Your first trip to Europe

Your first trip to Europe (or anywhere abroad, for that matter) is a transformative experience, often defying and exceeding your expectations at the same time. Expectations such as the ideas that as an American, you will stick out like a sore thumb (probably true) and that you are unwelcome (probably false). “Contrary to popular belief, most Europeans are super-friendly to tourists,” Raul H. told us when we asked our fans what surprised them the most about traveling to Europe. Check out some more of our favorite observations.

 

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1. “The sheer variety inside such a small space. Pick 4 countries, and you’ll have 4 different experiences.” — Travelsewhere

2. “How friendly the people are. Take time to talk to them, and they’ll also help you out if you are lost!” — Austin W.

 

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3. “They do not use top sheets on their beds. Also, I noticed they do not use wash cloths.” — Donna D.

4. “How good beer and wine really can taste when not shipped overseas.” — Timothy H.

5. “Watching women riding bikes in skirts on cobblestone streets while smoking and talking on their cell phones.” — Pamm P.

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6. “I was surprised by how there are few and far between trash bins. I think I walked around London holding a paper cup for an hour before I found a proper bin to throw it away in.” — Eve M.

7. How easy it is to get around … the entire continent! Especially “the metro, train and bus systems and that everyone WALKS.” — Karen R.

8. “The completed castles. We are (so) used to seeing ruins that we forget these were homes. It’s great to see where/how they lived.” — Reina M.

9. “You had to pay to go to the bathroom.” — Louise K.

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10. “How safe I felt walking around different cities, from Madrid to Moscow, compared to walking around cities in America.” — Jim S.

11. “I was surprised by how ancient it was. I was amazed by the architecture.” — Nancy R.

12. “I was amazed by how many people spoke 2 or 3 languages. I wish foreign-language classes were emphasized more in the US.” — Sigrid W.

– See more at: http://blog.travelchannel.com/the-traveling-type/2015/09/11/12-surprising-things-about-traveling-to-europe/#sthash.LmMdCEV9.dpuf