It's nearly 3 weeks before I even leave for my grand European adventure, and I'm already posting comments here. How's that for blog value? I say it's hella value. You see, planning for my trip to Europe is consuming nearly as much time as the actual trip will...so I figured I would keep my loyal readers informed about my preparations. Please, try to calm yourself. I know this is all very exciting for you. I was initially planning to leave my trip itinerary extremely flexible with few details planned in advance, but that changed once I realized that many of the hostels in the big European cities fill up very quickly during the summer (I've already had difficulty getting reservations at some of them).