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In my eyes 7/7 is shorthand for French 7 jours sur 7 which translates to 7 days out of 7. Meaning the business is open all week. Note that this does not necessarily mean that the business is also open 24h. Indeed in France you often read 7j/7 written on shops that are open every day of the week (note the little j, standing for jours == days). For example, ...


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Because you only gain 11.7% volume and give up a bunch of other advantages, including making packing worse. The volume of luggage with maximum checked-luggage dimensions (W + L + H <= 62)[1] is 27in x 21in x 14in = 7938in3. The volume of the cube is 20.7in3 = 8869.7in3. Only 11.7% more. If maximizing (packing) volume (inside a large regular space) was ...


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A cube would maximise the volume while complying with the 62-inch limit Maybe true from a mathematical point of view, but in reality cube suitcases would be: Harder to carry with a handle, you will have to stretch your arm away from your body, which will make things feel heavier. It will be harder to walk while carrying them. What about long ...


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I don't find any relevant EU regulation at the moment and the practice may even be based on national law, but the purpose is to determine if the purchase is subject to VAT or other taxes. At least in Germany, purchases from shops in international airport terminals are not subject to VAT if the customer is a foreigner (not German citizen) and is bringing the ...


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I've had reasonable luck with large stores aimed at locals such as Carrefour or Sam's Club. It's also entertaining (for me anyway) to see what else is on offer. Of course they may not have the total kitsch but if you're flexible there can be some interesting finds. Another option is gift shops at museums - which often have more tasteful stuff, and campus ...


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Balikbayan boxes, popular among Filipinos for bringing goods home when flying, are indeed quite close to cubic. Standard sizes are: Medium: 18 × 16 × 18 inches Large: 18 × 18 × 24 inches Extra large: 24 × 18 × 24 inches While they are optimized for shipping, they are unwieldy for travel. In addition to issues mentioned in other answers… A cube does ...


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In the Dutch airport shops there is the rule that only outbound passengers may buy goods in the 'duty free' shops. They are not really duty free anymore but the rule still stands. All outgoing passengers are allowed to buy, so it is not nationality nor destination. I guess that those airports where they do not have that restriction use the boarding cards as ...


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A lot depends on the actual content. IF the content is illegal where you're taking it (and that includes any layovers/stopovers) you stand to get into some serious legal trouble. For example, last year someone was arrested and convicted in Norway for possession of child pornography. His crime? He had 3 manga/hentai cartoons in his house, which included ...


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Yaoi Manga is a genre of illustrated books that contain homo-erotic content, or in some other way appeal to the prurient interest of its fans. It's soft-porn and does not feature children. Other Manga genres devoted to children are outside the scope of this answer. These books are available over-the-counter in Europe. As evidence, here's an Amazon ...


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Negotiate to Reach an Agreement The first thing to understand is that the purpose of negotiating is to reach an agreement. It's not about beating someone, but rather you should aim for a mutual victory. Someone is selling something you want/need for a given price, and you wish to pay a different price. If at the end of the negotiation you walk away without ...


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I would say that because the law is not on the consumer side in the USA and therefore does not require the total price to be displayed. Most shops will therefore leave off taxes etc as you are then more likely to buy an item. (Trustworthily companies loose trade due to other companies misleading consumers on prices, so therefore quickly all the companies ...


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According to this thread on a dedicated forum there's a bike shop called Flying Bikes in Phnom Penh that should sell Hydrapacks's. Flying Bikes sell Hydrapaks - as good as a camelbak. A quick search on Google maps reveals that there are two homonymous shops with incremental names. I'm not sure if they are part of the same franchise though. Here is ...


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Went to Norway last week, did a lot of research to find gas canisters. We landed on Rygge on a Saturday evening, and there is a Shell not far from the railway station with a seven eleven, we bought them there. When we wanted to drop off our spare gas at the DNT hut in gjendesheim, the guy there said they have about 100 spare ones of those lying around, so if ...


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would have to agree with the above answer. Gumtree is a good place to start your search for a camper or travel van purchase in that price range. Listings from private and commercial sales yards. They have created a very thorough guide to campervan purchases as well, to avoid a dud; http://blog.gumtree.com.au/backpacker-guide-buying-van-aussie-road-trip/ ...


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Here's a list of stores at LAX: http://www.lawa.org/tenantLAXResult.aspx?airport=4&category=38&sindicator=qs Based on the name, "Luggage Store - Before TSA" (Ticketing Level) can probably help you out. Depending on your budget there's also a Coach store in the Great Hall as well. I'm sure there are other stores that sell luggage as well but I can't ...


