We’re about to head out again. We stopped at home for almost a week, and we only have a few weeks before school starts again, so itchy feet for the win!
Acutally, our next trip is in part thanks to Eurail. They’ve sponsored us with Global Passes, and we’ve decided to really hit some unknown places, in countries that we’ve not traveled much or at all. How exciting is that?
We have traveled by train before, but we’ve never designed our entire trip around the train. So this will be a brand new experience for us, a challenge even. We’ve chosen to travel through countries that we don’t speak any of the language, and if you’ve traveled at all by train before you know how incomprehensible some train schedules can be.
But, that is part of the allure isn’t it. I can honestly say that after living in western Europe these past three years, I really haven’t had to work at travel. It’s so easy here. I may not be fluent in any other language but English, but I can decipher many of the languages that border Germany. The hardest being Denmark. Those Scandinavian tongues move in ways mine just has not figured out yet.
I did take some Russian in college, but hey, let’s face it. That was a little while ago. I’m not bad at knowing the Cyrillic letters, so that might help…a little bit.
As you’ve probably guessed, we really aren’t sure of our itinerary. Not being big on pre-planning, we haven’t even really locked down which countries we want to make sure to visit. I have a feeling, we’ll be going to at least some of the following: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria. I just don’t know. Any suggestions?
And that’s why this trip, I think, will be quite different than the other trips we’ve taken. We don’t really have to plan ahead, and I don’t want to. I like the idea of finding great places, staying as long as I want, then moving on. It sounds freeing, if a bit intimidating.
What we do know, is that every train we’ve been on, no matter where in the world, it will be fun. I love looking out the huge windows of the countryside whizzing by. I love seeing the farmlands, the cityscapes, the villages. I will relish the tiny train stations as well as the large. I know it will be a chance to talk to people I would never have an opportunity to meet otherwise.
I can’t wait!
How about it? What do you think of traveling by train through countries you’ve never been?
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