My train route to Venice involved a train change in Milan and in theory, there would have been enough time to get to the connecting train. But, as you know, life (and travel) does not always go as planned.
Around Europe in 30 days #13: Human connections (France)
I started the first leg of that journey on September 9th, 2008. I had prepared to spend the 11h30 hours of the train ride reading and doodling. But somehow things came differently.
Around Europe in 30 days #12: Falling in love with a city (Barcelona)
Barcelona is truly a city I fell in love with. I can't pinpoint it to one thing. Maybe it's the weather. Maybe it's the vibe. Maybe it's the architecture. Maybe it is the international scene. Maybe it's being so close to the seas and the beach. Maybe it is the laidback attitude of it's inhabitant.
Around Europe in 30 days #11: Rosemary twigs and fairy tale palaces (Granada)
After my breakdown the night before, I felt peaceful for the first time in months. This gave me the opportunity to wander around Granada while waiting for my actual day to visit the Alhambra. It was lovely exploring the streets, but it was especially memorable to climb up the hills and get an amazing view of the city.
Around Europe in 30 days #10: Losing myself (Granada)
Time and solitude are pure luxury for me nowadays, but back then this created a different kind of trouble. After a couple of hours in my hostel room, the full scope of traveling alone finally hit me.
Around Europe in 30 days #9: The long way round (Granada)
When I arrived at the train station, I was surprised that I could not find any free city maps, something I was pretty much relying on to find my way around in that pre-digital age. I had the address of the youth hostel I wanted to stay at, but I did not know how to find it.
Around Europe in 30 days #8: Would you like to join us? (Madrid)
On August 31th, 2008, I boarded the first actual train ride of my Interrail journey. Switching trains in Bordeaux and Irún, it took over 12 hours to get from Paris to Madrid. I remember being slightly nervous at the first ticket control.
Thoughts: Travel (and life) in times of a pandemic
Even though there are measures you can take to travel safely, it seems wise to decide on a case by case basis whether you should venture out further than a staycation.
Travel advice: What to pack (my basic essentials)
My dad ingrained in me that there are a couple of bare essentials: Passport, banking card and (nowadays) your smartphone. If need be, you can figure out anything else along the way.
Travel: Who to travel with
Whenever you plan a trip, one question might pop up sooner or later: Who (if anyone) do I take with me?
Travel advice: How to be a good traveler (and not an obnoxious tourist)
Whether at home or while abroad, we have all run into tourists that stuck out like a soar thumb and made us cringe at their behavior or inappropriate attire. Here are a couple of thoughts on how to be a good traveler (and not an obnoxious tourist).