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Yes, it would be, if not "rude", then at least kind of awkward. Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid are all heavily touristed areas and most restaurant staff are very used to dealing with tourists who do not speak Spanish. You also don't really need any spoken language to convey "table for one" (hold up a finger), "I'll have what he's having" (point at ...


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You seem pretty experienced at traveling already, but here's what I'd recommend: Avoid carrying stuff you can't afford to lose. Barcelona (so I've heard) is a wonderful place, I am envious. I spent 3 months traveling through Europe, but as bad luck would have it, thanks to an airline delaying my luggage, I had to skip visiting Barcelona. But also Barcelona ...


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It definitely means you mustn't assume *any meaning whatsoever, re overtaking, turning, or even whether "your" side of the road is actually all yours, exactly as it says, over and above that it marks the centre of the road. If you're on your side of the broken line, you can't assume oncoming traffic will be entirely on the other side. The line only marks ...


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In theory, it's against Ryanair policy to let anyone enter the plane without a valid identifying document. In practice, you have to try! Do not call their telephone infoline or anything like that, because they will tell you it's not possible. Be sure to contact Ryanair at the airport as early as possible during your flight day. Take the police report with ...


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In short: It means "Don't assume any of the usual meanings of a broken line in Spain, except for marking the center of the road". In long: The meaning is obvious. At least, it seems obvious for drivers in Spain. In Spain, a broken line means that you can overtake while a continuous line means you can't, and in curvy roads the line changes very often from ...


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According to a New York Times article published in 2012, "you are not allowed to visit Pheasant Island", regardless of which or how many visas you have.


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I second the comment by B.Liu. Make really sure this is not a scam. I once used Western Union to send money to a relative abroad. They are still in business and so are several other providers. (Andrew mentioned Moneygram in his comment. I'm not suggesting a specific provider based on my limited transactions. Check their websites and FAQs.) Your friend ...


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Follow the steps: Remain calm. Ask for identification before going anywhere with them or giving them anything. Don't sign anything without a lawyer present. If they start accusing you of anything, state that you require they then contact your embassy to help you with a lawyer. Generally if they're scamming, they don't want documentation or third parties ...


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Whether you need a visa to visit the US is based on your citizenship, not your residence. So, as a citizen of Turkey you will need a visa to visit the US.


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Stores They are practically very rarely accepted. Not sure about how legal that is, but some stores even explicitly put signs they don't accept 500 EUR bills. e.g. like this one (although this one is not from Spain): Banks For banks - I would be surprised if private banks where you don't have account, would go for breaking 500 into five 100s for you. ...


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500€ banknotes are perfectly legal in EU, and as such they are accepted all over the EU. They are however been used a lot for criminal activities, so it's been decided that they will be faded out before the end of 2018; they were used a lot in Spain, especially, and on the opposite they now quite disappeared. But this has nothing to do with you using them: ...


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If I understand it correctly, it has to do with overtaking, but the signage is really confusing. In Spain, a continuous line means that overtaking is prohibited and it is in no case allowed to cross the line. That means, that it is even prohibited to turn left. It is allowed to overtake bicyclists, if you are able to keep a safe distance without actually ...


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Multiple sources (English Wikipedia, French Wikipedia, Official site of Hendaye) all claim that the island cannot be visited. You could try to get a job in the maintenance department of Irun, which is in charge of the island, and hope to get assigned to cut the grass there. That would require a Spanish work permit.


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I am worried they will (a) not let me board my flight from Edinburgh-Seville; There are no exit checks when leaving the UK. Airline staff will check your passport to see if you are allowed to enter Spain. They are extremely unlikely to check for an entry stamp. They will just want to see the ID page. (b) detain me or worse deport me (to the US) from ...


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The main Renfe website only lists long-distance trains. The line that goes through Aiguafreda is a local line belonging to Rodalies to Catalunya, operated by the national Renfe but administered by the Catalan government. You can find information about it on the Renfe Rodalies Barcelona (Barcelona suburbs) web page. The line you want is R3, starting in ...


