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What are the most exciting Eastern European cities? In August?

Partner and I are getting a head start on planning a two week trip for August 2014. What cities and sights should we make sure to see? [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Oct 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Dead ends everywhere I look

That I've posed this question more than once before in various forms doesn't say very many good things, but the circumstances being what they are, I have to hope the answer is yet to be found. That's all I've got really- hope.I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( in May, with a BA in psychology from Stony Brook University in NY), looking for love, a job, a journey and a purpose. I'm also in a wheelchair, unable to speak fluently in an increasing percentage of life situations, grossly overweight, unmotivated and uninspired. Help me build a life away from my couch and outside of daytime TV, Facebook and lies. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 10, 2013 - 25 answers

How can I meet people in Prague (and elsewhere in Europe)?

My wife and I are in Prague for three more weeks, as part of our plan to travel for several months in Europe (and beyond, we hope). We're interested in meeting people, especially locals, but we're not very good in bars and clubs. [more inside]
posted by Peter J. Prufrock on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

No-Christmas Christmas

I'm interested in passing Christmas (24/25 December) somewhere that does not celebrate Christmas at that time. The shops and monuments should be open, the people should be doing their thing, and life should be going on more-or-less as normal. For a number of reasons, I'm particularly interested in doing this in a place that celebrates the Orthodox Christmas (6/7 January). Have any of you spent the holiday season in such a country? Which one? What was going on during the 24/25 Dec? Would you recommend visiting? I'm also curious to hear about your New Year's experiences in those places, but it is less important. (If you have a really awesome idea in another region I'll hear you out for the sake of others who may have a similar question.)
posted by whatzit on Sep 13, 2013 - 25 answers

Wait, don't I know this already?

What are some good historical sources on the Reformation? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 31, 2013 - 13 answers

How to enjoy winter in Northern Europe?

I'm heading to Europe in the thick of winter mostly as part of field work for a research degree. Amsterdam, Berlin are definite destinations. All advice I have is that winter in Northern Europe sucks hard and isn't a great time to be going. Can someone please explain why that's so apart from the cold? Can someone else explain why that's completely wrong? How could I get the most out of the experience? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Aug 23, 2013 - 32 answers

Age-Gap Relationships in Europe

I just finished watching Fat Girl (2001) [French: À ma soeur!], I'm currently reading A Certain Age by Rebecca Ray and I previously read and watched An Education. In every one of those films and/or books, an early teen (e.g. In A Certain Age the girl is 14.) has a boyfriend that is at least in his late twenties. In each case, the mother doesn't seem to mind, the father is only a bit annoyed and the man is even allowed to come to the house for dinner. Are these open age-gap relationships anomalies or are they common in Europe?
posted by lrnarabic on Aug 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me start planning my Adriatic trip for next year!

Okay, team. I'm going to take a trip to the Adriatic area next year for the month of August, but I've revealed myself to be inept at finding flight pricing. That, and I'd like some pointers for what to look into I'm the planning process, if you have any ideas! [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow on Aug 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Looking for a quiet place between Paris and Brussels

I am in the early planning stages of a trip to Paris and Brussels. I'd like to find a place between the two (or at least not too far out of the way) to spend two nights or so in the middle of the trip. I'd prefer a small, walkable town on the coast or with some kind of natural feature that you can just sit and stare at. Calais? Lille? Bologne-Sur-Mer?
posted by soelo on Aug 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Career transition advice in context of move to .be, .nl, .de, or .fi?

Hello folks. I am looking for a sense of some appropriate approaches to preparing for a move and likely related career transition. Referrals to career counselors with experience in this area in one of our likely host countries are appreciated as well. Context below. [more inside]
posted by mijn_valieske on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

London to Brittany in a Day?

Due to some ill-advised scheduling, we (Americans) are travelling from London to rural Brittany, then back to our reserved room in Paris three days later. Rennes is the closest major city to Plumieux, the village where our friends live. All of the stuff I see online says to take the Eurostar from London to Gare du Nord in Paris, then transfer to Montparnasse to take the TVG to Rennes. From there we would catch a bus to get us near Plumieux, close enough for our friends to pick us up. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Aug 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Help us find a reputable moving company.

We'll be moving from Heidelberg, Germany to Edinburgh, Scotland in September. Help us find a moving company that won't rip us off. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Aug 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Cologne to Marseille in 7 days - where to go in between?

