Like the rest of the rational world, Europe uses the metric system. The basic unit of length is the meter (m), which is divided into 100 centimeters (cm) or 1000 millimeters (mm). One thousand meters make up one kilometer (km). Fluids are measured in liters (L), each divided into 1000 milliliters (mL). A liter of pure water weighs one kilogram (kg), the unit of mass that is divided into 1000 grams (g). One metric ton is 1000kg. Gallons in the US and those in Britain are not identical: one US gallon equals 0.83 Imperial gallons.


Europe is for lovers, historians, architects, beach bums, and…weather nerds? In fact, the smallest continent has quite the diverse climate. Southern Europe is known for the warm weather surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This area has warm, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Northern Europe is marked by temperate forests, where cold arctic air in winter contrasts with hot summers. In between sits the exception: the mile-high Alps, where things are generally colder and wetter.

Keeping In Touch

By Email and Internet

Hello and welcome to the 21st century, where you’re rarely more than a 5min. walk from the nearest Wi-Fi hot spot, even if sometimes you’ll have to pay a few bucks or buy a drink for the privilege of using it. Internet cafes and the occasional free internet terminal at a public library or university are listed in the Practicalities sections of cities that we cover.

Safety and Health

In any type of crisis, the most important thing to do is stay calm. Your country’s embassy abroad is usually your best resource in an emergency; registering with that embassy upon arrival in the country is a good idea. The government offices listed in the Travel Advisories feature at the end of this section can provide information on the services they offer their citizens in case of emergencies abroad.


Getting Money From Home

Stuff happens. When stuff happens, you might need some money. When you need some money, the easiest and cheapest solution is to have someone back home make a deposit to your bank account. Otherwise, consider one of the following options.

Wiring Money

Athens Metro: Syntagma Station (70.0)
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