I haven't really discussed it anywhere beside the thread about school starting, but I'm going to be an exchange student (yes, that thread from long long ago, I did it!!). I'll be living in Germany with a host family for about 5 months. I've been hearing a lot lately that Americans are the most materialistic people out there, and I've been wondering, is this true? The company that is placing me strongly suggests that we take as little as possible. I'll have no problem with the clothes, as the limit is one 44 pound bag, but I'm not so sure about the electronics. I really want to take my iBook, and my camera (just got a sony T-1, for it's size). I guess my question is, would my computer and camera make me look like "just another rich American". I've already decided against taking my phone, so any help would be appreciated. Also, any other things I should take, that I "can't live without"? ~Matt Oh yeah, I'll be living in Birkenfeld, anyone familiar with it?