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布拉格女巫

诚如尼采所言,“当我想以另一个字来表达音乐时,我只找到了维也纳;而当我想以另一个字来表达‘神秘’时,我只想到了‘布拉格’。

如果哥特式千年城堡是布拉格的主旋律, 那么在街巷中行驶的电车, 流光异彩风格各异的各世纪的建筑,连接古堡和旧城的查理大桥, 以及桥下湍急的伏尔塔纳河则构成了整个城市的完美的合奏。

我不经意地闯入这个充满蛊惑女巫和异域吉普赛女郎颓废气质的神秘土地,在这里,我见到了沙发主人Lucas,不知道是上帝的眷顾还是欧洲人的确生来热情好客,Lucas视我如VIP贵宾,他不仅提供给我他那五星级酒店般的硕大公寓,还热情地带我到处参观,诚然变身为我的私人导游。到达布拉格的第一个晚上,他带我游览了布拉格旧城堡区和市中心著名的查理桥,旧广场。

Lucas原来在东欧的一个小城市长大,后来在布拉格念完大学后,就一直留在这里继续深造,他是一个很安静,很稳重的28岁男生,作为一名业余导游,他最大的爱好就是接待来自全球各地的沙发客,和他们交流世界观,生活观和各地的艺术文化。Lucas计划明年来中国看云南的丽江和西安的兵马佣。他的女朋友刚开始并不乐意看到他家经常有女性沙发客入住,后来因为信任和尊重,她也尝试了成为沙发客和他男朋友一同旅行其他国家,最终她也加入了沙发客的行列。

当我们谈论到沙发客的经历时,Lucas告 诉我,他认识的一个女孩子飞了半个地球去一个男生家里住,后来他们开始长距离地恋爱,从此开始一起旅行世界,最近听说他们决定结婚了,半年在女生的国家, 另外半年在男生的国家。两个人因为有共同的爱好,竟然在世界的另一端找到了彼此,这是件多么浪漫的事情啊,想不到沙发客网站竟成为了牵线红娘。

我带着千万分的不舍和Lucas说再见,谢谢这一路来的关照,第三站我将要前往意大利,去体验那里的沙发客文化和人文艺术。

 

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Proper tipping etiquette in the U.S. and Europe

When traveling, tipping is a typical practice when dining out in restaurants in Europe or U.S.

But that is just not where tipping is also practiced. For a frequent traveler, tipping is usually involved in almost all manner of activity during a trip.

I really don’t want to tip, but in some countries, I have no choice.

The most important thing is that the traveler knows the right way of tipping. Here are some tipping etiquette basics that most travelers should know.

Tipping In Hotels

When arriving at the hotel, the first person you may meet may either be the doorman or the bellman.

Travelers may give a tip to the one who will help them with carrying their luggage in through the hotel.

The usual tip for this is $ 1 to $ 2 per bag in addition to tips for some extra service like assisting you at checkout.

The hotel concierge is the go-to guy if you need something immediately, even if it is hard to come by.

In Exchange for such services, tipping from $ 5 to $ 10 is usually the norm, considering some of the amazing feats they can do for you as a customer.

Tipping On Cruises

When going out on a cruise, the usual tips go to cruise personnel who work on the dining area or those who takes care of your rooms.

For the waiters and other dining staff providing you good service, the tip may range from $ 2 to $ 3 per person.

For those room attendants, the usual tipping rate goes for $ 2 to $ 3 per day.

Tipping On Restaurants

Restaurants and eateries usually are known as a common ground for tipping.

The usual or accepted rate is anywhere from 15 to 20 percent of the bill but can even be increased if service was truly exceptional.

In most fancy restaurants, there are also other restaurant personnel like the maitre d’ to tip especially when it comes to providing you with a table to dine.

On a crowded day, it is normal to tip up to $10 especially if you come to the restaurant without a reservation yet are still promptly given a table.

Restroom attendants in fancy restaurants may also be tipped $1.

Restaurant personnel that provide you some personal service in your table may be given 10 percent of the total bill, even higher if given some exquisite service.