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  • anephric 13 Aug 2019 21:31:28 3,542 posts
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    Yeah, loads of cheap cunts did that on our cruise. I kept the tip on our bill and gave extra to the waiter who served us for the entire trip. And our cabin guy.

    I'm just an all-round generous dood.
  • Psychotext 13 Aug 2019 22:50:46 65,860 posts
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    Aww man, just realised I have to travel to London for my China visa. More time and money.
  • Armoured_Bear 13 Aug 2019 23:09:28 27,592 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Aww man, just realised I have to travel to London for my China visa. More time and money.
    What you up to in China?
  • Psychotext 13 Aug 2019 23:43:12 65,860 posts
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    Beijing for a week.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Aug 2019 00:28:52 27,592 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Beijing for a week.
    I remember now.

    BTW we used www.beijingwalking.com for the Jiankou to Mutianyu hike and it was amazing.
    Duck at siji munfu was great.
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 09:18:44 65,860 posts
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    Cheers. :)
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  • Dirt3 14 Aug 2019 11:29:59 496 posts
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    @Psychotext

    Use an agency. My guess it is would be ca. £100 for a chinese tourist visa.

    By the time you have added in the transport costs, you're probably looking at not much more than 50 quid over turning up in person.
  • DaM 14 Aug 2019 11:34:53 17,405 posts
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    We went on a (paid for) cruise with my inlaws when my oldest was 9 months old (so about 15 years ago).

    It went from Italy, so not many Brits (a good thing I think). It was better than I was expecting to be honest. Did our own thing on excursions - often hired a taxi for the day, cheaper than the ship costs, and went to the same places or off on our own.

    We were a bit limited with the small baby. and it was easy to avoid all the ship shite. It was a different city break every day. Was also in the Spring, so quieter.

    Took years to convince my parents to go on one. Now they are on about 5 a year, blowing our inheritance!

    My sister's family do Disney cruises which do sound like a fate worse than death.
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 11:43:35 65,860 posts
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    Dirt3 wrote:
    @Psychotext

    Use an agency. My guess it is would be ca. £100 for a chinese tourist visa.

    By the time you have added in the transport costs, you're probably looking at not much more than 50 quid over turning up in person.
    From what I've read it's a requirement now because of the fingerprinting.
  • DaM 14 Aug 2019 11:52:46 17,405 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Dirt3 wrote:
    @Psychotext

    Use an agency. My guess it is would be ca. £100 for a chinese tourist visa.

    By the time you have added in the transport costs, you're probably looking at not much more than 50 quid over turning up in person.
    From what I've read it's a requirement now because of the fingerprinting.
    I have to go to the consulate in Edinburgh, but there's a really good Chinese restaurant round the corner, so I'm happy.

    Chop Chop
  • Dirt3 14 Aug 2019 11:54:16 496 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Dirt3 wrote:
    @Psychotext

    Use an agency. My guess it is would be ca. £100 for a chinese tourist visa.

    By the time you have added in the transport costs, you're probably looking at not much more than 50 quid over turning up in person.
    From what I've read it's a requirement now because of the fingerprinting.
    I would be very surprised if that were the case. But I suppose it's possible. A quick look at my agents suggest it is not a problem, but they are the A team. I haven't visited an embassy for 20 years for getting visas. It makes no sense unless you have some other agenda in the big smoke. The amount of money you can earn in the time you spend hanging around in queues is an absolute no brainer.
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Aug 2019 12:03:16 27,592 posts
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    Tomorrow night I'm heading down to Barcelona again for the weekend, very much looking forward to it.
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 12:07:07 65,860 posts
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    Fingerprint Submission

    If you are aged between 14 and 70, your China visa application will not be considered complete until you have submitted fingerprints at a China Visa Application Service Centre. After we have received all the materials required in support of your visa application we will call you to schedule an appointment to submit fingerprints at a China Visa Application Service Centre located in London, Manchester, or Edinburgh. Our service includes a standard appointment which is available on a first come, first serve basis. Expedited fingerprint submission appointments are also available for those with urgent deadlines.
    The appointments are timeslots so I'm not overly concerned about waiting around too long. I'll be straight off to my favourite rum bar afterwards too. :)

    Who are you using for visas?

