At the beginning to May, I will be flying ATL-AMS via DL and staying about two weeks. My friend and I AREN'T going to be planning anything on this trip, save for when we arrive and depart. We have recently found vacations are much more fun when you just let the moment take you to wherever and not have a pre-planned schedule. However, I would like to have in advance anything that will prepare me for whatever comes up. This is my first trip to mainland Europe (I've been to London before). I have some general questions:
-I know the rail system is excellent there, are trains frequent enough so that we could walk to a train station and pick a city and go? For example, could I go to Brussels from Amsterdam and then on go Paris, then to Frankfurt, and back to Amsterdam all without reservations?
-Are train prices more expensive the closer you get to departure time, like with airlines?
-If I buy a ticket to Paris via Brussels from Amsterdam, could I get off at Brussel for a few hours and et back on the next train to Paris with my original ticket?
-This will be the first time I visit a country where I don't know the language (I've been to Montreal, but everyone there speaks English), I'm fluent in English and Portuguese. I took two years of German, but my German knowledge is pretty minimal since I never used the language in real life and I took the class over 4 years ago. Navagating through Montreal was a breeze because I picked up French writing pretty easily. Should I have an easy time talking to people and finding my way around?
-Is it *really* true that French people don't like tourists butchering their language?
-Are European girls easier than American girls?
-With all this war crap going on, do people in general still like Americans? In Brazil, ALL the girls love American guys. You tell them you're American (even though I'm also Brazilian), and they'll be all over you. How is it in Europe?
I'll think of other questions later