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Taking Complimentaries Home I would say that it all boils down to how cheap you want to look, in the eyes of the hotel management. If you don't care, and probably you shouldn't, then there are some things you can take with you upon check-out. Taking Consumables As a general rule I would say: you can take anything that is single-serving. For the purpose ...


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To deal with your various questions: Yes you can bring your car into Amish country. While the area is home to many Amish families it is not run along Amish lines. There are roads and shops and all the usual things you would find. If you have actual business on an Amish farm then they are OK with you driving onto it, just as you would visiting any other ...


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TL;DR: It's complicated, but in practice, yes, building snowmen is still allowed for everybody. A fatwa is not a law, it's a ruling by an Islamic scholar that's technically only binding on the person who issued it, not all Muslims in Saudi Arabia, much less all people there. This particular fatwa does not appear to originate from the Permanent Committee, ...


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Here's an excerpt from Wikitravel: Although many visitors, especially Americans, may feel apprehensive about visiting Hiroshima, it is a friendly, welcoming city, with as much interest in Western culture as anywhere else in Japan. Tourists are welcomed, and exhibits related to the atomic bomb are not concerned with blame or accusations. Bear in mind, ...


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What people usually do is putting on their boxers/underwear in the shower cubicle then come out and put on the rest. Some people do what Burhan described in the other answer as well.


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Let me first state that I've lived in Dubai for a solid 19 years (years 0 to 19). In these 19 years, I have done almost everything there is to do in Dubai and been almost every place there is to go (including going to night clubs even though I was under age). At the outset, let me clarify this: I'd wish to visit Dubai with my girlfriend, but after ...


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Wrap a towel around your waist (or use a dressing gown/shower gown and face the locker) and then change your trunks/shorts.


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It is perfectly fine. The call to prayer is frequently televised so there is nothing wrong with recording it and posting it on youtube. It is done often. However, do not go to the mosque during prayer and start recording there. Its not that its not allowed, its just that you'll have to have prior permission and you may be a distraction to the congregation.


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I actually listened to a podcast on the Amish a couple of weeks ago, based on this article on Howstuffworks. I'd recommend it for some solid background. They're not idiots - they do have education, and they know fully what a camera is, but choose not to use them. They generally would prefer you not to take photos - as DJClayworth said, imagine tourists ...


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A fatwa is not a legal opinion, it is a religious opinion and it only sometimes has to do with the law. This distinction is important if the country's legal system follows the Sharia, and typically in those cases, the rulings are done by a central committee (as in Saudi Arabia) and not just any goof with mouth. In Saudi, there have been some insane ...


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Various online sources (Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor, USA Today, Dubai FAQ) seem to agree that as long as you don't start making out in public and telling people that you're not married, or attract the attention of the police in other ways, you'll be breaking the law but are very unlikely to get into trouble. People in general, and hotel staff especially ...


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A quick scan of Wikivoyage's guide to Hiroshima sights indicate that memorials and museums to the attack have English-language information. If they didn't intend non-Japanese to visit the place, they wouldn't have such information. I seriously doubt that they'd regard the USA differently from other non-Japanese countries in this context, even though the USA ...


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I've found regardless of destination, that people are far less offended by cultural faux pas-ses then by behavior that would be rude anywhere. In India, I've accidentally paid with my left hand, and I've seen the person in return get a little uncomfortable, and accept the money with his right. What I did, however, is just apologize and ask, at which point he ...


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Things like towels, bathrobes and slippers are not there to be taken, they are to be left behind. Small toiletries like soap, shampoo, lotions, toothbrush are yours to keep if you so desire. And while hotels assume a single guest will use only one set, they won't chase you down if you take the second set.


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It's perfectly fine. I've been to both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in my (Japanese) high school trip including multiple sessions with hibakushas. There is really no animosity in general. The emphasis of these museums and parks are solely on how horrible nuclear attacks and war is, and how we need to achieve world peace and eliminate all wars. I think most ...


