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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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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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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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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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Don't worry about it. I have been doing this for years. The only reason to be concerned about having your US departure recorded correctly is to ensure that the US does not record you as an overstayer. But since you're a US citizen, you cannot overstay. The law concerning US citizens entering and leaving the US does not actually require you to use a US ...


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The booking.com terms and conditions state, in part: Obvious errors and mistakes (including misprints) are not binding. All special offers and promotions are marked as such. If they are not labeled as such, you cannot derive any rights in the event of obvious errors or mistakes. You didn't say what the price was that you paid or whether it was ...


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There is no problem. Your single-entry visa is valid for a single entry to the Schengen area. The temporary controls are checks, not actual entries and exits from the Schengen area. All the countries concerned are still in the Schengen area, and the unified visa policy and travel area still apply. If you encounter controls, nobody will stamp you in/out ...


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How long is a piece of a string? Having flown Lufthansa over 20 times this year alone and 100s of times in total here are my experiences. If your carry on is large you risk a weighing more often. If the flight is totally full you risk a weighing more often. If you arrive late at check in you risk a weighing more often. In reality if you are on time and ...


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Others have explained how tipping works normally in Germany. I'd like to add that what you describe would certainly be a reason for me to not tip at all, i.e. insist on my full change: refusing the correct change is just totally outside acceptable behaviour for a waiter. And by the way, it is less usual but not unheard of to first get the full change and ...


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I've driven for many years in the US and also gone through the process of getting my driver's license (again!) in the Netherlands. The below is based on my experience and there are some subtle differences between countries so beware. First, to get it out of the way, almost all cars in Europe are manual transmissions, although some rental cars are ...


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No, you are neither legally allowed in most countries to share a lane with a car (some exceptions exist) nor do motorcycles in general tolerate cars well coming into their lane. I drive myself motorcycle since almost 20 years. Most EU countries do not allow a motorcycle sharing a lane with a car (one exception e.g. Netherlands), what you observe are mostly ...


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It's worth treating this as 2 separate devices - a USB charger, and a power board. The USB charger is simple - it'll work fine in Europe. It specifically states that it'll handle 100-240 volts, which means that it's designed to work in all European countries (plus all other countries around the world!) The power board itself is a different story. It ...


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These are standard radiator thermostat valves. They are usually marked 0 — off (most thermostat valve heads don't have this setting) ❄ — anti-frost (usually 6°C) 1 — 12°C ☽ — energy saving (usually 14°C) 2 — 16°C 3 — 20°C 4 — 24°C 5 — 28°C Note these are target room temperatures. Regardless at which setting you put the thermostat, if the air around the ...


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It really depends on the country/train, IC is a code used in different countries for long-distance non-high-speed trains with slightly different rules. Generally speaking, those trains have either no seat reservations or optional seat reservations (but no mandatory seat reservations). Therefore I would assume you do have a ticket that's valid on your chosen ...


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If you volunteer, you are accepting whatever the airline offers. Meaning, they could just ask pretty please and if you volunteer, you just get the personal satisfaction of helping out the Gate Agent. However, airlines tend to open these days with a few hundred Dollars/Pounds/Euros in travel vouchers to entice enough people to volunteer to prevent bumping. ...


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Do not pass on the right. Learn the right of way rules. Here is the US military driving manual for Germany. It comes the major rules and if followed will work for almost everywhere in Europe. http://www.usareurpracticetest.com/germany/documents/manual.pdf


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Since the power strip voltage rating is too low for European voltages, leave it at home. It might be fine, might not, and peace of mind is worth at least $50. There are purpose-built travel power strips that are rated for Europe. Google 'travel power strip' (without the quote marks). Here's an example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I5R1LNO/ Note: This ...


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Tipping is generally never mandatory in Germany, but the general etiquette is: Restaurants and bars where they bring you food and drink to the table: Yes Restaurants where you carry your food to the table yourself: No Bars where you carry your drink to the table yourself: Optional, but doing so can improve quality of service if you want another drink later. ...


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According to this page by the Barcelona City Council's Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC), the first thing you should do is contact the business to try to mediate the complaint. If they don't give you a resolution within 30 days, you can lodge a complaint with them. The relevant quote from the page: We remind you, in accordance with Decree 98/...


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In some European countries there some things that are compulsory to carry in the car. Check for each country you're visiting what's required. Confirm what's provided by the hire co. and what you need to source. Such things as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, Hi_vis jackets (one per person or driver only), disposable breathalyzer kits, spare bulbs, ...


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This would seem to be the Church of the Nativity of Jesus Christ in Chkondidi, Martvili Monastery, in Georgia. Picture by Aleksey Muhranoff (2011), Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.


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Knowing someone who did exactly this in the US very recently, I can say that it is possible to change your status once you are married without having to leave. However the law around it is not clear or simple and you should absolutely definitely talk to an immigration lawyer before attempting this. It's very easy to do something, or fail to do something, ...


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This should have been a comment but I am forced to expand. I am not 100% sure because IANL and I don't have track of Spanish and European laws, but I am familiar with most principles. Basically, Europe protects consumer as they are in the weakest position. You have likely booked all your transports and entertainment for your trip, so you might suffer ...


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I've read that one must use their US passport to both enter and leave the country. Let's read 8 USC § 1185(b) (Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, § 215(b)), “Travel Control of Aliens and Citizens": Except as otherwise provided by the President and subject to such limitations and exceptions as the President may authorize and prescribe, it shall be ...


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Yes. According to Carry-on baggage rules at Lufthansa For a smooth boarding procedure, more stowage space on board and a punctual departure, it is essential that your carry-on baggage corresponds to the regulations. That is why we check your carry-on baggage against the permitted dimensions, quantity and weight at departure airports. And from a ...


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As already pointed out in multiple comments this is very country specific and based on your description I cannot tell to which country do you travel. I can only rule out few. Yet since you have received your (printed) tickets it means you are eligible to take a trip as long as you go according to the validity dates and destinations on the ticket. Since your ...


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Your adapter is designed to acept a wide range of plug types, unfortunately this also tends to mean it accepts none of them well. The "for export only" label doesn't inspire confidence either. That basically means it is shoddy enough that even the country it was made in doesn't consider it safe. The holes you have circled in red are to accept the earth/...


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Since the foreseen delay is more than 5 hours, the EU air passenger rights regulation (article 8(1)(a), as referenced by article 6(1)(c)(iii)) entitles you to forgo the trip entirely and instead get a full refund of the price you paid for the tickets. You do not need to specify a reason for wanting to cancel, other than pointing to the change. As a ...


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