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There are four ways you could celebrate New Year's multiple times, but the TL;DR is that no, there's no practical way to celebrate New Year's more than twice... although there are a few theoretical possibilities if you're willing to spend a lot of money on this! The best way is to cross the International Date Line, so you get an entire day or more to ...


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Yes, seriously, although the US$65 "royalty" is actually included in the US$200 "daily package fee". However, that's the group rate (3 or more people), you get socked another $40/30 per person if you're traveling solo/duo, and another $50/night/person if you're visiting when it's neither midwinter nor monsoon (March-May, Sep-Nov). Bhutan explicitly wants ...


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The most realistic option might be visiting the village of Tripartito, right where Bolivia, Chile and Peru meet. The three countries are in different timezones in the southern summer (when Chile observes DST but Bolivia doesn't), and at Google Maps it looks like there are roads crossing the borders right at the triple point, so you can simply leave one ...


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There are a number of different types of these "Free" walking tours, with the business models varying dramatically. In some countries you can expect to end up at the guides "cousins" carpet shop, where the guide will take a kick-back for any sales. Some tours are run by the local community and/or volunteers and truly are free (although with the potential ...


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You can do that in Switzerland: Beznau. This is the oldest still running nuclear reactor in the world. According to their brochure you can contact the visitor center for guided tours. Mühleberg. They have regular guided tours in French or German. Gösgen. They have daily tours as well as a visitor centre. Leibstadt. They also have tours and a visitor centre. ...


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https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Mecca Non-Muslims are strictly prohibited from entering the city of Mecca. Road signs to guide non-Muslims are provided. The minimum penalty is deportation from the country. Documentation will be checked upon entry and anyone not showing proof of being Muslim will be refused entry. As a solitary exception, the Mecca bus ...


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There is a Special Access Tour, which brings you closer to Stonehenge than the general public. For those who are really, really interested in Stonehenge it is possible to go beyond the rope fence and walk among the stones. These visits are called Special Access or Inner Circle visits and take place outside public opening hours (i.e. dawn or dusk). ...


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Only Muslims are allowed to travel to Makkah according to the current rules of Saudi Arabia. Is that an Islamic rule? No. Makkah during the prophet Mohammed's time had non Muslims, they were never kicked out. This rule shows up after that, not sure when exactly, the point is: it's not an Islamic rule. Can you still visit, simple answer is: YES. There are ...


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In the UK. EDF Energy is opening new visitor centres at their nuclear power plants across the country, specifically: Hunterston B in West Kilbride and Torness in Dunbar, Scotland, Sizewell B in Suffolk, Hinkley Point B in Bridgwater, Dungeness B in Kent and Heysham in Morecambe. The visitor centres are where you can find out more about our ...


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Visit the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, and walk around the South Pole in 24 hours such that the South Pole is always between you and the sun. Now, Amundsen-Scott normally operates under New Zealand Daylight Saving Time (Time in Antarctica). However, for the purpose of New Year celebrations, use Solar time instead. As you move around he pole in the ...


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I went there solo for 5 days in 2007, as part of a backpacking trip, and it's like this: You contact a tour agent ("operator") and explain that you just want to see the sights for N days. (Many of their tourists hire porters for serious mountaineering.) You will be quoted the minimum rate of $200/day or whatever. If the rate is different or the reply isn't ...


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You are now welcome to virtually tour the NYC office at http://s.tk/NYCTour, courtesy of Google Maps!


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Sesame Street is currently filmed at the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, which does not offer public tours (though the Museum of the Moving Image is open to the public and located on the campus). According to the Sesame Workshop FAQ, Sesame Street is not filmed in front of a live studio audience and the set is not able to accommodate guests. There is ...


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Sesame Street is filmed at Kaufman-Astoria Studios in Queens. The studio isn't generally open to the public, so unless you know somebody or are involved in a production I wouldn't count on a tour. However, I'd highly recommend a trip to the nearby Museum of the Moving Image, which houses a number of Sesame Street artifacts, regular Jim Henson/Muppet film ...


