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There's plenty of stuff you can do (references are to the German Wikipedia for more extensive descriptions, which I assume you read given your origins). I don't know whether you enjoy visiting castles, churches and museums as well, whether "outdoor activities" include things other than hiking, and what kind of nature interests you most. Anyway, here are a ...


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"The Grotto" on the Bruce Peninsula (Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada) could be a good choice. The water's always cold (though it can be plenty hot outside), but if you take appropriate precautions it should otherwise match your criteria. It's pretty cool: You can actually swim through the hole in the bottom out into the bay. There are a lot of cool ...


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Nobody will be offended. It is a common practice among children to search for amber or shells. However I would not expect too much. Amber can be easily mistaken with other rocks and if you ever find something it would be rather of a small size. The beaches along the whole coast are easily accessible and I can hardly believe in the existence of hot spots.


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As Ilmari commented, the recent NY Times travel blog post by "frugaltraveler" is very good. It even mentions my favorite bar, Pub Magneetti. I like his other recommendations too: free concerts & somewhat hippie atmosphere at Alppipuisto; public sauna in Kallio; berry-picking). Some more ideas below. Many of these may not be "only in Helsinki" things, ...


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There are a few companies in South Africa and I think the USA that offer rides in old military jets to wealthy tourists. Same can be had in Russia and maybe some other former Soviet republics. South African prices for supersonic flights start at 11000 Euro. In central Europe, laws typically prohibit supersonic flight except over open water, and even there ...


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You cannot go to every shop as a visitor without getting a membership. check the website for the location where you want to go and look if the have a visitor (ビジター) package. Depending on the location, they might require you to speak Japanese. Since Gym facilities have a legal responsibility towards your health, they have to make sure that they explain ...


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I have a few suggestions for you: Go to the BlizzCon 2011 in Anaheim, only 60 km away from LA. There you can take a look at Diablo 3 and you could use collect some fancy gifts from Blizzard. Go to the Atomic Testing Museum. I was never there, but a friend of mine really recommends it. And according to the homepage it sounds quite interesting. I don't know ...


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Fly a Russian MiG-29 There is a company MigFlug that offers flights in Russian MiG-29 fighter jets. They offer five locations within Europe, but with the prevention of supersonic flights in Europe, you may have to go for their central Russia location. They actually only advertise near-supersonic speeds, but maybe a few rubels more get you over the ...


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One of my favorite places in Switzerland is Interlaken. The are is beautiful and you can take a short train ride up to Kandersteg for some beautiful waterfalls and a great mountain hike. It is a 2 hour train ride. Interlaken is known as the extreme sports capital of Switzerland. You can skydive, canyoneer, or mountain climb. Kandersteg: Another option is ...


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A Swiss online resource I know is this one. It lists a lot of Spas in Switzerland that are worth a visit. I quickly checked it, and all I know of are on the list. Unfortunately the list is in German, but at least some of the further links are also available in English. If you're looking for an English resource I would recommend this site. It also lists a ...


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If you're expecting to wash / play with a 'family-owned' elephant, perish the thought! Elephants are expensive creatures to care and feed for, and you aren't going to find personal families owning elephants. Here's what you can do: go to a wildlife sanctuary / national park in India. Mark's answer mentions Jim Corbett National Park, which is in Northern ...


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Yes! There are indeed many meetups and hackathons that take place in India - I used to be involved in organising some of them - and while most of them have pre-registration, it is not necessary. Sessions are always conducted in English so this is not an issue you will face. The technical level of the events varies widely though: some are aimed more at ...


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Go to the Ardennes in Belgium. Since it is almost our backgarden, we go there often as a last minute decision. It is a large area and there are really a lot of outdoor activities. There are really a lot of kayaking being offered around the different rivers. Good starting points for exploring are Dinant, La Roche-en-ardenne, or Yvoir. A disadvantage might ...


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I believe you might be referring to Tomtit: http://www.tomtit.se/english/ There's a similar sort of thing that I've been to in Cardiff, the UK, called "Techniquest": http://www.techniquest.org/start/ I've also been to At-Bristol in Bristol, the UK: http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/ I found the following page too which is a list of interactive science centers ...


