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One day in Stockholm[edit]

I, my girlfriend and her son (13 years, no relation to me) are going to Stockholm on a weekend in middle July (16 to 17 July). We have the full Saturday and Sunday up to about 3 PM to ourselves. We will be staying at a hotel in Vasastan, on Rådmansgatan. What is there to do in Stockholm at that time on one day? I have already been in Stockholm numerous times, but all of them have been in the area between Masthamnen and Kungsholmen. I've not been as far north as Vasastan in over a decade. I would like to visit museums, galleries, parks, interesting architecture, restaurants, and pubs. Churches or other religious places don't interest me. Trendy nightclubs don't interest me either, I'd rather go for a couple of beers at a local pub and then go to the hotel to sleep. My interests in cuisine include steaks, hamburgers, central European cuisine and Asian cuisine. Traditional Swedish cuisine doesn't particularly interest me, it's close to traditional Finnish cuisine and even that doesn't really interest me that much. Vegetarian food is right out, I want to eat meat or fish. Asked by: JIP (talk) 20:14, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Östermalm perhaps would be a good idea, there are all kinds of interesting museums up there. Ekerö, at the outskirts of Stockholm has two sights that have made it to the UNESCO World Heritage List, Drottningholm Palace and the Birka Viking settlement, perhaps these would be interesting?
User:Yvwv as a local probably can come up with additional suggestions. In the meantime you can check through the Stockholm article and its districts (as Stockholm will be featured in June, they're all up to date and in a great shape). ϒpsilon (talk) 20:36, 13 May 2016 (UTC)
Seen the Swedish History Museum (Historiska museet), Skansen, and the Vasa Museum? /Yvwv (talk) 22:09, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

Rail transit from JFK[edit]

Two related questions: (1) Are there MetroCard vending machines in JFK Airport, or are these at the AirTrain JFK stations Howard Beach and Jamaica Center? (2) Does the AirTrain offer a good view of the old TWA terminal 5? Asked by: 2601:646:8E01:515D:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B 02:44, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

I can't help you with your second question, but there are definitely MetroCard vending machines in the terminal itself. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 03:37, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
As you see from Google Maps Street View imagery here, the old TWA terminal is separated from the elevated tracks that carry the AirTrain only by one ground-level road. According to this map, the AirTrains to/from both Howard Beach and Jamaica go anticlockwise around the terminal loop; therefore they would be on the outer track and would have a good view of the old terminal between their Terminal 4 and 5 stops. --69.159.60.83 05:38, 16 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! 2601:646:8E01:515D:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B 01:25, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Carry-on restrictions[edit]

Do spermicides have to be put in checked luggage, or are they allowed in the carry-on? Asked by: 2601:646:8E01:515D:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B 04:41, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

You should specify which country you're asking about travelling from and to and, if relevant, under what circumstances. If you're travelling to Saudi Arabia as a single man, perhaps they have a different policy than if you're travelling somewhere else or married and travelling with your opposite-sex spouse. If you're talking about a country like the U.S., they actually sell travel sizes of similar products in drugstores here, and it's quite unlikely they'll hassle you about carrying them on. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:07, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
I'm asking about domestic travel in the USA -- and the products in question are (1) spermicidal inserts and (2) spermicidal gel in pre-filled applicators. 2601:646:8E01:515D:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B 07:45, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
If you really want an authoritative answer, contact the TSA, and even then, things are done somewhat differently at different airports, etc. But this is from tsa.gov:
You may carry liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on bags only if they adhere to the 3-1-1 rule: containers must be 3.4 ounces or less; stored in a 1 quart/liter zip-top bag; 1 zip-top bag per person, placed in the screening bin. Larger amounts of non-medicinal liquids, gels, and aerosols must be placed in checked baggage.
Medically required liquids, such as baby formula and food, breast milk and medications are allowed in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the Transportation Security Officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the beginning of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subjected to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container. We recommend, but do not require, that medication be labeled to facilitate the security process. Many airports have designated lanes for families and individuals with items requiring additional assistance with screening.[...]
Basically, the key point is 3.4 ounces. I don't think anyone is going to expect you to put spermicide in a Ziplock bag, any more than they'd expect lube or toothpaste to be put in such a bag. Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:55, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
But again, I can't speak authoritatively on this, and I haven't travelled in the U.S. with the exact items you're asking about. However, I've travelled with prescription mouthwash in a medicine dropper, toothpaste in a toothpaste tube and lube in a travel-sized lube container, all in carryons. Never a problem, so far. Ikan Kekek (talk) 08:43, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! 2601:646:8E01:515D:F88D:DE34:7772:8E5B 10:43, 18 May 2016 (UTC)
You're welcome. Please report back if you have any problems. Ikan Kekek (talk) 17:18, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

