I've spent time in and around Zen centers before, though I'm really a complete beginner when it comes to Buddhism. I would like to spend a week (or more?) staying in a Zen center with a program tailored for beginners. Where can I find a center in Eastern Europe that has a program in English that would suit me? I'm willing to travel to Western Europe but would prefer to find something closer to home.
I would love your recommendations for conveniently-located, secure, and moderately-priced accommodations in Barcelona. [more inside]
I need a mobile phone/SIM plan that will allow me to cross an international border every day. Someone told me that she paid €100/month for a plan with unlimited data, no roaming within the area encompassing the EU and Schengen, calls and texts all included. Unfortunately I can't find this mythical plan online. Does anyone know of an inclusive plan that allows users to cross borders within the region(s) without going to roaming?
I've lived in the same region all my life - efforts to make a move somewhere else have always been stymied by the need for financial survival. I'm now in a position where I have some portable skills and assets and would like to go on an adventure in another country - working and/or volunteering rather than a holiday - with a view to finding a place to live that fits my own priorities more than overcrowded Britain. [more inside]
I've been accepted to a conference in Kraków, Poland in the first week of July. I've decided to add some vacation on the end. However, I've never travelled outside North America before, and am not really sure how to go about getting started. Plane tickets, insurance, route planning, picking where to go, eep! [more inside]
I'm an NYC-based photographer who has been asked about sending a print to Norway. My regular printer doesn't offer this option and USPS will cost perhaps $40 (I didn't check yet, just spitballing), so I was thinking that I might find a good lab there and send along my digital file, hopefully saving the client some cash in the process? I'm looking for a great lab that offers C-Prints at 16x20 and larger, and specifically 30x40. My ideal paper is Kodak Professional Endura Metallic, and my ideal language is English, though I could swing some common Romance languages in a pinch, maybe with Google Translate. [more inside]
We will be going on honeymoon to a few major cities in Western Europe. I would love to hear your best practical advice for traveling in that region of the world. [more inside]
I'm a US citizen with a US driver's license, currently living in London. I don't own a car and I don't have car insurance. I'm planning to rent cars on holidays in the UK and elsewhere in Europe a few times this year. How do I do this without buying the typically exorbitant insurance coverage from the rental agencies and not relying on the limited coverage that my US credit card offers? [more inside]
Flying into Munich for work and planning on visiting Salzburg for a day trip and Prague for 2 days. Would love to know recommended places but also if places are going to be closed around this time.
Planning a last minute trip in late March/early April - need ideas for places to go or itineraries. My criteria: 10-14 day trip in which I can visit a city and an interesting natural area nearby. Top contenders at the moment: Buenos Aires, Athens, Istanbul, Spain. Further details inside. [more inside]
In late May, I will spend a week with my family in Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice) and then I'm going by myself to the Loire Valley to gawk at castles. Where should I stop for a day or two in between: Nice, Marseille, Lyon? [more inside]
Which neighborhoods should we be trying to stay in, as first-time travelers to Rome and Florence? Which Greek island should we be looking at? [more inside]
We are driving from Germany to Turkey later this month. I thought we had most of it sorted, but this comment in a post about Europe talking about vignettes in Austria made me realise there are probably quite a few things I didn't know I needed to know. [more inside]
We are finalizing our plans for our honeymoon, and we're wondering whether train or car travel would be the best approach. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are going to Copenhagen and Berlin for about a week each in mid-March and are looking for suggestions on things to do. [more inside]
Looking for incisive, detailed and realistic analysis of what may happen if Russia invades the Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia and/or Lithuania. While this is suggested as a possibility, I can't find quality analysis of what happens - or is likely to happen - in this scenario. [more inside]
I am a Trans Woman and will be traveling to the UK and France for three weeks in May/June. I have a few questions about what to expect. [more inside]
So we're planning to go on honeymoon for 3 weeks in May. I want to spend a week in Paris; he wants to spend a week in Germany. We are pondering a third city. Please help! [more inside]
What are some of the tastiest, most interesting regional foods and food products in Europe? [more inside]
We're looking for advice on where to go this summer! We have narrowed it down to two options: Malta & Cyprus or Central Europe (some combination of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland). We've seen a lot of Europe, but not any of these places (I was sick in Munich for a couple days a decade ago, but that's it). Obviously it's kind of silly to ask which of these trips is "better", so we're looking for feedback based on our preferences & parameters, listed below the fold. [more inside]
