Hah, yes..12 bucks for a McDonalds meal and you'd spend that much for a small salad in a restaurant, ridiculous.
I've always been jealous of people who live in areas where they get to see bands more frequently like that.. I lived in the UK for 4 years during my studies but only managed to see a band once (again I couldn't really afford to go more) but it was worth it since they are one of my favourites (Idlewild).
I've been to Germany / France (not Paris unfortunately) / Netherlands / Italy / Czech Republic / Greece / Cyprus etc, a fair few haha. I absolutely loved Berlin when I went, and Rome is also fantastic. Amsterdam is pretty sweet, lovely to walk along the canals and cobbled streets with a nice rustic feel to it.. each city has it's own charm to it. There are still several places I want to visit..all in due time.
Gahh work and my class keeping me busy.
So you studied in the U.K. for 4 years? Where/what city did you study in? Besides London, I've been to Bath, Brighton, Oxford, and York; and then in Scotland Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye, but that's it. Yeah that's a pretty nice list of places you've been; last three I haven't had a chance to visit yet. France is awesome, especially all the little towns scattered around the country. Have only driven into Paris, to leave via the airport, haha. Have been to Amsterdam twice now, but have only really explored the city center, the part most tourists visit. I've heard Brugge in Belgium is sort of similar/really nice, with it's cobbled streets and older buildings. My parents and younger brother have been to Berlin, and all loved it; I've only been to Frankfurt, which was kind of boring. I did Venice in Italy, but not Rome unfortunately. In general though, nice advantage you got there is the excellent train system all over Europe, making most big cities only a couple of hours away. Here in the U.S. everything is so spread appaaarrtttt, it sucks. Plus, your inter city transport is much better too, in regards to either an underground system or bus.
Just learned this week I'm most likely going back to Ireland and Scotland/England this fall with my parents; so pumped. Tax returns we do here most certainly help, haha