- I was told the Eastern Europeans were very cold, but most everyone I interacted with was very friendly.
- My first impression was that service is terrible, but that couldn't be further from the truth. You have to ask for your check, because they consider it rude to rush you out the door.
- It's easy to survive knowing only how to speak English.
- Wine and beer are often as cheap as water and soda.
- I can survive without mobile service.
- There are beautiful buildings most everywhere you look. It's impossible to soak it all in.
- Eating where the locals eat is much cheaper than eating where the tourists eat. Duh.
- Even the fast food tastes better than than in the U.S.
- Free walking tours are the way to go. You'll meet other friendly travelers. The guides love what they do, and they do not stick to a script.
- You might accidentally spend $70 on opera tickets when you intended to spend only $5, but it's still worth it.
- At least in the two cities I visited, people are very proud of the cities.
- Much of the last 100 years of history there is very depressing, but it's important to know.
- You have to pay to pee.
- You can clear customs and make a connection in less than 45 in Europe!
- Corn on the cob is sold as a snack.
- A Danube dinner cruise is a must.
Earlier this month, I traveled to Europe for the first time. I explored the cities of Budapest and Prague. Here are a few things I took away from there:
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