My partner and I (early 30s) will be in Cologne, Germany for an event mid-September. The event ends on a Saturday, and we are flying out of Marseille, France the following Sunday. Please help us plan a wonderful, romantic mid-late September European vacation. [more inside]
posted by curtains on Jul 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Trip to Italy, 6 week duration, 80+ year old user. Need pointers.

My mother is travelling to Italy (lots of relatives there) and would like to have basic cell phone access while there. I need to work out the details before she leaves in September. [more inside]
posted by lampshade on Jul 23, 2013 - 10 answers

4 weeks in the Balkans by train and bus

Planning a four weeks long overland trip around the Balkans in September/October. [more inside]
posted by travelwithcats on Jul 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Studying abroad at the London College of Fashion , what not to miss?

My interests include historical fashion (BBC dramas!), bird watching, music. I'll be there from late-August thru November 2013. More info inside: [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger on Jul 16, 2013 - 13 answers

International driver's license help, Netherlands & USA addition

I have a semi-emergency situation involving US and Dutch driver's licenses. Complex situation inside. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate on Jul 15, 2013 - 11 answers

What direction should/can my life take now?

This one might be a doozy. So, I'm a 23 year old recent college grad ( this May) with a B.A. in psychology and no idea what to do with my life. ( Original, I know, but bear with me, it gets better.) Everyone around me seems to have what are at least well-outlined 5 year plans, oriented around either grad school or a great entry level job. Certain circumstances in my life though seem to leave me with a vision of the future that doesn't extend far beyond the living room couch and daytime TV for the next 10 years and that frightens me to no end. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 6, 2013 - 35 answers

Question asked & answered; I can't understand! Cell phones in France?

I know this question has been asked many times, but I cannot understand the answers! They use terms like CDMA and other stuff that I don't get. I am an old woman (53) who thinks she's tech savvy, but is not really. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Jun 11, 2013 - 18 answers

How difficult is it for a US citizen to work in the UK/Europe?

What are the options for a skilled US citizen (advanced background in structural engineering) to get a work visa in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, or Switzerland? [more inside]
posted by pianohands on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Not THAT kind of long distance relationship

I'm going to be an aunt, and I'm super excited. But I have some logistical questions about being part of the kid's life when I actually don't even live in the same country. How can I see the baby regularly (1) without spending a whole lot of money and (2) without imposing overly on its family? [more inside]
posted by sockandawe on May 24, 2013 - 20 answers

Bringing ginseng and beef/pork jerky to Europe

My parents are leaving from the US on a trip to Europe, entirely within EU Schengen Area countries. They've been requested to bring ginseng and beef/pork jerky by family. I don't think the jerky is admissible, but what about the ginseng? Port of entry will be Amsterdam Schiphol. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Getting to Italy via Frankfurt?

I'm trying to get to Umbria, Italy during the first couple of weeks of October, but I hate layovers. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on May 18, 2013 - 8 answers

International Smart Phone?

I am an AT&T Customer with an iPhone 5. I am traveling to London, Paris, and Dusseldorf this summer and don't want to get killed with international data and cell charges. Plus I want good apps for translation, maps, etc. What's the best way to do this, and would I be better or worse off with an Android phone (Galaxy S4 or HTC One)? Any first-hand experience would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by bodgy on May 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips and advice for a trip to London and Paris

I finally saved up enough flyer miles for a flight to Europe and I am super excited since I've never been. I'm planning on a week in London and then a week in Paris, advice for things to do while I'm there would be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by xtine on May 6, 2013 - 21 answers

EU citizen travelling with outdated passport?

My 18-year old stepson is supposed to be travelling from France to the Netherlands tonight and he has just realized that his passport is one month past its expiry. He is a French citizen, but he can't find his ID card (eighteen) ... is there any way around this. Or is it one of those life lessons?
posted by bwonder2 on May 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident)

Can you recommend companies for travel insurance? (For UK resident) [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

European Beach Bum

Where should we go in Southern Europe for the fourth week of July? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Apr 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to go for a child-friendly vacation in Europe?

My family are heading to Europe this summer for a vacation. Mainly we are visiting family in the UK and France, but we are planning on a week to go off by ourselves somewhere and have fun. We have two boys who will be 4 and 6 when we travel. We want to go somewhere that will be enjoyable for the boys, so that we all have a relatively stress-free time. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Joh on Apr 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Travel clothes for summer in Europe

I am a woman, live in the U.S., and I'm planning several trips to Europe over the next 3 years. They will be about 10 days to 2 weeks long, and will be in warmer months (spring, summer or fall). When I travel domestically, I always take just one bag (sometimes I take a second "personal item"). I need help thinking about what clothes I should take that will fit within these constraints. I am a plus-size woman, so that makes this more of a challenge. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Apr 8, 2013 - 19 answers

Do you remember this zine article?

