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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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I found the Deira Spice Souk very interesting. It's an easy metro ride from the airport. I considered picking up some gifts there for family, but ended up not doing so. If you have cooks in your family they might appreciate some of the unique spices offered here.


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The LOC expressly prohibits obtaining a library card as a souvenir. So the strictest answer to your question is: You can't. However, it's fairly easy to fudge, if you're either dishonest and say your intended purpose is to do research. Or, my preferred method: Actually spend some time doing some research! I spent an hour or two researching George ...


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Mozartkugel (Mozart rounds) are very popular for tourists - you can buy them almost everywhere - but unfortunately they are not cheap. On the official page you can find a link to an online shop and I don’t think the prices will be much lower than that at the airport or in downtown Vienna. A box of 18 pieces costs around €8; that was also the price I paid in ...


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Maple syrup (or maple candies) is always a winner. Cheese can also be a good choice (needs to be vacuum sealed). Smoked salmon (buy frozen and wrapped in cloth in your checked-in bags). Wild rice is really nice. ...


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The airport had a huge renovation in 2013, so things are a bit hectic there. I believe you're flying with AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines), so you should be in the new fancy terminal. I was there this summer, and there was a shop after passport control (and hence in the transit area, in front of the gates) where you could buy souvenirs.


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I can't speak to the Library of Congress but from experience, the British Library has a similar system - you can preregister online or turn up in person, in which case you fill out more or less the same registration form on a terminal in the reader registration office before going through the same interview and approval process. (Worth noting in passing - ...


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You can mail a 50 pound (22.6 kg) package from the US to Japan for $180 via Priority Mail International. The maximum allowed length is 60", and the maximum length plus girth combined must be less than 108". If you buy the postage online it is $160, and you fill out and print the customs forms at the same time. The catch is you have to get a special customs ...



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