Why is Greece's economy in such a bad state? What could, or should, have been done to avoid this? How much is a specifically Greek issue compared to a European issue compared to a global issue?
I have a friend who will be travelling in Europe this summer. She'll be in Iceland for a few days, then Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and finally Stockholm. She'll be travelling with an unlocked iphone 3GS. What are her best options for prepaid cellphone service? There wouldn't happen to be a single company that could cover her for most of northern europe, would there?
What's the best way to unlock & jailbreak an Iphone 3G (v.3.13) for use in Europe? [more inside]
I have a memory of being told, as a child, that in some (or more than one?) country in Europe, circa 1970, there were two types of stores. Type A was government regulated or licensed, and prices were fixed. Type B was not, and you were allowed to bargain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? What was the actual situation (if I have it wrong) and in what country/countries? [more inside]
Traveling to Europe. Any advice for making phone calls within Europe and US? [more inside]
How do I travel cheaply from Budapest, Hungary to Kaunas, Lithuania next month? [more inside]
How to fly internationally with an infant that is not your own? My nanny and infant will travel from Paris to Italy and meet us there. Does anyone have experience with this? I don't want to put her in a difficult position with customs. [more inside]
European Vacation! Zurich, Neuschwanstein, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Graz, Ljubanja, Bled, Trieste, Venice. Then Stockholm, Roslagen! [more inside]
Itinerary help requested: Which two central/eastern European cities should we pair? [more inside]
Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique.
Need a good solution for cell phone and internet service that I can use in Europe, the US and Martinique. [more inside]
I will be in Norway (Oslo & Bergen) for 5 days in mid-May. I've found lots of great threads about what to do during the day, but what about nightlife? I'm having trouble finding solid restaurant/bar recommendations, along with music venues/dancing. MeFi, where do the hip kids hang?
I'm a dual British/New Zealand citizen, but I've never been to Britain/Europe. What can I do with my British Passport? [more inside]
My brother will soon graduate from a US Maritime Academy with a 3rd Mates Unlimited, and a couple years later, have a 2nd Mates Unlimited License (to steer ships). How hard would it be to transfer/use this license in Europe? Specifically, he is interested in working in the North Sea for Norwegian companies because of the better pay, working conditions, time off
I'm heading over to Europe in a few weeks and I'm curious about the differences in food quality and food ingredients as compared to the U.S. What will I find there that might be emblematic of a different system or attitude toward food? [more inside]
I'm looking to find doctors who practice private/concierge medicine in Europe and Asia. These doctors typically charge an upfront fee and gives you significantly more attention (ie, he has 500 instead of 3000 patients; is available immediately 24/7). They usually practice family medicine or internal medicine. This type of doctor is growing in the US, but I can't seem to find them elsewhere in the world...
I've been thinking about the social impact of relatively mundane technologies, like air conditioning, largely because of a brief mention by Kevin Kelly in What Technology Wants. He says something along the lines of, "cheap air conditioning transformed the American southeast." So I'm looking for scholarly sources that discuss the transformative power of air conditioning on american culture. [more inside]
I used to produce a public radio show and do journalism. I love writing and the work of program-making. They say everyone should change their careers at least once in their life. I moved in fundraising, which I do not honestly think is in itself a career. Since October 2010 I am the commercial director of a pro basketball team in England. I don't know how long the job will last but it has brought a lot of meaning to my life to do real executive producing again. I would like to find a mentor in sports business but most mentoring organizations in the UK are not equipped to deal with this request. What are some logical resources in Europe and the USA I should be looking at?
I'm meeting up with family in Paris this June, and I'd like to spend a week or so travelling alone beforehand. Can you suggest inexpensive destinations with the following requirements? [more inside]
Another moving to Europe question. Is it possible. [more inside]
Husband and I have one week holiday at end of May, coinciding with Significant Anniversary. Help us find the Perfect Getaway before Significant Anniversary is spent in local pub moaning that we never go anywhere! Our modest wishes inside... [more inside]
I'm trying to find something offbeat/curious/adventurous/ quaint to do in Europe in mid-July. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I will be working Ireland for a few months, from June to August. I plan on spending my weekends and other free periods visiting the rest of Europe. Because I'll be working, my availability isn't set in stone. So now, this penny-pincher wants to know if it is possible to get cheap round-trip airfares (below 100 euros) after I arrive and decide on places as my time frees up ... or if I have to buy the tickets and have a set itinerary NOW.
