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II am going to Baku City Azerbaijan , and I am a American need to know what Vaccinations that I need[edit]

Thank you for your time

Asked by: Yncing1939 (talk) 18:08, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

I think Azerbaijan#Stay_healthy answers your question quite well. ϒpsilon (talk) 18:24, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
I'd say Hep A & B and tetanus shots are essential anywhere in Asia, but you really need to see your doctor and/or a travel medicine specialist.
US government advice is here. Pashley (talk) 18:30, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
As a US citizen, the CDC web site is dedicated to provide up to date information on exactly this: --Andrewssi2 (talk) 22:56, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Look whether there is a specialist for travel medicine near where you live. Failing that, your noal docotr should either know that themself or be able to point you in the right direction. Hobbitschuster (talk) 11:24, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Fishing trip to Kautokeino - Karasjok in northern Norway[edit]

I and my father are going on a fishing trip to northern Norway, specifically to the Kautokeino - Karasjok area near the border to Finland, in middle August. We would need some advice on where to actually head there.

We are both interested in hiking among the nature and fishing. (Well, my father likes fishing more than I do.) We are quite experienced travelers, my father has traveled to Lapland for almost half a century and I for almost two decades. But we don't have much experience about Norway.

We will be bringing our own car, it's a Volkswagen Touran. It seats both of us comfortably in the front and the back will be filled with our stuff. We will have comfortable and durable outdoor clothing, hiking shoes and rubber boots. We will be fishing on rivers, not in the sea. We both have fishing rods with reels and my father has a good selection of lures.

Our intention is to avoid extremely long and taxing hikes through the nature just to reach the river. The idea is to fish in the middle of the night, when the fish can't see our shadows in the river. We have two options:

  • Bring our own tent so we can spend the night by the river and leave back to camp the next morning, or
  • Just make a short trip to the river so we can go back to our car and drive back to camp late at night, and then sleep at the camp.

A suitable total hiking distance per day would be about 3 to 8 km. Much more than 8 km on a single day would exhaust us.

We would also need advice on where to actually reside. We would need some sort of fishermen's camping area with camping huts and possibility to cook our own food. We will be bringing our own sleeping bags so we don't need hotel-quality bedding.

Does anyone have any idea on what options for this are available in the Kautokeino - Karasjok area? And do we need Norwegian fishing permits, and if so, where can we get them and how much do they cost?

Asked by: JIP (talk) 19:20, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

What we have on that region is at Finnmark or in articles linked from there. Pashley (talk) 23:53, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Fishing tourism is quite big in the area, so getting local advice should not be difficult. You do need permits, possibly different permits depending on area (so changing locations may involve paying double fees). There may be one common permit covering most of the area in question, I do not know, and I do not know prices. You have to disinfect your equipment, including boots, when moving between waters that may have the salmon plague and waters that do not have it (I hope there is none on Finnmarksvidda, but there is in many Finnish rivers), and you may need a certificate on the treatment (thorough drying suffices, I do not know how this is handled).
There are rivers close to roads (both Karasjoki and Kautokeino river, to name the main ones – I do not know how the Alta power plant downstream affects fish in the Kautokeino river), so how much hiking to do is probably a question on how far from roads you want to do the fishing and any specific preferences. I do not know your car, generous ground clearance widens the selection of places in reach by car, but there should be quite some selection of huts/cabins regardless.
I have not been fishing in the area, and have not used cabins there, so cannot give any specific advice. Sorry for that. I suppose calling the tourist offices (or the municipal administration) would give you pointers. Norwegians in general speak good English and the local Norwegian is quite close to Swedish. For a geographic overview you could use the tourism association (DNT) service and the kartverket maps. The former also describes hikes and cabins on the way, but mostly gives the confusing "no accommodation" (if noted at all) for ordinary cabins, which have to be booked. Our Karasjok and Kautokeino articles are not too well developed, but might provide some help (expanding them would be appreciated).
--LPfi (talk) 06:54, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

DC driving[edit]

Do I understand rightly that the Capital Beltway, around Washington DC, is toll-free if you don't drive in the special HOV-only lanes, at least on weekends? The warning signs upon approaching from the southeast (I-66) have made me hesitate to take the Beltway (I'm rather firmly a shunpiker), but w:en:Interstate 495 (Capital Beltway) makes it sound like the normal lanes are free. Nyttend (talk) 12:04, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

