Saturday, November 6, 2010

Before you leave...

*If you like peanut butter, bring some because it can be hard to find and expensive if you want that home craving.

*Bring a photo or a few that remind you of home, and that you can share with people if they want to know about America more.

*Download something like ooVoo, msn messenger or Skype before you leave and show your family how to use it so you can talk for free when abroad computer to computer.

*Bring some Euros before you land in Austria just to get you by in case something unplanned happens.

*Call your bank to let them know that you will be abroad and the length of time you will be gone.

*Make copies of all of your cards and your passport before you leave, leave a copy at home and hide one in your suitcase.

*Tampons with applicators - they do not carry ones with applicators

*Buy a map of the city before you leave to get an idea where things are, but once you are there see if you can do without the map all of the time - make a rule that you do not stand on the streets to look at the map. You make yourself a tourist target.

*Bring airmail thin envelopes if you plan on mailing any letters back to the United States. It helps with the weight cost of the letter - but they can be hard to find so it is not a deal breaker if you can't find them. :) It costs 1.40 euro to send a standard letter or postcard to the USA.

*Bring things like decongestants, ibuprofen etc. because sometimes it can be hard to get these in Austria. Sometimes you might even have to go to the doctor to get a prescription!

*Also know that the German spoke in most of Austria has a very heavy accent to it, so if you know high German it might still be a bit of a challenge, especially in Salzburg. 

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