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Yes: more specifically, the staff canteens at the airport are open to the public, serving authentic and tasty Singaporean fare at rock-bottom prices! Despite the name "canteen", these are mini-hawker centres with a dozen or so independently run stalls each specializing in specific dishes/cuisines. There are at least three of these. The one you'll never ...


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Main Courses Pizza al Trancio The single best street food that you can have in Italy is pizza al trancio i.e. a slice of pizza on the go. It doesn't get more typical and local than this. You find this in both bakeries and dedicated pizzeria al trancio. Some cities cut slices out of round pizzas, others out of rectangular ones. In both cases, you walk in ...


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I have spent most of my life living somewhere inside the M25 (and a good fraction of that inside various pubs) and I have to say that I've never heard of any of these gestures. I don't mean that you are certainly wrong but perhaps their use is indeed arcane. Most ale drinkers (and I include myself in this) would need to specify exactly which ale they want, ...


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Most locals just call it the City, when it's clear from context that you are talking about the local area. You could say: "I'm staying at a nice hotel in the City". This will be understood to mean "within the San Francisco city limits." (Incidentally, this is a smaller region than most outsiders might guess). In writing, capitalization is optional. ...


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There is a website that I was hitherto completely unaware of that aims to cater for this need. Great British Public Toilet Map For tourists with smart phones it would be useful as it geolocates the nearest ones in their database (or allows manual search) and provides a facility to add crowd sourced toilet locations along with pertinent details. These ...


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France does not really have one national costume. There are many regional costumes, although not many or even non is/are still used as daily dress. In the last half of the 20th century, the 'typical' French male item was a beret. And it is still used as a cartoon image for the French. If you are on the French coast you will likely also see a lot of ...


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There are some strategies that you can use: Prepare: Check websites like Tripadvisor or Yelp before you go there. If you really want to plan, write down the restaurants you want to visit. Based on the ratings and comments there, you should be able to judge if it is an authentic restaurant with a good service. Don't stick to the main street: Very often, ...


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Toilets are important, but not something to worry about. You don't need to make it this complicated. British people really don't mind when foreigners ask where is the nearest public toilet? We don't judge you for your unfortunate need. Go in any public place and ask. It requires no technology, and rather than planning your day around where the convenient ...


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The natives called the San Francisco Bay area Ramaytush Awaste.


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I always consult Happycow. This is a website for vegetarian, vegan, and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. A good side-effect is that I end up at some very unusual and non-touristic places, and that the number of options reduced from hundreds to a handful or a few dozen at most. Perhaps you don't always want to eat vegetarian, but even as a non-vegetarian you ...


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I was born in Iran, am not living there, but have traveled a bit in the country. My Farsi (Persian) is not very good and because I grew up outside of Iran stand out on the streets. In short, I'm not exactly a tourist when in Iran, but I'm also not a local. In a few words, Iran is safe for tourists. This is both from my own experiences and from the ...


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Just to clarify: it's typical in Italy to have two kind of beaches, free access ones and paid ones. I'm answering about the free ones, as it's obvious you can't do that on paid ones (well...you could, actually, but then it becomes really complicated...just avoid it) And I'm exactly from west coast of Tuscany. Missing since a bit of time, but situation is ...


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'Sprinter' is the name for the train service that stops at each station. The alternative are the 'Intercity' services that only stop at limited stations. The route you have selected first uses the sprinter train from Schiphol Airport station to Naarden Bussum station, there you change onto bus line 101 which will drop you off at the AmersfoortseStraatweg ...


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As per request of @Gayot Fow, I'll elaborate a bit on the hand signals/gestures I'm accustomed to in Belgium. EDIT: I found a site that explained the gestures I explained + some more, so I'll copy these over to this answer. The original article can be found here. Regular/General beer This gesture (balded hand, pointing pinkie) means you want to order a ...


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I am a New Zealander who travelled to Iran about two months ago, flying into Shiraz, visited Persepolis, and made my way north by bus through Yazd, a little village called Toudeshk, and Esfahan before reaching Tehran after two weeks. This is a very traditional tourist route through the central part of the country and is entirely safe for Western travellers. ...


