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Can you also slurp soups that don't have any noodles in Japan?

I am writing a paper and couldn't find sources on just slurping the soups. Could anyone help.
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How do you behave in icelandic public swimming pools?

I've been to Iceland a few times and my relatives have informed me that when taking a bath in the public swimming pools there are a lot of rules to follow. In Sweden, where I live, the only rule is ...
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Is tipping customary in London in a restaurant?

If I am going to a restaurant in London, would it be customary to tip the waiter/waitress when I receive the bill? Would it be seem as offensive if I don’t?
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Is it impolite to ask for an in-flight catalogue with no intention of buying?

Sometimes when I go on a short 1 hour flight, I usually just like to watch the take-off, have a drink and read the in-flight catalogue (just out of interest) and watch the landing. In some airlines, ...
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...
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Are sweatpants frowned upon on flights?

I was planning on wearing sweatpants on my flight from East Asia to East Europe, but my parents shut me down, saying that it's not looked upon kindly and people wearing sweatpants are usually a bit of ...
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Are there any countries where red clothing is frowned upon?

In yesterday's paper it's been reported that our city mayor will be travelling to a number of cities and coutries around the world in an effort to build links between us and the places he visits. He ...
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What kind of behaviours must we avoid while staying in Singapore?

This is my first month in Singapore to start working here. I have heard that this country is very strict with their citizens and even tourists to keep the country clean and proud. Are there any ...
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How to determine what I should eat on a flight with passengers with nut allergies

I recently returned from a trip to Florida on British Airways. On both flights there was an announcement that some passengers have a severe nut allergy and so we were instructed not to eat food ...
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How can I visit resort-like high schools, without looking creepy?

I grew up Hong Kong and went a dingy publicly funded school in concrete jungle ...no green space! It doesn't look like the fee-paying schools beneath. Since I moved to Toronto, visiting these ...
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Do I have to whistle really loud to hail a taxi in NYC?

In the movies, we usually see that people whistle really loud and yell "TAXI!" in order to hail one. I can't whistle like that for the life of me. Where I live I usually raise my arm silently and make ...
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Is it considered bad manners to eat in public (on a bench) in Latvia?

Recently I got yelled at by a stranger (middle-aged man) when I was eating pizza, which I purchased at a cheap restaurant (and chose take-away), sitting on a bench in Riga. He just said something to ...
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How soon after takeoff can you recline your airplane seat?

Airplane announcements always say that that "the seatback has to be in an upright position" for takeoff. However, what's the earliest you can recline your seat after takeoff? The moment the wheels ...
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Etiquette when sharing a sleeping car room with stranger in Europe

Travelling by train by night in a sleeping car is an experience which is rarer those days. In most European night trains, there is an option to book a single bed in a shared room, and it is very ...
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How does one sleep in a sleeper train in Europe?

Planning to travel from Germany through several other countries eastward on a sleeper train, I wonder what am I expected to encounter and how am I expected to dress? The tickets say 4 beds per ...
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How can I deal with people asking to switch seats with me on a plane?

I'm sixteen years old, and I have mild claustrophobia so I always travel in the aisle seat. However, I'm constantly asked (not politely) by others to change seats with them. Since I usually travel ...
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Do hotel cleaning personnel have any benefit from leaving empty bottles in the room as opposed to returning them to the store?

In some countries a way of tipping the cleaning personnel is to leave a small amount of money (e.g. In Portugal about €1). While in Germany, I have noticed the well known pro-recycling policy that ...
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How would Japanese people react to someone refusing to say “itadakimasu” for religious reasons?

So, it’s my understanding that in Japan it’s considered to be polite to say “itadakimasu” before eating. From what I’ve read, it seems that the meaning of this phrase derives from Buddhist and Shinto ...
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Will having long hair (as a man) cause me problems when travelling in Muslim countries?

I usually have a ponytail, but when my hair is down it's past my shoulders. I have been considering travelling to a few different countries such as Iran or Algeria, but I'd definitely prefer a general ...
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How can I respectfully greet in Thailand?

I am in Thailand now, and this morning I tried to shake hands with our guide, but although she shaked my hand, it seems like this is not the way it should be done here. What is the best way to greet ...
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Is it normal/expected to tip taxi drivers in the UK?

I've lived in the UK all my life, but since I have got relatively few shared taxis in my life, I don't have that much experience of what the social norms are for tipping. I almost always tip roughly ...
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Presents for Japanese CouchSurfing hosts

I was evaluating doing CouchSurfing during my next trip in Japan and this question: What does a CouchSurfing host expect from their guests? makes me want to ask if there is a sort of "etiquette" I ...
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What is the etiquette around sex in hotel beds?

What etiquette is involved for copulation in hotel (not motel) beds? There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this around.
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Is tipping expected in Indonesia?

I noticed that my taxi driver stood around expectantly for a few moments after dropping me off from the airport; giving him 20k Rupiah seemed to satisfy him, but I was pretty much shooting from the ...
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Is it rude to tell the ice cream man in Istanbul not to mess with me?

