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Are malls open in Washington DC and nearby areas durnig the holidays?

I am going to Washington DC and Virginia on 28th of December, I will be staying for three days. Will the malls be open normally during these days? for example Tysons corner mall.
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Where can I buy authentic cheongsachorong (청사초롱) - traditional lanterns - in Seoul?

Cheongsachorong (청사초롱) are traditional lanterns, originally used for weddings in Korea. They are made of red and blue silk. Cheongsachorong By Minseong Kim (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 ...
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Is there a bookstore at Heathrow with a good selection of LP or Moon guides?

Okay, this is quite specific: does London Heathrow airport have any bookstore with a good selection of Moon or Lonely Planet guides (preferably both)? If so, which terminal and what is the store ...
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Arriving in terminal 2 going to 5 heathrow

If I follow flight connections can I get to the terminal 2 shops before transferring by shuttle bus to terminal 5
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Can someone explain Cuba's two-currency system and the consequences for foreigners?

I know there is the national peso (CUP) and the convertible peso (CUC) and that 1 CUC = 1 USD = 25 CUP. Why is there this difference? Is it to keep Cuban money from leaving the country? What are the ...
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Taking a photo in a US supermarket

When I went to a supermarket in the USA, I was amused by the exotic vegetables, so I took a photo of the vegetable shelf. Soon, a worker came and told me angrily "You are not allowed to take photos in ...
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Easiest way for a tourist to buy spices in Hong Kong

As a tourist to Hong Kong what's the easiest way to get local spices, particularly Sichuan Pepper. By easiest I mean somewhere that may speak English or have English labels and would pack them in ...
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Can I buy pressure cookers and mixer grinders in Poland?

I am from Kerala, India. I am going to Poland (Krakow) next week for long term stay. In our style of cooking, pressure cookers and powerful mixer grinders (for grinding rice, red chillies etc, not for ...
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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Shops in Milano on the 28th of December (Monday)

Should I expect the majority of the shops to be open or closed on Monday 28th December in Milano?
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Will businesses be open on Christmas in Mexicali?

I am planning to spend most of my Christmas break in Mexicali. I will be arriving late on 12/23 and staying through the New Year. How many things can I expect to be closed during Christmas? My main ...
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Why are prices published without tax in the US?

On a recent trip to San Francisco it was always a surprise to see what to pay in stores. It was never as simple as just adding all the published prizes. There was always a surplus of taxes. Sometimes ...
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Step-down transformer that actually works?

I've gone through a couple of step-down transformers (220v → 110v) over the course of my travels. Each one I've purchased doesn't quite work as advertised; usually, the output voltage is still too ...
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Is it true that electronics such as laptop computers are tax free in Cambodia?

I've heard or read that electronics, computers etc do not carry any tax in Cambodia, making it a very cheap place to purchase such things. I'm in Cambodia now but in a small village and with almost ...
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Are airport duty-free shops really cheaper?

I guess this one will be hard to answer because prices vary from airport to airpot, but...every time I travel friends tell me not to forget to "bring something from the free shop". On a general basis ...
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Buying reindeer meat in Helsinki

What is the best place to buy reindeer meat in Helsinki? Is this something you best from a specialized shop (if yes, where?) or is it something you can just pick up at any supermarket. Are there any ...
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How and where to buy genuine claves in La Habana?

My father is going to La Habana in a month or so, and I would like him to buy me a pair of claves while he is there. He is, however, no musician and would probably find difficult to choose a good pair ...
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Camera store near Dubrovnik, Croatia?

I'm travelling in Croatia with my Canon 5D Mark II, and I forgot my charger at home. Is there a store in or around Dubrovnik that would sell an LC-E6 or similar? [Note this is a very similar question ...
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Florence - Do those “Authorised seller” signs at the stores selling leather goods mean anything?

At one of the stalls in Mercato Centrale, we were looking at leather wallets, and I noticed that the stall had a sign saying they were an "Authorised seller". Sorry, I didn't take a photo, but it had ...
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Locating outdoor / hiking shops which sell gas cans in Oslo?

In a while I will be traveling to Norway for a hiking trip. In between getting from the Oslo Gardermoen airport to Finse, I'll have to get gas cans with a that are UNEF 7/16" threaded, which means ...
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Why do shops within airport terminals scan your boarding card?

Periodically when buying something from an airport shop (in various European terminals), I'll be asked to produce my boarding card to be scanned by staff. It's not 100% of the time for every ...
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Are Danish shops open during Midsummer's eve?

I'll arrive at Copenhagen airport in on Midsummer's eve (Friday 20. June) and need to buy a tent there. Are shops in Denmark open that day? It doesn't seem to be a national holiday, but you never ...
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Are there any department stores in Salzburg?

As part of my travels I currently find myself in Salzburg, where the streets are filled with stores, but as far as I can tell no larger malls. Are there any department stores similar to Macy's (USA), ...
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Purchasing a campervan in Australia

My girlfriend and I are off to Oz at the start of January - looking to travel the East Coast in a campervan. The plan is to purchase one when we get there and was just wondering about the details. ...
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Is it possible to switch terminals at Charles de Gaulle?

I have a 4 hour layover in CDG. I land in terminal 2C but I depart from terminal 1. Since I have enough time I really want to meet a friend for lunch and possibly do a little shopping in terminal 2E ...
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How to Buy Schladerer Kirschwasser in Frankfurt, Germany?

