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Dining alone is only awkward for you (that is, it's an internal thing). It doesn't bother any of the restaurant staff, and it doesn't bother any of the other customers. So, you have to figure out what makes you uncomfortable about eating alone. There are some ways you can mitigate this feeling: Find somewhere where there are also other people eating ...


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The other question linked in the comments has lots of good advice. As I said in a comment over there -- nobody cares! This is the first thing to get over the awkwardness, all those other people in couples and groups are busy with the other people at their table. It's very rare that people take notice of what anyone else in a restaurant is doing. When ...


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Put yourself in the other people's boots. If you see someone dining alone, would you spend the entirety of your evening judging their every move, or would you spend no more than 2 seconds and then go back to the task at hand, focus on the food before you ... As stated before me, as you wouldn't care, for others, no one would care if you were alone, a couple, ...


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I often dine alone, and like it, but only if I have a book. iPad is best - you can be reading a book or a newspaper or whatever you want and don't have to fuss around with keeping the pages open or folded, which enables you to be comfortable at a small table. People may notice you are alone and sometimes you can tell that makes them uncomfortable - it helps ...


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Arguably... there is no single place that can meet all of your requirements and you will be making trade-offs among the various candidates. Acting on the assumption that the primary requirement is that the establishment stays open until 1 or 2 AM, and secondarily that the ambiance is amenable to a romantic encounter, there are several interesting ...


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I actually love dining alone, travelling or not, and the one thing that always makes me feel completely comfortable doing it is eating at the bar whenever that's an option. A lot of fine restaurants have bar seating, and at the very least, it's perfectly normal-looking to be seated at a bar by yourself, but better yet, you might end up sitting next to ...


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Old question but I think the core of the right answer is still missing and since it's potentially a safety concern it may warrant another as answer. All step down transformers are rated for a certain power. If you exceed the rated power, bad things will happen. YOU MUST NEVER EXCEED THE RATED POWER. A hair straightener needs a lot of power and would ...


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The issue is mostly due to your perception of awkwardness. It seems analogous (though not identical) to the subjective experience of loneliness, or what is called "perceived social isolation" (The issue is perception!) So the key is to disregard this perception, which does not serve you well. If you perceive good things about your situation: good things ...


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I'm only an amateur climber, so perhaps I'm missing something here, but where I live (northeast USA), pretty much all climbs are openly accessible, perhaps with a small fee for parking. If you were climbing in a national park, you would have to pay an entrance fee, but nothing more than that. As you are excluding the major costs (food, lodging, and ...


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It's highly recommended you bring gear, not only for yourself, but to leave behind for the local Cubans. CubaClimbing.com, PlanetMountain and others all pretty much say the following: To sustain the local climbers, please pack extra climbing gear and leave it all behind. The Cubans need climbing equipment, as it's impossible to get it locally. The ...


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(A few years late, but) My favourite travelling hats are these squashy hats that roll up into a supplied bag, with a sprung coil around the edge, made of suede, leather, kangaroo or canvas, by Barmah of Australia. I think this UK distributor has a better website than the manufacturer. Prices are something like £33 (canvas), £40-50 (leather), £65 (kangaroo). ...


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There are plenty of tips and advice in these answers, none of which is worth the time it took to write them. I could add something like "Take a small notebook with you and pretend to write something in it after you "taste" the food, to make it appear as though you are a food critic." However, this as well, would be useless advice. The best way to manage ...


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I've been googling a bit these last few days and I found a website that seems helpful to me. Eventful : It's a website that offers what I was looking for, allowing me to filter events by date (it's possible to filter just those events taking place today) and different categories and including links to buy the tickets for any of them. I will keep digging ...


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I've seen a few apps like these, but they all focussed on only a few cities. As a recommendation, use Facebook: Go to http://facebook.com Click 'Events' in the left column. Scroll down and click 'Popular Events Nearby'. Annoyingly, the resulting list is sorted by some vague popularity rating, not by date.


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If you want to go trekking close to Oslo, I recommend Nordmarka, often just called Marka. Have a look at the official website here, for some information. There are many good starting points in Marka, including Holmenkollen, Frognerseteren, Sørkedalen, and Sognsvann. Many of which are easily accessible by tram or bus. Once in Marka, you can stay at some ...


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The problem is proper transformers tend to be heavy. If you had relocated to europe and wanted a permanent soloution to running american appliances I'd reccomend one of the "yellow brick" transformers they use on UK building sites. They are sturdilly built, are proper isolation transformers and have the power to run basically anything that comes with a ...


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I think your question is too broad to be answered well but this has already been discussed on meta and apparently I was in a Christmas mood back then. However I think your question is not well-posed. First, climbing crags (national parks and parking fees apart) are openly accessible as part of climbing philosophy. I have heard of some cases in SE Asia ...


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Other answers give good ideas for helping you cope with the discomfort of dining alone, but I'd like to suggest solving the problem at its source: the fact that you're dining alone in a place where that's uncomfortable. There are two simple ways to solve the problem at its source: Dine in places where you're comfortable being alone. What that means is up ...


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Have you tried meetup.com? A lot of the groups there are software or IT focused, but if you dig around a little you can also find some smaller outdoor or hiking groups, arts&crafts, special movie events, language groups etc. - at least in the bigger cities. The website is mobile friendly, but i'm sure they also have an app.



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