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The accepted answer lists the popular foods available in almost all Italy but I think you can usually find some local (and sometimes strange) street food. In Florence, for example, it's very popular lampredotto, in Tuscany it's not rare to find roventini (a sort of fried blood served with parmesan or chocolate). Abruzzo has arrosticini . In Sicilia is ...


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The canteen I stumbled upon was much smaller than the others at Changi Airport that jpatokal revealed. It's also less comparable to an actual hawker stall This one is called "Yan's Cafe" and was kind of in an outside edge of the Terminal 2 building according to a reference to it I found online though at the time I thought it was the Terminal 3 building. I ...


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France has been unified as a country for longer than many European ones, and the 19th century didn't see the development of a specific French national costume (unless you see the international influence of French fashion as a costume issue). Even though there are some surviving bits of regional costume, there is no one French national costume. These ...


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Just some days ago, I was on the streets in Spain with a friend, and she decided to ask a policeman for a place to have lunch. The restaurant he recommended was indeed popular with policemen. There were several daily menus on offer, at low price, and food was a plenty - I could not finish the desert. Concerning asking locals: Sometimes I ask several, and it ...


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More and more, I actually go *un*prepared. This lack of preconceived notion results in an experience that's much more unique. Sure, you will not always end up at the 'best' place, but, clearly, that's not what you are (or I am) looking for. For that, there's a whole slew of apps and guidebooks. And, it's easy to avoid the tourist traps and overly popular ...


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I'm sorry, but your question doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. Many, many izakayas, including all the large chains I know of (Watami, Shirokiya, Tengu etc) consist entirely of private booths of various sizes, with service direct from kitchen to booth, and thus don't have a "bar" in any sense of the word, much less bartenders standing behind it. An ...


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Throughout Europe I've been using the Michelin guides to find restaurants. They have a rating for fanciness and awesomeness of food. I usually go to the restaurants with one fork, which means it has good food for a good price (it tells you the price in the guide). There is an app as well you can download and find all the restaurants in your area. I used the ...


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Arguably... there is no single place that can meet all of your requirements and you will be making trade-offs among the various candidates. Acting on the assumption that the primary requirement is that the establishment stays open until 1 or 2 AM, and secondarily that the ambiance is amenable to a romantic encounter, there are several interesting candidates.....


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I went to university in Burnaby. It's not hard to get to, but it's also not central and you miss out on a lot of the benefits of staying in central Vancouver. Plus the skytrain doesn't run much later than midnight so if you want to experience the Vancouver night life you're going to be spending a lot on taxis. Even though my commute to school was over 45mins,...


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An option sugested by a friend is asking in Couch Surfing forums. This is a very good place since the persons there are usually locals or live on the place for some time. They usually enjoy travelling also. To wrap this up, they have local knowledge and will probably understand what you're looking for.


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Driving to Leh in your own vehicle can be dangerous. Have a read through this post about how people are being attacked in Leh for bringing their own cars. Leh is not a safe place even for those who go in their own cars. Self drive rental cars are being lined up and burnt on road sides with occupants left stranded and any opposition is met with violence. ...


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Some places have closed their council managed toilets at the same time as arranging that a nearby shop or pub or restaurant provides the same facility but without requiring any purchase (This is called the Community Toilet Scheme and most borough councils who use this scheme maintain their own list that you can find online). In some cases this change leads ...


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All major towns and cities have public toilets, but they are generally not that easy to find (ask at the tourist information if you can find that) or pleasant to use. Free public toilets tend to attract vagrants and drug takers (this is my experience having lived in the UK all my life) A better solution is to go into a fast food restaurant and use their ...


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does it work to leave an unfurled umbrella (or other beach gear) set up on the beach overnight? Does it violate any regulations? Yes. It's not a grey area; it is illegal by law (and also uncivilized) to occupy public beaches in this way, unless of course you're using the umbrella in that moment. In the most touristic regions, local police (Vigili Urbani) ...


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If I'm totally lacking in knowledge on the area, I tell the concierge (or staff) at the hotel I'm staying that I'd like to find a restaurant which offers local foods in this amount of budget. If he/she recommends the restaurant in the hotel itself (possibly not the right choice..), I ask again, to tell me the restaurant they go to frequently. This works ...


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