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I understand Italian people have a very different etiquette when it comes to dining etc. Would we be allowed to bring a small dog to most terraces/restaurants? This will be in small towns, not tourist ...

It seems to me that Westerners are willing to learn to use chopsticks in Asian restaurants. However, when spoons are the way the dish is normally eaten within the country of origin, Westerners prefer ...

This summer, I spent some time in Moscow and St. Petersburg; I also visited a friend and his family. Their custom was to drink a lot of vodka during the meal. We, the guests, also had to drink some ...

I've noticed that when ordering food at an Indian restaurant here in the U.S., the waiters simply place the different food items on the table. However, when I travel to India and dine at local ...

Today it was the first time when I cycled in Netherlands. I really enjoyed it. I cycled from Amsterdam to the North Sea and back to Amsterdam. When I was cycling on the cycle path I became thirsty ...

I love Imperial beard, which is also known as Friendly Mutton Chops. Take this for an example: Source: Maria Ly, via Wikimedia Commons Here is a another gentleman that more people can relate to: ...

I have come across a few situations when an American will say something like "We should have lunch some time" or "Let's have lunch some time." Or "you should come down to visit me in D.C. (or Miami or ...

I'm staying in Barcelona for a few days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in my Parrish. I know the prayer is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray ...

I have recently had contact with an acquaintance from Eastern Africa (I think from Ethiopia or Somalia). When the person greeted me, she shook my hand while holding her elbow of the right arm with the ...

Cheek kissing is a very discussed topic in each site like this, because it is quite different depending on the country (number of kisses (especially), when to cheek kissing, men/women...) and it is a ...

While I've done quite a bit of travel now and back myself to handle situations when it comes to border guards, sorting accommodation and / or transportation, one thing I still struggle to come to ...

I like to see, and sometimes buy, traditional clothes when traveling in a new country. Though you seldom see people in poncho and sombrero in Mexico (at least in the Federal District), you can see ...

I'm not sure whether this belongs on the travel site or IPS, but since I'll be a tourist, I'm gonna post it here. I'm going to visit Japan soon and I'm a bit of a picky eater. I've already figured ...

Do kisaengs (female Korean entertainers, sometimes described as analogous to geishas in Japan) still exist, and is it possible to watch a performance or book an evening with them? The Wikipedia ...

Ok so my kids are 'suffering' (not really, lol) from elderly people in South East Asian countries (Thailand and Cambodia). Their cheeks seem to work like magnets for the hands of old ladies and they ...

I am about to travel to Japan for a year, and I am trying to list things that shouldn't be done in the country so that I don't offend anyone while I am there. One thing I have heard a lot is that ...

Inspired by this question How to use toilet paper I want to ask "How to use toilet without toilet paper". During my travels through Asian countries, it was common to see the toilet without toilet ...

As far as I remember from my one year Russian class, голубой (light blue) is used to name the color but also is a slang term for gay people. Are people wearing bright blue clothes are biased or ...

Me and my fiancée are researching travelling to Tibet next summer, however we have a limited amount of time (17 days to be exact), limited budget and we aren't really interested in hiking, we are more ...

I just returned from my first trip to Ukraine. Since I'm loving the Tagetes flower I was wondering why it is omnipresent in Ukraines streets and flowerpots. My first assumption was that it is related ...

I have a bad habit of not properly utilizing foreign currency coins when I tour any country. When I pay in bills and get back coins I don't know why my brain is programmed to think of them as change ...

Weird or not, I dunno, it's common in here; Iran. No matter how I hate it personally, it's considered as a gesture of good will, not bribery. My wife insists that it's a good idea to bring some ...

We saw a couple of groups in the streets of Tokyo, Japan last sunday (May 28, 2017) engaged in some kind of celebration but couldn't find anyone english speaking around to explain to us what's going ...

I will be in Paris soon and I am interested in finding squat houses due to their cultural offer. Here where I live (Madrid, Spain) there are squat houses where talks, conferences or concerts are held ...

I wonder if the sign of horns (holding up the first and fourth fingers) shows a positive or offending meaning. Can you please provide the meaning of this in other countries, in particular Australia? ...