I have never been to Istanbul but I am planning to go there with the kids. A friend of mine showed me yesterday a video of him buying ice cream from a traditional ice cream shop in Istanbul. He ...
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What is a polite way to tell a Scottish person that I am struggling to understand his/her accent?

I am flying to Glasgow tomorrow. English isn't my mother tongue. In spite of living in London for the last 10 years, I still struggle with understanding different accents. My main concern about the ...
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How does one use the water plunge pool outside a Hungarian sauna?

Users of a (single-sex) sauna in a Hungarian hotel or at a thermal baths typically go naked. There is often a plunge pool of cold water outside it (also in the single-sex area). How does one use this? ...
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May giving advice offend somebody in Germany? [closed]

It is pretty common in Czechia to give advices to your collegues, even your bosses - what they could do better, what could be done better in development, etc. In the near future, friend of mine is ...
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People in the next room in my hotel are having noisy sex; I can't sleep! What to do?

The people in the next room are having sex all night! it is early morning and I can not sleep and my flight is in a few hours! Their bed is hitting the wall because of the action which makes a great ...
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Should we check out from hotel? [duplicate]

I got a hotel card now. My smart gf says I do not need to check out. She said just throw away the card that the hotel will automatically check me out. The card is cheap and replaceable. I fear that ...
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Luggage etiquette on European trains

I'm backpacking across Europe with a very large (70 liter) backpack, plus a smaller daypack (35 L). I've found myself taking a number of trains, with different available facilities and passenger loads,...
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Can I have an unregistered guest come over at a hotel?

Can I let my friend come and join me in my hotel room, just for visiting? Not sleeping or eating.
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Should I say hello to the passport control officers, or just quietly give them my passport?

What is the etiquette? What do the passport control officers expect? I’m asking from the point of politeness and efficiency.
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Can I lean the seat backwards in a bus when a person behind me complains about it? [duplicate]

This happened a few years ago in a bus form Paris to Cologne. I leaned the seat backwards as far as possible and the person behind me heavily complained about not having enough space. I saw that she ...
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Is it rude to bring our own baby food into a restaurant?

Our baby is too small to eat adult’s food, so we bring our own baby food with us when we dine in a restaurant, which supplies us with a baby high chair. I am wondering if it is rude to bring our own ...
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Proper etiquette to be able to bring sex worker in hotel room?

I plan to visit a European country where prostituion is legal. I will stay several days, visit the town during the day and have fun at night. I have no idea how the normal proccess but, after reading ...
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Is it common/accepted to bring a dog in Tuscany (Italy)?

I understand Italian people have a very different etiquette when it comes to dining etc. Would we be allowed to bring a small dog to most terraces/restaurants? This will be in small towns, not tourist ...
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Dress for First Class?

I'll be flying first class from Kansas City to Orlando this fall. This'll be my first time experiencing this, as I typically fly coach. This time around I found a good deal on FC seats and just wanted ...
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Would it be ok to eat rice using a spoon in front of Westerners?

It seems to me that Westerners are willing to learn to use chopsticks in Asian restaurants. However, when spoons are the way the dish is normally eaten within the country of origin, Westerners prefer ...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

There's this 14 km long road that's one of the main attractions in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The road goes all the way around a small mountain called Arunachala. The mountain is considered ...
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Dos and don'ts at a Vietnamese wedding

I'm invited to a wedding in Ho Chi Minh City. I know virtually nothing about Vietnam, I'll be there for the first time in my life. I know a little about Asian culture, but the only country I've ...
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Is it appropriate to enter a church while a chorus is performing?

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...
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How do I politely refuse to lend my pen? [closed]

I use my pen on flights (in plain sight), for written work in general. On one flight, after seeing that I used it to complete customs forms, my seatmate asked to borrow it to do the same. I said 'yes'...
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Is there a law against hotels denying guests to have visitors [duplicate]

I've been staying at a hotel for a few weeks now. When I checked into the room the clerk at the desk said that I can't have visitors. A few days later a gentlemen came to ask about something and said ...
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Leaving food on a plate in Russia

As the title said, is it customary to leave food on a plate in Russia? I'm talking in the home, not at restaurants. The reason I was asking is if the host is poor or somewhere close and still invited ...
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What should I do if I forgot to turn in a hotel room key card after checking out?

I recently stayed at a hotel and received two room key cards to access the room: one for me and one for my brother. They are like credit cards with a magnetic strip to swipe into the door lock. My ...
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Ramen eating etiquette

In Western and westernized media, characters are shown sucking up ramen noodles bowls then drinking the soup from the bowl at street side shops. What is actually appropriate when eating at a ...
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OK, we are all adults here, so what is a bidet for and how do I use it?

Confession time: I am from one of these barbaric countries where the use of the bidet is not widespread. So I have no idea... Question 1: What is the bidet good for? Question 2: How do I use it? ...
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Should I not use double things in a double room if I have booked it as a single guest?

Some hotels physically don't have single rooms even if they can be booked so. The towels, soap, shampoo and so on are always for two guests. I'm not a wasteful person, but I wonder if I'm allowed to ...
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Etiquette when staying with an indigenous community

Later this year I'm going to Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil where I'm planning to stay for few days with an indigenous community by the Urubu river. It's not really an organized tour, my friend ...