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Since the issue is not only with food that you can spill but also with drinking coke (even if you buy it from a vending machine, you are not supposed to drink it while you walk), which is pretty much impossible to spill, this is not a hygiene issue. The topic is much more about the respect for food at large. When Japanese people start eating, they put the ...


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From EU traffic rules for pedestrians: If, at the side of the carriageway, there are pavements (sidewalks) or suitable verges for pedestrians, pedestrians shall use them. It is recommended that domestic legislation should provide as follows: pedestrians walking on the carriageway shall keep to the side opposite to that appropriate to the ...


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All other answers are correct, but I think there is one exception: In a sharp corner with limited visibility, walk in the outer corner, regardless of traffic direction Source: Flickr, by Wally Gobetz, Creative Commons by-nc-nd. See page for more information. When you're walking here, it's safer to go in the outer corner, than in the inner corner, even ...


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In rural North America, roads without sidewalks (aka pavements) are common. In fact, so are unpaved (gravel) roads, and in winter roads narrowed by snowbanks. School children in Canada are taught to walk facing traffic: From colouring pages by Elmer. There simply is no debate. Not being able to see a car that has already passed you is irrelevant. Walk ...


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From the UK Highway Code: Rules for pedestrians 1 Pavements (including any path along the side of a road) should be used if provided. Where possible, avoid being next to the kerb with your back to the traffic. If you have to step into the road, look both ways first. Always show due care and consideration for others. 2 If there is ...


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There are a number of different types of these "Free" walking tours, with the business models varying dramatically. In some countries you can expect to end up at the guides "cousins" carpet shop, where the guide will take a kick-back for any sales. Some tours are run by the local community and/or volunteers and truly are free (although with the potential ...


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It's all about education. Kids are taught the following table manners from the age of around 2: You eat at the table When you are done, say "Gochisousamadesu" When you say you're done, you're done This is reinforced at kindergarten/elementary school lunches (no snacks, school-supplied lunch that's the same for every student). Those manners stick. And ...


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Be careful about trusting the Google Maps walking route, as it wants to send you over Connaught Bridge, which doesn't have pedestrian footpaths! If you use streetview, you can see the lack of footpaths, but also a handy bridge that Google neglects to show... Instead I'd suggest using OpenRouteService to plan the route, which uses OpenStreetMap data which ...


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my name is Brando Yelavich. I'm 19 and I'm simply walking around New Zealand without using roads, so on the beaches and coastlines living off the land. You can watch my progress here http://wildboy.co.nz (facebook page). I'm 78 days in and just about at the bottom of the north island. It is going to take me about 1 1/2 years. I'm doing it solo, so no ...


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You could consider walking along the Hadrian's Wall. It's 84 miles long, so about 135 km long. I haven't actually done the walk myself, but I imagine that the beginning and end might be a bit densely populated for you liking, but I think you should enjoy the middle bit. Another idea in the UK would be the South Western Coast Path - the web site offers a few ...


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Most hikes in Britain can be done in parts, since you are never far from an access point. Consider some part of: Coast to Coast Walk (192 miles) Pennine Way (267 miles) South West Coast Path (630 miles) Pilgrims Way (119 miles) Southern Upland Way (212 miles)


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Against traffic. Even with a pavement this is advised on several websites, for example, saferoutesinfo, which points out the two major reasons: To make eye-contact with drivers - even if it's a subconscious thing To give yourself the visibility of events, providing opportunity to protect yourself or to take action if a situation is developing ahead where ...


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From my experience it is practically infeasible to carry food supplies for more than half a week and water supplies for more than a day. Unless you have porters or mules. Freeze-dried food can furthermore reduce the weight you have to carry. There are a lot of people walking the Way of st. James which takes about one month. The best prepared have less than ...


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There are two types of free walking tours. Free ones sponsored by companies. For example, in Berlin - Sandemans has one, where you're offered and told about their other tours while you go on the 'free' walking tour of the city. In addition, you'll have it suggested that you tip your guide. The same occurs in Krakow through another tour group there. This ...