When travelling throughout Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and to a lesser extent, Kazakhstan last year as a guest I was always offered tea, or chai. It was typically black, sometimes green, in a ...

The Learn section of Wikivoyage's guide to South Korea mentions dancing as something you can learn, and mentions as an added bonus that you wear Han Bok, traditional Korean clothing. I tried looking ...

We are considering a trip to Iran with a 5-month old. What is the local attitude to breast-feeding in public places? Is it legal? Are there any severe consequences? Do you need to use some special ...

Is there a website or similar that gathers all the (public) activities in Centri Sociali and other leftist counter-cultural venues, to make it easier for an outsider to find out what's happening on a ...

I'm not sure if it's Prague or all of Eastern Europe in general that are known for their Marionette/Puppet shows (or if I'm mistakenly projecting it on the majestic city), but is Prague a place to ...

I'm travelling a lot around Brazil now, spending many hours in buses and planes every weekend. Sometimes I like to spend this time reading a book, listening to music or just looking out of the window. ...

Jacque Fresco once mentioned that he find naked people in Tuomoto when he was living in South Pacific for 1 year. But that was in the 50's, so a lot has probably changed. He said that they don't have ...

I am trying to understand the reason why Korean girls are so camera shy. Whenever they realize a public camera is on them in a situation an American girl would wave or smile or thumbs up, they ...

I have a 7½ layover in Paris en route to Toronto, I want to visit Musee Picasso, will it be possible, to do it within this time, also I am a Canadian passport holder will I be allowed to get out of ...

I live in Vancouver, Canada and will be travelling to London and Paris for several weeks in October. I will be using Airbnb and CouchSurfing. I would like to bring some small gifts for my hosts and ...

For several years I've been making occasional short trips to Moscow for business or pleasure. As you can imagine, by now I've visited an awful lot of Russian museums, churches, galleries, restaurants,...

I live in the Czech Republic in an area where many nationalities live. This year I noticed this strange symbol on multiple doors, although I am sure it has never been there before. What does it mean?...

In Southern Europe it is common to give two kisses (one in each cheek) when being introduced to a woman. So when woman A meets person B (no matter if B is a he or a she), they will kiss in almost all ...

I have to ask this because I'm Asian and we don't do any of these things there. I have been living in the UK and Germany for a while and I still can't understand how to do all of that in Europe. If I ...

I've arrived in Australia 9 months ago and I've noticed that often when asking people from East Asia to "give way" they will simply ignore me or even answer a "yes" but not move at all. This is a ...

I grew up in SE Asia (Singapore) and am planning to go back for a few weeks this year with my husband. While doing some travel research, I found a photo of a quote in Chiang Mai that really resonates ...

I have come across a few situations when a Japanese person will extend themselves beyond what they probably should to help people. I am often worried when asking them to do something that they will ...

Last year, I found out that some onsen towns had geisha (and still do!), and that other onsen towns have ski resorts (for example, Zao Onsen), and I wondered if any towns had both. As well as enjoying ...

In September, we are traveling to Turkey. Part of the trip is a family home stay. We will be staying with a local family who will feed and house us for the night. We want to thank the family with a ...

It looks likely that a group of us will be in Mumbai for a few days in June. We're wondering if there's a really nice cinema (not just a chain) where we can go to watch a Bollywood screening with the ...

I've recently heard about sky burial tourism, and I've got a couple of questions about it. Has it been banned in China? I recently retweeted someone tweeting about sky burial tourism by Chinese ...

I'll be going to Prague later this year during Christmas and this will be my first trip to Europe. I don't know very much as to what to expect other than some general etiquette guides from the ...

A friend of mine is currently traveling in Japan. She has a small tattoo on her neck. Now she wanted to visit a public swimming pool but was denied entry. It was difficult to understand the reason ...

During my stay in Liverpool, England I was looking for a sauna and conducted a search "Liverpool sauna" on Google. Splash Sauna Liverpool was the first hit, no other saunas on the first search results ...

In India, we eat rice using our fingers. Generally in the West, a fork or spoon is used. I have tried eating rice with spoon but I don't feel satisfied with it. We eat dry rice but we mix curry and ...

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