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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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You won't win any fashion contests, but that's not what you're aiming for anyway. I can't tell you anything about East Asia, but I've travelled plenty around Europe (including Eastern Europe). Jeans might be more common, but there's absolutely nothing unusual or inappropriate about wearing sweatpants for a flight, regardless of your gender. It certainly won'...


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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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Those circled holes will be for various plug style's grounds, however -- 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 ...


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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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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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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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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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I haven't traveled to east Asia or East Europe before but that is a very long flight, I don't think jeans are comfortable at all for that many hours. I have though traveled to central Europe several times and have never worn anything other than sweatpants and nothing has happened, even though they usually don't trust travelers from my country easily. It ...


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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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It all depends on where you are from. Being from east Europe myself - we'd put our most official nice clothes for even going to the store literally 2 steps from the house. Having lived in the UK for 8 years now, I've realized how stupid this is, and more importantly, no one cares how you look, in a setting where that is not the most important thing. I'd ...


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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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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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I traveled for Work a lot! I mean a lot. I used to wear Jeans and a Shirt. With the whole getup (belt, nice shoes, etc.). After 50+ trips, I couldn't do it anymore. Not only was I never on-site first day at the client. There was absolutely no reason to wear what I did. You have to take off the belt/watch for the TSA. Untie the nice shoes and whatever else ...


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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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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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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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The question has basically already been answered in the comments, but here we go, also with a few possibilities to solve the problem. If you are correct with your statement in the question, that you are not allowed to enter Croatia, you will only have a single-entry Schengen visa. In this case, you will neither be allowed to take the bus from Venice to ...


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