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Consider El Camino De Santiago (in Spain) as this may be close to the 5-7 day walk you are asking for. Two sites to look at: http://shannawanders.eu/santiago/english/index.html (This is the website of a friend) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James


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The two DLRs are typically very quick and easy - I have walked it, but in the winter, or at night you wouldn't want to. Just get on a DLR to Canning Town, and the next one out to the airport shouldn't be more than 10 or 15 minutes later


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The postcode for the ExCeL center is, funnily enough, E16 1XL (perhaps where it gets its name). Plugging that into the Journey Planner, gives you a 32 min walk. Google Maps suggests a slightly different route, taking 47 minutes. So yes, it's walkable :) I'd take the longer Google Maps one, personally, as you get to see more of the Docklands.


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I assume it came from the zen buddhist philosophy. In spiritual life, You give utmost importance to every activity. You are supposed to do everything consiously including eating. Even in India where buddhism originated, it is generally not taken positively to eat while walking.


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NT's Road Users Handbook specifically says As a driver, you are legally required to give way to pedestrians at crossings and when entering or leaving a driveway. However, you should always be prepared to stop for pedestrians. This is generally the minimum standard across Australia, e.g. in NSW pedestrians always have right of way: Drivers must ...


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Probably, the Freedom Trail is the best known walking tour in Boston. It is a 2.5 mile walk. You can book a tour, but you can also easily download the map and follow the trail by yourself. The best resource is probably the WalkBoston web page. They have dozens of free walking maps that you can use to follow some predefined walks.


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In Spain you have the Camino de Santiago. This is what I wrote about it in another Travel question: You are looking to walk the Camino de Santiago. It joins hiking, nature, historic architecture, photo opportunities and is very cheap (eat about 6-8 € per meal and sleep 4-8 €). Additionally, you'll know the real Spain, meet interesting people ...


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As others have stated rules in EU/US/UK usually say that you should walk on the opposite side of the traffic (left side in countries that drive on the right and on the right side in countries which drive on the left). There are two more rules one should observe: Multiple pedestrians should go after one another, and not side by side (so they should only ...


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The ABC has a good write up of it on their blog site They point out that despite the laws, common sense should always prevail - just because a car has the right of way, does not mean he should drive into that pedestrian walking in front of him, and pedestrians should do everything in their power not to be an obstruction to traffic. In regards to right of ...


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You can find informations on french GR-Info site. It is about long distance footpaths in France, including contact info on accomodations. For instance, GR-10 crosses the Pyrénées mountains from Atlantic Ocean to Mediterranean Sea, or GR-20 around Corsica.


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I also was intending to go to the dev days, and bought the plane ticket and two nights at Premier Inn as a consequence. Fortunately, CodeKen2011 filled that hole, and I wondered the same as you - looking at the map it wasn't completely clear whether I could walk it, and Google maps disclaimer didn't reassure me. As Gagravarr points out in a comment on ...


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I am surprised nobody mentions the GR footpaths. These, also known as Grande Randonnée is network of footpaths covering at least the Benelux, France, Spain and Portugal. (Source: Wikipedia) Following them is made easy by simple markers such as the one shown above. A rich source for walking trails is provided by Traildino


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This webpage has a list of specifically designated barefoot parks and paths in Bavaria. The one closest to Nuremburg is Spalt (about 20km south), next closest is Windelsbach (about 50km east). Wikibooks has information about a path up the Staffelberg (about 70km north of Nuremburg), which is not specifically designed for barefoot walking, but has only one ...


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I always prefer being on the left side of the road in direction of traffic, because I could see the cars coming in case something seems weird I could try to escape from any event if not is possible or there are too many curves I would be on the other side. By Portuguese pedestrian laws however you should always face towards the road and have your back ...


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Whatever the country, face the oncoming traffic, on their side of the road. Humans are predisposed to notice faces. You see them, they (so long as they're alert) see you. Both have more time to react to the other's presence. On occasion, when approaching a blind corner, especially on country lanes with hedgerows, it may be advisable to move out into the ...


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This attraction really has very very bad documentation. I would not blame your google skills for this. Unfortunately, the information is English is very bad, but not much better in German. The problem is that some years ago, all the villages had their own websites with such information, and then closed them and consolidated all to the regional and national ...



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