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Sunny Beach – Black Sea resort

July 9, 2009 // 2 Comments

Sunny beach – Bulgaria Sunny Beach (Bulgarian: Слънчев бряг, Sluntchev bryag; Dutch: Zonnestrand; German: Sonnenstrand; Russian: Солнечный берег, Solnechniy bereg) is a major seaside resort on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, located approximately 35 km north of Burgas in Nessebar municipality, Burgas Province. It …

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Portugal

May 6, 2009 // 1 Comment

Addresses — In Portugal, the ground floor is not called the first floor as in the United States; what Americans would call the fourth floor is actually the third floor. “ESP” after a floor number indicates that you should go left, and “DIR” means turn …

Brazil

March 13, 2009 // 0 Comments

Addresses — When writing addresses in Brazil, the street number follows the name of the street (“Av. Atlântica 2000″ would roughly translate as “2000 Atlantic Ave.”). Often in smaller towns a street name will be followed by the abbreviation “s/n.” This stands for sem numero …

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India

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

American Express — Report lost or stolen cards by calling tel. 0124/28-1800 from anywhere in India; or call tel. 98109-00800 (Delhi) or tel. 98926-00800 (Mumbai). Area Codes — The international telephone access code for India is 91. All numbers listed in this guide include the …

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Taipei

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

Business Hours The following are general open hours; specific establishments may vary. Businesses: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm Most banks and other outlets offer 24-hour access to automated teller machines (ATMs). Department stores: Daily 11am to 9:30pm. Shops: Daily 10/11am to 9/10pm. Convenience stores: …

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Beijing

February 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

American Express — Beijing: Room 2313-14, China World Tower 1, China World Trade Center; tel. 010/6505-2639. After hours: U.S. hot line tel. 001336/668-6809. Emergency card replacement: 00852/1220-62796. Stolen traveler’s checks: 010800/744-0106 (toll-free). Area Codes — In mainland China, area codes begin with a zero, which …

Havana

January 31, 2009 // 2 Comments

Babysitters – Your hotel front desk is your best bet for finding a babysitter. Bookstores – In Habana Vieja, check out La Moderna Poesía, Calle Obispo 527 (tel. 7/861-6640), or La Librería Internacional, Calle Obispo 526 (tel. 7/861-3283), which are directly across the street from …

American Express — The Mexico City office is at Reforma 234 (tel. 55/5207-7282), in the Zona Rosa. It’s open for banking, the pickup of American Express clients’ mail, and travel advice Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Banks …

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Mexico

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

Abbreviations — Dept. (apartments); Apdo. (post office box); Av. (avenida; avenue); c/ (calle; street); Calz. (calzada; boulevard). “C” on faucets stands for caliente (hot); “F” stands for fría (cold). “PB” (planta baja) means ground floor; in most buildings the next floor up is the first …

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Amsterdam

January 31, 2009 // 0 Comments

ATMs — You’ll find automated-teller machines (ATMs) at Schiphol Airport, Centraal Station, other main rail stations, and throughout the city. Among the centrally located ATMs accessible by cards linked to the Cirrus and Plus networks and the major credit and charge cards are those at …

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