01720[edit]

Hi, I am visiting the small, quiet town Acton, in Massachusetts right now. What do people do around the area, in an hour's drive distance, for fun? I do not see an awful lot to do to be occupied. I am a young college graduate, so some things like shopping are only so attractive.

Thanks,

Asked by: 172.56.13.156 19:10, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

You can get to Boston within about an hour by either public transit or car, according to Google Maps. But knowing what a disaster it is to drive in Boston, I'd strongly recommend taking public transit. Ikan Kekek (talk) 19:58, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Central Florida[edit]

Hi, what are popular or entertaining activities to do in Central Florida, specifically nearly DeLand, FL?

Thanks,

Asked by: 172.56.13.156 19:12, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

If we're going by Wikivoyage's article on DeLand, fishing and golfing seem to be major local activities there, and there's a recommendation to visit Stetson U's campus. If you'll have the use of a car, Daytona Beach is 25 miles away and has a lot more things to see and do. There's also Sanford, which is about 20 miles south of DeLand and apparently has a lot of parks. Orlando is further south past Sanford, about 40 miles from DeLand.
If you find anything interesting in your travels that's not covered on Wikivoyage, please add a listing, and also please feel free to update anything. Have a good trip! Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:15, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Helmet Laws (UK)...[edit]

This question is asked partly so that I can add some information in the UK article. My understanding was :

  • Motor-cyclists had to (by law) wear a full visor helmet, the old style open ones no longer being suitable. I seem to recall something about them also needing certain overall clothing that had particular wearing characteristics.
  • Equestrians (i.e those on horses) were required (by law) to wear appropriate headgear.

It wasn't as clear what the situation with (pedal) cyclists was.

There are also presumably various other sporting activities where head protection is either very strongly advised, or a legal requirement.

It would be appreciated if the contributors here were able to advise so that the relevant article could be updated accordingly.

Asked by: Sfan00 IMG (talk) 14:23, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Looking at the highway code, motorcyclist must wear a helmet. The code gives links to the laws on this, but I didn't follow this through to get the full details. All helmets that I have seen are full face ones. (There are exceptions for Sikhs wearing turbans, but I haven't seen anybody riding a bike wearing a turban for many years.)
Equestrians are required by law to wear a helmet if they are under 14 years old, and others are advised to.
Helmets are recommended ("should" in the code) for cyclists. I don't think that the law requires helmets for other activities, but they are recommended for rock climbing etc, and may have to be worn to participate in organised activities. AlasdairW (talk) 20:22, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
I think it's now a requirement for certain types of industrial site (but thats less relevant to Wikivoyagers), but the UK seems to work on a "reasonable responsibility' culture, I.E if a lot of people think at a particular site or activity needs one, you should wear one.

Sfan00 IMG (talk) 10:14, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

More generally, do we have any coverage of helmet laws globally?Sfan00 IMG (talk) 10:16, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

Marble Caves in Patagonia Chili in late september where to stay?[edit]

Asked by: 27.0.80.48 23:21, 23 May 2016 (UTC)