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Forgot item in a hotel in Spain; hotel says I have to send a courier myself because they don't handle international shipments

UPS, DHL, and pretty much any courier company can deliver from anywhere to anywhere, they don't require that the person handing them the package is the same person as the one paying the bill. So ask ...
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Is it considered rude if I present a list of pre-translated sentences?

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 ...
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Madrid to London w/ Expired 90/180 days stay as US citizen

You seem to be trying to pretend that an overstay is no big deal. It's a big deal. Fix it. Someone has identified an extremely affordable flight, and you need to be on it so you are in UK soil by ...
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Where should I leave my passport and electronics if there is no safe in my apartment?

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 ...
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What's the meaning of the sign "Broken white line only marks the centre of the road"?

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 ...
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Photograph allegedly from Barcelona in 1987

Using Google Lens and its reverse image search I can safely say that this is Málaga, Spain because the monument in the image is the Monumento al Marqués de Larios! https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What's the meaning of the sign "Broken white line only marks the centre of the road"?

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 ...
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Madrid to London w/ Expired 90/180 days stay as US citizen

Americans who arrive in the UK with no definite plans, no return travel planned, and little money are often questioned extensively at the border and may be denied entry and removed. In your case, if ...
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A visa to visit the island that switches countries every six months?

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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Sending money to a friend stuck abroad without a debit card?

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. (...
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Have there been any significant changes to flying as a passenger compared to 10 years ago?

A few things may have changed, but it's difficult to say if they apply in your case, as the introduction of such measures depends a lot on the airlines, airports and even specific flights, so it could ...
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Are 500 Euro notes accepted by banks in Spain?

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 ...
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Do EU residents need visa to travel to USA?

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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Auto/Manual transmissions in Europe

As a European, I would say that we definitely tend to drive manual cars way more than automatic, although automatic cars are becoming more common especially in city settings. Compared to, let's say 10 ...
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I, a Russian citizen, was denied a flight from Alicante through London without a transit visa

RyanAir is to blame, as you followed the rules precisely for UK landside transit with an EU residence permit. Unfortunately, passenger recourse against such problems is difficult. You could try to ...
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Can you drink tap water in Spain?

Spain has a well developed sanitation system and associated regulations and controls, and the overwhelming majority of tap water is safe to drink (99.5% in 2018, according to the ministry of ...
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Are 500 Euro notes accepted by banks in Spain?

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 ...
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What's the meaning of the sign "Broken white line only marks the centre of the road"?

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 ...
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A visa to visit the island that switches countries every six months?

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 ...
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Can I self-isolate in a different country from the UK and then travel to the UK without being in solitary confinement again?

Your citizenship is irrelevant, the only question is where you have been recently. So if you are arriving from a country which is exempt from quarantine requirements, and have been there long enough (...
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Wrongly got exit stamp from Schengen zone

There are visa types that have a limited amount of entries (usually 1 or 2) but you have a residence permit which does not have such a limit. Your residence permit allows you to leave and reenter the ...
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What are the possibilities for travel by train to Lisbon, Portugal from Barcelona, Spain, without using buses or planes?

According to the invaluable Man in Seat 61, it's possible to get from Madrid to Lisbon by train alone: Incredibly, there is now no direct train between Madrid & Lisbon, two adjacent EU capitals. ...
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What do letters "R" and "E" before parking slots in Spain mean?

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-...
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Lost all my ID documents and money. How to fly home from Spain to Slovakia?

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 ...
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Entered UK using my now-lost UK passport; can I go to Spain using my US passport?

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 ...
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Auto/Manual transmissions in Europe

Is that the case in the rest of EU, or just a Spanish thing? Percentage of cars with automatic transmission among 2018 sales (sales, not current fleet, and EVs are regarded as having automatic ...
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Can I go out of the airport during a connecting intra-Schengen flight when I have a single-entry visa?

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 ...
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What do these numbers (1, 2, 3) on taxi roofs mean?

As suggested in comments there are three tariff levels in Sevilla but they apply for different sorts of journey as well as for different times. 1 is for urban, 2 for inter-urban and 3 for airport. ...
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Are 500 Euro notes accepted by banks in Spain?

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 ...
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Traveling the Camino Trail during Covid

This is more an extended comment than an answer. The answer right now is simple: you cannot do that and there is no a reasonable date estimation on when you will be able to do the Santiago Trail again....
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