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It is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark. Isbjerget was created in a collaboration between four architectural firms: JDS, CEBRA, SeARCH, and Louis Paillard. It took 5 years for the project to be completed, and is one of the first projects to be completed within De Bynære Havnearealer, the new docklands quarter of ...


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My parents live in the countryside (in the UK, not Colombia, admittedly), their tap water comes from a natural spring. They don't drink it. The problem is the water like this tends to be in the open have a lot of crap can get in there. Including literal crap, live and dead animals, chemicals from farms and other businesses, etc, etc. The closer you get to ...


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The city is Fujiyoshida on the NNE side of Mt Fuji. See jpatokal's answer for the exact camera location. From left to right, the marked buildings are: Fujisan station. The glass facade that's visible from street level is quite poorly defined in this photo, but covers the bottom third of the blue frame. The lighter part that's visible in the photo sticks ...


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I think this is the building: Google Maps street view link


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Well this is one good thing about backpacker hostels. In a hostel you still may need to wait until check in time, but they should always have one or more common areas with couches, beanbags, hammocks, deckchairs, etc. where you can doze off. They also have shared bathrooms so you can have a shower almost any time. This doesn't mean you have to sleep in a ...


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LOL! If you want immersion in Chinese culture then Johor Bahru and Penang are very good choices. You named the 2 most Chinese town of Malaysia. Go to the east coast instead. To Kota Bahru then slowly travel south. Unfortunately, I think it is the rainy season now. You can also stay in KL but move to Kampung Bahru (not far from the Petronas tower). Other ...


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Promoting a comment to an answer I think what you want is a Day Use Rate. Not all hotels offer them, but many do, especially around airports. As the name suggests, it's the use of a room in the hotel during the day, but not overnight. Typically, you'll have to be out by late afternoon, so that the room can be cleaned in time for a guest to use it from ...


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The photo is taken from the grounds of Arakura Sengen Shrine in Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi, Japan, and appears to be a crop of this image (not the original either, though). The rightmost building appears to be the town hall. Not sure about the rest, but there are a bunch of large hotels and the Fuji-Q amusement park nearby that seem like likely ...


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The bottommost building is labeled as 富士五湖文化センター (Fujigoko Cultural Center) on Google Maps. However, the official website of that cultural center http://www.mfi.or.jp/fcpa/access.htm tells us that the biggest building (which is probably the one you are interested in) is called ふじさんホール (Fujisan Hall). The same complex also hosts a city meeting hall and a ...


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Galway is a great place to visit and stay. In the beautiful West of Ireland and with a strong tradition of music and the arts. City wise it is one of the nicest to go to in the country.


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The advice that water in cities is more likely to be drinkable is based on that larger urban water systems tend to have some degree of water treatment (i.e., chlorination, ozone, or UV-based) that will kill bacteria, viruses, parasites, and spores. However, the water source itself may be of questionable quality from the perspective of other pollutants (heavy ...


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This probably won't apply to Europe, but I live next to this awesome lake, and a friend of mine actually own a water bottling company! Above is the Kandy lake, which is located right next to a few mountains. We don't even touch this water. However, I still think it's somewhat safe to assume that you can drink water that is right next to a mountain. ...


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Here in Colorado just about all the rivers, even little creeks, have giardia spores in them. Giardia is really a tough thing to kill. Just boiling the water won't do it. There are some very tiny filters that can, but you have to be very gentle with them or the filter breaks. The DEA has halted sales of iodine, which could purify water, because iodine can be ...


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According to Norwegian myth, Santa Claus lives on the North Pole. I am not aware of any references in Norwegian fiction to Santa Claus living in a specific city, either in Norway or other countries, although the Wikipedia article mentions both Drøbak and Longyearbyen. I'm Norwegian, if that's a good enough source :)


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Additionally, many hotels do let you check in early. You might check with the hotel you have already booked. Ask them in advance if they allow early check-in, and if there's any charge. They may say there isn't early check-in, but you can check again when you arrive at the hotel the morning of your reservation. I have found that if they have rooms available ...


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I don't know for sure if they own the building, but the image appears on http://www.cassandra-fp7.eu/page/Workshop_home (on the first section of their slideshow), this could though be beacuse it is a stock image.


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Well, according to traditional Norwegian myths, Santa Claus lives on the North Pole, as l0b0 says in his answer. However, in many parts of the world, if you do send a letter addressed to: Santa Claus The North Pole It will end up in Drøbak, where Santa will answer every single letter (note, in many countries (for instance the US) they send it elsewhere). ...


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Just to confirm that what they say above about high crime rates is not true. I've been living for more than 20 years in several cities of that area and i could say that you could feel safe walking in the streets almost at any time of day and night. Of course that there exist places where is better not to go.



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