    Edited by Psychotext at 12:08:43 14-08-2019
  • Dirt3 14 Aug 2019 13:33:04 496 posts
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    Not someone you would like to use. They are specialist and probably more expensive than anyone would like to use for personal stuff. There are plenty available on the web if you google.

    Surprised at the fingerprinting. That may put a dent in some of the service businesses. I see on trip advisor some stuff about the fingerprinting. Inconvenient - but worth knowing if I ever need to get out there again.
  • Kay 14 Aug 2019 14:28:57 20,301 posts
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    My parents are retired and obsessed with cruises (well my dad is, anyway), they tend to go on about 3-4 a year. It's perfect for them, as they get to travel in comfort and visit locations they wouldn't otherwise be able to on their own.

    I've been on three with them, and tbh, despite initially hating the idea of cruising, I found that I actually quite enjoyed them, though I guess it really depends on the cruiseline and location. On the first one (from Italy) I was actually quite surprised to see the ship was full of groups of 20-somethings and young couples, rather than just old people. And we did one in Alaska last year that took us right up to the glaciers, and was pretty spectacular.

    It's an interesting experience overall - it does feel weird having all your whims catered to by staff (who are always amazing and friendly) and it can feel like an incredibly lazy and indulgent holiday, but hey, that's not always a bad thing. They usually have interesting excursion options too, and I usually try to go for the more adventurous ones.
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 15:14:44 65,860 posts
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    Did you get to partake in the group sex?
  • Armoured_Bear 14 Aug 2019 15:41:14 27,592 posts
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    Those pissed up Gammon cruises must be awesome for building up a good STD collection..
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 17:16:53 65,860 posts
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    Fuck me sideways this visa process is in depth. It wants information that I have to trawl through history to find.
  • Tonka 14 Aug 2019 18:48:17 29,976 posts
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    @Psychotext you have my sympathies.

    Every year I've done it I've saved a copy thinking it would save me a lot of hassle the next time.

    But every year they change the application so that I have to go it from scratch. Well, my wife helps stop it's not too bad.
  • Deleted user 14 August 2019 18:49:59
    @Psychotext if it’s your internet search history they’re interested in trawling through then you can kiss the visa goodbye ;)
  • Psychotext 14 Aug 2019 19:25:38 65,860 posts
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    Psychotext? I know not of this user.

    My online nickname is JoeyBoringSoul.
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  • Syrette 17 Aug 2019 10:57:28 50,405 posts
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    Yup, great game ;)
  • anephric 17 Aug 2019 11:10:43 3,542 posts
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    Kotor was nice - I've stayed in the hotel that's inside the old walls of the city and it was eccentric and v pleasant.

    When the cruise ships rolled it it became fairly hellish tho :p
  • Pipedream 18 Aug 2019 08:15:29 489 posts
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    I've got a spare day in Lisbon, any suggestions on what to do?

    Thinking about hoping on a tour bus.
  • RyanDS 18 Aug 2019 09:46:23 12,933 posts
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    Walk. It is one of those wonderful cities where I can spend the whole day just strolling around and loving every second.

    Bus is a good idea though.
  • Tonka 18 Aug 2019 16:01:42 29,976 posts
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    I'd say walk. Don't bus. Start off on that big famous square down by the water. Don't waste any time there, is full. Instead you walk up towards Castello Sao George.

    Enter of you like, it's cool and provides excellent views. After your done (or after you decide to skip) you walk to Miradouro Graça. Sit down, have a beer. Enjoy the view.

    Then walk down the stairs and look at the street art.

    Cut across town towards Rossio station. Find the stairs up to Barrio Alto. Walk to Miradouro Sao Pedro. Sit down. Have a beer. Keep on walking to Jarfim do Principo Real. You'll pass some cool stores on the way. And some great restaurants.

    Look at the big ass tree in that Principo Real thing.

    Then do whatever you like.
  • Psychotext 24 Aug 2019 16:58:24 65,860 posts
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    So I got an email from BA last night saying my flight to China was cancelled. The missus and I spent 8 hours between us trying to get through to no avail, only to find out that the flight isn't cancelled yet, it just might be...

    Sigh. Going to be a stressful couple of weeks.
  • TechnoHippy 24 Aug 2019 20:57:21 15,622 posts
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    This might be of interest - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49460958
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