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You're not dealing with idiots or religious fanatics. Them not participating in modern conveniences doesn't mean that they don't know what those are. There are sites like: Lancaster PA PA Dutch Country and various reviews and posts on Trip Advisor that will help you to plan your trip. And just for kicks Amish are not a uniform group, so there are ...


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Absolutely not an issue. Just to give a first-hand perspective (though the other 2 answers both excellently cover the 'why not'), I visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Park a few years back, and at no point did I feel any ill-will or awkwardness. As with any similar place as long as you are respectful you are welcome - the staff were as ...


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Having grown up in a similar conservative Anabaptist community and now living near a large Amish community, here is my $0.02. Rental car--absolutely! As other answers point out, members of Amish communities own their homes/farms but not the roads. Of course, be aware of the alternative transportation modes you will see, and slow down for buggies, scooters, ...


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Wikipedia lists only a few countries where nodding and shaking are reversed: Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Albania. As a Bulgarian, I can tell you it can be quite confusing for foreigners: I've been living abroad for the last seven years or so, and in the beginning I caught a few puzzled looks when nodding or shaking: my mouth says one thing, but my head ...


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You can never blend in in Egypt. Egyptians wear normal clothes nowadays and no one wears the native clothing which is like long dress (except old people in small villages) and I am sure you do not mean the very old native clothing of Egypt or you would look like a Pharaoh which is not blending in :) and not to forget that you are Caucasian which is hard to ...


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To be honest and as a cabin crew member, I have never heard of such a thing. The second advantage of being a flight attendant is meeting different people from different countries and cultures (after going to many places). So having a racist flight attendant is like having a doctor that does not like to touch people! or a nurse that can not see blood. So if ...


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INSIDER INFORMATION: (I was front desk manager in luxury hotel) Take Consumables - Shampoo/ opened soaps /used box of paper towels etc Newspapers, marketing catalogs, guides, promotional materials placed by biz houses Perishable food items which will be considered unusable even if you leave it there Most items for kids - hotels know that it is very hard ...


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I'm French and I've lived in England for a while. In my experience, in France (and elsewhere on the continent) people instinctively pass on the right. When there's a corridor with people walking in both directions, on the continent, a flow naturally establishes itself with people sticking to their right most of the time. People usually overtake on the left. ...


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I've been on Thailand in January/13 for about 2 weeks passing through Bangkok, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phi Phi, Kanchanaburi, etc.. In Bangkok was where I saw more freedom of natives in talking about sex with tourists. In everywhere was someone offering to me to go to any of theirs sexland places (In Bangkok we can see an entire district with expertise in Sex ...


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For Kuala Lumpur you should dress however you are comfortable (okay, not naked, you need to have some level of modesty); you'll be okay walking around the city in a sleeveless t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops/thongs. You probably won't be dressed appropriately for some venues, but you're fine for standard tourist activities. This dress is a bit uncommon for ...


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The other answers here are good, but don't fully address the photography question with the attention I believe it deserves. Many (perhaps most) Amish do actually have a religious prohibition against photography, and thus will likely be actually more offended by the taking of photographs than the average person being treated as a tourist spectacle. This ...


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As there is a wide variety in things that can theoretically be taken from a hotel room, I'll restrict this answer to the items listed in the question (and to my limited experience in countries): So for example you can get towels, slippers, candies, pens, shampoos, shaving kits, sponges, ... Towels are usually exchanged during your stay, and reused ...


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Do not worry. it is your private life. and in Islam people are free to do anything in private and officials are not allowed to search private life of people. the only possibility is if you are arrested as a spy that in that case still those pictures are your private life. in Islam a human is free and can do sin privately (although is banned by God but still ...


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Don't worry! They don't check anything in your laptop or personal electronic devices in Iran. For safety reasons (not just for Iran but anywhere else) keep your devices in the cabin baggage and always beside yourself and of course insert some credentials for logging into them. Enjoy your travel in Iran :)


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An example of what I found out in Brasil: I was in a restaurant with friends, and my nose was running (spicy food, you know ;) ). In my own country (Holland) the polite thing to do is to blow your nose while facing away from the table. When I did that, I received surprised comments from my friends. Apparantly it was better to just snort it up and blow your ...



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