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I have not been to Brazil myself yet, but this is on my list, so here is what my research thus far has found. As hippietrail pointed out, the Carnaval in Rio (and in Sao Paulo) has grown to be a huge event that requires a purpose-built stadium in each city. These Carnavals are put on as big mega-parades by Samba Schools and are nowadays meant to be seen ...


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According to the final report from the Museum of Science in Boston, MA, concerning the same exhibit, the average length of stay (of the polled visitors, of course) seems to be around an hour, with the shortest being 15 minutes and the longest being 170 minutes. The exhibit had 37 stalls/panels in Boston, with the average group visiting a little over 19 of ...


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It depends on which country you think most of the participants will come from. If it's an international conference, bear in mind that US / Canadian visas - even for short visits - are NOT easy to get for people from many countries. Even if it's for the purpose of a conference, I have heard many anecdotal stories from friends and colleagues who require a ...


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This page collects lots of information about the total solar eclipse of 2012. It shows the path, an interactive map and cloud cover information. Currently only monthly averages are available, later you may find a better prediction. It is also a good idea to check the page of MrEclipse (Fred Espenak), he's a solar eclipse veteran. Going to the same place he ...


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You can see this in the Wikipedia list or on any map with the International Date Line. The first place to see a new day is the Line Islands, more precisely the part that belongs to Kiribati (formerly known as the Gilbert Islands). The Line Islands are in the UTC+14 timezone, and the rest of the country is in UTC+13. This has been the case since 1995; before ...


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European countries tend to be the easiest for most nations to get to, when you consider transport costs and visas, as short term EU visas are relatively simple. We don't have the restrictive policies the US have, for example. London prides itself on being an ideal location for conferences, as Heathrow Airport has connections to everywhere but the ...


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Along the coast, there are trains, for example from Nice and area. The area is not that cheap either, but you can still try. The "ter" SNCF site has a map, and lists a train line along the coast until Cannes, which has pretty frequent trains. Prices are around 5-10 euros each way I would say. There are also buses that are cheaper. On the cg06.fr site of the ...


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three Indian ways to get there. Shared Autos. Buses Private Cabs. Shared autos will take somewhat around 1 hour to reach there and they will not start until it is full. Buses you can catch from Amritsar Bus stand and there you must reach a bit early - 45 min drive + 30 min wait in bus. Private cabs are costlier, on which I traveled took 10 INR/km ...


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"Do you just buy a ticket to Rio, book any hotel and just enjoy?" That's about exactly what I did for my visit in February 2009. Well I chose my hotel carefully - a decent hotel - search engines are your friend as are reviews. I chose a major airline as well. I booked tickets to the Sambadrome online and for one of the Samba school balls at a ticket seller ...


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There are some expeditions that you can join as a single person. Most of these take place during November, December, January and February (example). Just start this December. As you can see, it is a relatively short tour because you fly to 89° longitude. But nevertheless, it takes approximately three weeks.


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After a little searching, there are still flights on a couple of days, if you're prepared to go to Vancouver first. It's not cheap, however: http://www.kayak.co.uk/#flights/YVR-ADK/2012-05-17-flexible/2012-05-22-flexible Much like the other reference, it appears to only have flights on Thursdays and Sundays. Still, that's better than the once a week ...


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Of the bigger countries, New Zealand is the first to celebrate New Year. But there are a few island territories that are one hour ahead, namely Samoa and Tokelau timeanddate.com has a countdown page to New Years


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You could enjoy a four-day tour to Baikonur for the low, low price of 3790 EUR1. These are organized to coincide with a planned launch from the station, so you'll be able to combine this with some sightseeing around the cosmodrome. The package is said to include: Transport between the Airports and your hotel Visa support A guide (English, French, Spanish, ...


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I would avoid the coast. My experience is in California, where there is a well-known pattern of heavy fog and clouds near the coast in May and June (they call it "May gray" and "June gloom"). I don't know for sure, but I would expect similar conditions further north as well. However, often one can find clear skies just a few miles inland. Deserts are ...


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The closest useful airport is Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA code DEL). There are other airports in the region, but none of them are serviced by regular commercial flights. The Indian GP circuit is in a town called Greater Noida which lies in the outskirts of New Delhi. As such, there's plenty of places to stay in Delhi, so this question ...


