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So I'm studying abroad this summer... And need suggestions

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View Postnova, on 14 January 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

Scratch Switzerland off the list if you actually want to eat.  To say it's expensive is an understatement.  Here's a rundown of some of the meals we had:

1. Lunch @ Brewpub:  Pastrami Sandwich, Hamburger, 2X fries, 2X cokes - Total including tip $95
2. Dinner @ cheap Chinese joint: Chicken fried rice, sweet n sour chicken, fruit, coke, water - Total including tip $85
3. Breakfast @ cafe: Bread plate, 2X coffee - Total including tip $45
You ARE right about the food in Switzerland. Its expensive. At least in zurich, Lucerne, etc. Although @nova I hope you didn't tip them at every meal. we tipped our first stop 20% and she came running out of the cafe trying to give it back. Tipping isn't the norm there, save maybe a couple coins on the table. The average waitress there makes a minimum of the equivalent of $35,000 or so.
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View Postjacobp, on 14 January 2014 - 08:13 AM, said:


THIS. Switizerland is pretty centrally located, and you can take weekend trips to basically anywhere in Europe from there for a nominal free. between the rail system and cheap flights from Ryan Air, that's what I would do if I were going for the summer. That said, my preference would be to study abroad for the fall or spring semester. Gives you more time. Most summer programs are, what, a few weeks?

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I'd want my base to be near a major city then, or IN the city. That way if you're like "Posted Image it" I'm going to Prague this weekend, you're close to a major rail station or airport. Ryan Air is no joke. when my wife studied in London the last time she flew round trip to Rome for like $14
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View Postjacobp, on 14 January 2014 - 10:14 AM, said:

You ARE right about the food in Switzerland. Its expensive. At least in zurich, Lucerne, etc. Although @nova I hope you didn't tip them at every meal. we tipped our first stop 20% and she came running out of the cafe trying to give it back. Tipping isn't the norm there, save maybe a couple coins on the table. The average waitress there makes a minimum of the equivalent of $35,000 or so.

I was familiar with that practice so our tips were only a a couple francs at the most.  The vast majority of those bills was food only...

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View Postnova, on 14 January 2014 - 10:26 AM, said:

I was familiar with that practice so our tips were only a a couple francs at the most.  The vast majority of those bills was food only...

Yeah we definitely had some sticker shock at the food.
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We've been to Ireland and Greece.  Either would be super.  Probably safer in Ireland at this particular time, however.

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View Postnova, on 14 January 2014 - 10:09 AM, said:

I know it's not on your list, but my #1 choice would be the Czech Republic  (especially Prague) or Austria.  We loved those two locales when we went, especially Prague.  Lots to do, cheap to eat and drink and not that we got involved it seemed like the night life was lively with a very favorable chick/dude ratio.  It seemed like nice looking women were roaming everywhere in Prague.

Of your list I'd say the Greek Isles.  I've never been but it's #1A on my list for our next Eurotrip along with #1B Italy.  People talk about traveling around to different places while you're there, but really if I was in the Greek Isles, I'd stay put.  Far too much to see and do there to travel too far.

I think Switzerland has the highest standard of living in the world if I am not mistaken. Plus, the German they speak isn't even really German. Hell, German's don't understand it.
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View Postjacobp, on 14 January 2014 - 10:27 AM, said:

Yeah we definitely had some sticker shock at the food.

I tallied it up at the end, we spent nearly as much on food in 3 days in Switzerland as we did the other 12 days of the trip combined.

View Post1dawgfan09, on 14 January 2014 - 10:30 AM, said:

I think Switzerland has the highest standard of living in the world if I am not mistaken. Plus, the German they speak isn't even really German. Hell, German's don't understand it.

I was able to get by with my fragmented German plus English pretty easily in the eastern part of the country.  Where I had problems was Geneva where they speak French and basically only French.

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View Postnova, on 14 January 2014 - 10:35 AM, said:

I tallied it up at the end, we spent nearly as much on food in 3 days in Switzerland as we did the other 12 days of the trip combined.



I was able to get by with my fragmented German plus English pretty easily in the eastern part of the country.  Where I had problems was Geneva where they speak French and basically only French.

Mein Deutsch ist nicht gut. lol I was trying to have a very broken conversation with a Swiss woman once. I had to have her repeat some things very slowly. lol
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Switzerland get's my vote. It's great in the summer, lots to see, lots to do, great transit system, good food.

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I'm not going back until I can stay a month or so. I went to England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, and Italy with my wife and another couple. Lots of site seeing and not near enough golf for me I wanna go back and just play golf.

The second time my job sent me to Germany it was pretty much all business besides a little night life but the dorks I was with made it less than enjoyable.
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Greece is having a bit of a financial crisis right now so I would avoid it. Ireland loses its luster pretty quick. The educational benefits and travel ability of Sweden would get my vote.

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