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I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...

I use my pen on flights (in plain sight), for written work in general. On one flight, after seeing that I used it to complete customs forms, my seatmate asked to borrow it to do the same. I said 'yes'...

I've been staying at a hotel for a few weeks now. When I checked into the room the clerk at the desk said that I can't have visitors. A few days later a gentlemen came to ask about something and said ...

This is my first month in Singapore to start working here. I have heard that this country is very strict with their citizens and even tourists to keep the country clean and proud. Are there any ...

As the title said, is it customary to leave food on a plate in Russia? I'm talking in the home, not at restaurants. The reason I was asking is if the host is poor or somewhere close and still invited ...

Our baby is too small to eat adult’s food, so we bring our own baby food with us when we dine in a restaurant, which supplies us with a baby high chair. I am wondering if it is rude to bring our own ...

I have never been to Istanbul but I am planning to go there with the kids. A friend of mine showed me yesterday a video of him buying ice cream from a traditional ice cream shop in Istanbul. He ...

I recently stayed at a hotel and received two room key cards to access the room: one for me and one for my brother. They are like credit cards with a magnetic strip to swipe into the door lock. My ...

In Western and westernized media, characters are shown sucking up ramen noodles bowls then drinking the soup from the bowl at street side shops. What is actually appropriate when eating at a ...

In the movies, we usually see that people whistle really loud and yell "TAXI!" in order to hail one. I can't whistle like that for the life of me. Where I live I usually raise my arm silently and make ...

Confession time: I am from one of these barbaric countries where the use of the bidet is not widespread. So I have no idea... Question 1: What is the bidet good for? Question 2: How do I use it? ...

What etiquette is involved for copulation in hotel (not motel) beds? There doesn't seem to be a lot of information about this around.

Some hotels physically don't have single rooms even if they can be booked so. The towels, soap, shampoo and so on are always for two guests. I'm not a wasteful person, but I wonder if I'm allowed to ...

The people in the next room are having sex all night! it is early morning and I can not sleep and my flight is in a few hours! Their bed is hitting the wall because of the action which makes a great ...

Later this year I'm going to Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil where I'm planning to stay for few days with an indigenous community by the Urubu river. It's not really an organized tour, my friend ...

This morning I had to go to Phnom Penh and Giant Ibis bus company had all the seats booked. Normally there was always space, but due to high season, the bus was full. However, they were very nice and ...

I have been told that, when soaking in the Japanese onsen, the hair must not touch the water, so people with long hair tie it to a knot. Does the same principle apply to facial hair? I have a goatee ...

I am traveling to Shanghai and I heard that you can get a good view of the downtown from Ritz Carlton's roof and the source said it is a free alternative to the observatory decks on other buildings. ...

I've recently run into issues with things like outlets not providing any power, seats not reclining even when they definitely should, etc. Obviously they can't fix it during the flight, so it seems ...

I'm very new to traveling in general. When I flew on a long flight, the airline gave us blankets and pillows. I, having no idea that I was supposed to leave the blanket behind, took it as I collected ...

Motivated by the recent question on blankets, I was wondering which ones among the supplies that one gets on a plane I am allowed to take with me. For instance: sleeping mask earplugs earphones ...

Sometimes in hotels one finds slippers in their room, in addition to toiletries and towels. Is one allowed to take them away, or are they supposed to stay in the room?

I have always assumed that I should go to the crew rather than use the button (unless in emergency etc.) as they have more important things to do than giving me a glass of water. However recently I ...

I used Lyft for the first time last week, and realized I don't know the proper etiquette, if there is any. With a taxi, it's common that the driver comes around, opens the trunk, takes your luggage, ...

Recently I got yelled at by a stranger (middle-aged man) when I was eating pizza, which I purchased at a cheap restaurant (and chose take-away), sitting on a bench in Riga. He just said something to ...

When I travel, and missing my cute piano from home, I like to search music shops having digital or acoustic pianos and go there, and ask to play one of them. I didn't meet yet one seller saying no, ...

I have recently been 'mugged' in the streets of Northern Italy. I only recently moved here due to a new workplace. She (concluding from her voice and demaenour) simply walked up to me with a knife ...

I plan to visit an european country where prostituion is legal. I will stay several days, visit the town during the day and have fun at night. I have no idea how the normal proccess but, after ...

I recently went to the US and was a little bit confused about the tipping procedure sometimes. I found many resources on how much to tip, but now how exactly it goes down. To my understanding, tipping ...

I stumbled upon a question on blending in in Egypt, in which one user warns that Egyptians regard tattooed people as criminals or foreigners. How big of a problem will tattoos be for a regular ...

I eat pizza in Germany every day as it is pretty cheap yet so delicious! However, I found that most Germans, likely 80% or more, use knives and forks to eat pizza. I got pretty surprised to see how ...

It is said that in Germany asking for tap water in a restaurant is rude and looks stingy - examples in here and here. But I don't like to purchase water there as buying it in a restaurant would likely ...

I have a couple esophageal conditions that result in a high probability of a food bolus impaction when eating (a food bolus impaction is when food gets stuck in the esophagus). There are a few ...

I was once told by someone that in Italy it is offensive to the chef if you finish your plate of food clean. That you should leave a small portion. I'm not finding anything about this online. Is there ...

I am used to cleaning the toilet bowl with a toilet brush after use. In several hotels that I stayed in Asia there was none. I don't suppose they expect me to call the room service every time I use ...

There's this 14 km long road that's one of the main attractions in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The road goes all the way around a small mountain called Arunachala. The mountain is considered ...

I was always taught to leave the room in a clean condition when checking out of an accomodation. When staying somewhere with my parents, we gave the room a look-over and tidy it up into the condition ...

Commercial airliners often have a sign in the bathroom that reads: As a courtesy to the next passenger may we suggest that you use your towel to wipe off the wash basin What exactly is the ...

I am in Thailand now, and this morning I tried to shake hands with our guide, but although she shaked my hand, it seems like this is not the way it should be done here. What is the best way to greet ...

Is it appropriate to wear shorts or walk around beaches if you have hairy legs, as a man in Moscow?

One of my friends, asked me if he could tip the waiter after we had a delicious Kebab :) for dinner, and I was just puzzled since I didn't know the answer. It's totally rare and not common at all to ...

I've never done couch-surfing and I'd like to start couch-surfing my next trip, but I don't know what the host "expects". Do I have to take something in exchange for his/her offer? Or is it better ...

I'm traveling from Peru to New Zealand and I have some leftover Soles. I'm curious if I were in a coffee shop or a restaurant: how would my server react to a tip that includes a foreign currency? To ...

Tipping in a restaurant is simple enough, you give 0-20% depending on country, city and how good the service is. You are already handing someone money, so saying keep the change, or ask for 10 euros ...

I want to give CouchSurfing a shot as I'm going to be travelling to Japan and my #1 priority would be to socialize. In what time frame should I be looking for potential hosts?

I am a father of 2 quite young girls. Sometimes when we're out they need to use public toilets. I usually take them into the female toilets, because I don't want them gawking at men openly urinating (...

I will go to Cuba in the following days and I am not sure how to tip. On Tripadvisor It says: Do not tip with coins of your own currency, because foreign coins can not be exchanged in any country ...

In yesterday's paper it's been reported that our city mayor will be travelling to a number of cities and coutries around the world in an effort to build links between us and the places he visits. He ...

If a plane has rows with more than 3 seat side by side, does the person who seat in the middle has a right to the armrests? Should the taller person get the armrests? Should both the passenger on the ...

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