seconds before the tower cleared them to take off. I have never seen this before and cursory googling doesn't turn anything up. Is this permissible, or is it pilots bending the rules at a busy airport?
posted by googly at 7:51 AM - 4 answers

September 29

Best photo spots in Prague / Budapest / Krakow / Vienna

So I'm off on 4-week trip all of October to Prague - Krakow - Budapest - Vienna, spending a week in each place. I'm a photographer so I need your recommendations for the best photographic subjects in these cities. And good vantage points for them. Or even picturesque day trips from them. Bonus points for non-touristy stuff to do.
posted by madman at 9:43 PM - 11 answers

Caribbean/Central American mini-vacation at the end of my vacation

I'll be travelling back from Buenos Aires to the US in mid-February. I have a few days to spare and I'm thinking of spending them in the Caribbean or Central America. Where? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 12:15 PM - 4 answers

September 28

How to find a guide in Istanbul?

We're traveling to Istanbul and would like a personal guide to take us around to the tourist sites for safety and cultural reasons. How do we find someone?
posted by Ms Vegetable around İstanbul, Turkey at 11:34 AM - 3 answers

Home swapping for short to medium lengths

My parents are interested in "home swapping" with like-minded people around the US/the world. They'd like to travel to a place for a week to a month and stay in someone's home while the other homeowner stays in their home. Any recommendations on good websites (fee or non-fee based) that might include reviews, references, security deposits or anything else that seems like a good idea?
posted by arnicae at 7:15 AM - 3 answers

September 27

How do I estimate the capacity of a cargo ship?

I’m looking for the answer to what I thought would be a simple question: approximately how many tons of Product X can Ship Y carry? I can look up any vessel on various public websites and find out its gross tonnage and deadweight tonnage. Both of those are used to refer to the ship’s capacity. Great! But the better I understand them, the less helpful they seem. [more inside]
posted by leeloo minai at 2:49 PM - 11 answers

September 26

Long term stays in upmarket hotels

I remember several years ago (possibly a decade or more) reading a long-form article about a guy who stayed for a year in luxury hotels at very low prices by offering to stay for long periods. Can you find the article, and does this strategy still work? [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 3:04 AM - 4 answers

What maintenance does a relatively modern, low-mileage car need?

OK, so I own a 2012 Scion XB which I bought new in 2013. Since then, I've put a grand total of 17,000 miles on it. I live in the city. I bike to work. I'm basically that grandmother who drives to the supermarket once a week. I change the oil every six months, and I've replaced the front tires once because the tread was low. Rear tires are doing fine. Given my light usage, what kind of maintenance should I be looking out for? Brake pads? Belts? Spark plugs? What am i missing? [more inside]
posted by flod at 2:12 AM - 8 answers

September 25

What were these NYC houses and are they even still there?

So about 20 years ago a friend and I went walking south from Houston and Hudson Streets in NYC and somewhere a block or two from the Hudson River, maybe down near where the WTC used to be or Century 21 still is (?), we came across a row of about three very old houses. And now I can't find them and it's making me nuts. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly around New York, NY at 8:51 PM - 16 answers

Help me deal with my first accident (and getting my car back to spec)

I'm 45 years old but have thankfully avoided car accidents my entire life. Until I got a car I love... Then, 3 months after buying it, I got broadsided. I'm trying to navigate this and get my car back to pre-broadside condition (including the CarFax). Details inside, but help needed from anyone who's been through this, or especially insurance agents and car dealers. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:04 AM - 21 answers

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