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How do you know if Americans genuinely/literally mean what they say?
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In general, a genuine invitation is concrete, containing information that helps to make it happen. "Would you like to get lunch tomorrow?" is an invitation, and could be followed up with "Yes, how ...

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Overstayed my US visa for over 9 years, never got deported, can I return as a tourist?
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I know somebody in a similar situation to you: she lived illegally in the US for some years, and many years later she wanted to return as a tourist. Although she would otherwise have been eligible for ...

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Not flying the first leg of the journey – Company cancels the second-leg ticket
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Yes. It is usually required that you fly all legs of a single ticket. Even if you skip the last leg, the airline might penalise you later. At the very least, you should contact the airline before the ...

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A swim to die for — where in the world can I do one?
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The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. ...

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Can I decline an alternative ticket handed at an airline's check-in counter in case of an emergency?
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A ticket is a contract with the airline that they will get you from A to B; if they offer to do that (by any reasonable route, without a substantial delay) and you refuse, they likely don't have any ...

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Why are plane tickets more expensive if they don't include a weekend?
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You asked Why should the airline care if I depart on Tuesday and return Thursday of the same week, or the next week? and you answered: because business travelers will pay more. That's all ...

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In an international airport, is there specific set of laws for the international area?
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You may have passed a border check, but that doesn't mean you've left the country (just as at land borders: there's a gap between the border posts, but that land is still in one country or the other). ...

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Non-seafood food options in Tokyo?
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While Japanese cuisine uses a lot of seafood, there are plenty of dishes based on beef, poultry, etc. as well as vegetable-based dishes. The problems usually arise when people have allergies or ...

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Where is the Asia-Europe divide and where can we cross it?
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According to Wikipedia: the modern border between Asia and Europe remains a historical and cultural construct, defined only by convention. The modern border follows the Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles-...

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What are the two closest countries that do not share a border?
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Since nobody has found a shorter distance, it seems that Namibia and Zimbabwe are the closest pair around 200 meters of Botswana territory lies between Namibia and Zimbabwe

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Is a card without name valid for Deutsche Bahn online tickets?
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I wrote an email to DB asking about this, and they responded, Sie können nur ein Identifikationsnachweise nutzen, wo auch der Name eingetragen ist. My translation: You can only use a proof of ...

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Can I bring a big wooden sword as carry on in a plane?
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The exact size limits for carry-on will depend on the airline, but your sword probably exceeds most airlines'. For example: Qantas's maximum dimension for a piece of carry-on luggage on a domestic ...

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Can one export spices and teff flour from Ethiopia?
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There don't seem to be any restrictions, except that berbere (and perhaps other spices) are not allowed in hand luggage at Bole International Airport (and perhaps other Ethiopian airports) but are ...

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Does a non-EU Spouse of a UK national need a visa to visit the Schengen area?
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Your wife needs to apply for a Schengen visa from a French or Spanish consulate (depending on your primary destination). However, the visa application is free and will be processed within 15 days If ...

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Are the model trains underneath Gare de l'Est in Paris open to the public?
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It is listed in this guidebook (one of the excerpts discusses it), and various other websites describe visiting it, so I guess it's open to the public.

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Travelling to UK as a dual-national, when your British Passport has expired?
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According to Timatic, you can enter Britain on an expired British passport, providing it is endorsed "British Citizen" (or some other endorsement indicating right of abode in the UK). The idea is ...

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Where is the Saarland-Ticket valid?
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According to a PDF on bahn.de the Saarland- and Rheinland-Pfalz-Ticket have the same validity: practically all regional routes inside the Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as a few into ...

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Croatian entry stamp with no exit stamp: will this cause problems?
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No, it shouldn't be a problem. What you describe is normal procedure. Of course, Kenyan border officials can ask you questions if they're suspicious about something, but most likely they are not even ...

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Can I collect post at / near Heathrow airport (on a Saturday)?
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According to postoffice.co.uk, the post office at Heathrow is in terminal 3 and its address is, Heathrow Airport Terminal Three Terminal Three Hounslow Middlesex TW6 1QG However, on the page on ...

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Are there consequences to stamps in my passport that are not from border control?
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If I remember correctly, the souvenir shop at Dorasan Station, which is the last stop in South Korea of the erstwhile Seoul-Pyongyang line, has stamps which look like North Korean entry stamps. Such a ...

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Is there an ontology of geographical entities to visit?
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Other answers have given some lists, and talked about the definitional problems, but they don't seem to have anything like an ontology. GeoNames is a large database of geographic names with relations ...

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Apply for a Russian visa in English in Strasbourg
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According to the website of the Russian consulate in Germany, German residents must apply for a visa in a particular visa application center, depending on which state they live in: Berlin: Berlin, ...

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Can I get visas for Nigeria and Ghana in Senegal?
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The website of the Ghanaian Embassy in Dakar is down at the moment, but according to Google's cached version it states: REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA APPLICANTS Should be Officially Resident in ...

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Where can I spend a peaceful and relaxing night at DEL airport?
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The Guide to Sleeping in Airports has an entry on DEL.

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May a Namibian citizen in South Africa on a "Visitor Visa" cross the border into Namibia and return to South Africa the same day?
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I've never heard of a rule of a minimum time outside of a country before re-entering, and didn't find evidence of one in this case. As long as you don't exceed the maximum number of entries (usually ...

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Schengen visa from UK for Indian citizen
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According to the website of the Embassy of Belgium in the UK You should apply for your visa in person at the Belgian embassy or consulate which is competent for your country of residence The ...

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Kruger vs Serengeti
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In my limited experience, all game-viewing is a matter of luck. You will almost certainly not see everything you hoped to see, wherever you go: the wild is wild, and many animals are doing their best ...

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China entry visa validity on "enter before" date
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Although the visa says "enter before", according to the Chinese Embassy in the USA, the visa is good through 24h00 Beijing Time of the "Enter Before" date unless the number of entries is used up or ...

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Travel when passport has been sent for renewal
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As shown by Wikipedia, Australian citizens can enter the Schengen area (including Portugal) and stay for up to 90 days out of any 180.

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Getting a Schengen visa through the French Embassy again even if I didn't travel to France last time
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You should always apply at the consulate of the Schengen country which you intend to visit; if it's France this time, then apply at the French consulate. If you ended up visiting another country last ...

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