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Your in Europe is an overgeneralization. But that does not solve your issue in individual cases. So: This has nothing to do with etiquette, anyway. You have a medical condition, that goes beyond etiquette. I have a medical condition that requires me to drink a lot.Can you bring me 2 liters of tap water to go with the meal? Do not make it more ...


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Tipping is not at all mandatory in Germany and usually the service personnel does not rely on tips as much as in the USA, say. Usually, if you do not state the amount you want to round up to ("make it X EUR" — or "Stimmt so" if you do not expect change at all), they will start picking up coins from their purse and give you the exact amount of change ...


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To allow for adequate fire suppression, in the event of a vehicle fire in the tunnel. The tunnel's fire suppression system depends upon complete mixing of the released halon gas with all air, without having pockets of high (or low) halon concentration. Check the document "EUROTUNNEL'S SPECIFICATION FOR HALON 1301 REPLACEMENT"; it claims (on page 271): [......


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In France it is required by law to provide tap water to a customer, for free. It is very common and acceptable to ask for tap water in a pitcher in a restaurant. Don't hesitate to ask for a refill.


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There is no requirement to have €10,000 when you are in Europe. It sounds like someone is confusing two things: The requirement to have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your trip. This amount varies according to the duration of your trip, and according to the kinds of things you plan to do. The requirement to report cash if you are ...


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There is only one location that checks all your boxes, and no others come close: Istanbul. The west part of the city (its historical center) is considered to be in Europe, the part on the eastern side of the Bosphorus strait is in Asia. There is a bridge that you can drive over, the city is extremely scenic with many beautiful mosques and the Hagia Sophia, ...


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You seem pretty experienced at traveling already, but here's what I'd recommend: Avoid carrying stuff you can't afford to lose. Barcelona (so I've heard) is a wonderful place, I am envious. I spent 3 months traveling through Europe, but as bad luck would have it, thanks to an airline delaying my luggage, I had to skip visiting Barcelona. But also Barcelona ...


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It's the number one, with a left-hand stroke, and is not uncommon in European countries, including France. This from Wikipedia on Regional Handwriting Variation, (including the illustration): The numeral 1 — This numeral is sometimes written with a serif at the top extending downward and to the left. People in some parts of Europe extend this stroke ...


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Seat 61 is the absolute definitive guide for international rail travel. It has all the information you need about routes, prices, and schedule. It also has plenty of links to the places where you can price up and buy tickets, and where to buy them if you can't buy them online. http://seat61.com/ If you have more specific questions you can ask them here ...


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TL;DR Tipping is never mandatory, but most Germans do it. 5%-10% is most common, round up to a whole number, or to 50 ct if amount < 10€ Not tipping does not automatically mean that you were unsatisfied, but could be a hint. Should I tip? In general, deciding whether or how much to tip is a subject of debate in Germany as well, just as in many other ...


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In my experience, places where waiters may frown upon customers ordering tap water will happily accommodate you if you order a paid drink with it. Just order yourself an aperitif or a glass of cola / juice / beer, and ask the waiter to bring a pitcher along. This way, the restaurant still makes the profit they expect to make, and you get enough water.


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A breaker tripping is a serious sign of trouble. Something shorted or started to draw excessive current. If not for the breaker, it would probably have caught fire. (Or the circuit was already overloaded - but since it happened in two different places, that seems unlikely.) So this is a safety hazard if not resolved. Since it doesn't happen normally, I ...


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There are three similar cases. There are traffic lights where the pedestrians usually have a red light and only get a green light if they request it by pushing a button. This seems to be the case in your question. A pedestrian is required to push the button and wait. (A slight variant has induction loops to detect bicycles, but pedestrians are still ...


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I did a bit of unaccompanied traveling in the EU when I was your age. (But I've never hitchhiked.) Legal aspects As EU/Schengen citizens both of you are entitled to travel quite freely in all these countries. Even if there would happen to be some border controls it would not be a problem. Of course, it's wise to bring your passports so that you can easily ...


