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VAT refund after leaving Germany?

I have bought a laptop while staying in Germany for a few day about a week ago. I was short on time, so didn't manage to refund my tax at airport's customs. I have the receipt from shop and a form, ...
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Who handles the customs when shipping to a package forwarder address in another country? [closed]

I ordered a product from a US store, but I had to use a package forwarder (Shipito), because the US store didn't ship directly to Romania. That store was however shipping to Austria, and I thought ...
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Are pharmacies/stores selling general toiletries open airside in Terminal 1, Frankfurt

I’m due to fly Lufthansa/Condor from Manchester > Frankfurt > Holguin on 19 December, transiting airside. Does anyone know what pharmacies/stores selling general toiletries are open airside in ...
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Does Taiwan have thrift stores? How to find them?

Here in Australia we have the "Salvos" and "Vinnies" and many other "op shops" that sell old stuff people donated, and we have "Cash Converters" who buys your ...
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Yelp/Foursquare for Denmark or how do Danes find shops?

What apps do Danes use to find shops instead of Yelp/Foursquare? I'm in Odense, which is the third largest city in Denmark. I try to find mobile phone shops and secondhand bicycle shops but the ...
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Are there any local shops to buy/eat shortbread in Edinburgh? [closed]

I had several trips to Edinburgh, but Google Maps and Foursquare didn't help me to find shortbread different from usual*. At least I would like to try something never packaged, for example directly ...
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Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok?

I use custom-fitted earplugs sometimes when in transportation, e.g. airplane or sleeper train. Where can I get custom-fitted earplugs in Bangkok? Note to close voters: the question is not about "...
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Why are the shops open in Geneva today (on a Sunday)?

Many places in Europe are notorious for not being open on Sundays. This is especially true in Switzerland. Today, August 30th 2020, for some odd reason, some stores are open. Coop: Migros The only ...
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How can I buy groceries during a mandatory 14 day quarantine?

I'm flying back to Berlin, Germany next week and as it stands, I have to do the mandatory 14 day quarantine. I tried to call the Health Ministry a few times, but I never got through to a person, so I ...
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Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok?

Is there any drugstore that is open 24 hours in Bangkok? I thought there would be plenty but I haven't been able yet to found any. Searching for drugstores open 24 hours in Bangkok in Google Maps, I ...
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I plan on travelling to USA, I have question related to +TAX and +F/S when buying something online (particulary laptop) [closed]

So I plan buying a laptop from an online shop when I'm in USA and let's say it costs 1200$ +TAX or I even saw +F/S , so please enlighten me about what are those taxes and how is it calculated? And ...
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Buy Lonely Planet guides in Istanbul

I am in Istanbul and I would like to buy or get the Lonely Planet guidebook of Turkey. Do you have any hint on where I can find it? Thanks
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Where can one buy anti-UV umbrellas in Santiago, Chile?

Where can one buy anti-UV umbrellas in Santiago, Chile? I'm looking for a brick-and-mortar shop and not an online shop (unless they can deliver within 24 hours). Preference if close to Santiago ...
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Is there somewhere to buy used Latvian books in Riga?

I'm finally travelling in the Baltics and hoping to add to my collection of translations of a certain famous novel that I collect. As a booklover and as a person on a miniscule budget, I like to dig ...
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Picking up mail at the Post Office in Japan

I have some small packages that I need to pick up the first day I arrive in Sapporo. Some of them will be delivered by Amazon, but for some reason convenience store pickup is not available. My Airbnb ...
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If arriving in Estonia in winter from a warm climate, is it easy to find good secondhand winter clothes?

I just flew from Bangkok where it's 30 degrees C to Tallinn, where it's -1. I have some warm clothes that were enough for early spring in northern Japan, but I think I'll need something better if I'll ...
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Does Estonia have discount supermarket chains like Aldi and Lidl?

I'm back in Europe for the first time in eight years, and starting in a country I've never visited before, Estonia. My budget is low but it's off season. I've found the cheapest hostel. But I'm ...
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How can I find out where to buy uncommon (for the location) items while traveling?

I'm looking for ways to find brick&mortar stores where I can buy a given item in person, in a given city. For example, Q: Where can I find kale in Cancun? (A: at Chedraui) Q: Where can I buy a ...
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In france, when are supermarkets closed or close early for the christmas / new years period (2019/2020)?

Supermarkets e.g. Carrefour, Lidl, Auchan, Intermarche, Super U All these supermarkets are closed on Wednessday 25 December 2019 Wednessday 1 January 2020 Will these supermarkets close early or ...
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How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops with an English translation? [closed]

How can one approximate prior to traveling the percentage of products in local shops in a given area (e.g., a city) with an English translation? When going to a new non-English-speaking location, I ...
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Contactless virtual Visa card payments in Yodobashi, Japan

Can someone living in Japan please find out if contactless payments made through Google Pay or Apple Pay are accepted in Yodobashi? And specifically, if they are done through a virtual Visa card ...
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Cheap second-hand bookstores in Vilnius

I will be going to Vilnius this year. As usual, I am aiming to visit places where I could buy used books (mostly dictionaries and grammar books in any language imaginable) in Vilnius. I am not looking ...
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Convenience stores in India

Are there many (enough) convenience stores throughout India that sell prepackaged food? Thailand's 7-11 was great for cheese toasties, etc. I am wondering if we can get quick meals and snacks like ...
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Do German shopping malls offer staffed children playrooms?

