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I'm heading to Europe!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Daniel L, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Jun 12, 2012
    So next week I'm flying to Scotland to backpack through Europe. :hyper:
    I'm Completely winging it, so any Talkbass brothers or sisters over there have any recommendations of things to see and do on the cheap?
  2. stevetx19


    Sep 28, 2006
    Denton, Texas
  3. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Any accommodation booked anywhere? Time scale? Schedule? Other flights/ trains?

    It's freezing over here at the moment with some snow in Scotland....not the best time of year to be winging it, but good luck anyway.
  4. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    In November? :p
  5. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    do on the cheap?

    Restaurant in France are what you may consider "cheap".

    Come to Belgium and visit the "Grand Place".

  6. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Jun 12, 2012
    Yeah I know I'm crazy, but I've graduated uni and been stuck in a part time job for a while so I thought why not. I've got the first few nights booked in a Glasgow hostel

    I've been watching the weather, I'm going from 30 degree days to 4 degrees (80ish and 40 for you Americans) but I've never seen snow before, so just throw me in the deep end :p
  7. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    As an Australian backpacking around Europe at this time of year, I think your main memory of your trip is likely to be how this planet can feel so much colder than you had ever previously believed possible, even in your wildest imagination. :D

    Seriously, wait a few months and do it in May or June.

    EDIT - Oops, we crossposted.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Also, at that latitude, the days are very short in winter. This is not a fabulous plan. You're better off coming to San Diego where it's still cold in winter (mid 60s), but sometimes we get Santa Ana conditions and the temperatures go up into the 80s or even 90s. Then the back country catches on fire for a couple weeks.
  9. Whatever you do in the Netherlands, don't go into a coffeeshop for a cup of coffee..
  10. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    Charleroi, Belgium
    These days, sun arise at ~8.30 and set up at ~17 :bawl:
  11. Graeme D

    Graeme D

    Nov 25, 2011
    Ah, It's not too bad here in Scotland just now. It's a bit chilly, but could be colder! Considering that the deeper into Europe you go, the colder it is going to get.
    Saying that, we seem to make the cold weather a bit more miserable than everybody else!

    Do you have any time scales, or goals you want to complete?
    For example, do you need to be at 'X' by end of December, or are you fully jumping in without any planning?

    Somebody else will have to advise for Glasgow, but a couple days in Edinburgh should follow soon after. Got loads of history, art galleries and museums (if into that kind of thing). Have a walk round the historic part of the city around the Castle, down the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace. There is a lot of the typical Tourist tat though.
    As far as I am aware, there are bus tours regularly that take you away for day trips to places like Loch Ness and such as well from Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Here's a link to free things to do in Edinburgh:

    and a selection of other things to see and do:

    Hopefully this is of some help!

    One thing to remember, Edinburgh can be a bit overpriced for food and drink, but I'm sure the hostel folks can point you in the right direction!
  12. Great, more criminals, just what we need :p
  13. As others already mentioned, not really best holiday weather at the moment here (I'm in North-West Germany). Getting colder and colder.
    Things to do and/or see on the cheap? Very much depends what you're interested in.

    If you're planing to travel through Germany, feel free to pm me.
  14. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Just make sure you're in Edinburgh for Hogmannay. It's the place to be.

    Drop me a pm if Your trip finds you in Geneva.
  15. Daniel L

    Daniel L

    Jun 12, 2012
    Yeah, completely winging it, no plans other than I land next Thursday and have three nights booked in a hostel, but that's half the fun isn't it :p

    Thanks a lot for the links, definitely come in handy

    Ah we aren't all that bad haha

    You two are awesome, and this is why Talkbass is awesome
  16. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I read in the news that Scotland is expecting the coldest winter in decades, to bring "brutal winds and ferocious blizzards".

  17. Was talking to someone about this at work. This time of year we always hear news stories about it being the worst winter in decades. Every year is meant to be the worst in decades!

    The worst we had in a while was a couple years back, and that wasn't even that bad, just dropped to -20C (-4F) with a bit of snow. The biggest problem is the total incompetence of local government to even try and maintain the roads!

    Anyway, if the winter is bad, it's clearly just a Unionist ploy in the run up to the referendum! :bag:

    Oh I know, I just need to get the build up ready for Saturday. See if we can make it three in a row :bag: :D
  18. Graeme D

    Graeme D

    Nov 25, 2011
    Yeah, I've heard about that :crying:
    It will be a cold snowy winter this year, but hopefully you'll have moved on from Scotland by the time this kicks in :)

    Though that probably only means it's going to be on par with an average Canadian/Central Europe winter!

    4 inches of snow and -4c(25f) here is enough for the media to start calling it the apocalypse, and the country to come to a stand still :meh:
  19. Apocalypse on the ol' bank account when paying off the utilities!
  20. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    The OP is obviously bailing to avoid witnessing an Ashes whitewash :)