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To know where you are the furthest from any building in the Netherlands is very simple. Buildings in The Netherlands First of all, you look where all the buildings in the Netherlands are. That is here. In this picture I represented every building in the Netherlands by a little almost transparent dot. So the black spots is where multiple of those spots ...


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Possibly het Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe (Saeftinghe's Drowned Land), depending on your exact criteria. The closest municipality is Emmadorp, which is around 5-6 km away from the furthest point in Saeftinghe. The closest town is Graauw, which is another 2 km further. The closest actual city is Hulst (which is still rather small), which is 10 km away ...


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Vatican City is recognized as a country. For example the CIA's World Factbook and UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office both refer to it as a country. What I suggest: count it as a country, but raise your target to 51. Win-win. :-)


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Dusseldorf Marina, Germany! Clue here was the white curvy building in the background - searching for 'Frank Gehry marina' helped find this. (At least second time around - there's also a marina right by Gehry's IAC building in NYC which threw me at first...)


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From Wikipedia : Nearest capital cities The closest capital cities of two sovereign countries are Vatican City, Vatican, and Rome, Italy, one of which is inside the other (the distance between the middle points, St. Peter's Square/Piazza Venezia is about 2 km). The two second closest capital cities between two sovereign countries are ...


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Here's one more candidate depending on how loose your definition of "capital" is: Nicosia is the capital of both the Republic of Cyprus, the mostly-Greek bit everybody recognizes, and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which has de facto control of the northern half of the island but is recognized only by Turkey. However, unlike ...


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It is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark. Isbjerget was created in a collaboration between four architectural firms: JDS, CEBRA, SeARCH, and Louis Paillard. It took 5 years for the project to be completed, and is one of the first projects to be completed within De Bynære Havnearealer, the new docklands quarter of the ...


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Definitely Hong Kong, with Victoria Peak in the background. Most likely taken from somewhere around North Point - based on the angle I'd say from the top of one of the high-rise buildings in that area. The original photo is posted on Flickr, although without any details of exactly where it was taken. The same photographer has some other fairly impressive ...


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Vatican City is generally recognized as a country by most authorities, and has international recognition as such. It may not be a very big country (indeed, it is smaller than the US Pentagon), but it is a country nonetheless. If your goal is purely on the number of countries reached, then you should definitely count it as one (and you should also visit San ...


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My parents live in the countryside (in the UK, not Colombia, admittedly), their tap water comes from a natural spring. They don't drink it. The problem is the water like this tends to be in the open have a lot of crap can get in there. Including literal crap, live and dead animals, chemicals from farms and other businesses, etc, etc. The closer you get to ...


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The FirstOntario Centre is in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, not Toronto. I've never lived in Hamilton, so I don't know how people talk about it there. It used to be called the Copps Coliseum, and was originally built to try to attract an NHL team to Hamilton. Hamilton is a city about 70km west of Toronto. As for your other questions, depending on where you ...


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Vatican City is definitely a country. It is recognized as such in 1929 by a treaty with Italy. It is not a revival of the Papal States. Size doesn't matter for being a country (there is another small country in Italy: San Marino). When you have visited Vatican City, you can say that you have been in the smallest country in the world. It might be the most ...


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Although unfamiliar with the mask you've pictured, I have used the N-95 in a hospital setting, which is designed to to block 95 percent of fine particles (image from manufacturer 3M). Here's an article in MyHealthBeijing, A family doctor's health guide for China, How Good are N95 Maks for Pollution? by Richard Saint Cyr MD I get a lot of questions from ...


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TinEye says it's Hong Kong, and based on the scenery that does seem likely.


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The city is Fujiyoshida on the NNE side of Mt Fuji. See jpatokal's answer for the exact camera location. From left to right, the marked buildings are: Fujisan station. The glass facade that's visible from street level is quite poorly defined in this photo, but covers the bottom third of the blue frame. The lighter part that's visible in the photo sticks up ...


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The obvious choice is Osaka. You'll almost certainly have to change trains here anyway, so might as well stay the night, and there's plenty of accommodation in all price brackets from capsule hotel to the Ritz-Carlton. It's close to the airport, which is a plus in my book (not much fun to sit on a train for hours at night after a long flight), and there's ...


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No, Hamilton is not considered part of "Toronto". It is not even part of the Greater Toronto Area, which I would use as the limit of areas that are not Toronto but that people might refer to as Toronto nonetheless. If I lived in Hamilton and wanted to explain it to someone in Japan, I might say that I lived "near Toronto". I live in Toronto and did not even ...


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This is a panoramic view of Hong Kong. Thanks to Google Images Search.


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I think this is the building: Google Maps street view link


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Depending on your definition of the word "bridge", Hamburg definitely comes on top with 2496 bridges.


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I live in Hamilton. I usually tell people "I live in Hamilton, that's near Toronto". Assuming you're coming from outside of North America (Australia?), I would recommend flying into Pearson Airport in Toronto (YYZ). It's a global airport with lots of flights. Public transportation to downtown Hamilton is cheap and fairly easy (coach, travel time about 1 ...


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OK, so now that I've seen the clarification... Having travelled through a lot of these countries, let's just go with the list of them: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, ...


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There was an earthquake in Van last month and there has been many smaller ones since then. Many buildings have collapsed and there are problems in the electricity network. So I definitely don't advise you to visit Van any time soon. However, it is a nice city with history and nature. I do not know where exactly you mean by Kurdistan, but I suggest Adıyaman ...


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Have a look at Star singers and Chalking the door (both Wikipedia): Chalking the door is a Christian Epiphanytide tradition used in order to bless one's home, as well as a Scottish custom of landlord and tenant law. [...] Either on Twelfth Night (January 5), the twelfth day of Christmastide and eve of the feast of the Epiphany, or on Epiphany ...


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Your best bet is to travel on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) -- the airports won't be too crowded then, and fares are usually substantially cheaper. Tuesday might also be a cheap day, but try to avoid Wednesday at all costs -- it is one of the busiest travel days of the year in the US, if not the most. Since most people are traveling home to be with their ...


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If the Interwebz are to be believed, that would be Yuma, Arizona. According to the town's website (also backed by National Climatic Data Center), 91% of the time it's sunny there, amounting to more than 4000 hours of sunshine annually -- which apparently is also a Guiness World Record. Other sources also concur this: Current Results also lists the top 10 ...


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Imagine you've reached 50 countries, including Vatican City. Would you feel you've achieved your goal? There's the answer to your question. Your opinion is the only thing that matters here. Personally, I feel England, Scotland and Wales are separate countries, but that Vatican City is just part of Italy. Fortunately, I'm not a diplomat.


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Almost all major hotels will do this. Conference centres will also make rooms available, especially if you are a conference attendee. The Moscone Center can provide these - they can also provide connection services if you also wanted to Skype from the room as well.


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While you've already received some nice suggestions I'm quite surprised no one mentioned Jerusalem. Jerusalem is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The old city is divided into four quarters—known since the early 19th century as the Armenian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Quarters and religion is a very ...


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