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For Slovakia, you could consider the Bratislava Rifle Range: Bratislava's premiere outdoor rifle shooting range is the setting for our most popular stag do activity. You can have a blast shooting a real Scorpion machine gun, sub-machine guns or a selection of handguns supervised by certified instructors. We guarantee you will love letting a fully loaded ...


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I will be travelling around many Western European countries which I expect to not have these sorts of experiences. Actually, some do.


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There are a lot of possible day trips from Reykjavik to explore the surrounding area. If you only have the chance to do one I would suggest the Golden Circle, the tour will pick you up from your hotel and return you to it at the end of the day. During the day you will see geysir - the water spout that others are named after. Whilst geysir doesn't erupt ...


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It is absolutely legal to shoot at a range as long as you either shoot their guns or bring your own legal firearm to the range provided your weapon meet range's restrictions. For example: Sandy Spring Shooting Range will rent you a firearm, similar is available from Shooters of Columbus. Normally the only thing that you need to have with you is a valid ...


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I'm not sure about spas, but if you're interested in hot baths, there are quite a few in the lake Geneva area (the area I'm familiar with): (Note: I've only ever been to the first two) Ovronnaz Up in the mountains, astounding view, surrounded by mountains. In the winter, you can be outside, up to your neck in steaming water, with snow falling on your ...


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If you like science I'd recommend the Technorama (Swiss Science Center). It's located in Winterthur. So it's very close to Zürich. Most instructions are available in English. http://www.technorama.ch/en/ I live in Bern and we have a yearly tradition: The Zibelemärit. From Wikipedia: The Zibelemärit (Bernese German dialect; English: Onion market) is ...


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A close alternative would be 'Yoyogi Park' which is just two stops south on the Yamanote line or you could even walk or run from Shinjuku. I walked around in Yoyogi and I am pretty sure I did not have to pay there. There are tons of other parks in Tokyo. I don't remember seeing any parks in Osaka, but that could just be me.


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In Jim Corbett National Park, you can touch, hand-feed and bathe the elephants - the full experience. Get the Elephant Experience at Jim Corbett National Park The experience and camp is claimed to include: Reception Centre with displays of elephant and other animals in the park. Boutique Gift Shop, featuring a massive range of wildlife related products. ...


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No, no one is going to be offended; In fact, it is a common practice, as already mentioned. Random facts: The best time is just after the storm, especially during winter. I've heard some people go early in the morning for a search. Never underestimate the place. Sometimes you can find a lot of amber in crowded-looking part of beach. There are even some ...


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Helsinki (and Finland itself) has been characterized by a number wild, free-spirited innovators. Two main sites illustrate this point: One is the so-called rock church. It was built at the location of a huge rock that no one thought could be moved. The architects were laughed at for "trying." But they didn't MOVE the rock, they carved the church out of the ...


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Speaking as someone with similar interests as yourself: 1) Best geek thing to do in Vegas: learn to count cards at blackjack, play poker, or other forms of advantage play. Very few gamblers believe there is anything to learn about gambling, and so it's possible for geeks to learn how to maximize their gambling experience. Poker is the easiest game to become ...


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If you are after very safe and fun, if a bit touristy, there are several destinations around Cancun, Mexico (these are known as "cenote"). See http://yucatantoday.com/en/topics/cenotes-underwater-sinkholes.


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Driving to Lake Lucerne have a look and go on to reach the Grimsel Pass. I like doing this by car or motorbike. Another day trip would be Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.


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Well, my friends and I did our trip... it was a blast, but a ton of driving. We also planned too many events in such a short amount of time, so a lot of things seemed rushed. Either way, we were not disappointed. Not really sure how to give this as an answer, so I'll just give the major attractions we did. Loved Yale, which is a beautiful campus The ...


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If you are in Suwon, the very first thing you should do is to try suwon galbi. Suwon is one of the best places in South Korea to try galbi. Also, don't forget to visit Hwasong, a fortress which was built after imjin japanse invasion. There is also a famous amusement park in Korea near suwon called, 'everland'. Plan on spending about 2-3 days to look around ...



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