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Old 05-20-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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Bread. For example of cheap hardy bread, see Russia. Sadly, many other countries also fail.
Yeah, good bread. And good breakfast pastries. Doesn't need to be cheap, I don't mind paying for it.

You don't need to go to Russia. Beginning in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and moving north, things are pretty good bread-wise. All of Northern Europe is good.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:05 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm also voting for better rail transport & especially local trolly/streetcars to get around a city easily without owning a car. It's one of the things that NYC has that keeps it's grip on me, most other US cities one is auto-dependent.

Tied to that are large pedestrian areas without vehicles that have shops, restaurants, food hawkers & green spaces.

(And you are absolutely right about fresh delicious bread, widely available there, hardly existing here anymore, one has to hunt for it.)
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:08 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Good and cheap croissants. Around here at a French bakery they charge me close to $5.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:27 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Bathroom stalls that run ceiling to floor with a lock that displays whether it’s occupied or unoccupied- seems to be very common in the parts of Europe we’ve been
Good God yes, I once even made accidental eye contact with someone sitting in a stall through the door crack at an airport in USA. What on earth possessed them to have a three centimeter gap there?

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You don't need to go to Russia. Beginning in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and moving north, things are pretty good bread-wise. All of Northern Europe is good.
Yep I'd cast a vote for good brötchen. Some of the guest houses we stayed at in Germany would just put some out along with cheeses, jam, and a loaf of liverwurst. Good to go.

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In the Netherlands they have a single card which can be used on all public transportation - buses, intra-city trains and trams, and inter-city trains.
Some places you can use same card at most convenience stores and many fast food chains. Like Octopus in Hong Kong.
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Old 05-20-2019, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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More choices of station wagons.

Better mass transit.

Count-down timers leading up to a green light.
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:01 PM
 
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More choices of station wagons.

Better mass transit.

Count-down timers leading up to a green light.
We have countdown timers where I live (NYC suburbs)
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:02 PM
 
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Night markets!
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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In the Netherlands they have a single card which can be used on all public transportation - buses, intra-city trains and trams, and inter-city trains. You touch the card to a reader on the bus or train, and it automatically deducts the price of the trip. Locals can refill the card online from their bank account; tourists can do it at a number of convenient offices. It makes getting around really simple and easy! I wish we had something like that.

Houston does. Even better, it/s free if you're over 70.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Good nationwide public transportation.
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Bidets as standard bathroom equipment.
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