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    I am going to Madrid for a week how much money should I expect to spend?

    Broad question, so assuming you are asking outside of your hotel costs? Food is cheap in Madrid, breakfasts are usually a simple bun/bread and coffee which can be up to 5 Euro, usually less. Lunches would be your best bet for value and getting your main food for the day with the menu del dia, a fixed price menu of starter, main and dessert and sometimes they even include a beer or wine (yes, soft drinks are extra). The Spanish never had the habit of bringing their lunch to work and always ate out for lunch, so menu del dia need to stay cheap to attract the regular Spaniard on a lunch break. These can run anywhere from 8-12 Euro. Dinner can be had at a taverna or bar by way of tapas which can be 2E+ each. I also had to a bakery and supermarket to buy some chorizo and cheeses and picnic in one of the many beautiful parks in the city. over 5 years ago

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    What to expect in Taipei

    I used to live there many years ago, and at that time, taxis we very safe and a great way to get around. I can't imagine since then the service and safety has deteriorated. In fact, they have just passed a law where passengers must wear a seat belt in the back seat! Regarding yellow fever vaccine. I didn't see t on the CDC site, but have a look for yourself to make sure: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/taiwan.htm over 6 years ago

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    Looking for a good Car Hire company from LAX airport?

    All the national brands are there, with Thrifty, Dollar and Budget likely the best value.I recently spied http://www.la-rentacar.com/. I have booked through Priceline.com by bidding as well as direct with the rental agency (sometimes you get deals directly on the sites). Supercheapcar.com claim to have good prices for longer term rentals. Do look to see if yo can get a cheaper rate by picking up & drop off at a location that isn't at the airport; sometimes the national brands offer deals for these locations. over 6 years ago

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    Where are the best places to go in southern Spain?

    Oh where to begin! Firstly, it does depend on your starting point, how long you have and how you plan on getting around. If you are focusing solely on the Andalucia area, you will be run ragged with places to visit in that province alone. The beaches are lovely, but many of the coastal towns (Fuengirola, Marbella, Torremolinos etc) have been increasingly dominated over the decades by package holiday that would put you hard pushed to find locals amidst pubs, chippies etc. I spent many of my childhood holidays near Estepona but that was decades ago and even then its 'Spanishness' was receding. AlHambra in Grenada as noted above is a MUST if you want to get a flavor and understanding of Spain's Moorish and Jewish past, as is Cordoba. Inland, there's Casares and Ronda villages tucked in the rocky crags of the mountains. Sevilla melds old with the modern and is known for its vibrant and varied nightlife, especially in the summer months when people surface in the cooler hours of the otherwise very hot days. Buses are good to get around but I would also look at a car rental for some of the trip to get you out to those smaller OTBP villages and towns. over 6 years ago

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    Off the map in Madrid

    I used to spend childhood summers there and always remember the Estadio Bernabeo where Real Madrid play. If yo are there when is a match is on, definitely go to that, otherwise take a saunter to it and if they allow people in for a look around in the off-season, that would be a treat. If it is hot, and you fancy a swim and a day out with the locals, look at the municipal pool clubs that team with locals. Pack towels, empanadas, chorizo, fresh bread, tortilla espanola; enjoy your picnic lunch with a sangria that most places serve in their refreshments stands/comedores and you're golden! here's a list to start with, I went to Casa de Campo as a child: http://www.madaboutmadrid.com/guide/2004/07/open_air_swimmi.html El Escorial is also well worth the trip just outside of Madrid. over 6 years ago

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    Things to do in Taiwan?

    Presumably you will be in Taipei during that time. I always liked the large space in the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial in the center. The National Museum boasts a huge collection of fabulous Chinese treasures from the Mainland. It is not in the center of town, but is well worth the trip, plus you see a bit of the outskirts and countryside. Taipei ha smany new skyscrapers that are fun to walk about and see. Taipei 101 is one of them and has a large mall at the base if you ant to do a bit of shopping. If you are there during the night time, then you must go to the night markets. Shilin is the best one to go to. Come hungry! over 6 years ago

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    How safe is Lima at night?

    As a solo female traveler there in September, I felt the streets to be fairly safe at night, but definitely stayed away from the smaller side streets in the Plaza de Armas area. The Miraflores & Barranca neighborhoods felt pretty safe at night, but I would echo what Jesse shared above. Cabs are cheap too, but look for ones with the radio taxi tel number on the roof vs.what may look like an unofficial cab driver. Be careful if watching a football match, the fans are zealous and can verge on rough, especially with foreigners, so keep a low profile. I would stay away from the Callau neighborhood at night. over 6 years ago

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    What are the best non-touristy things to do?

    Where to begin....In SF proper, walking around the farmers market at the Ferry Building, hoof over from Fishermans Wharf along the waterfront over to the Marina and Fort Mason. You'll pass the Maritime Museum, brave swimming souls who take laps there, walk out along the pier, and over the small hill to the Marina and Crissy Field where locals play soccer, volleyball, go for a run. Yes, you'll pass touristy areas, but lost of locals amble along this way too. Golden Gate Park usually has something going on-the De Young has great exhibits and on the last Thursday (or is it first?you'll need to check) of the month they close late and often host vibrant special events where many cool and artsy locals throng; LOTS of fun. Streets close on the Sunday for bikers, rolleskaters and strollers, visit the buffalo pen and out to Ocean Beach and Sutro baths. Lots of locals make this an integral part of their weekend. Stop at the Beach Chalet brewery to catch some suds and sunset views. The bar at the lower level also has live music and is very local. The Haight/Ashbury always has free entertainment by way of watching the varied colours of humanity there. Very interesting place to lollygag over beers at Magnolia or tapas at Cha Cha Cha. My fave on a sunny warm days to hangout at The Ramp on China Basin where they have live salsa bands and dancing on the weekends. Jammed, party-mode and def not touristy! almost 7 years ago