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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It may be not better than much closer places, but a time honoured retreat from the heat has long been Ootapramund aka "Oooty", a "mere" 6 to 12 hours / 550 km from Madras (aka Chennai). How does an average June high of 18.3 and record June high of 22 C sound ? :-). Google maps view here - Ooty at about centre. Missionary children used to be sent there to ...


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In addition to Michael's answer: it's (in theory) also possible to hitch-hike. You could hitch to the border, walk across (or journey with the kind soul who picked you up), and continue on. If you're worried about walking across the border - I've done it myself in the past and while you may get some additional questions, it's entirely possible - there's ...


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The problem is proper transformers tend to be heavy. If you had relocated to europe and wanted a permanent soloution to running american appliances I'd reccomend one of the "yellow brick" transformers they use on UK building sites. They are sturdilly built, are proper isolation transformers and have the power to run basically anything that comes with a ...


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The best country to visit when in a wheelchair is most likely the US. All public places have to be wheelchair-accessible, and nobody steals the designated parking spots. What you want to visit depends on what you like most. There aren't that many old cities, of course (though e.g. Boston and San Francisco are nice), but there are plenty of amazing museums, ...


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The T3 Terminal is open throughout the night and you should easily be able to move around anywhere publicly accessible inside it. If you have a visa, you can just as easily go out. Since you mentioned you have a domestic flight, I'll assume you do have a visa. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of hustle and bustle due to international flight departures in ...


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The issue is mostly due to your perception of awkwardness. It seems analogous (though not identical) to the subjective experience of loneliness, or what is called "perceived social isolation" (The issue is perception!) So the key is to disregard this perception, which does not serve you well. If you perceive good things about your situation: good things ...


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I'm only an amateur climber, so perhaps I'm missing something here, but where I live (northeast USA), pretty much all climbs are openly accessible, perhaps with a small fee for parking. If you were climbing in a national park, you would have to pay an entrance fee, but nothing more than that. As you are excluding the major costs (food, lodging, and ...


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I'm not sure if it's the same as in Győr (I suspect you're talking about Arrabona Ételbár's speciality), but you should be fine everywhere where they serve "melegszendvics". Personally I'd go with Cserpes Tejivó, because they seem to have grilled mushroom sandwiches, they have a few locations around the city (in Sütő utca, at Corvin, in Allee and in MOM ...


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A traditional B&B (Bed & Breakfast) will be a better option for two people sharing than an AirBnb; also breakfast is included (a full Irish breakfast, not just cereal, toast and tea.) see www.bandbireland.com for listings. There are many more B&Bs than Airbnbs in Ireland. Somewhat ironically, some B&Bs also list on Airbnb (and Booking.com, ...


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There are absolutely groups whose primary purpose is to meet up at malls and walk. Google has this information: here are some examples: Avalon Mall Walkers Burlington Ontario List of programs in the Greater Toronto Area Article giving some examples


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The Château de Fontainebleau near Paris is where Napoleon made his palace in favour of Versailles. The palace was extensively modified by Napoleon and is open to visitors.


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