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What your friend told you it's pretty inaccurate and the opposite is actually true: many people at the stadium DO wear jersey / shirt of their favorite team. Authentic jerseys are sold pretty much everywhere at the same price, which is usually quite high. You can find "accurate enough" jerseys for lower prices, tho. Usually outside the stadium there are a ...


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I am not sure if this will help but I am sure that some of these strange -> weird -> bizarre sports have presence and competitions in the NorthEast US. I haven't gone through all of them but you are welcome to search. :) Complete List of Unusual Sports Present locally: Bike Polo Chess Boxing P.S. Some of these sports are painful just to read about.


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A different option so seemed worthwhile putting as a separate answer: http://www.kayak.co.uk/#flights/ANC-ADK/2012-05-17-flexible/2012-05-22-flexible If you can get to Anchorage, it's .. well... also horrendously expensive, but if you can get a cheap way to Anchorage, it may save some. Again, Sunday and Thursdays seem to be the only days flights are ...


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The place being advertised as the best location is Oak Beach. It's also the starting point of the Solar Eclipse Marathon. However I wouldn't (and won't) go near here because the highway between Port Douglas and Cairns is one lane in each direction for most of it without alternate routes, and Oak Beach sits right on it. Both Cairns and Port Douglas are ...


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Check the relevant page on most Azeri embassy websites. Here's the one for the embassy in Holland: http://www.azembassy.nl/index.php?options=news&id=13&news_id=178 In short: With an invite (press, say) or ticket (the public), you can get a visa for Azerbaijan upon entering the country through one of the international airports. You can not get a ...


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The Australian Government has a useful page giving more information on the annual red crab migration, which happens around the start of wet season (October/November): Eggs are released by the female red crabs into the sea precisely at the turn of the high tide during the last lunar quarter


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Go for eticketing.co.uk. Tried to buy ticket from ManUtd website and it redirects to eticketing.co.uk This website allows you to view the seat location and if there is no available seats, it can notify you if there is more seat available. Note that you should arrive early in the stadium since usually they separate the tribune for the home and visiting ...


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I'd suggest someone like The Fanatics, who a group of us expats used to buy tickets. They tend to follow the Fulham games, but if you time it right for when Fulham is playing Liverpool, you could be in ;) Otherwise Ticketmaster is another option for events of all types, including the football, although possibly you'll need a UK address to have them posted ...


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Just to add to the answer, the newly opened Yamuna Expressway offers speedy access from the city to Greater Noida and beyond to Agra. The Buddh International Circuit is conveniently located just off the highway. The toll to get from the city to the circuit is Rs. 320, and probably takes about 20-30 minutes - a much-needed improvement over the existing route. ...


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There will be box offices open outside events. Some events are selling slower than others. This is especially true of events outside London such as the football in Glasgow. You can see online at www.tickets.london2012.com/ what events are available. Buying online near the time will require you to collect the ticket at the box office outside the even. Simply ...


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Like my answer on a related question, the Maldives would be a good candidate. Its international airport seems to be well connected. Personally I don't think the visa fees will be a deal breaker. I know from experience that getting visa for the Netherlands for conference attendance will be easy. Consulates do check visa applications for conference and if ...


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From 11am UK time on Wednesday May 28, the final batch of tickets goes on sale. London 2012 Olympics: final batch of tickets to go on general release Organisers have confirmed that there is still a good availability for a range of sports including archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, diving, handball and hockey. There are also ...


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According to this website, there is nothing special on these dates. The closest to your travel dates are the January 1st (New Year's day) and the January 11th (Independence Manifesto Day 1944). In my experience, I was a January 1st in Marrakesh and I didn't perceived any special celebration.


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I don't know when you will be doing this, but try the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture race - http://www.kineticbaltimore.com/ From the website: Kinetic Sculptures are amphibious, human powered works of art custom built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore ...


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If you're looking for concerts, festivals and things like that, this list can be useful: http://eventful.com/rome/events Another event list that is very useful is In Rome Now. It is a little bit at short hand notice, but it always lists the events for the coming week.



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