Admin: Enjoy traveling Europe and if you're near Eindhoven in the Netherlands just send me a message! That's were I work and live!
By the way, I indeed bought my parts in the USA because it was cheaper.
The Arduino board is very VERY easy to use. One problem I had was with the USB driver that came with the software on the Arduino site. But I went to the official site of the chip manufacturer and downloaded the latest driver version. An other problem I currently have is when the board gets its power supply not from USB but from a battery, the program won't start. I have to mention that I'm just jusing the board for 2 days now and I do not read many manuals
maybe I should
The board is cheap and has sufficient I/O possibilities for a simple project like mine.
I hope to finish my article/report soon and I will publish it on my website (but will also let you know here!)