It looks like I'll be spending March in Iceland. I'd like to take two weekend trips to Europe while I'm there - departing Friday morning, returning late Sunday evening. If I can only visit two of the cities listed above, which two would you recommend (in order of priority), and why? What one to two places or experiences should I not miss? Also, is there anyplace within about 3.5 hours' flying time of Reykjavik I have overlooked? [more inside]
I'm looking to start replacing the hodgepodge cheapo pots and pans I've collected over the years. I cook on gas and don't really want non-stick or ceramic excepting one pan I expect to replace as needed; I'm more interested in stainless steel, aluminum, carbon, enamel and copper. And being in Italy, I am more interested in the European brands. Le Cruset, Staub, mauviel, De buyer are the immediate results for googling European cookware - what else am I missing?
My fiance and I are trying to plan our honeymoon. We really want to plan a European trip, but are not satisfied with one destination. Once you are in Europe, what is the best way to travel? Eurail? Air? Not to mention, where are the best places to go? [more inside]
A few years ago, before she died, my grandmother told me about her great great grandparents who were traveling musicians in Europe. I don't know how much truth there is to this assertion (we didn't talk about family history very much when she was alive), but I'd like to learn more about this subject. [more inside]
How crazy would it be to travel to Europe in late Feb/March for a 5 day vacation? [more inside]
I'm considering pursuing a degree to further my career in child welfare, educational and cultural non-profits. As I'd love to spend time living abroad and I wouldn't get into a especially impressive school here in the US, I'm wondering if it would be useless to get my degree from a university in Europe (most likely in the UK). If it is worth doing, what schools should I be looking at? Would I be eligible for any sort of financial aid?
I will be taking a flight from Barcelona to Lyon, and I am an American. I plan to buy the ticket on easyJet (I have a separate set of tickets for US to Barcelona and Lyon to US). I have always used trains for intra European travel up to now. What should I know ahead of time? [more inside]
I was traveling through Central Europe last month and stayed in some pretty cool hostels. The staff were really cool and hung out with you, and were more like friends than your typical hostel staff. One thing I noticed is that most of them just landed there. Some have been there 3 months with the intention to stay another 6, some have been there a year. They just happened to visit for a few days and then started working at the hostel. My question: how is this done? I have a hard time believing they could get a work visa for this sort of thing, or does that exist? Or do people that do this just come on your typical 90-day tourist entry and illegally stay longer and just deal with the consequences when they leave?
Hello all!! I'm losing sleep over this.. 24 year old almost 25. My current situation is that I am teaching English abroad. I have a degree from a prominent university in an unrelated field (BA). I love art, especially illustration, and I also enjoy graphic design. But I can't decide between marketing and graphic design. [more inside]
One thing that my wife and I would like to do soon is a longer bike trip. We have ideas about taking four months [may through august] to cycle across [mostly] western Europe. Can we afford to do this? [more inside]
I am moving to California from Europe and have a houseful of electrical items rated for 220V, 50Hz. Lamps with incandescent bulbs and things with wall-warts AFAIK just need plug adaptors (I think?). Kettles, toasters, hairdryers, clock radios etc will probably get ditched. The problem is a few expensive, high-wattage items: fancy steam iron with integrated boiler (2200W) - vacuum cleaner (ditto) - coffee machine (1450W) - laser printer (a mere 660W). Is there any way to use these in the US short of buying 4 enormous step-up transformers? [more inside]
Restaurant for six in Venice? The birthday girl wants seafood, one of us is a veggie, and and ideal price range would be about €35 per person including a decent amount of wine. [more inside]
My American parents are looking forward to their retirement in a few years, and for a variety of reasons are contemplating retiring in Europe - likely the UK, or possibly Germany/Austria. Is this possible? [more inside]
I'm visiting my brother, studying abroad in Rome, at the end of November. I was planning on staying with him, but he just told me that wouldn't be possible. So I'll need a hostel or cheap hotel. It'll be for nine days, so I'd really rather not break the bank. His apartment is in the Trestevere area, so hopefully I can stay around there. I'm not opposed to hostels or other "outside the box" ideas, as long as they're clean and relatively safe. [more inside]
What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
I am saving to go to Europe to do a masters degree. I am interested in International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, and European Affairs (history and institutions of the EU, European Law). I'm Australian but I also have UK dual nationality. I am starting to investigate programmes but am finding it hard to narrow down the options and find the best one for me. My question is: how do I work out which master's programmes have the best/ worst reputation?