In Russia, in many shopping malls, especially the biggest ones, there is a playroom, where parents can leave their children. The children will play there and will be looked after by the playroom staff,...
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How to place Walmart pickup orders as a traveler? [closed]

When placing a Walmart pickup order as a non-us resident traveling the us you need to specify a US billing address and US phone number. How should you use this service without those things. From ...
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Cigar shops in Saudi Arabia [closed]

I'm currently near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I've heard that the country is famous for its tobacco. I was thinking of taking some good quality cigars back with me to India. Could someone please recommend ...
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Where to buy a microfiber towel in Taipei? [closed]

I'm not sure whether this question is suitable for Travel Stackexchange, but where (in which store chains for example) can I buy a (preferably microfiber) towel in Taipei (near the Main Station, if ...
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Bakeries in Wellcome in Hong Kong [closed]

There is a chain of supermarkets called Wellcome in Hong Kong. At least one of them has a bakery inside (the one I'm talking about is near Victoria Park, 25 Great George St, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong). ...
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Is it possible to buy a printed copy of an inflight magazine?

I'm interested specifically in the British Airway's inflight magazine "High Life", for which I couldn't find any printed copies outlet.
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Shanghai layover at night - shopping

We have a 15 hour layover, over night, in Shanghai, where we would like to do some shopping (various stuff, like these huge markets they usually have in China with lots of small stores where you have ...
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How can I find Flea Markets in the USA with more than 1,000 vendors?

There are some very large flea markets in the US, but they tend to be in small towns, and the plethora of small ones make it difficult to search for the large ones. I want to plan a trip visiting ...
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Why do some receipts in some shops in Thailand indicate "authorized tourist"?

Why do some receipts in some shops in Thailand indicate "authorized tourist"? Example from Tops supermarket in Bangkok:
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Where do you buy moleskin in Italy?

When we were in Italy, we started to get blisters on our feet. We asked several pharmacies for moleskin (fustagno according to the translator app) but they all shook their head. It's too late for us ...
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Where in Jordan can I find cheap second-hand book stores that sell dictionaries and other language materials?

My friend is going to Jordan on a trip and he'll visit several cities. As a favor he owed me he promised to get me some books that I crave. Can you guys tell me where are some places across the ...
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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?

I'd like to have a crème brûlée in Paris, but without having to eat a whole meal at a restaurant. However, this seems quite hard to get: Bakeries and patisseries do not sell crème brûlée (at least ...
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Local markets in Istanbul

We once happen to arrive at a Sunday market in allies while wandering around where locals sell their items from food to kitchenette and clothing. We loved the atmosphere and everything about that ...
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French bookshops in Paris

I'm going to be visiting Paris this September, and I'm looking for bookshops. Specifically, I'm interested in the French classics (Rostand, Hugo, Proust...), in nice hardback editions, and bookshops ...
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Shops selling wine/alcohol at Manila airport T1 and T4

Are there any wine shops at Manila airport T1 or T4? I'll be landing on Terminal 1 around 12h00 and departing from terminal 4 around 18h00 and I would love to buy some wine in between, preferably in ...
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Where can I buy Vincent van Gogh's painting replicas in London?

I'm here in London for a shorter visit. Is there any place that I can buy Vincent van Gogh's paintings copies in London? I wonder whether National Gallery in London would have any of those?
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How to return/exchange a purchase made in a Dubai airport terminal? [duplicate]

I had purchased a watch from SWATCH store in Dubai Terminal 2 a couple of weeks ago. I have a flight from Terminal 3 later this week. How can I get from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 to return/exchange it ...
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Where do I buy ground coffee around Kata beach, Thailand?

Could you please tell me where can I purchase ground coffee around Kata beach, Thailand? I've tried various small shops like 7-Eleven and Tesco Express, but they only sell instant coffee.
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Why is the required amount for EU VAT refund so high and it must come from a single shop? [closed]

EU VAT is so expensive averaging about 20%. However, there is a huge barrier to refund the tax. Take Portugal as an example, the minimum amount required is EUR 61.35 (23% VAT) from a single store! ...
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What is usually open in Vienna during Christmas?

I'll be spending my a few days of my holidays in Vienna and I found the city quite dead today (24th). It was such a disaster to find a nice restaurant to have dinner and every single shop/restaurant ...
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Switching terminals at Charles de Gaulle to access duty free shopping?

I am traveling to Paris from the United States (I am an American with an American passport), landing at terminal 1 at Charles des Gaulle airport. After I land in Terminal 1, I want to head over to ...
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Are Parisian shops open on Sundays?

I will be in Paris for a few days, including on Sunday. What can I expect in terms of public transport, shops, restaurants, etc? Is anything open, or am I meant to spend the days at home?
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Where do the locals in Rhodes do their groceries?

August last year I had a holiday in Trianta, on the island named Rhodes. It wasn't a very touristic area, but close to most of the attractions and sights (with a taxi it took around 30 min to reach ...
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Where can I buy flowers at Paris (ORY/CDG) Airport?

I am landing at Paris ORY, and then going to CDG by bus to meet my wife in arrivals. And coming back to Paris city (Mid-November). Is there any flower shop at one of the airports to buy fresh flowers ...
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How can I find out all the stores in a particular street before going there?

If I am going to shopping destination, I would love to be able to browse through all the stores on the street before going there so I know what my options are. I am most interested in the fashionable ...
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Why is the price on the shelves for drinks often different from what I actually pay in supermarkets in Germany?

I have used supermarkets in Germany (REWE, etc). But I found that whenever I purchase a bottled drink the price described on the selves was different from what I actually paid. For example in one ...
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Why are two currency options available when paying via card at airports abroad?

Whenever I shop at airports abroad, I always get asked to choose between the currency options while paying via my credit card. One is the local currency and another one is the currency of the country ...
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