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Simple You don't buy it Let's just analyse this for a bit shall we? You're not paying for the ice cream, you're paying for the experience. If you like ice cream but don't like entertainment or 'street entertainment' to be specific, buy your ice cream from somewhere that doesn't do that... Do not try and get the ice cream vendor to not 'do his show' for ...


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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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It'd be like going to a comedy show and telling the comedian off for making jokes at the audience. If it's expected and part of the 'show' or experience, it's what he does for a living, enjoys doing and to be told not to do it - well it'd be considered wrong. I'd hope you wouldn't tell the waitress not to ask about your day (she's being friendly as part ...


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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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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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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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Whilst Google has a few references on the topic (most of which date back a couple years ago), some of which do mention some sort of implicit association between white trousers and being gay, I think this belief is no more than a metropolitan legend. I lived in London for a long time, I have several gay friends, and I have never heard them mention this, as ...


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Tipping is optional in general in the UK, rather than customary. Especially in a pub food environment, it's unexpected (much more common when the bill is brought to your table), although always of course welcomed. In general if you are tipping, it is done at approximately the same time as paying. The normal way of tipping in a pub where money is exchanged ...


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Refusing to eat totally is indeed very rude. In fact, it might be taken as an insult if you were the main guest. Anyway, you can always ask for a plate and a spoon, fill the plate and eat the way you are used to. This will totally save the situation and will be understood positively since people know how foreigners eat, but not eating at all is something ...


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Raising your feet up about 20 cm and leaning forward helps a lot. It puts your body into a position more like squatting, aligning the tubes for more productive pooping, but your weight is still firmly supported by your buttocks on the seat. If you don't have something to rest your feet on, just raise your knees by going on tiptoes (up on the balls of your ...


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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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I'm kind of impressed that our site now has both ends of the same toilet question! While this is quite humorous to discuss about toilets in a site that we usually talk about travel, hygiene is indeed part of traveling. I'm from Sri Lanka, where the majority of culture is similar to India. But China, India, Sri Lanka, and many of the Asian countries do have ...


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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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The typical restaurant meal in Italy is made up of four courses: Antipasto - the starter Primo - first course (usually pasta or soup) Secondo e contorno - second course (usually meat or fish) with sides (usually vegetables) Dolce - dessert These courses can be further wrapped by serving an aperitivo (aperitif) before the meal, and coffee and ammazzacaffé ...


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I'm a non-muslim lived and worked for 9 months in Istanbul. So, here's my experience. Turkish people are really really friendly and very kind. They are known as Turkish hospitality which they as a host will take good care of you as a guest. While I was living in Istanbul, I talked and asked many questions to strangers. I never had any problems, even though I ...


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Skirts specifically are not required, but modest dress certainly is, mostly in religious sites: churches like St. Peter's in the Vatican, major temples in Thailand and India, mosques pretty much anywhere if they're even open to visitors, etc. From the Vatican's official site: Access to Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens and Saint Peter's ...


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It's definitely not a French custom. Whilst cutlery has its own chapter in the dining etiquette, several restaurants do not replace used cutlery between dishes. Indeed, I have had this happen in various restaurants around the globe. The common denominator across all these establishment was their affordability. Keeping the same set of cutlery for more than a ...


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You could just as well turn the question around: What's the rationale for bothering with several sets of knifes and forks? Minutes traces of food surely aren't a big problem and it does involve quite a lot of work, not only for cleaning but also for the service staff. One way or the other, such things are necessarily customary and this only strikes you as ...


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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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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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There are no standard signifiers of 'being gay' in London. There are many subtle cues that people may or may not provide you with if they want you to realise they are gay. London is a very modern metropolis and even making the assumption that a man wearing eye shadow (for example) is gay might be completely wrong. The reason you looked around and found ...


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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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Having visited Istanbul and gotten Dondurma from such a vendor complete with the show, all I can say is it was one of the funnest experiences of the trip. I had no idea about what went on when asking for an ice cream cone and the Turks who were around when it occurred were all obviously in on the joke since they grew up with it. The showmanship alone was ...


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The law's genesis seems to be to keep the military identifiably military and everyone else civilian. As reported by Theresa Gordon of the Antigua Daily Observer, on July 23, 2013: Anyone caught wearing or selling military-type camouflage clothing will be arrested. The get-tough stance was announced by Staff Judge Advocate of the Antigua & ...


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Ok, JoErNanO explained the legal part, now as German I am able to explain the unofficial part. It has nothing to do with a fine. You are disobeying openly a rule while others are present. The amount of consistency is variable, people from Northrhine-Westphalia are more prudent to ignore lights than those from Bavaria. If noone is present, no cars at night ...


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Even for an hungry italian a complete menu is too much! In fact, lot of restaurant suggest some "touristic" menus and all of these menus exclude a part of complete menu; for example are Starter - First course and Dessert or First and Second course and Dessert. Restaurants manager know this so, when you eat "alla carta" (ordering what you want from menu) they ...


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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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This a plausible stereotype with obvious origins, but one that has absolutely zero documented evidence as being employed as semiotic sign by homosexual community (now, absence of proof != proof of absence. So don't read this answer as a definitive "no"). This is a somewhat lost-in-translation urban slang thing. The term "White pants" has a well known ...


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This is an experience answer, no links from me here. As a regular visitor to the UK and going out with locals, I have seen both. In a busy pub, most people do not leave money on the table as the staff can miss it being there. But when the pub is quiet, like after the end of the lunch rush, it is quite common to see people leaving money on the table. Photo ...


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I can't imagine any reason why you could not. Playing poker for money in the US may or may not be legal, depending on the state and the details of your game (I am not a lawyer so cannot advise you on specifics). But the chips themselves are perfectly legal. You can buy them at any game store, or the game section of a large store like Target. High quality ...



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