A follow-up to this question: now that we've decided which European cities we're visiting, what should we do when we're there? [more inside]
I'm an Israeli citizen completing a Ph.D. in the US. I'd like to move to the EU, and am seeking work there, but I want a Plan B in case I don't get a job offer. Which countries make it least difficult (or even possible) for a foreigner to move there without employer sponsorship and eventually gain permanent residence or citizenship? I would consider entering another degree program in this scenario if student status would help. [more inside]
I am in the US. My brother is in Europe on business, his first time out of the US, and will be there for about another six months. Right now he's in Germany, but the list of additional countries he'll go to later doesn't seem to be finalized. His birthday is coming up, and I want to send him a gift that won't generate logistical problems for him. [more inside]
I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
I will be traveling for 10 days in Germany (2 days), Denmark (2 days), and Sweden (6 days) at the end of this month. Voice and texting is relatively unimportant, but I do need data for maps, keeping in touch with my traveling companions, etc. What's the best way to do this, given that I'm in Greece at the moment and need the SIM card by Friday? [more inside]
I leave from Manchester in a few days for Bruges, Ghent, and Paris. My questions concern how best to bring quasi-necessities in carry on, vegan food, beer, and activities. Do you know much about these places and these questions? You can probably help me out. More specific questions inside. [more inside]
What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
OK, hive mind. Hoping you can help me out here. A while back, say, probably six or seven months ago, I saw a blog post... somewhere... about a cool house design in Europe. I think the design firm was Dutch or Belgian. The blog I saw it on may have been Design Sponge or Building a Wolf, but searching those sites yields no results. Here's what I remember: [more inside]
Does anyone in London recognize this restaurant, I wonder? I think it's in London, anyhow. It might be in Europe. [more inside]
I have found an airfare deal that I am happy with that involves going through Zurich. Potentially short layover in Zurich. From what I can gather, the airport at Zurich is a breeze for short flight connections but the sources of that information are a little outdated. Will this be enough time? [more inside]
In Paris with new husband, atrocious French skills. Haven't seen my Brit sister in over 15 years and she booked us hotel in Deauville-Trouville to meet tomorrow, 15 June. All I know is the train leaves from Gare St Lazare. The NCSF site requires Europe billing address so we couldn't buy ticket online, and train listings appear and disappear. We are getting frantic about what is happening. Train strike appears to be renewed, from what I can glean. Can anyone help?
I'm going to a conference in Lisbon in mid-July, but my partner and I are flying to Portugal 5 days early to check it out. We've never been before, and we'd like to explore somewhere other than Lisbon during that time--2 other towns at most. Which should we choose? [more inside]
I am traveling in Europe and have found unsweetened almond milk here with very different nutritional information than I find in the US. Help me figure out what's diffferent, or if one country just has the wrong information. [more inside]
I will be traveling around Europe this summer and wanted to get some suggestions in terms of logistics. I have already booked some travel arrangements, so I will describe them here. [more inside]