Max
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Why do American gas stations' bathrooms apparently use these huge keys?
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So that people don't forget them in their pocket and leave the gas station with the key.

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Why do some groups of tourists include someone carrying a banner?
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It's like that everywhere for guided tours (not just Chinese people) It makes it easier to follow the guide. The guide tour leader will carry a flag so that if/when people get lost they can spot the ...

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Airbnb housing gone electrifyingly bad
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Contact AirBnB support directly, do not wait. Ask them to help you move to another apartment. Also ask for compensation. Anecdotal: There was a major water problem at an apartment my parents rented ...

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How can you dispute a Chinese restaurant's charge practically, in Canada?
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Next time, pay and report the restaurant to the Ontario's consumer protection board here. You need to pay and you should pay with a card so that there is paper trail of the payment. Make certain ...

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How to get rid of the men who ask for money in Milan?
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You have to be assertive, just say NO! (or BASTA! or any other local equivalent ) loud and direct. That is how most locals deal with them. Don't interact with them, don't engage; turn/move away. If ...

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How to avoid hotels with bellhops in the USA
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I've only seen them in higher-end hotels. I don't understand why it will/should scare people away. It is good customer service, and some people like that. IMO, bellhops and porters are really useful ...

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How to escape hip-hop CD giveaway scam in New York City?
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Related to the string bracelets in Europe ... What's the deal with the "string people" in central Paris? Be assertive and just say NO (be as polite as possible) and be on you way. Do ...

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How to pay for things in Greece?
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Pay as you normally do at home. Have some cash with you when you land in Greece for small immediate purchases (tourist things, taxi...), I'd say, 200, 300 euros per person. Pay with credit card for ...

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Shortest transatlantic flight from Europe to somewhere, so that continental US can be reached by land (with possible ferry)
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I would suggest to invest in a good phobia therapy; it will help in the long run. Either with a private generalist therapist or with a specialist that , erm, specialized in air travel/flight phobia. ...

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Is Morocco Safe for Tourists?
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Yes you will attract unwanted attentions. It is safe, as long as you follow good old common sense. (among others) Keep valuable at home or in your hotel room (for example, you don't need you gold ...

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Do immigration officers have the authority to inspect your electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops)?
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Unless you somewhat raise some flags somewhere in the system, the risk is very minimal. According to this : "...The 19,033 travelers who had their devices searched in 2016 were among 391 million ...

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Desireable form of container for transporting cans of beer in luggage
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Socks, put the beers in socks and/or roll them in your own cloths. On a side note, I would not put a laptop in check-in luggage if possible. Take it with you as a carry-on.

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How busy is the Roman Colosseum throughout the year?
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Rome is always full of tourists. The best time (IMO) to visit is September, just after the most popular summer vacation time for most people Your best bet will also be October and November to mid-...

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Is it safe to drink the water from the fountains found all over the older parts of Rome?
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Don't directly drink with your mouth; use a bottle or put your finger one the spout and the water will flow up from the small hole. See this example on youtube.

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How to tell if your flight has an air-bridge or stairs?
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It is not the flight/plane themselves that could be the problem, but the airport. If your friend's family member needs extra help to board the plane, then they should ask the airport/airline directly ...

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Can I eat only a crème brûlée in Paris?
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I suggest looking at the Brasseries (Bonfinger, Julien, La Coupole ... ). They will all have Crème Brulée. As Nate wrote, just go in and tell them you are there for desert only (desert, coffee, ...

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Is it true that you can receive emergency care in the UK completely free of charge?
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Yes it can cause issue with future immigration applications. Hospital treatment is free to ‘ordinary residents’ of the UK. But if you are visiting the UK – to stay with family, on business, as a ...

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Are there any rules of thumb for the most comfortable seats on a long distance bus?
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I'd say, sit at least a couple of rows away from the bathroom; and skip the first row behind the driver than the door; they sometimes have less leg room and no view (at least behind the driver). If ...

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Can I travel from Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse? (Paris)
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There is a direct metro line between Gare du Nord and Gare Montparnasse. Line 4: You get in at metro station "Gare du Nord" You get out at metro station "Montparnasse-Bienvenüe" According to Google,...

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What is the most dangerous area of Paris (or its suburbs) according to police statistics?
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(disclaimer: non-French white male, mid 40, French speaking) Paris is as safe (or dangerous, depending on your point of view) as any other big city in the world. There is a lot of police everywhere (...

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Food Allergies in Europe
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You need to be forward with the allergy, don't be shy and ASK. Have an "allergy translation card" (*) with you and/or with the person with the allergy. You need to have it with translation in the ...

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Will the price change on Airbnb if I provide my ID later?
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You should contact AirBnB support directly; make it clear to them and the host that you will add your valid ID (passport, drivers license...) by such and such date. I would assume (expect?) that if ...

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Will the Rome Marathon make it hard to get to my hotel?
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I think it might be difficult, and nearly impossible, but do not dispair! I would ask your hotel; they will be in a better position to tell you how to do it; it is surely not the first time it ...

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Does JFK offer gate passes to pick-up/drop-off unaccompanied minor?
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Have a looksie at the following link: http://help.jetblue.com/SRVS/CGI-BIN/webcgi.exe?New,Kb=askBlue,case=obj(675) "Please note, the parent/guardian must request a gate pass at the airport ticket ...

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Taking a sail batten on a plane
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Be on the safe side. Buy a cardboard tube and pack your sail baton with bubble wrap; leave one side easily accessible if security wants to look at it (keep some tapes with you if wanting to secure it ...

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How to behave in a museum?
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When visiting another country and their museums, you should/must follow the local customs and regulations. One should always be respectful of the others; If you feel someone is not respectful, then ...

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Where should I leave my passport and electronics if there is no safe in my apartment?
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I leave my stuff (passport, laptop...) in my closed suitcase. I am not overly paranoid about it. If there are problem with breakins or stolen goods at an AirBnB type apartment, then it would have ...

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Going to New Delhi for a conference. Where to drink/get water?
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I've been to India once and have been sick (water or food I don't know). As far as I remember, in Mumbai airport there were no water fountains; maybe it is different in New Delhi Airport. Drink only ...

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World map and photo storage
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When you say you want to keep them private, does that mean you want them on the web but only visible to you or you want to keep them only on your computer ? I know that Adobe Lightroom does that. ...

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Sending my bike cover from airport A to airport B // pick-up 9 days later
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Have a look at this, it might just be easier to ship to a hotel instead of a airport. http://bicycletouringpro.com/what-to-do-with-your-bike-box-case-once-you-reach-your-bike-tours-starting-location/ ...

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