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I had the same problem after arriving to the UK. There are two basic techniques: Plug the sink, pour the water and wash yourself in this water. I think this was how it was meant to be used when this system was first introduced years ago. You can mix it in any other container as well, depending on your needs. One potential downside to this method is that ...


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This is in fact a completely legitimate photo. It is from Baarle-Nassau where the borders get really funky. Indeed, the one house you are looking it is just one of many, though it is probably the most famous. The exact address is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau 5111, The Netherlands. In a situation similar to that along, say, the India-Bangledeshi border, ...


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The image is from the border between the Dutch municipality Baarle-Nassau and the Belgian municipality Baarle-Hertog. To be more exact, the address of the house is Loveren 19, Baarle-Nassau, Netherlands. If you don't want to go there, you can look it up on Google Streetview :) Although it is not that uncommon that towns or villages are split by country ...


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Compared to an average US city, I expect you to find Belgium a very expensive country. Taxi's are extremely expensive, expect to pay >25Euro's for innercity trips. Having said that, public transport like trains and busses are really really cheap. The Belgian Railways have a card called Go Pass (<26) or Rail Pass which makes traveling through Belgium ...


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There are 7 trappist beers (6 Belgian, 1 Dutch). From Gent, your best bets are Westvleteren, Westmalle or Chimay. None are easily reachable. To Westvleteren you get the train to Poperinge, for Westmalle Antwerp is your best bet and for Chimay you need to go to Charleroi. From the stations onwards you are depending on either a taxi or the (infrequent) buses. ...


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I quote from my Lonely Planet book: Those staying in hostels, doing a museum, filling up with fast fodder like frites (chips or fries) and baguettes and downing a good beer or two can expect to spend from €40 per day. Those opting for hotels with full amenities and midrange restaurants will pay from €120. B&Bs offer excellent value, as do ...


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Yes, the Go Pass allows you to share across multiple people. According to the Belgian Rail website, it is basically 10 tickets to be used on any ride within Belgium, by anyone under 26. There is no name written on the tickets so it could really be used by anyone: they clearly say Up to 10 people on 1 Go Pass. They stress the fact that as you fill it ...


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May be you will be interested in this data. It's old by still shows dynamic how easy is getting visa C in the Schengen countries. Portugal and Netherlands looks like the best choises. Data from here: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/docs/overview_of_schengen_visa_statistics_en.pdf Here is also file ...


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Separate taps are still pretty common in Australia though mixer taps are on the rise. What I usually do is check if the hot water is hot straight away. Usually it's not but I suppose this could depend on how the hot water is set up which may be different in Ireland. If the hot tap is not hot straight away I use the hot tap just on just a bit checking with ...


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I found the following map (Source: http://www.yachtchartersneek.nl/waterkaart_Belgie_vaarwegen.htm) The map is from a charter company, which have suggested routes on their website. One mentions a connection from Bruges to Ghent. From Ghent on there a multiple possibilities.


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I'm in the lounge now, so I can confirm that the Qype review is largely correct. The lounge is at the other side of the station from the main cross-concourse, so you either need to take the lift down from the south end of the Thalys platform, or walk down the westerly corridor and round the corner. If you take the southerly exit from the Eurostar platforms ...


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Bruges/Brugge is a must see. As you come from Netherlands, you won't go "Wow" on the bike friendly town. But there are windmills, a beautiful belfry with its carillon that you can visit. There are many canals in this Venice of the North. There are also a chocolate museum and a diamond museum (only the former offers samples to visitors). You can even see the ...


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You can walk either towns' centre very easily, visit some churches and places in some hours, this is definitely an option. I would personally spend more time in Brugge: give a little more than half a day to Gent then move to Brugge at late afternoon, live the evening, and the day after go in the canals and on the Belfry. I've been to both Ghent and Brugge. ...


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If such exists, they are a well kept secret. You'll likely have to do this in stages. The most attractive option I could find (excluding flights) would be to take trains as far as Istanbul and then there is a bus from Istanbul to Tbilisi. The train segment is about 50 hours (including three nights where you could opt for comfortable sleeping compartments ...


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In Belgium you can stay in a castle I guess you will be traveling by train. This way you are limited to Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Brugge. Let me start with some tips from my home town Antwerp. The ruien. Antwerp has a century old sewage system which is open to visitors. A visit comprises of two walks. First you'll go down in to the sewer system, where ...


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There's an excellent summary of the hours available, which also links to the official regulation (in Dutch/Flemish if you can read that). The basic summary is: You can be open any day during 'shopping hours' - between 0500 and 2100. a shop owner is required to have a 24 hour 'day of rest' every week. Most choose to do it on Sundays. However, you can't ...


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I can only quote another travellers review from Qype, but I think the most imporant information is there: The Thalys lounge is open to 1st class passengers and to Cybelis members as well as to members of the German bahn.comfort program. If you have such a bahn.comfort card, you can bring a collegue, that neither needs a train ticket himself or be a ...


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I'll speak for Brussels where I live : Most museums are open on Sundays, as are they in every place I've been to in the EU (including the Netherlands). Most countries strive to make culture and arts accessible to people. You don't do that by opening only on working days. As a result, most tourist shops and businesses selling food and beverages around ...


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Belgium is one of the more expensive countries in Europe when it comes to mobile internet. The cheapest provider I have found so far is the Aldi, but they don't ship, you actually need to buy it at the aldi stores. Similar formula's are offered by Delhaize and carrefour, but their online descriptions are not really clear about mobile internet. Both are ...


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I am quite surprised at your question. Here in the UK, two single taps, one for hot water and one for cold water are the normal arrangement. You put the plug in the sink and half fill it from one tap, then you run the other into it until you have the temperature of water you want...or you do what I do, which is wash under a running cold tap.


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Your friend probably simply meant another product, the “rail pass”: Travel alone or with others for the low price of only € 7.60 per trip. The Rail Pass takes you where and when you want to go. Discount pass: 10 journeys for € 76 in 2nd class To any destination in Belgium 1 or more passengers on one Rail Pass No restrictions for a year ...



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