I can't answer your toll question, but are you planning on driving into DC or do you intend to only use the Capital Beltway without going into DC itself? Because all I have heard about DC driving is that it is neither fun nor cheap and the Metro is most likely to be faster than driving anyway. That said, maybe User:Ikan Kekek as an East Coast native knows the answer? Hobbitschuster (talk) 12:23, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Heading into DC itself; at some point, I expect to be going to the southern tip of DC (my interest is architectural photography), and taking the Beltway past Alexandria would be preferable to driving through downtown and the Mall area, if I don't have to pay tolls. I've driven, parked in, and walked around downtown on two Saturdays this month (it's immensely cheaper, and presumably vastly easier, than doing the same during the week), so I'm not particularly concerned about doing it a third time. Nyttend (talk) 17:17, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
It's been a couple of years since I drove there, but indeed, the Beltway was free except for HOV lanes where they exist (in northern Virginia). --Xuxl (talk) 18:12, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
I have no idea, as I neither drive nor have I been to DC since 2000. However, DC is notorious for being a bad place to drive, and it's a good walking city with decent public transit coverage. Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:51, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

What to do if my ÖBB RailJet train is cancelled?[edit]

I'm going to the World Bodypainting Festival on the last weekend of July. What worries me is how I'll get back home from there.

I've booked an ÖBB RailJet train on the morning of Monday 31 July from Klagenfurt at 09:39 to Vienna at 13:35. My flight back home to Finland leaves Vienna Airport at 19:20 in the evening. So if everything goes well, I'll have plenty of time to get there.

But what if everything doesn't go well? What if the train gets cancelled? Currently the ÖBB track information site doesn't show any planned interruptions or cancellations for RailJet trains between Vienna and Klagenfurt, but that doesn't mean something can't still come up.

If I don't reach Vienna by 18:00 in the evening, I'll miss my flight. I'll have to spend another night at a hotel and book another flight to Finland. This will cost me at least 600 € extra, which I'm hoping to avoid.

I am ready to allow for the train to be delayed up to 3 hours, I can still reach my flight then. If there's another train, I can buy a ticket to there. However, I have a Sparschien ticket, which isn't transferable. Can I still use the ticket on the new train if the intended train was cancelled?

But if all the trains get cancelled, I'm stuck in Klagenfurt. Eventually I'll die there if I can't get out in a few days.

Will ÖBB be providing replacement buses from Klagenfurt to Vienna, or at least somewhere along the route, if the train gets cancelled? Judging by what I've found on the Internet, they usually do, but not always. Sometimes they just leave passengers stranded.

And if I miss my flight, can I just go to Vienna Airport and book another flight there at a sales counter, or will I have to phone home and ask someone to do it for me online? If the flight only leaves the next morning, can I spend the night at the airport or do I have to book a hotel room?

I have e-mailed ÖBB about this question but they haven't answered. Asked by: JIP (talk) 18:58, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

There is such a thing about worrying too much. There are regular trains between Klagenfurt and Vienna, with a departure every two hours and a trip taking a little over 3:45. Getting from downtown Vienna to the airport is a breeze. You have plenty of time to make it to your flight even if by some incredible piece of bad luck your train was cancelled for no reason. These are two major cities, and would not be left without rail connection for an extended period. The Austrian railroad is very reliable and punctual and is not known for stranding passengers. But if you are stranded, Vienna is only a four-hour drive away from Klagenfurt and there is regular bus service to Vienna via WESTbus [1]. So you're unlikely to die there, fortunately. Finally, you can usually buy tickets at the airport in the very unlikely eventuality you were to miss your flight. Have a nice trip. --Xuxl (talk) 19:30, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
The WESTbus service only provides two connections: One at 07:30 in the morning, which is before my train leaves, and another one which only arrives at Vienna after 18:30, meaning I will have no time to catch my flight. But if it were happen for me to depend on WESTbus, I could try to spend the night either in Klagenfurt or in Vienna. But I would still need a new flight. JIP (talk) 21:22, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately Flixbus is no alternative, either as they bunch their departures to be five minutes ahead of Westbus - oh the joys of capitalist competition! Hobbitschuster (talk) 22:19, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Yeah I also think you should be fine. If ÖBB has to cancel the trains, they will likely offer some form of alternative transportation for their customers (and even if it takes hours more, you'd still be fine) and if some event were to befall Austria that shuts down all rail lines and all roads between Vienna and Klagenfurt for a day, I think missing your plane would be one of your lesser concerns. Do enjoy yourself and have a safe trip! Hobbitschuster (talk) 19:54, 20 July 2017 (UTC)