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Germany is a very safe place to be in, even as a woman, even when travelling alone. That includes festivals such as the Oktoberfest with obvious caveats I’ll deal with in a second. The assault series you mentioned drew as much attention as they did because: They are not typical for Germany, i.e. the count was exceptionally large within a small timeframe; A ...


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There were many crimes (a few cases of rape, mostly theft, robbery, and assault) during the New Year's Eve Celebrations in Cologne which have been attributed to young migrants from North Africa. The police underestimated the situation and mishandled the aftermath. Under German law, rape is distinct from sexual assault. According to Wikipedia, there were ...


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Often Ryokans will either make dinners mandatory and exclude single guests if they feel a too big impact from this. Specially during festivals the rules might be even more strict. If your Ryokan does not exclude single guests and does not include the dinner in the price, you are normally free to come as a single guest and also skip dinner. Of course you ...


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The Oktoberfest homepage has some of information in English as well. Unfortunately the page about accessibility is only available in German (I'll include the information below). Going by car is pretty much impossible. Taxis are of course a different matter and perhaps an option to you. But fortunately, the festival ground is very central and easily ...


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It actually all depends on where you intend to go and what you want to do. France has very strong regional differences, both in weather and touristic periods. For Paris, I'd recommend visiting it in August, where most locals have left the town. It'll be full of tourists, but there will still be less people than in other times of the year, and the weather ...


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"Festival time" in Edinburgh comprises most of the month of August. There are actually festivals in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August several festivals overlap - the biggest of which is of course the Edinburgh Fringe. You don't buy tickets for the festival itself, as it's really just a collection of events held at different fringe venues around ...


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I haven't been to Rock Werchter specifically but I have been to a few other Belgian festivals like Pukkelpop (similar in size). There's a few aspects to your question Fun(Music) Hands down the camping area. I've seen on the website that all 10 camping areas are located surrounding the festival area so you'll always hear the music even at your tent which ...


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Yes, they're pretty safe. The reports of the sexual assaults gained such publicity because of how loaded that topic was/is in a political sense. Although still horrible, they weren't mass rapes rather than sexual slander and infringements. These actions in almost all of the cases happened in the anonymity of a larger crowd that even before acted agressivly....


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The best time to visit France is in the spring (Apr-June) or fall (Sept-Nov), July and August are the worst for crowds. Visit France during Spring or fall you can enjoy your trip at that time.


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Did your yukata come with shorts (short pants)? If so, there’s no problem, just wear those. Remember that yukata are effectively pajama and no one wants to really see your underwear or worry that you’re going “commando” (no underwear or undergarments under your yukata). This is true for both women and men. It’s very easy for yukata to become accidentally ...


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Holi supplies is a seasonal industry, similar to how fireworks are a seasonal industry based around Diwali. Most commercially available Holi dyes will be hard to find outside the festival season, although you should also be aware that most of them are unsafe due to presence of heavy metals such as lead and mercury! Yes it looks fun, but many of them can ...


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Lock your Valuables Away I think the heart of the question lies in this requirement: keeping my stuff safe Fulfilling this is somewhat accommodation-independent. You could look for luggage storage places -- such as those usually available in train stations -- or lockers -- some festival campsites do have them --, and use those for the valuables you won'...


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This is "opinion only" - I cannot speak with authority on specifics but, I have visited Singapore a number of times (4 or 5?)and the following would be what I would expect based on what I have seen there and elsewhere in Asia:. While I have seen the downturn in Asian public activity immediately after Chinese New Year (even Hong Kong gets very quiet) I'd ...


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The answer to your question will heavily depend on which region of India you are planning to visit. Holi is more prevalent in North India. In south Indian states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala for example, the color aspect of Holi is celebrated only in a few areas in the cities, typically where either North Indians have settled or where more young people live. ...


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The festival grounds (Lauluväljak) is a bit out of the way but not very far (a little over 3km east of the old city). There are several bus lines going past the festival grounds, including 1A, 8 and 34A from Virus Keskus and line 5 which goes through the old city, each with 2 to 4 buses per hour on Sunday. Some lines go to the Oru stop on the other side of ...


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August Outside Lands Festival Music, Food, Wine, Beer, & Art Festival in Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Shakespeare Festival The genius of Shakespeare in San Francisco's most relaxing setting. Admission is free every Saturday and Sunday through the month of September. Arrive early for a good seat; shows begin at 1:30pm. San Jose Jazz Festival With ...


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You best option is to stay at the camping of Rock Werchter (camping tickets should be bought separately, since they are not included in you combi ticket). Camping & food You'll most likely arrive at Leuven station by train. There are a lot of free buses from Leuven, which brings you near the campings. You could best buy some cheap food in a ...


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According to the Barranquilla’s carnival 2016 program, the festival takes place at many different locations around the city: So you would have to go to different streets/stadiums depending on which day you'll be there. There is also a detailed plan of the route which is incredibly useful since Via 40 is very long.


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All things being equal it's safer to go just about anywhere in Germany or just about anywhere in Western Europe than it is to be in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate DE: 0.9 / US: 3.8 http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Crime-levels#amount DE: 23.57 / US: 55.84 Even if there's a ...


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From the blog post How to….. Loony Dook, it appears the local businesses allow you to use their toilets to change: Fancy dress for the main event and people go all out for it so there is no need to feel embarrassed so please make an effort. You will need lots of layers for beforehand as there will be lots of waiting round (you can take these off as ...


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It's not offensive, it's just a bit silly-looking. Summer festivals are very casual events, so friends may rib you a bit but nobody will seriously mind, especially after a couple of beers. As an inexact analogy, imagine wearing a pair of jeans that fit otherwise but end mid-calf: only the fashion police would take offense (and who knows, maybe Capri pants ...


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I am not sure if this will help but I am sure that some of these strange -> weird -> bizarre sports have presence and competitions in the NorthEast US. I haven't gone through all of them but you are welcome to search. :) Complete List of Unusual Sports Present locally: Bike Polo Chess Boxing P.S. Some of these sports are painful just to read about.


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The quote from the Wikitravel page is quite mistaken. Singapore in no way comes to a "standstill" during the first two days of the Chinese New Year (CNY). Whoever wrote that must have assumed that it was somehow analogous to Christmas in Europe or the USA. Not at all. Indeed I would be quite surprised if there were even one major tourist attraction that ...


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According to sakunavoyage and tourismlaos, the big racing day will be on the 20th of October, 2013. The week that precedes the racing day is more of social activities (what you are experiencing now) as mentioned in tourismlaos: One week before the race, Fa Ngum Quai (along Fa Ngum Road) is taken over by stalls selling all kinds of goods and foods or games,...


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As, according to the information in your question, it does not really matter what you wear, it has to be how you behave. I would say, if you see one of the blue girls walking around who might have a ticket, make eye contact, smile a friendly smile and hope for the best. As so often, it will be the charm of the person they select that will be the reason to ...


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Castells go normally attached with festivities around Catalonia. Since these occur in summer, you are definitely going to have the opportunity to see them. People doing this go throughout cities and they even have competitions. The most important groups are from cities in Tarragona, like for example Vilafranca del Penedès and Valls (full ranking from this ...


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Unfortunately I don't think there is a mud festival held in autumn in Korea due to the cold climate. I did a quick search on Naver and couldn't find one in autumn.


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Very few people are in Helsinki for the midsummer. Traditionally for midsummer people leave for their cottages and the Finnish cities are deserted. During midsummer you should be prepared for shorter opening hours or stores being closed. Perhaps the most traditional midsummer celebration in Helsinki is in Seurasaari, which is an island close to the city. ...


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