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According to the Zumaia website: There will be 3 parking areas: Resident area (painted white with the letters R and E) Areas of high rotation (A, B and C: painted blue and red) Half-stay area (painted blue) (Google translation, emphasis mine). Note that this seems to be in use in some other places. Other cities make extensive use of blue-...


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If you haven't called the Embassy of Slovakia in Madrid yet, call them for advice. Going to get an emergency travel document from them is still probably your best option. Avanzabus.com currently sells tickets from Valencia to Madrid for €30.


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If you have a flight from Madrid to Amsterdam, there's no way you will get an exit stamp. This means you will still be in Schengen when arriving to Amsterdam, and can go out as you please. You will only leave Schengen when boarding for India.


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In general people speak both languages. And because they can tell you are a tourist from the way you breathe :) they will not expect you to speak Spanish, nor Catalan. Having said this, you should always learn a few common words in the local language, such as greetings and please/thank you, as it shows you are making an effort. You said you are already ...


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Spanish Here. They are rarely accepted because of security concerns, and usually (in small stores) that extends to 100 euro and 200 euro notes also. If you need to use them, you can always ask for change in any bank.


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I'd suggest a few things: Learn to how to say "Do you speak english?" - "Parlez-Vous Anglais?" and "¿Hablas inglés?" Learn some basic pronunciations in the two languages (they may have the same letters but they don't always sound the same!). Reading through a guide then listening to some examples online should help with this Bring a common phrase book, and ...


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I'm not sure it is relevant (and the case is closed anyways) but some countries (checked for UK, Poland and Germany) allow you to get a temporary passport not only from an embassy, but also from a consulate, which are usually located in other major cities besides the capital.


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I can't say this is official, but sounds like a good explanation. The following explanation is taken from the Spanish equivalent of the Highway Code. “When there is more than one lane on a roundabout, you will normally travel around the roundabout in the right hand lane – the outside of the roundabout” So what exactly is the inside lane ...


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Your Spanish work permit is not relevant and Turkey is not a US Visa Waiver country, so you need a visa to enter the United States. Here are the official details.


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In many regions of Spain and depending on the circumstances, the costs associated with search and rescue are passed on to those who need it. It has been the subject of intense media coverage in recent years. Tenerife News: Reckless behaviour will cost you dear. The new rule which allows the Canary government to charge for rescues caused by “reckless ...


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I would leave the stuff in the apartment as it is too unpractical to carry it around at all times. As you've said, backpacks are much easier to steal and it's much less risky for the thief than breaking in and searching through an empty apartment. However, I would conceal my belongings either in a suitcase with locks or maybe hidden away between your ...


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You have bumped into one of the Spanish habits. In Spain there are a lot of people that wake up early just to leave their things at the beach/pool and then go back to bed. It's like planting a flag saying "hey, this is my territory and you should keep away". I hate this behaviour of my fellow countrymen. What to do? At the beach, there is a recent law that ...


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As a general principle, the entire Schengen area is considered one country for immigration purposes. This means in particular that a flight between two Schengen countries (in your case, Spain and Italy) is considered a domestic flight and there is no immigration control before or after the flight. Hence, in your case you will enter the Schengen area and ...


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I found someone who knows. One of the residents of Villamayor de Monjardín was three years old when it was built in 1948. It was a gravity water tower that has since been replaced by pumps. There is a spring on Montejurra, a mountain some distance away. They actually ran pipes down into the valley and up this hill to a tank that is no longer in or on the ...


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In almost every major and minor store, supermarket and bar, there are signs / drawings / notices that state : "The cashier won't accept cash payments of over €100/200/500" depending on the size of the store. The reason? to prevent dealing with false notes, to prevent money laundering, and to prevent having to deal with lot of cash (and its inherent ...


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