What are some informative sources on the modern history of the Balkans? [more inside]
Where should I go on my trip to Europe and how do I pack for it? [more inside]
Trip to Europe. Need a day bag that holds an iPad and other useful stuff. I really like the Tom Bihn Co-Pilot but am looking for something a little more feminine. [more inside]
I'm trying to plan a 5-7 days of easy, scenic hiking in Europe, mid July. Accommodations provided. Where's the best place to go? Qualifying statements inside... [more inside]
Can you provide me with some useful advice in preparation for my summer in Holland? [more inside]
What is it like to live in Amsterdam? I will be doing a recce soon, but would really appreciate opinions on the following questions: Is it a fun place to go out in the evening? Are the clubs good? Is there a good gig scene (punk-rock/indie/folk)? Is the city fast- or slow-paced? Is it safe for a woman to walk alone at night? Is the public transport good? Does it run all night? Which are the interesting areas to live in? Is it a beautiful city? What is the cost of living? For example, for: an apartment, a gig ticket, a beer, a pint of milk, a sandwich at a take-away place. Is there a radical political scene?
One of my best girlfriends is living in Rome. I'd like to go and visit her. That's where the simple part ends. [more inside]
I want to see a map of North America with all major western European cities overlaid at the correct latitude. Vice versa for American cities overlaid a map of Western Europe. Is there anything like this out there already or easily assembled? [more inside]
just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary? [more inside]
Help me get the most out of two days in Prague! [more inside]
I am going to Rome for a weekend mid-march. After that I want to go for a week's holiday somewhere warm and with things to do (history, shops, etc). [more inside]
Going to Europe this summer. Do I really have to spend $1500 to get there?! [more inside]
To import food from the US to Europe, where do I start? [more inside]
How far to go for semi-estranged relative in big legal trouble due to their own foolishness? Anonymous because I need some plausible deniability. More inside. [more inside]
Have you ever been to Eindhoven? [more inside]
What are some definitive online and published print resources on socially responsible investment fund ownership in Europe?
Why did they stop posting street signs on the sides of buildings in the U.S.? Everywhere I've been in western Europe, at least anywhere marginally urban, street names are posted on the sides of buildings. In the U.S., though, they're pretty much universally stuck on a post or hung over an intersection on wires. There are still remnants of the side-of-the-building practice throughout NYC, so the switch must have been relatively recent. Why did this happen? Does it have something to do with American conceptions of property rights? NOMBism (Not On My Building)? Legibility for motorists? Any idea?
Recommendations for somewhere within a two-hour plane or train trip of London (not including time to get to LHR, LGW, LCY, KGX, etc.) for a three-day personal retreat. Ideally, self-catering or B&B. Suggestions? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for books on the history of western civilization. [more inside]
What are some fun, small and lesser known cities in Europe? [more inside]
Where would be the best place to start teaching English? [more inside]
Help us plan our trip between Zurich and Florence? What are your favorite spots? Should we take the train or rent a car? We have about a week, and it will be mid-February. Unfortunately we don't ski but are open to just about anything else. Thanks in advance, MeFites!
Need precise recipes for various Viennese coffee variations. Too many websites either list competing information, or seem to have carelessly copied other sites' lists without any sort of editorial fact-checking. [more inside]
Help me get my hands on a cell phone that will work in Sweden, before I leave! GSM, SIM, micro-SIM, iPhones, oh my. [more inside]
Can this holiday vacation be saved? Is there anywhere in Europe that is passable right now? [more inside]
Urgently searching for a primer on and brief history of telecom regulation the EU. [more inside]
I love reading fashioni.st, and I'd like to find more fashion blogs with a strong sense of place. Please share your favorite street style fashion blogs that focus on Europe - and, if possible, on a single city. [more inside]
How can I get my parents on a European tour for Japanese people if they live in Canada? [more inside]