Can you help me find a zine article I read some years ago? A man decided to say "yes" to all offers made to him during a 24 hour period. He was traveling in Europe by train. [more inside]
posted by mai on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Buying-a-Boat Filter:

A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Easter Weekend, starting in London, going where?

Due to a last-minute work trip and a big difference in plane ticket prices, I have from Thursday evening through to a 2 PM Heathrow departure Monday free to go exploring. Where should I go and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Mar 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me navigate the world of planning a trip abroad.

I'm going abroad this summer. What advice would you give to someone who hasn't been abroad in a decade? What resources exist for traveling? Specific areas: Sardinia, Italy (mainland), France, possibly London. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Mar 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Increased economic regulation in Europe over the past few decades?

Europe has seen a gradual but definite expansion in economic regulation. While in recent years it has had a lot to do with the financial crisis, there has been an increasing trend in economic regulation for the last few decades. Why has this been occurring exactly especially since so many speak of an era of deregulation prior to the financial crisis?
posted by espada0 on Mar 10, 2013 - 8 answers

Waitlisted events/places in Europe or Asia in Spring 2014

I'm slowly pulling together a plan to throughout Asia and/or Europe this time next year - March or April 2014. Are there any events or places that are difficult to get into that would be worth signing up for now? I'm thinking of things like elBulli, which had a year long waiting list. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief

I want to migrate in five years' time. What skills/qualifications can I pick up now that would allow me to get a fairly OK job offer? [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Germany intern visas

Can / how can a US American get a visa to work a specific paid internship in Germany? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Feb 13, 2013 - 2 answers

Venice vacation part deux: Is going in August a terrible idea?

For a variety of reasons, the second half of August is turning into a better time for us to take a vacation than October, as we had originally planned. We are hoping to go to Venice. We're OK with heat and humidity. Is there some other dealbreaker I'm not aware of? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jan 30, 2013 - 10 answers

International Money Transfer

I would like to transfer $ 5000 from an account in Italy to my bank account here in the State. Can it be done electronically and if so, how?
posted by francesca too on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Where should we go on holiday in mid-February?

Me and my girlfriend want to go on holiday in mid-February. Where should we go/what should we do? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Jan 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Large scale Land Art in Europe

Do you know of any interesting examples of Land Art in Europe? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Jan 13, 2013 - 17 answers

What's the best way to tour Europe by bike?

I have a 3-4 week vacation from the army coming up and I want to spend most of it touring Europe on a bicycle. I'm in good hiking shape, but the furthest I've ever ridden my (mountain) bike is 25k two days back to pack. The vacation will probably be in April or May. Where should I go and how should I do it? [more inside]
posted by jrsnr on Jan 11, 2013 - 14 answers

Any Natural Ice-Skating in Europe this Winter?

I did some Ice-Skating on the frozen lakes in The Netherlands last February and it was a lot of fun and I was hoping to do it again this winter somewhere. Maybe Sweden, or Norway or somewhere in northern Europe where good ice is more likely. (Is the Elfstedentocht - 11 Cities likely to run this year?) Where are some good (and relatively certain) Natural Ice Skating spots in the Uk, Netherlands, Scandinavia region? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Magical, quirky Parisian nights?

Where to go and what to do in Paris this weekend? Good ways to meet people when in town for just a couple of nights? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Dec 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Where can we find more of these awesome European "trail" socks?

Where can I purchase more socks like these? Acquired by my husband over 10 years ago at an airport in the Netherlands, they are long-lasting, comfortable, made of wool, have the word "TRAIL" embroidered in red across the instep, three horizontal red stripes on the ball of the foot, and what may be a size "3-46" in red across the toe.
posted by matildaben on Dec 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Germany Travel for Dummies

Getting around and staying connected in Bremen, Germany: your tips, tricks, and general advice for a semester abroad. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Nov 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me plan my trip to France!

I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
posted by huxham on Nov 11, 2012 - 11 answers

4month travel in Europe

4 month DIY traveling in Europe starting Dec. Good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Nov 9, 2012 - 12 answers

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