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A bed runner is a small, long piece of decorated cloth used to enhance the appearance of an otherwise plain bed. While some prefer the look solely for aesthetic reasons and would choose it even if it were more expensive than traditional decorative bedding, the primary reason to use one in the hospitality industry is to reduce costs while keeping the room ...


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Look for unmanned automatic laundry places. Since the washers/dryers there are usually coin-operated, you'll find a coin dispensing machine to convert your notes into shrapnel. You're likely to also find similar machines at self-service car-washes, or in any other business providing coin-operated services. They usually look something like this: Cassa per ...


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You don't need a hat. If you're traveling for business and are in the IT industry, you'll spend all your time in air-conditioned offices, hotels and taxis, and will spend very little time outside. As a rule, only the poor walk in India, and the campuses of Indian IT firms are generally in suburbs that are virtually unreachable by public transport anyway. ...


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Enter a bar or supermarket and ask if they can change your 10€ bill into 1€ / 2€ coins for the parking. Repeat again in some other place. Probably they will stare badly at you. You're not obliged to consume or buy anything. Be warned that some cashiers may refuse your request. This is a common behaviour even for italians. This site reports that parking ...


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It's called a “bed runner“. The main purpose is to make the bed look nicer and more stylish. Where I live, it's become trendy (again?) to put something similar on tables too (a “table runner”). Earlier, it would be common in some countries to get a similar effect by covering the bed with a large blanket, folded at 2/3rd of the length to reveal another ...


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Walk into a bank with €25 and ask for a coin roll of 1 Euro coins. You will get a yellow roll with 25 of them in exchange. You can also get a purple roll of 2 Euro coins for €50.


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The practice of accompanying an espresso with a glass of water is typical in southern Italy, and in particular in Naples in which coffee is something of a mystical ritual. Recently other establishments across Italy (and worldwide) have begun following this practice. High-end places might serve you a glass of water as an implicit statement saying that their ...


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From personal experience, between 6 and 9 PM but in some cases later. I usually eat early and did get dinners at 6 PM, most diners did come in around 7, the time I left, but in some more expensive places people would just come in around that time and make reservations for later in the evening. I would say, like in many countries, it depends on the class of ...


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Yes there are plenty. The most thourough experience is probably to visit Skansen - the outdoors combined zoo and open-air museum at Djurgården. They have some shorter information in english about this. In swedish there are several pages about the festivities. Almost everwhere there are some kind of local festivity going on. It may be hard to track down. In ...


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There are several aspects of the rules around marriage in France that would make your plan difficult. As far as I know, it's not forbidden to marry as a non-resident but the law is clearly not intended to make it easy. You need to complete some formalities beforehand (publication des bans). It should happen at least 10 days before the wedding but you also ...


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I have no evidence of it, but I always thought it was there to protect the bed from dirty items like your luggage or your shoes. Your luggage might be dirty because it touched the floor, so if you want to open it you put it in this piece of cloth and only that will get dirty and not the sheets where you'll sleep later. Same thing to your shoes, suppose you ...


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The purpose of the bed runner is very simple: to protect the sheets. So that when you lie on the bed with your shoes on, the shoes would not dirty the sheets. It also looks pretty, but I think that's a secondary consideration. It's not solely aesthetic.


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You can often find coin dispensing machine in Post Offices


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In general in the US, the 15% guideline only applies if you're getting some service associated with your food/beverage - service in a sit-down restaurant, food delivered, etc. If I'm getting coffee to go and paying cash, I'll usually throw some of the coins I get in change into the tip jar, but that's as much because I don't like carrying coins as anything ...


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If the tip is not included in the bill, I will do what you indicated... make a rough guess add the rough guess to the bill top up the new total to the next highest integer put that figure in the total and sign the receipt (or credit card) This same technique works for me in the USA, the UK, France, Italy, Germany... basically all of the EEA, and Russia, ...


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Two years on :-). In Australia the Aborigine people designate areas which are for "men's business" (their terminology) and others which are for women's business and each are solely for the designated gender. It is also exceedingly unlikely that you will be admitted to these places (even though of the correct gender) if you do not have at least some ...


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I've never been to India, but I'd suggest a Fedora. In the Western countries, it looks like the only socially acceptable "business hat" option, unless you want to look like Uncle Scrooge or Oliver Hardy.


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With a UV index of nearly 14 you need to be extremely careful when outside during the day. Even on an overcast day, the UV index will be half of what it would be on clear day, so you could easily have a higher UV index in India on an overcast day than in Britain in the summer on a clear day. Also, the UV radiation can penetrate light clothing and irradiate ...


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If you are on a business trip, these should be your priorities: Do NOT wear a hat in inside any premises if those are pertaining to your business. Use an umbrella when out (That is going to help you more, and is socially acceptable as well) Your requirements would also depend on the city you are planning to visit.


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While you'll probably be spending most of your time indoors and in air conditioned rooms, another thing to realise is that in India the sun is not as strong as it would be on a sunny day in the UK. Yes, it gets to 40+ degrees C but because of the pollution you will likely not get sunburned. (Even if you could stay out in that kind of heat long enough to get ...


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What is one meant to do with the water? Simply drink it after your coffee (hot chocolate) or if you prefer at the middle of it - it does not have any specific rule: instead it's for your pleasure. Although to my experience they generally come with a sparkling (frizzante /frɪtˈzante/) shot of water rather than normal ones. Beside the points @JoErNanO ...



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