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I need to get up to speed on European finance.

I need to get up to speed on European finance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Temporary move to Europe

Want to move to Europe. Understand many have done it before, but let me give more detail and then ask for advice. We're both in our early 30's, single (no kids) and have high-paying jobs, but ready to leave the corporate world. Both are debt free and have a good nest egg with zero commitments here. What we'd like to do is move to a mid-size town/city in Germany to start with and rent a furnished apartment for three months or so and just live. We would be very frugal, but like any single men, would like to meet European women and just have a good time dating around. Then, move to another country and repeat..and so on for about a year. In thinking it through, I'm wondering if it's really feasible. I was hoping if we split expenses and live cheaply, we could do it for about $1k/month each...if we avoid the big, tourist filled cities. That way we could immerse ourselves in the local cultures and get to know people as well. My questions: 1) Is this absolutely ridiculous? 2) Is there any chance of picking up odds/ends kind of work here and there in Europe to fill the reserves up? While we have healthy bank accounts, we want to spend little as possible. Any comments are much appreciated. Casting a wide net at this point to get any advice you are willing to give. Looked around the net, but love the meta-commenters the most...always useful answers.
posted by Yunani on Aug 18, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me get to Europe and back

I'm planning a trip to Europe and could use some suggestions about plane/rail logistics. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Aug 16, 2010 - 20 answers

Carryon Backpack Wheels?

Backpack for Europe Filter: We'd appreciate your suggestions on a backpack for a trip to Europe. Relevant details inside. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Aug 12, 2010 - 10 answers

J'espère que cela ne coûtera pas les yeux de la tête

What's the best value prepaid SIM card for a week long visit to France, averaging...say...15-30 minutes of talk + 100 MB of data per day? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Aug 11, 2010 - 10 answers

European postcode map

Where can I source a high-res map of Europe with postcode areas marked? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch on Aug 10, 2010 - 7 answers

christmas in europe

europe, winter, december -- two students looking for recs for somewhere to spend christmas eve (and several days before that). [more inside]
posted by swimmingly on Aug 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Which direction should we travel? Into Rome, out of London or vice-versa?

In general, for a family vacation, would it be easier to fly into Rome Fiumicino and out of London Heathrow, or fly into England and out of Italy? [more inside]
posted by Ashman on Aug 5, 2010 - 23 answers

Oh, the places I'll go...

Travel-filter: I'm leaving for Europe in less than a month, and I feel wildly unprepared. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Aug 3, 2010 - 18 answers

Grandpa was a POW in Spain and I just found my passport.

The sum total of my international traveling experience has been to take day trips into Baja (while I lived in LA) and day trips into Windsor (when I lived near Detroit,) two days in Toronto for my brother's wedding, and, oh yes, three hours walking around Niagara Falls last week because I was so happy I found my passport. Now I want to go to Europe, by myself, before my parents (who have been everywhere else first) beat me (they're going in September of 2011.) [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 31, 2010 - 24 answers

Driving through the Swiss Alps

A few questions about driving through the Swiss Alps in a rented car. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Jul 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Brussels and Amsterdam this week?

What are the amazing, can't-miss things to do and see in Brussels and Amsterdam this week for first-time visitors to the cities? We'll be in Brussels until Wednesday and Amsterdam until Sunday morning. Thanks!
posted by gerryblog on Jul 25, 2010 - 8 answers

Cheap & Relaxing European Vacation

Cheap, relaxing 5 day vacation in Europe, preferably by a body of water. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kms on Jul 19, 2010 - 10 answers

What might life be like if the Old World had never discovered the New?

Can anyone recommend fiction set in a world where the New World (i.e. the Americas) had never been discovered by the Old World? I am trying to envision what Native American culture might have evolved into, and what a present-day Europe might be like sans American cultural influences and with much greater population pressure.
posted by skidoom on Jul 17, 2010 - 10 answers

HAI and elective surgery

I am considering elective (plastic reconstructive) surgery and I am concerned about hospital acquired infection (HAI). One possibility is to have the surgery in Holland or Denmark where, as I understand it, the rates for HAI's is low compared to elsewhere. How do hospitals in these countries compare with those in the U.S. with respect to HAI and prices for services? [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Jul 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Learning more about Spanish history in the 1970s and King Juan Carlos I

Resources-- books, articles, lectures, whatever-- for learning more about King Juan Carlos of Spain and his decision to liberalize politics in Spain? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Jul 13, 2010 - 3 answers

Dublin/London Filter

What shouldn't I miss in Dublin and London this month? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Prague! With extra goldfish crackers!

Prague for two days in late August with a toddler in tow. Tips? Accommodation recs? [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Jul 7, 2010 - 3 answers

"Whan that Aprille with his shoures soote..."

I'm aware of the Way of St. James, but what are some of the other long distance hikes in Europe? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Jul 6, 2010 - 14 answers

my safe european home.

European Apartment Prices (to buy). Considering buying a cheap 1 bedroom apartment in Europe. say Berlin, Paris, Barcelona etc.. in decent (young-ish / hip area). Anecdotally, which cities are significantly cheaper? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 5, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me get a great start to my Masters.

I am going to do an MA in European Identity and Integration. What are some good summary works about Europe that I can read to be able to engage with the course straight away? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Going east. Need travel tips.

