Sep 302010
Miscellaneous Roundup Friday 1 October 2010

Here's an interesting article which implies you can sometimes succeed in negotiating down the foreign exchange fees charged by your bank/credit card issuer when you're buying things in a foreign currency. You might sneer at this concept, but a few years ago I inadvertently said something in a conversation with Bank of America's Visa department, and the result was […]

Sep 212010
A New 'Great Train Journey of the World'?

When one thinks of great train journeys in the world, most people will mention the Orient Express.  Some may also refer to the Blue Train in South Africa, or perhaps to one of Australia's passenger trains (particularly the Ghan and Indian Pacific). Then there's the Trans-Siberian, which while not necessarily the grandest, is without doubt […]