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Find a pack of appropriate size. Find other things from the store and stuff every compartment to the max. While packing everything you'll need. Put it on and walk around. Climb some stairs or step onto a bench/chair. Is it comfortable? Can you easily access some compartments while wearing it? Can you use the zippers while wearing gloves? Does it inhibit ...


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I managed to find a couple of shops which had "hydration bladders" as well as "hydration packs", all of them were westernised bicycle shops with a wide range of accessories. Flying Bikes 2 had a good quality 1 liter bladder for 23 USD and a lower quality 2 liter for 18 USD. On street 182 between Bd. Charles De Gaulle and Monivong Bd. there was a ...


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Without knowing exactly which shops and items, it is hard to tell. I would suspect it has something to do with duty-free shopping, where you have to show proof that you are actually leaving and taking the items with you. Duty does not apply to everything you might purchase, and certainly not to food or drink you are going to consume on the spot.


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I am not sure how universal the VAT argument is, as this process is applied at Dubai Airport as well (where this is no concept of VAT). At Dubai, they scan your boarding card for the following: To know your destination country; in case there are any customs restrictions on the goods you are buying. Usually done for spirits/alcohol/perfumery/tobacco ...


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@Robert points it out, they would be too unwieldy. Although you, as a passenger, would have not to worry about them while being transported by plane, you still would have to get them from your home to the airport. And that's assuming that's the only moving around you'll do. Will they have wheels and a long leash so that you can drag them around behind you? ...


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Because they are too unwieldy when you carry it on your side. And it's easy to exceed the weight limits. I already can cram 23 kg in a single large luggage bag. You can vacuum pack your clothes to make the most of the space in a luggage. Did you want to maximise your luggage space and thought cube shaped luggage might be a solution?


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There are many old book shops in Lisbon here are a few tips: Google If you're looking for shops with second hand books you will want to look for "alfarrabista". That't a specific word that designates old book shops or old book sellers in portuguese. Since you are looking in Lisbon, try: "Alfarrabista lisboa". List of bookshops In a quick search I found ...


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Yes, you can travel between the different terminals in CDG. Apparently, when connecting from terminal 2C to terminal 1, if both your flights are from/to outside of Schengen, you can usually connect without entering France, with the green shuttle. But in your case, you do not want to do that for now. As @phoog commented, the shopping area of terminal 2E is ...


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First, establish the use for the backpack. Will you be wearing it all day, in all kinds of weather, while walking 8 or 12 hours through nature? Or will you be putting it in the luggage compartment of buses or trains? Will you be using it in a city where you need to worry about pickpockets or bag-slicers? Does it matter that it fits the rules for carryon ...


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In Shanghai, there is Tianshan Tea City. This is not far from the Zhongshan Park metro station. Also, the Cloud 9 shopping mall, which is directly accessible from that station, has a Carrefour where you can get decent tea at cheap prices. The local teas in that region are green teas, however – Long Jing, Bi Luo Chun and others. There is some oolong, ...


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Being a Nikonist myself, I can't recommend any shops for Fuji in particular, but for camera gear of any kind the place to go is Nipponbashi (日本橋) aka Den-Den Town ("Electric Town"), Osaka's equivalent to Tokyo's Akihabara, near Namba station. Tokiwa (トキワ) is the big name here, but there's a bunch of others as well. Naniwa (ナニワ) near Shinsaibashi is also ...


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It's to do with vat. All the stores charge you the full price as they would on the high street. You pay the vat. They claim it back. Big fiddle. You lose. They win. You can refuse to show your card though.


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There is nothing stopping you buying the most cube shaped luggage you can find or have made and take it with you. I have seen 'classic' suitcases that are almost square, that used to be transported on ships. They are known, among other names, as cabin trunks. The full size ones will be too big for nowadays flights, but you can get half size replicas and ...


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The other, rather important point is this: While that would indeed give you the maximum volume allowed, packing pretty much anything that fills the maximum volume is likely to take you well, well over weight. It's easy enough to take a bag of a much smaller volume and go over the 18/20/30kg included weight limits. Extra weight gets expensive very fast, and ...


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Sometimes while travelling, tourists need to 'stock up' on a variety of items. Other times one family member may be attending a business meeting and the other family members need to kill a few hours until the family is reunited again. If a place is new and there are language barriers, it is natural for people in some cultures to contemplate what they would ...



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