I'm going on a trip to Eastern Europe for 14 days with 5 friends. What to do? [more inside]
posted by wolfr on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Roaming GSM in Europe

I'm looking for the best pre-paid GSM sim card I can buy here in Germany, that will give me semi-decent data rates (I'm not expecting miracles) and roaming to a good portion of Europe (Germany, Austria / France / UK / Switzerland ). [more inside]
posted by lych on Jun 24, 2010 - 3 answers

The Case of the Missing Breath Mint

Help me identify the mysterious oversized breath mints I purchased somewhere in Europe four years ago. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jun 17, 2010 - 8 answers

Future Honeymooners In Search of Honeymoon

Honeymoon Filter: Help! We’re getting married this September and need help picking out a honeymoon destination. We had something planned, but the wonderful people at BP have created some complications. [more inside]
posted by Atreides on Jun 15, 2010 - 13 answers

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there?

I'm an American woman going to Europe (Berlin) for the first time. Can you help me dress like a European and/or not stick out like a sore thumb while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 8, 2010 - 30 answers

Where to next?

European road trip! We're in Brugge right now, where to next? [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Jun 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Planning a Solo Trip Part I

I want to take a solo trip to London, but I've never really traveled solo before. What advice do you have (especially about accommodations & socializing)? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Jun 3, 2010 - 32 answers

I'm moving to Vienna for the summer. What do I need to know?

I'm moving to Vienna to work for nine weeks this summer. What do I need to know? How can I get the most out of my stay? [more inside]
posted by henryaj on May 31, 2010 - 14 answers

How to get tickets to EPL game on Boxing Day?

Best way to secure Boxing Day EPL tickets? [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on May 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Differences in US/Euro temps and carbon footprint?

How much of the difference between US and European carbon footprints is due to differences in climate? [more inside]
posted by vim876 on May 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move?

Could I transfer my iPhone from AT&T to a carrier in France if I move? [more inside]
posted by scazza on May 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me plan my first trip to Europe!

I am heading to Europe on Sunday, specifically Spain, France and Italy. I will be backpacking and it will be my first time doing this sort of thing. My bag is packed with the basics, but what extra things should I bring? I'm looking for some kernels of wisdom that only previous trips can give.
posted by punch_the_mayor on May 25, 2010 - 26 answers

Getting out and getting in

No .. really ... how can a US married couple without family ties to Europe move to a Western European country and live/work there for an extended period (at least 5 or 6 years)? Must you be ignorant of the "can't be done" thing in order to pull it off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2010 - 27 answers

Fun things to do in Norway & Finland

Fun things to do in Scandinavia in June. Itinerary inside! [more inside]
posted by Raichle on May 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Because it's the phone I deserve. Just not the one I need right now.

Do I really want an Android phone? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Where should I live?

I'm thinking of buying an affordable apartment somewhere in Europe. The question is where can I get the best trade off between being affordable and being awesome? [more inside]
posted by xammerboy on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Who will plan the global vacation that I'm too stressed to plan for myself?

What are the best reputable Web sites for booking packaged, affordable global travel from the U.S.? Not looking to actually travel until 2011. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Healthy beautiful European place?

Healthy, fresh, delicious food; stunning beauty; pleasant, not-too-hot summer weather: where in Europe am I?
posted by shivohum on May 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Shipping Benadryl from the US to Scotland.

What's the best way to ship 5-10 boxes of Benadryl from the United States to Scotland? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo on May 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for beautiful one day walks somewhere in the world

Where else in the world is a place like Cinque Terre? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on May 18, 2010 - 8 answers

What's a passport cover for?

What travel products do you actually use? [more inside]
posted by donajo on May 14, 2010 - 54 answers

Help me repay my debt from abroad

Help me repay my debts from abroad: My considerable student loans are in CDN, but I am earning in EUR - can/should I move my debt? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on May 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Rome to Florence, are we cutting it too close?

So we're arriving in Rome at 6:50PM, is it reasonable to expect to get to Florence that same night by train? We're also considering a side trip to Stockholm, any secrets to getting there and back? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on May 8, 2010 - 15 answers

How To Help High School Students Have A Fun, Safe, and Educational Trip Abroad

I am chaperoning a high school trip to Europe this summer. What are your tips and suggestions to making this trip a great experience for everyone involved? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon on May 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Help us plan our Europe roadtrip.

Requirements for travel on European highways (payment, etc.)? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on May 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Pack recommendations for a two-week backpacking trip?

I'm going to be backpacking around the EU for a couple weeks. I've got my trip all planned out, but I lack one thing: a good backpack! I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a backpack. List of criteria inside: [more inside]
posted by -1 on May 5, 2010 - 14 answers

How should we schedule/handle the London-Amsterdam round trip within our Europe trip?

How should we schedule/handle the London-Amsterdam round trip within our Europe trip? [more inside]
posted by Perplexity on May 2, 2010 - 8 answers

10 Days, 3 Cities in Europe

10 Days. 3 Cities in Europe. Help. [more inside]
posted by scooterdman on Apr 30, 2010 - 30 answers

Cellphone service when traveling to Europe/Africa.

My friend will be traveling through Europe for a month and then Africa for another month, but needs help with getting a cell phone. . . [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Apr 29, 2010 - 3 answers

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