Going to Europe

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  1. Anthony Moore

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    Hi all.
    Im 20 years old and a student at The University of Florida. My friends and I are going to Europe for spring break in March 2002. These are my very best friends and have known some them for as long as 10 years. There are 5 of us going. Only one of us has been over to Europe and he's only been to Rome when he was in high school.
    We are flying into Amsterdam [​IMG] on Feb 28th and flying out of London on the 10th of March. I work at a Hilton hotel here in Gainesville so I have free Hilton hotels in Amsterdam, Rome, and London. But we only plan on being at those places one or two nights a piece. And we plan on traveling on the Eurorail the other days and stopping in some places on the way (Switzerland, Paris), and arent sure where we're gonna sleep. Maybe we'll find hostiles in the cities that are on the way. We each bought one of those 5 or 6 country Eurorail passes.
    We're NOT by any means rich and none of our parents are giving us money. We all have jobs and have plenty of time to save though. And we thought it was time to do something like this. We bought our plane ticket and Railpasses already, so its a go. Any advice from some of you that have been there before? Anything at all would be appreciated.
    thanks a lot
    anthony
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  2. Grant B

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    anthony
    sounds like a blast.
    MAKE SURE YOU VALIDATE YOUR YOUR EURAIL BEFORE GETTING ON THE TRAIN!!!!
    SOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO FIND BUT THEY WILL FINE YOU!
    amsterdam...for some reason no one remembers much about it hmmmmm. i'd say 2 days. you can catch the train to paris pretty easy. couchettes are extra but worth it. if not it's sort of like a cattle care car. They search the train generally the moment it gets into belguim, so even if it is semi-legal in amsterdam IT IS NOT ANYWHERE ELSE. I've seen too many kids get ripped off the train when the German Sheperds go through
    Hostels suck because they usually have some 9pm cerfew and you waste the morning doing some work for them.
    Guest houses , B&B, cheap hotels etc are much better.get yourself some books , the rough guide, fudors etc and look it over before you go. the van gough is great but i would pass on the anne frank house (bare house and you walk thru, mainly the night life.
    London is another great place for night life...tube stops generally when the pubs close but night clubs are open late,
    They sometimes have dress codes - no jeans & sneakers..so you might want to make sure you take some other clothes ...just in case
    Rome is more day sight seeing...never found much nightlife
    a couple of generalities
    Northern Europe more expensive, trains run like clock work
    English well known
    sourthern- cheap..trains ...well they get there, give yourself plenty of time...late big supper
    Paris - if you look like an american/tourist/beachbum they won't give you the time of day...you are invisible. Dress nice and try to speak french and it's amazing how nice people are....shorts and sandals they will spit at you;you have insulted them
    Do some reading before you go, you'll have a better cheaper time
    if you have any specifics you can email me at
    grant.bishop@lmco.com
    I've lived in england/scotland and have been to most non-warzone countries
    sincerely
    grant
     
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    Come to Ireland.
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  5. Anthony Moore

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    Thanks for all the advice guys. If anyone else has anything, please feel free to keep posting.
    Also, Im going to pick up that Fodor's book. Does anyone else have any idea's for Europe travel books?
    Even if you guys have any yourselves, I'll gladly buy them from you. Paypal or whatever.
    Thanks again
    anthony
     

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