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A fairly simple way (unless I'm misunderstanding the question) to get three celebrations would be to go to Cameron Corner in Australia, on the border of New South Wales, South Australia, and Queensland: Google Maps You would have your first midnight in NSW (in Australian Eastern Daylight Time), then 30 mins later step into SA for another midnight (in ...


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A two-year tour of World Heritage sites (962 places) is now available, offered by a British luxury company. By the way, it costs about 1 million pounds. It claims to cover all the sites if they are safely accessible. The Daily Mail lists some of the stops.


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From David Fullerton, one of the staff members: Generally, the answer is "no". We're probably smaller than you think -- only about 30 of us in NY and half of those are sales people who cannot be interrupted or we will run out of money and have to stop sending out so many free t-shirts. We don't really have anyone whose job it is to show people ...


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I'm from Christchurch (although I live in Sydney at present). Yes, certainly. The museum has reopened and has some stuff about the city. However, in the 'container mall' known as re:Start, there's an information center with a lot of info on the history. It's coordinated by the museum and the exhibit/place is called Quake City. It has an interactive ...


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In addition to commercial nuclear power plants, the world has many small university reactors used for research and education. For example, in the Los Angeles area a quick google search showed that UC Irvine has a reactor that allows group tours by appointment.


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The main campus of Penn State University has an educational nuclear reactor facility, the Breazeale reactor, that offers tours to the public. As part of the tour, they take you through the reactor room where you can see the Cerenkov radiation from the uranium. The reactor itself is submerged under something like 15 feet of water, which is ample protection ...


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Yes - CERN has an outreach program which does tours along with other activities. From their Visit CERN page: CERN welcomes the general public to visit and tour its exhibitions, experimental areas and other facilities. The admission is free. The permanent exhibition “Universe of particles” and the Microcosm exhibition can be visited from Monday to ...


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The new Congress meets on January 3, 2017 and, although there will be transition activities, tours should go ahead as scheduled. However, it would be wise to contact your representative's office for confirmation, particularly if you have not received a tour date. With the approaching holidays, you might want to call or email your local, in-state office for a ...


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I have not been to Brazil myself yet, but this is on my list, so here is what my research thus far has found. As hippietrail pointed out, the Carnaval in Rio (and in Sao Paulo) has grown to be a huge event that requires a purpose-built stadium in each city. These Carnavals are put on as big mega-parades by Samba Schools and are nowadays meant to be seen ...


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Yes, there are walking tours, with guides, in the countryside, but I am not sure those are what you want. Mostly they are meant to show people the local nature reserve and do relatively few miles with a lot of (Dutch language) explanations. There are also loads of unguided walks, from a single kilometer to multi-day walks that take up to over a week to ...


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Ozbus offer a 29 week tour of South America, starting and finishing in Quito. http://www.oz-bus.com/oz-bus-south-america/oz-bus-south-america.aspx Update: Ozbus have sadly ceased trading as of april 2012


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This Russian company offers a world-wide cruise for the 140 days, from New Zealand to Norway (being honest, there are no countries from both Americas :). There are over 100 cities in 31 countries being visited during this cruise. Places are from $77,270 to $261,070 per person, trip is being made on Seven Seas Voyager. I think search for another world-wide ...


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I can add that we participate in the NYC Walkabout which runs annually. Unfortunately, the one this year already happened 3 weeks ago. walkaboutnyc.com


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In France, you can visit EDF's energy plants. You just need a valid ID (passport, ID card, etc.) The tours are great! You can talk with technicians, engineers, plays with interactive setups to understand the processes, etc.


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Officially or even semi officially no. The plant is still owned by TEPCO so arranging it with them would probably give you a better access and safer tour if they choose to allow it. However, there are other options if you choose to consider them. There is a boat tour that approaches the plant from sea or a Fairewinds virtual tour. Or finally you can try ...


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