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Dining alone is only awkward for you (that is, it's an internal thing). It doesn't bother any of the restaurant staff, and it doesn't bother any of the other customers. So, you have to figure out what makes you uncomfortable about eating alone. There are some ways you can mitigate this feeling: Find somewhere where there are also other people eating alone. ...


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The other question linked in the comments has lots of good advice. As I said in a comment over there -- nobody cares! This is the first thing to get over the awkwardness, all those other people in couples and groups are busy with the other people at their table. It's very rare that people take notice of what anyone else in a restaurant is doing. When you'...


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There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...


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An "Opaque" booking is one where you don't know the exact details of what you're booking until after you've made the booking. The most common form of opaque bookings are for hotels, but they also exist for flights. There two general formats of booking sites for opaque hotels - those that work on a "bidding" concept, and those that have a fixed price. ...


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Put yourself in the other people's boots. If you see someone dining alone, would you spend the entirety of your evening judging their every move, or would you spend no more than 2 seconds and then go back to the task at hand, focus on the food before you ... As stated before me, as you wouldn't care, for others, no one would care if you were alone, a couple, ...


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As you are not of an age of majority (ie, an adult); you can avail the special services Emirates provides for young travelers: Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight? Yes. Emirates has two categories of service, with separate conditions and requirements, for our passengers between the ages of 5 and 16 who are travelling unaccompanied by ...


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Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble. One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that. For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...


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I was a flight attendant before and I had this problem. I just kept losing them. Then I came up with an idea--An empty cigarette pack. Just put the sim cards inside the plastic that covers the pack and its tight enough to hold it. But then I saw a good thing that really helped me a lot. Its a sim card holder that can hold up to 4 sim cards, Its exactly the ...


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Old question but I think the core of the right answer is still missing and since it's potentially a safety concern it may warrant another as answer. All step down transformers are rated for a certain power. If you exceed the rated power, bad things will happen. YOU MUST NEVER EXCEED THE RATED POWER. A hair straightener needs a lot of power and would require ...


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Maybe you know it already, but might be helpful for other readers, too: wheelmap.org It's an OpenStreetMap where users can mark if places/buildings are wheelchair accessible. You can filter the map to only show places related to tourism. Also, at least in Germany, some cities/areas have accessibility guides that list accessible hotels, free time activities ...


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The best suggestion that comes to mind is the Palmenhaus at the Burggarten. . Image source: Wikimedia Commons It's a café-brasserie-bar with a huge conservatory facing south-west. Even better, it has a large expanse of open ground (the Burggarten) in front of it, so the sun is not blocked by buildings even when it's low in the sky. You can reach it by ...


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I often dine alone, and like it, but only if I have a book. iPad is best - you can be reading a book or a newspaper or whatever you want and don't have to fuss around with keeping the pages open or folded, which enables you to be comfortable at a small table. People may notice you are alone and sometimes you can tell that makes them uncomfortable - it helps ...


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The most obvious is the oldest long distance walk in Scotland: The West Highland Way. It starts in the north of Glasgow City and walks cross country, mostly off road but on good paths, north to Fort William. It is about 96 miles long and can be completed in 4-8 days depending on your level of fitness, determination and of course weather. This route takes you ...


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Austria is pretty close. Salzburg is +- 2 hours by train and a single ticket costs 22 EUR. Vienna is also within reach. It's 6 hours by bus. With Orangeways you can find single tickets for as low as 16 EUR. You can also consider a trip to the Czech Republic. Prague is a bit less than 6 hours by direct train from Munich. A return ticket costs 65 EUR. You ...


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You basically have three options: Amtrak. Take the Cascades train from Vancouver to Seattle in about four hours. The big benefit here is that the train isn't nearly as affected by car traffic at the border, which can be very lengthy especially going into the US. This is because you actually clear US immigration at the train station in Vancouver before ...


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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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If price is no object, then you really need to look at Tilley Hats. They are basically an institution amongst those that own them, and have definitely been designed with at least most of your criteria in mind. I don't own one, and am not enough of a hat person to be able to bring myself to spend ~US$80 on one, but having met people who have owned them I ...


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There's countless websites that do this type of thing in one form or another. Personally I've never found one that does exactly what I want, but for the most part the following 2 sites do something similar to part of what you've described. TripIt is a great travel planning site. It allows you to forward confirmation emails from hundreds of different travel ...


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This almost comes under 'opinion based', but we can treat it as a compare-and-contrast option. Hi from Sydney, BTW. Australia is huge. Literally similar in size to the US. That doesn't mean you can't drive across it, but you have to take things into account that don't occur to people compared with the US: gas stations are few and far between in some ...


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Europe has literally thousands of ski resorts. So I'll focus on the Alps. There I can recommend you two small ski resorts that are well suited for beginners. There are various reasons for this. Small ski resorts are generally cheaper. So you don't have to spend a lot of money for runs you won't ever use because they're too step. Additionally, small resorts ...


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There are a lot of possible day trips from Reykjavik to explore the surrounding area. If you only have the chance to do one I would suggest the Golden Circle, the tour will pick you up from your hotel and return you to it at the end of the day. During the day you will see geysir - the water spout that others are named after. Whilst geysir doesn't erupt ...


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I actually love dining alone, travelling or not, and the one thing that always makes me feel completely comfortable doing it is eating at the bar whenever that's an option. A lot of fine restaurants have bar seating, and at the very least, it's perfectly normal-looking to be seated at a bar by yourself, but better yet, you might end up sitting next to ...


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I am personally a huge fan of Delfina Restaurant on 18th near Dolores Park. They do a simple spaghetti that's always just perfectly cooked and delicious, along with a few other changing pasta dishes (but the spaghetti is great!). Reservations are recommended, but if you show up early and sit at the counter, that can work too. Don't get it confused with the ...


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Some options in Sweden. Romme Alpin outside Borlänge in Dalarna Sweden is a good place to start snowboarding. It got 23 slopes of varying kind, 3 chair lifts and a good small beginners area with a slow short button lift that is manageable for beginners. For intermediate snowboarders it may get boring after a couple of days though. A good thing with Romme is ...


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I would suggest Dufftown, Aberlour or Rothes for your stay. You can start your tour from the north - Glen Moray in Elgin or Strathisla in Keith and follow the river south. Most of the distilleries are around these three towns. In case if you are planning your tour in May - keep an eye on the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 3rd to 7th May 2012


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You could start your tour in Paris, visiting the grave of Napoleon in Dôme des Invalides. Napoleon is buried there since December 1840. After that you could visit Longwood House on the island Saint Helena. Napoleon has spent his last days there. Also worth a visit is Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Not only because Napoleon has spent the time there during the ...


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Hard drives are not sturdy. Even ones with so-called rugged casings. What is much more sturdy and incredible durable is an SSD. This is a Solid State Disk with no moving part. Compared to hard-drive, an SSD is more expensive, particularly a huge one. However for your purpose a smaller one will probably do an good ones under 240GB are quite reasonably priced....


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