User talk:Roovinn

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Hi Roovinn, hope you're doing well. I do have two questions regarding this edit though:

  1. Does $35 mean US$35? (I assume so, but usually we like to write US$xx for clarity for countries that don't officially use the US$ (so not the US, Palau or Ecuador) when referring to the USD
  2. Regarding the removal of

Kazakhstani residents from Atyrau Oblys and Mangystau Oblys have visa free access to Balkan Region for up to 5 days.

Uzbekistani residents from Khorezm Vilayat and Bukhara Vilayat as well as residents of Amudarya, Khujayli, Shumanay, Qunghirat districts and Takhiatash of Karakalpakstan and residents of Dehkanabad, Guzar, Nishan and Mirishkar districts of Qashqadarya Vilayat and residents of Sherabad and Muzrabat districts of Surkhandarya Vilayat have visa free access for up to 3 days within any month period. During Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha the access is allowed twice a month, but no more than 7 days.

Arranging a tour will make things much easier, as the company can help in getting the Letter of Invitation and visa. You might well have to be met by a guide, regardless of how you enter Turkmenistan. This can be particularly important, especially if your inward journey is delayed as is possible when entering across the Caspian Sea by boat.

When you enter Turkmenistan your bags usually will be searched with an X-ray machine. You will have to fill a green Entry Travel Pass, an immigration card and a customs declaration. List all your valuables that you bring with you in the customs declaration, make sure that it is stamped and keep a copy with you. You will have to show it again when you leave the country.

Don't you think that's important information? While irrelevant to someone from most English-speaking countries, it's useful info for someone from Kazakhstan or Uzbekistan. --SHB2000 (talk | contribs | meta.wikimedia) 08:28, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello SHB2000,
1) $35 means US$35, correct.
2) Regarding that, The State Migration Service of Turkmenistan website doesn't mention anything about allowing visa-free access to citizens of Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan. You may view more here. Roovinn (talk) 09:52, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"With an equal mix of aggressiveness and incompetence"[edit]

When I first saw this sentence, I appreciated it, as lively and hitting the nail on the head. I assumed the latter, as I didn't know the place.

"Drivers attack their art with an equal mix of aggressiveness and incompetence."

But now I see the sentence is used in half a dozen articles (Cyprus, Libya, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Mongolia, a variant in Saint Petersburg). Is it descriptive of all these countries, or is it added habitually, to describe a less disciplined driving style in general? Such a phrase shouldn't be used unless it really describes the driving style well; otherwise it looks prejudicial and insulting. It also shouldn't be used more than once, as that removes all its positive effects on the reading experience: seeing it a second time one starts wondering whether country descriptions are put there by some AI combining templates, and whether the phrase actually describes the driving style well at all.

For Mongolia, travellers are advised not to drive by themselves, as roads are bad and weather conditions extremely harsh. Doesn't that mean that the locals actually are very skilled, to be able to cope with those conditions?

LPfi (talk) 12:19, 9 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello there @LPfi and thanks for your comment.
I thought that the sentence would make things a little bit more descriptive, considering the fact that driving in Mongolia is often considered to be dangerous.
Seeing that the same sentence has been used in multiple articles, I've taken it out. I'll rewrite it to something else. Roovinn (talk) 12:52, 9 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. –LPfi (talk) 13:08, 9 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mauritania[edit]

Please be more careful with your edits. When you make a false statement like this one, you make other contributors wonder whether your other edits are also false. Being homosexual and having sex with people of the same sex are not the same thing. It is the sexual acts that are illegal in Mauritania, not the state of being homosexual. Ground Zero (talk) 13:00, 6 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Noted and will be more careful. Roovinn (talk) 00:50, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tout or not[edit]

About the Rishikesh edit: It was touting for sure, but I don't know whether that in itself disqualifies the listing (your edit was reverting a spelling correction, it was the previous edit that was the offending one). I did detout and moved the listing to a more appropriate section; "luxury camping" doesn't sound like budget, nor ashram. I am quite confused about what to do with the article, as touting prevails but we still want to list some businesses. Anyway, we don't want to block touts on sight, see Wikivoyage:How to handle unwanted edits#Touts (and the rest of that page, especially the first headlined section). –LPfi (talk) 09:50, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the link. Will use that a guide next time. Roovinn (talk) 11:16, 9 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]