American studying abroad in Berlin
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I will be living in Berlin, Germany from August to December as part of a study abroad program. I chose this city because of its music scene, its history, and how arts-centered and youthful the culture is. But as far as living in Berlin all I know is that it can get cold and rainy (especially compared to Arizona, where I currently live). I'm researching potential banks to open a Girokonto (checking) account and was wondering what bank would suit a student within the city, like what bank has student exemption from the usual account charges, most common ATMs, etc.
I'll have other questions as well, but if you have any advice or recommendations for a first-time Berliner (and a first-time Euro resident), please don't hesitate to post.
Trucking for Travel?
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I am hopelessly poor couch traveler who has barely traveled out of state yet endlessly consumes travel and cultural documentaries. I am considering, in Spring, trying to get a trucking job so I can travel the country (Amerifag) and hopefully, without needing to pay rent anywhere, save up enough money to be able to travel internationally, as well.
I've also been told the trucking jobs are high demand across the world and that with experience, I could get work internationally relatively easy. Is this true?
Is long-haul trucking a good way to see the country?
As someone who often has eyes for the varied cultures, art, architecture, and landscapes overseas, is travel within America even going to keep me excited and interested, or will it fell like it's all more of the same?
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I have a problem /trv/
I went to Austria last year and had to go to the hospital for a ear problem. Doc fixed me up, asked for my address then sent me on my way. A few weeks after I get back, I get a letter in the mail from Vienna's Magistrate. Its the bill from the hospital for 160 Euro. No problem, I'll pay it once my next paycheck One thing leads to another, I forget about the bill and lose it.
Fast forward to today. A few friends of mine want to head out to Austria to hike the alps a bit. I want to go with them, but this unpaid hospital bill worries me. Can I get arrested for not paying it? Like when they scan my passport will they force me to pay or go to jail?
I'm fucking worried about this /trv/. I love Austria and want to go back, but I don't want to go to jail!
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Hey /trv/, I'm an 18yo female from Australia and I really want to get away for a bit & do some adventuring. I'd really like to explore somewhere very green and immerse myself in nature for a while, probably around the end of the year.
Anyways, I'm looking to travel somewhere in Aus or possibly NZ, and hopefully keep the costs to a minimum. I'm wondering if /trv/ has any tips for me and if you guys know of any cool places in Australia or New Zealand to explore and get back to nature a bit (I'm fine with roughing it)?
Also, should I travel with someone/how do you find people to travel with?
Thanks in advance :)
Vietnam for 3 weeks
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So, I have never been and I am planning 3 weeks in Early October. I plan on either renting or buying a motorcycle (125cc or so) and riding it there. I already have an ASEAN Motorcycle DL.
My question is, do you think it's best to get the bike in HCM and drive to Hanoi, or spend the three weeks traveling up north. I have done 500kms a day for multiple days, but that was on my 650cc here in Thailand, but long rides are fine by me.
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I have a question for you guys as I imagine that some of you have dealt with this before.
I left for 5 months...I was unhappy at the time, but figured my shit out before I came back "home".
I feel like life just works out for me when I'm out there. I always felt like I was out of place and going to Europe confirmed that it was true (even if I factor in for life seeming greener on the other side). I find North Americans very fake and the machismo culture has always driven me nuts. We fight over such stupid shit, everything's always a competition, and it just seems like everything is all about ego and pride when it comes to dealing with people (for the record, I'm aware that South America also has machismo in their culture).
So my question is this: should I just get the fuck out of here? Even Europeans always tell me how overly-friendly North Americans are to the point where it just seems fake .
I've always done well in the rat race, but I've never been happy. I'm alpha by society's standards and I really do have/have had a pretty good future/life here...the only problem is that I can't appreciate it.
What are your thoughts?