Kategoriarkiv: Travel

International Driving Permits

Driving in a foreign country has been regulated since 1926 by the United Nations through 4 international conventions, subscribed by most countries in the world.Today, two conventions cover 98% of world countries: the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1968 Vienna Convention, and nearly all International Driver Permits (IDP) are issued under these two conventions’ regulations.The authority for IDP-issuance resides in countries that are contracting parties to one of more UN Conventions on Road Traffic.

Most of these countries delegate this task to the Automobile Clubs and motoring associations. This is the reason why AIT and FIA Clubs are the world’s largest organization issuing IDPs. If there is an Automobile Club which issues IDPs in your country of residence, this website will help you access the Club’s IDP information section.

The image above is from a site offering IDPs world wide which is not possible cause a real IDP is an official highly regulated document and can only be issued in the country where the applicant for an IDP have their National Drivers License. To buy a fake IDP via Internet can be fatal since insurances etc might not be valid if you’re IDP turn out to not be an official document.

Unfortunately do fake websites also appear on Facebook.

If you visit a Facebook site like the one above please click and report it to Facebook at a non valid site for IDPs.

If you are unsure if a site is a real and the issuer a by The Government approved IDP Issuer you can contact your Government or look up your own country on the site: https://internationaldrivingpermit.org/

A site listing all countries and who is the official issuer of IDPs in your country.

Please do not be fooled buying a false IDP it might cost you more than you thought if caught.

Note that most false sites as the once presented here actually even print on their false IDPs (and mention it on their website) that the document they provide not is approved once.

Travel safe

Björn

The Swedish smoking ban

The new, very strange, smoking ban introduced on the 1st of July 2019 means:

  • No smoking outside a café or restaurant even with out door seating
  • Ni smoking outside entrances to official buildings
  • No smoking at bus stops or train platforms
  • Playgrounds etc

More or less outside all official buildings. So why “strange”? Cause it’s not up to the police to keep an eye on people it is up to non smokers to report if someone smokes and if so the owner of the Bar, Café or Restaurant is the one who will be punished with a fine or a withdrawn right to serve alcohol. It’s actually not far from the old Eastern Europe where people was supposed to spy on each other and report it.

Now I don’t think it will be so much trouble in Sweden since there is an alternative, “snus”, and the use of snus will most likely be higher at the end of 2019 than when the year started so believe me when I say that the Government will put a new tax on it.

And if you as a smoker decide to visit Sweden remember that the ban includes electric cigarettes even if you vape and the only thing you breath out is warm water steam without smell or anything else which can disturb others. The only place I’ve visited with a similar law was the central parts of Brisbane in Australia. But at least they allowed the owners of bars and restaurants to decide if vaping was allowed or not.

So why this reaction? I’m not living in Sweden at the moment, not living in the country in the European Union with the highest crime rate according to statistics in Europe, but I do visit at least once a year. So it hit me that I usually stay at “Central Hotel” in Stockholm and their entrance is in between their own out door seating and a café and behind a bus stop, so to move away from the entrance to follow the law is not possible cause you just end up close to another place where you can’t smoke. So if the hotel don’t install smoking rooms or allow smoking in some rooms there is no chance I would book there again. A pity cause I really like the place since the location is perfect when visiting Stockholm.

In any case, if you smoke and visit Sweden from the 1st of July 2019 be sure to check the hotel booking site how the Hotel solved the smoking situation and ask them before you book. It is possible you will end up at a hotel where you can’t smoke within 200 meters from the entrance caused by other business next door don’t allow smoking. And even if the only smoke you have each day is the one with your morning coffee, and even if you need to go outdoors you like it to be close the where you live don’t you? Or to take beer in the hotel bar without the possibility to “pop out” for a smoke (not even electronics) between the drinks… Fun?

So, without a opportunity to smoke close by don’t spend your money there and let the owners know why. This must come from tourists cause Swedes are to lame to not follow the rules of big brother.

Björn

Brussels February 2019

OK first things first. In one area Brussels beat a lot of other cities and that’s on the party side. You can have a lot of fun in Brussels if you like to go out and have a bear or 25.

But beside this what is Brussels? The have Grand Place and the little boy peeing. Both smaller than you expect them to be but both unique and worth the visit just for doin´it.

But first of all I see Brussels as a city with one kind of weather, RAIN. It rains a lot in Brussels. The city is dirty and right now 2019 also completely under renovation. They kind of build and repair everywhere.

But what strike visitors most at the moment is all the beggars everywhere in the city center and around the railway stations. Its amazing that the city don’t try to do something. And this is in February… What happen in May and summer when people with ease can sleep on the streets.

But again, party in Brussels I a thumbs up

Björn

Outside my comfort zone

Tuesday morning, first of all… Why do I always end up doing boring things in the last minute? I mean, I could have packed the suitcase yesterday not 5.30 in the morning…

In any case, 1.5 day in Brussels coming up and the WCO meeting. Not my favorite thing to do but as long as I am alone in my department at work its the option to say no is not an option.

See ya in Bruxelles if I can find the Hotel….

Björn