Dear Kat and 100 Hour Board,
In regards to your question about how much stuff will cost and where to find the best lodging in Europe, I'd like to introduce you to my friend and yours, Rick Steves. He's an incredibly dorky, yet incredibly useful kind of guy who does a tv show, radio show, and guide books on "Europe through the Back Door." Check him out on PBS or online at www.ricksteves.com. He's hilarious to watch, and he has really good tips on how to travel without being a tourist. He's the reason why I'm actually going to go to Europe in the next couple of years.