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There is nothing in the regulations that prevents an applicant from using a hospitality exchange or social networking for accommodation. They would treat these arrangements in the same way as if friends were offering you a place, but since they are not real friends, you will need to be a bit careful with how you present your evidence. It means you can't ...


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The two tracks allow Spanish trains to go to the French station and French trains to go to the Spanish station. From a technical standpoint, you could also imagine a single station in one country or the other where both networks meet. In fact, it's the setup used in Latour-de-Carol, also between France and Spain (with another peculiarity, namely a third ...


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The Schengen agreement (and the convention implementing it and EU regulations that replaced it) is only about short stays under three months. Whether they need a visa or not (Australian citizens do not), third-country nationals cannot stay more than three months in the Schengen area under those rules. To stay longer, you need a national visa or residence ...


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You are indeed looking way too far in advance for European rail planners. Train timetables in Europe change twice a year (mid-December and mid-June) and are published a few weeks before, depending on the operator. Even when the timetable does not change, booking generally opens three months or so before the date of travel. Consequently, as of writing this ...


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I crossed that border in both ways. A special case nobody cited is that there's another narrow gauge track that ends at Hendaye/Hendaia coming from San Sebastián/Donosti. That is served by Euskotren, the basque railway company. This line allows passengers to cross the border in both ways. People from the zone are used to this setup. As cited, that comes ...


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According to Railways Through Europe: Under the terms of a diplomatic agreement concluded on 8 April 1864 between the two countries, the arrangements for handling the traffic provide that the French passenger trains terminate in Irun and the Spanish ones terminate in Hendaye, returning empty across the border. Because of the difference in track gauge, ...


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The good news for you is that roaming charges within EU member states are legally capped at a very low level (19ct./min and 6ct./text), so a French SIM card will work quite well in Italy and vice versa. Furthermore, prepaid SIM cards are extremely cheap, as in 20€, including a simple phone and 5€ of credit. Unfortunately, Switzerland does not belong to the ...


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You should buy a SIM card in one or more of the countries. You may find that the first one you buy can be used in other countries, or you may have to buy a new one in each country. Be prepared to spend roughly 20-30 Euro for each SIM card. And make sure you have a phone that actually takes SIM cards and is unlocked. If you're coming from the US it may be ...


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It's going to vary so much from ship to ship - back in the day it was easier, but these days there's such variety. CruiseCritic has a list of dress-codes by cruise line for about a dozen cruises, that's probably about the best list or method you're going to get. Alternatively you can google each cruise ship and add the search term 'dress code' but that ...


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No, nobody wears them, at least not in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern Germany, or France. I have only occasionally been further north so I can't vouch for Scandinavia but it's certainly not common in Western Europe generally. In those regions, most people don't wear anything particular to protect their ears throughout the winter, it's ...


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I'm not sure what temperature will be there, "Western Europe" could be anywhere from Iceland, or Norway, or south Italy or Spain, or maybe just the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands... But no matter where, if it's regularly below freezing cold, I'm sure people outside for more than a few minutes would wear a hat of some sort (not counting high school kids ...


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(I see that this is an older question -- but since it has been recently edited, it is now at the top of the feed. Since I have some experience in trying to make these plans, I figured I'd add an answer in the hope that it would be helpful to others who come across this question in searches about car rental.) My experience is that the Hertz website gives ...


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All the places you mentioned are in the Schengen area and the 90/180 rule applies to the area as a whole. So leaving for three months in the middle is not a small thing you could circumvent by being smart, it's a major condition of visa-free visits designed precisely to preclude what you want to do. Staying and working for a full 9 months in the Schengen ...


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I'd be sorely tempted to use the Villa Opicina tram in Trieste for this journey. It's a pretty extraordinary journey, but you'd have to be very comfortable with multiple transfers and careful timetable co-ordination. Train to Trieste (Frecciabianca booked in advance to Venice Mestre, regional train ticket bought at the station from Venice to Trieste) Take ...


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Getting a long-stay visa from Germany will not in itself allow you to travel in the other Schengen countries more than you would otherwise be allowed to. (Since you're Australian, you don't need a visa for short stays; if your nationality had been one that needs visas, the long-stay visa would effectively also function as a multiple-entry short-stay visa for ...


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Summary: Your German visa is not enough, you need an Irish short-stay visa. Ireland is not part of the Schengen area, so a German national visa is not enough to enter the country. Since Armenia is on the list of “countries whose nationals are visa required”, you do generally need an Irish visa to go to Ireland on holidays. There is however an exemption for ...


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The cheapest, but not simplest option is to use public WiFi. For cheap and simple, get a French or Italian SIM, one with low roaming rates to all of Europe. Details The EU roaming rates are pretty low, by law. Switzerland is not part of the EU, and the telecom cartel is quite strong there (the biggest provider for this 8 million people country is valued ...


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In general, the answer is no, you won't go through customs in London. It depends on a few details like the airlines involved and how you booked your ticket but it should be possible to connect without leaving the sterile transit area of the airport. It means that you won't need to go through customs or immigration in either direction. This does not result ...


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If you have enough documents to prove the content of your second journey already when applying for the first trip's visa, then you can almost certainly get the visa to cover the whole period with no additional overhead. This means, you should know the dates you'll be traveling to France, preferably have flight tickets already booked, maybe even a few hotel ...


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In Germany, people occasionally wear earmuffs, but headbands and in particular "bobble hats" or similar ear-covering cloth hats are definitely more widespread. Still, it is mostly a personal preference, so some people never wear anything like that, while others always do as soon as it gets cold. (In other words, there is usually no time where everyone starts ...


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We did the same a couple of years ago. We decided on the destination first, and then looked at dive centres. We used Wikivoyage and PADI to get a list of local dive shops, and then Tripadvisor to read reviews on the dive shops. In the end we had it narrowed down to three shops, and wrote them an email asking about their prices and services. We then chose ...


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Since the WH visa is a category "D" (=national) visa, the following applies: Third-country nationals with a national residence permit issued by a Schengen country may, for the duration of its validity, travel for up to 90 days per 180-day period to any other Schengen country. This also applies to holders of a national visa (category “D” visa) issued by a ...


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I'm a UK national with the EU passport and the border control in Amsterdam and Helsinki have both stamped my passport when I asked them to - they didn't mind at all and even had a flick through to see all the stamps from other countries.



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