Ok, I have a solid and realistic idea of my trip, but I'm having trouble figuring out some of the expenses. My dad is going to Germany on the 23rd to check out a gaming convention and I plan to go with him. It's in this small little town called Leipzig and he's only staying for a day but when he leaves I plan to hop on a train to Berlin. I'll stay there for 9 nights and take a train to Amsterdam. I'll stay in Amsterdam for 7 nights and either fly to Edinburgh, Scotland, or I can take the longer (but more expensive) route by hopping on the ferry between Amsterdam and Newcastle and taking a train from there to Edinburgh. A good friend of mine lives in Scotland and her boyfriend is from there, so when I arrive they will be helping me explore the country. Once I'm done I'll take a plane from Scotland back to Madrid.
Now, I've been able to look up prices for places to stay and planes and train tickets. Amsterdam to Edinburgh is much cheaper and easier, but the notion of taking a boat and then getting to see the country side on a train through the UK is very alluring. That's the only reason I've kept the option open. I also have a "best of" lonely planet guide book for Amsterdam (because it's very small and shaped so that it fits comfortably in a back pocket) and another guide book for Berlin.
What I've been having trouble figuring out is food and entertainment. I know I'm going to want to go out drinking and stuff, and depending on how many friends I make will probably dictate how many nights I go out. And for food, there are many recommendations in the books on where to eat, but I also know it would be much more cost savvy to cook my own food a majority of the time and only eat out for a few occassions. Besides, most of the restaurants recommended (aside from a handful really cheap ones) were still in the 10-15 euro range, which in my opinion is not something I want to spend on every meal.
And then there are any possible museam entrances (I'm sure that information is listed in the books, I just haven't gotten there yet). Also, I will not bother lying and admit that I will be spending money on goodies offered in coffee shops, but I couldn't find prices on that in the book either.
Anyways, can you give me any help here?