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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I think in most countries the legal drinking age is 18. Although, I am not certain, about this.

Foreigners can buy Marijuana, all over the Neitherlands. It is not officially legal, but widely tolerated. U can buy it and smoke it, in coffee shops, where it is sold. U can also smoke, in many hostels, in Amsterdam. But dont walk around the streets smoking or light up in the middle of Mc Donalds. Remember it is tolerated, not legal. And never take any, into another country, from the Neitherlands.

Mel

12. Posted by bakpackin1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Awesome thanks for everything guys, you've all been really helpful.

Any more info on my backpack would be great though, so I don't go out and spend an additional $150 if I don't need to.

40L a bit to small? I don't want to cause any problems on the trains or busses though so maybe it's just enough?

13. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Quoting bakpackin1

By they way, I have just another question I can think of for now... And that is are most of the countries English freindly? Like in the Netherlands would they get mad at me if I tried to order food in English? Or what about the Hostel staffs, are they pretty English freindly?

Don't worry about that. The Dutch are pretty fluent in English, I got by perfectly when I was there just speaking English, be it ordering food or buying tickets at the train station. They are also generally friendly people, so you shouldn't have any problems.

14. Posted by bakpackin1 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

Quoting summer910

Quoting bakpackin1

By they way, I have just another question I can think of for now... And that is are most of the countries English freindly? Like in the Netherlands would they get mad at me if I tried to order food in English? Or what about the Hostel staffs, are they pretty English freindly?

Don't worry about that. The Dutch are pretty fluent in English, I got by perfectly when I was there just speaking English, be it ordering food or buying tickets at the train station. They are also generally friendly people, so you shouldn't have any problems.

Okay thats what I was hoping for... How about in say Germany? Are they English freindly? Or is it a bit harder to socialize in a completly foreign speaking country?

15. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

You'll be fine with the language, I did the Euro trip last year and almost everyone speaks english really well. Never had a problem with that.
On the backpack being too big, from memory mine was 80L (can't rember exactly) and that was fine.

16. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Bakpackin

Dont get too big a backpack.
Try to bring only as much stuff as u really need.
It can get tiring, to hoist a huge heavy pack onto your back, everytime u want to to go anywhere.

Mel

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

People in Germany love to practice their English, so u will find plenty of chatting companions.
Fluent English is not as widely spoken in Germany, as in the Neitherlands, but u will still find plenty of people who speak well, in English there.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 18, 2007, at 11:48 PM by Mel. ]

18. Posted by mazarebach (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Quoting bakpackin1

First off let me introduce my self, My name is kyle and I'm from the United States. I'm 17 right now, but by the time I'm in Europe I'll be 18. I'm going to be in Europe for 3-4 weeks starting this June.

Mainly I just have some questions, but any advice/tips/recomendations are more then welcome to come my way! :)

I will be traveling through England, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czek Republic, Switzerland, and Italy. I'm going to be going from hostel to hostel so I'm not worried about how long I stay in each city.

Here are my main questions...
- Are hostels relatively clean/safe? I'm obviously not expecting the Ritz but they are sanitary right?
- Are most of the people freinds towards Americans? I don't plan on being a jackass/rude/arrogant, I just want to enjoy myself.
- Are trains okay? I've heard some people say that trains are where most theives try to make their steal... Should I sleep on the trains?
- What are some of the drinking ages? I don't plan on getting trashed or anything, but I would love to try different beers from around the world. Especially in England, Ireland, Netherlands, and Germany.
- Are foreigners allowed to buy Marijuana in Amsterdam? I know you are only allowed to purchase a few grams, but is it limited to citizens of the Netherlands only?

Thank for your time and answers guys, I know its long but I thought I'd try to give you some info on me and plans so I can get some good answers. Thanks again.

Kyle, what a great name, I can help you save money on you cell phone bill
I got mine from -SNIP- they have a international sim with Free incoming call in Europe, so your friends and family can call you and you don;t pay a dime
I hope this helps

kyle

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19. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 9y

I took a 65 L backpack for a month of interrailing. It was a bit too big, so I ended up bringing stuff I didn't need and buying way to many souvenirs so I guess I would reccommend a 50-60 litre one.. 40 litres might be a bit of a squeeze..

20. Posted by Nick_v (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hello,

I have no problem in Germany & Netherlands using English only. But in France i have some problem :( In Hotel & shops know English, but on the streets i get in misunderstanding

Nick

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