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A bus between Sofia and Tirana and backwards[edit]

Is there a bus between Sofia, Bulgaria and Tirana, Albania? I've been noticing that arriving to Albania in bus is much cheaper than in airplane, if there's a bus that drive such a long distance. 37.142.197.179 11:52, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

The Balkanviator website returns no results for direct Sofia–Tirana buses. You can transfer in Skopje, though, which seems to be connected to both the Bulgarian and Albanian capitals by buses. Skopje's bus station is reasonably close (about 20 min on foot) to the Vardar Bridge and the old town on the far side of the bridge, so there is plenty to see instead of waiting out for the next leg of your journey. Note that an end-to-end ride, excluding the layover in Skopje, is more than 13 hours, which is pretty long and tiresome considering the general condition of the roads and buses in the Balkans. Vidimian (talk) 20:16, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
User:Local hero might also have some suggestions for spending time Skopje and perhaps some practical information concerning buses. ϒpsilon (talk) 04:43, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
Vidimian is right, the walk is short enough from the bus station to Centar and the old town so there is plenty to see regardless of the length of your layover. There's also a local city bus station there. I've only taken a bus to Tirana from Ohrid before. It cost 30 euros and was actually more of a large van. It was clean and the ride through the mountainous countryside was really nice. I can only assume Skopje would have more frequent and larger buses to Tirana, though it may cost a bit more since it's a farther. Local hero (talk) 13:55, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Munich on the last weekend of May 2017[edit]

I'm planning on visiting BoundCon in Munich again in 2017, on the last weekend of May. So far I'm only considering going to Munich myself, but lately my girlfriend also expressed interest, although she's not actually into bondage as much as I am. The only problem is, pretty much all hotel rooms in Munich seem to already have been booked for the dates (25 to 28 May 2017). I was barely able to find a single room for myself, let alone for the both of us, and even that was at the north of the city, not at the centre. Well, BoundCon is located nearby, but we would also like to visit the city itself, which would be more easily accessible from the centre.

What has made Munich so fully booked eight months in advance? I very much doubt it's BoundCon. Is there some sort of more important event happening there at the date? Asked by: JIP (talk) 20:58, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

You might want to try searching again, maybe using a different booking site. A quick look (on booking site blocked by spam filter) showed rooms in 80% of the hotels for those dates, and twin rooms in this youth hostel for € 85,67. It may be that you are looking too far ahead for some hotel or sites. AlasdairW (talk) 22:41, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
Good question, because Munich certainly has a lot of hotels. Perhaps some trade fair or sports event. In addition to the comment above, have a look at the Sleep section in the article(s) of those district(s) where you'd prefer to find a hotel, and click through the websites of individual hotels there, very probably you'll find something. Or then, they haven't "opened" the May dates for booking yet.ϒpsilon (talk) 04:53, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
I´ve checked the dates. May 25-28, 2017 is one of the few dates when no major fair is in Munich. So, what AlasdairW said is probably correct. Macgyverjoel 17:532 September 21, 2016

What is the name of this Houston Interchange[edit]

Can someone explain to me what is the name of this interchange in this video ([1])? Can someone tell me a good video of it? Thanks! --107.77.233.121 14:20, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

currency exchange[edit]

Where can I exchange my Indian Rupees to US dollars? (posted by 203.122.0.222)

It would help if you said where in the world you are, and approximately how much you are looking to exchange. Have you tried local currency exchange offices and banks? AlasdairW (talk) 18:42, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
You generally get a better exchange rate in the country you are requiring the currency to be changed into not your home country. Also if you have a bank card that will work abroad, simply using a machine in the wall can often be better exchange rate than a tourist buro but check the fees first. For larger sums of money there are some professional money transfer companies on the web which is generally the best method if you have bank accounts in both currencies, some will also mail cash to you home address. --Traveler100 (talk) 06:49, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
I think whether the exchange ranges are better at home or at the destination varies by the pair of countries, so check. Anyway, there is quite some advice in our travel topic article Money. --LPfi (talk) 08:54, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

What highway is this[edit]

Can someone explain to me where the propane tanker and the trucker are heading to in this video [2]. Thanks! --Mark Ellwitz (talk) 19:37, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

The Tourist Office isn't really the place for "what highway/interchange/stretch of road is this" questions. Try the Wikipedia Humanities reference desk. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 19:39, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Is that where you can ask highway questions? --Mark Ellwitz (talk) 19:42, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
To be quite honest I don't know where that place is. Though, to be fair we have had a similar question in the past and it was answered... At any rate, how about editing an article of a town you know? Maybe add a restaurant you liked or a hotel you stayed in? It does not take long and don't worry, we are able to fix most rooky mistakes in no time. Hobbitschuster (talk) 20:00, 29 September 2016 (UTC)