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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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"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 is a ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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In Azerbaijan, Novruz is officially celebrated between 20th and 24th of March. When public holidays and weekends overlap here (which usually is the case with Novruz, because it lasts for 5 days), the holiday gets extra days. So this year it's celebrated till 26th. The peak orgasmic moment of Novruz is the night between 20th and 21st. Other than that, 4 ...


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I would suggest going to any miaohui (庙会), which will be full of Chinese lanterns. You might have a tough time shopping there if you don't speak any Mandarin, though.


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Summary: Go there early. If you can, take the first possible train. Do not take a car. Take public transport. It will not be easy to park. Yes it's crowded. Not so much that you won't see the procession, but the spots famous for the good photos will be very crowded. Details: There are two parking spaces in the village, one directly in front of the temple ...


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There are more than 3000 events in a wide variety of categories happening this year. You can find details and book tickets at the official website. Tickets are per-event, but you can expect an amount of free entertainment on the streets of Edinburgh, in particular along the Royal Mile.


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Cancellation of the event was announced on September 5. J Cast


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The island does indeed slow to a crawl, however, Arab Street & Little India as indicated above are both open for business. My wife's family (about 2/3 of which live in SG including her mom) have made a point of taking me (the only Gwai-lo in the family) out to see the city when it's at it's ebb during CNY, including lunch on Arab street, buying durians ...


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A ticket for the festival and a note stating that you intend to camp or maybe a printout of the festival website indicating that camping is available should be perfectly fine. Basically everything that shows you have a reasonable and plausible plan can count as supporting documentation. Your application would be much weaker without festival tickets obviously....


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In March 2019 we were to both Baku and Shaki, two main cities that had claimed to have a wide range of Nowruz festivities. There were some small concerts in Şəki on 20th of March, but we were too late (see photo of schedule below), so be sure to know the exact time beforehand. Speaking about Baku, there were some commercial tents/kiosks in several places of ...


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Based on the 2017 program, having an armband will get you access to things like "luxury toilets" (LUKSUSTOILETTER), the Royal Distortion main stage, and free beer from 16:00 - 18:00 at Country House (RÅDHUSPLADSEN). I can't tell if it will get you into the street parties or not. Here's a link to the 2017 program (PDF). There's a statement in the program, ...


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