I am in need of a massive brainstorm from anyone/everyone, but especially those with European travel under their belts, to assist me in planning a four-month European summer vacation. Formerly planned to be the summer of my dreams with a dear friend, I was recently informed of a certain, drastic change in plans (I'm not comfortable discussing it here). My ticket is entirely non-refundable, and so I will be trudging through instead of losing 1.2k on it.
I land on the 17th of July in Frankfurt, and will be travelling alone to see as much of Europe as I can in what time I have. A Eurail Pass is possible, as well as other student options, though I will be pedestrian-bound otherwise.
I have never left this continent, though I like to think I'm tough-as-nails and can muster the moxy for the solo expedition. No experience in foreign countries and sad language skills in the romantic ones will probably limit the eligible areas/activities. Lastly, I am currently busting my ass to make as much money as possible to take with me and am looking at a budget of <$6,000 USD... (~$4,500 EU currently)
edit: I absolutely refuse to spend any time in touristy places during this great escape. None. Zip. Zilch. Zed.
ok, second edit as a result of requests for clarification:
Thank you all for your input! I've diligently explored all that has been posted so far, and I will be taking this great advice with me! Thank you!
Furthermore, anything that teaches me how to live as a "local"
(ie. not a resident of G.W.What's-his-name's regime),
as I am pursuing an English-teaching position in a European country (undecided, yet).
Please help out with any ideas, experiences, advice, contacts, etc.!! I'm sure I'll need it very soon! :)
Thanks in advance!