I will visit Frankfurt (Germany) in this August and I want to buy two bottles of Schladerer Kirschwasser (alcohol, cherry brandy) near Frankfurt Main. Since I plan to go back to my country from Italy, ...
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Where can I purchase a barbecue (webber) in Split, Croatia? [closed]

Where can I purchase a barbecue (webber) in Split, Croatia? Actually...a location on Vis Croatia would be even better, but that's probably not likely.
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Where to buy used or cheap monitor and keyboard in Jerusalem, Israel [closed]

I plan to bring my mac mini to Israel but do not want to carry a keyboard and monitor. Where in Jerusalem might I be able to buy used or cheap computer electronics?
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Whats the best way to spend 15 hrs at Dubai Airport? [closed]

I have a 15 hour layover in Dubai. (12 Noon to 3 AM). What is the best way to spend the time at Dubai International Airport? Also, Please provide details such as where to keep the baggage and where ...
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Secondhand/antique book shops in Lisbon

I am soon going to Lisbon. Being a big enthusiast of dictionaries, I would like to acquire some when I get there. What I am mostly interested in are big technical (but not only) dictionaries at a ...
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Why aren't there cube-shaped suitcases or bags?

This is for check-in baggage, not carry on. A cube would maximise the volume while complying with the 62-inch limit on the length + width + height. It would be 20.7 inches along each side. It will ...
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How to buy cheap/disposable/nonprescription/generic reading glasses in China?

Even though they're in a tough case, my reading glasses were broken when I pulled them out to fill in a hotel registration form a couple of nights ago here in China. My previous pair was nicked by a ...
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How to successfully haggle / bargain in markets

While I've done quite a bit of travel now and back myself to handle situations when it comes to border guards, sorting accommodation and / or transportation, one thing I still struggle to come to ...
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Where to buy zafu (can be secondhand) in Tokyo or Kyoto

Tomorrow I will be travelling to Tokyo, and later to Kyoto. I am interested in buying a new or secondhand zafu, which is a special cushion for zazen meditation. I already asked a similar question ...
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Is it legal to bring Hentai/Yaoi from Japan to Europe (EEA)?

Last year my friends and I visited Japan and naturally we wanted to bring some souvenirs for our friends and family. We were looking for some yaoi/hentai manga books for one of our friends, who is ...
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Buy and taste tea in China [closed]

I'm collecting places where I could taste and buy tea in China during my trip. Currently I have Beijing, Xian,Shanhai, HK on my road map, but if you have information about good and not scam tea in ...
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Buying electronics in Phnom Penh

I am going to phnom penh for a day or two in order to extend my visa. During the same trip I want to buy a micro sd card for my phone, but I would rather not walk around the whole city to find a ...
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Where are the shopping areas in Rome?

My girlfriend and I are visiting Rome soon and she mentioned yesterday that she may like to explore the shopping district when it occurred to us that we didn't know where that was. We want to visit ...
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What do shops mean when they are open 7/7?

When I have been in mainland Europe, in areas such as France or Belgium, a lot of the shops say they're open "7/7". The latter 7 presumably means 'every day' like in 24/7, but what about the other 7? ...
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What characteristics should I look for when buying a backpack? [closed]

I'm looking to buy myself a new backpack for my 1 month vacation. I want a backpack that would serve my incoming and all future traveling needs, so I want to make the most educated decision. What ...
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Where to buy a hydration pack / reservoir / bladder / camel bag in Phnom Penh, Cambodia?

A friend of mine I met at my hostel in Phnom Penh who does a lot of walking and hitchhiking wants to buy one of those devices that contain water in a special bladder in your pack or attached to it ...
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Long (14-hour) layover in Beijing on a Sunday, will I be able to do some shopping/tourism?

I just booked a ticket with a stop in Beijing. On my way back I will arrive in Beijing at 11:30 (Sunday), but my flight to UK is scheduled at 1:30 (Monday), more or less 14 hours. So I was thinking ...
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Checking in a new bag during a layover

I will have a 10 hour layover in Seoul (ICN) and I want to go out and do some shopping. Is it possible to check in a bag during my layover? I will be traveling on Korean Air. I will only have 1 ...
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How can you know if an airport has a decent shopping area after security?

When I travel for work I often rely on shopping in the tax-free area of an airport for buying gifts. This has lead to disappointment in the past. Airports like San Francisco, Orlando and Berlin Tegel ...
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Buying tech merchandising in New York

I've been browsing some websites like Microsoft merchandising Google Merchandise Shop and I want to buy some stuff. I live in Argentina, so I don't want to buy online because (a) the shipping ...
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How many night markets currently operate in Vientiane, Laos?

Last year (2013) when I spent six or seven weeks in Vientiane I remember there being two night markets. One was a touristy one with mainly clothes near the river and the other was a local one with ...
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How can you buy tourist souvenirs for non-tourist prices?

Often times when I'm traveling I like to get a few souvenirs from whatever destination I'm visiting — a two-story bus from London, a miniature Eiffel-tower from Paris, a magnet, a mug, a T-shirt, etc. ...
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Buying a second hand Fujinon lens in Osaka

I am Going back for the third time in Japan next summer. I am looking for shops recommendation to buy another lens for my Fujifilm digital camera. Are there shops to buy reliable second hand ...
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Less annoying places for shopping in Beijing? [closed]

So, I've been to a medium-sized shopping market in Beijing, looking for presents. While they did have some nice things there, the vendors were incredibly pushy and annoying, especially as they ...
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Can we switch terminals at Heathrow (LHR) for shopping only?

We will be flying into and out of Terminal 5 at Heathrow. Now, my wife has taken fancy to a certain duty-free store located at Terminal 3. Assuming we factor in enough time before boarding our ...