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That is not a standard socket. That is entirely an invention of the Chinese junk sellers. It has not been approved by any competent testing laboratory, and it definitely never will. This type of socket is simply trying to adapt too many kinds of plugs, at the expense of safety, and it would not be able to be listed even if it was made by a competent ...


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This is what the compartment should more or less look like (pic from Wikipedia): As you guessed, there is no changing room or something similar. A pillow and sheet like you see in the picture are provided. There is some variation, but most people will sleep in comfortable street clothes or close to that. Usually at the end of the coach there are toilets ...


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I did a search of all intra-European flights for tomorrow (12 Feb 2018) and came up with the following: Hahn Air has a flight with a Cessna Citation (6 seats) scheduled between LUX and DUS Loganair has several flights, as previously noted, mostly from KOI, NRL, and PPW on Britain-Norman Islanders (8 seats), as well as a number of flights around Scotland on ...


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It is indeed a (national) collector's coin. It is legal tender in the country where it was issued, but not elsewhere in the eurozone. Even in its country of origin, I could imagine that many people would be surprised to receive one or perhaps even refuse to believe that it is genuine. And looking at the photos you can find on the web, I must say that their ...


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Several shipping companies provide options for shipping to a branch for pickup with ID. You could check which one has a more convenient branch location for you. DHL has a stronger presence in Europe. DHL "Hold for Collection": At times, it can be easier to have your customer collect shipments from a DHL managed Service Point, rather than attempt a ...


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I second the comment by B.Liu. Make really sure this is not a scam. I once used Western Union to send money to a relative abroad. They are still in business and so are several other providers. (Andrew mentioned Moneygram in his comment. I'm not suggesting a specific provider based on my limited transactions. Check their websites and FAQs.) Your friend ...


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All the middle holes are there for accepting various types of ground (earth) pins. Specifically, the top two holes are there for British plugs (BS 546, BS 1363), while the bottom two are there for Brazilian, Danish and Swiss plugs. As always, Wikipedia has the gory details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets


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My family and I had our passports stolen two days before we were supposed to return home from Portugal to the UK - so we spent a day in the British Consulate (yes, all day) to get emergency passports (good for one use only - to get us back to the UK on our scheduled flight) and then we had to sort out new ones - which took a full day at the Passport Office ...


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In most of the world, you can have letters and packages sent poste restante, addressed to an individual in care of a particular post office, to be held until the intended recipient visits to pick it up. In English-speaking Canada and the U.S., the service is also called general delivery; in Spanish-speaking countries it is also known as lista de correos. It ...


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Prometheus's answer was originally correct but the Schengen Borders Code has been amended by Regulation (EU) 610/2013 to counter the court's interpretation. As of October 18, 2013 your stay should be “no more than 90 days in any 180-day period”. In particular, you should have been present less than 90 days during the past 180 days when leaving the Schengen ...


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Is it legal for a third party in general to stamp my passport? Your passport won't be stamped. Only the print out of your boarding pass, with a stamp that says "VISA VERIFIED" and a signature. Here's an example: Is this a one-time document check only? No, unfortunately you will have to go through the same procedure every time you fly. Just why Ryanair ...


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It's the same as the British one (Type G). (Type D) was once common and may be occasionally found. The voltage in Ireland is the same as the rest of Europe (220 volts). To be more specific, From Wikipedia: The British Standards 1363 plug[17] is used in the United Kingdom and other countries. Compatible plugs standards are IS 401 and IS 411 (Ireland), MS ...


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Whether you need a visa to visit the US is based on your citizenship, not your residence. So, as a citizen of Turkey you will need a visa to visit the US.


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The only source I can offer is personal experience and opinion for UK trains - I don't think anybody can give you a universal one for all of Europe, as expectations (and rules) vary quite a lot. Consult the websites of the various train operators, or national organiser of each country you visit for local rules, although don't expect anything on etiquette. ...


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Yes, the price depends on where you buy the ticket and there are in Europe no regulations mandating that the price for a specific train service must be kept the same, independent of from which company you buy the ticket. The prices for flexible, full-fare tickets are usually in the same ballpark, perhaps with some variations due to fluctuating currency ...


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