InterRail 2010 – Part 18: Going Home

After almost a month of traveling, I was starting to get homesick.

It was starting to be more tiring than fun to move location almost every day, so Venice would be the last new place I visited on my journey.

When I left Venice, I found the quickest route towards Norway by train.

I did not take in to any more hotels, instead opting for sleeping on the train the one night that passed during my trip home.

I ended up in Hamburg again, but instead of going via Sweden by train like on my journey down, I figured it would be quicker to take a boat from northern Denmark.

I booked a ticket on a ferry from the port of Frederikshavn, and as soon as I arrived in Oslo, I hopped on a plane back to Bergen.

These two modes of transportation were the only ones I used during the entire trip that were not covered by my InterRail ticket in some capacity, but I was so ready to get home that I didn’t care.

I really enjoyed my journey, getting to see places I had only ever seen in pictures before, but a month with very minimal human interaction was just slightly too long for me.

Some people would have no trouble finding random new friends on the road, but I was too shy to start up conversations with other travelers on the trains.

If I ever were to try anything like this again, I think I would have to bring someone with me.

I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane πŸ™‚

Happy travels!

InterRail 2010 – Part 17: Venice

After visiting Rome, I headed straight to Venice.

It is a beautiful city filled with sights unlike anywhere else.

I didn’t spend too much time here, but I did stay for the night.

I mostly walked around looking at stuff, so it would be nice to return there someday with my girlfriend, so that we could try some of the more touristy things.

It would be cool to go on a gondola ride, and try out some of the nicer restaurants.

Like when I was in Paris, I think my enjoyment was somewhat hampered by being alone in a city of love.

I think I was also starting to tire out from the journey, at this last stop before heading home.

InterRail 2010 – Part 16: Rome

I arrived in Rome from Pisa late one evening, and promptly rented a room for my stay.

I started exploring Rome early the next morning, and left the day after that, so I had a full day of Rome goodness!

One of the first places I visited was the Colosseum.

It is much more central than most pictures would have you belive (much like Stonehenge), and it is constantly under refurbishment.

But besides that, and the massive line to get in, I’m glad I got to see it.

Since this was in October, I had seen a lot of talk on Facebook about how icy things were getting back in Norway.

And here I was, in Italy, enjoying ice cream in the sun.

One of my favorite parts of Rome was to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo.

It is such a massive cool old structure, constructed in 123–139 AD, and the insides now serve as a museum.

It is also one of the highest buildings in Rome, so you get a wonderful vista when you reach the top.

I also visited Vatican City, and stood in a giant line on St. Peter’s Square to get into St. Peter’s Basilica.

It was pretty there, but the line took several hours, circeling the square many times, making a vortex of people, and a lantern for beggars and scammers alike.

And at the front there were people trying to sneak past the entire hours-long queue, making the problem even worse for the people following the rules.

If you are religious, there are several sites in Rome much more worthy of a visit than this one.

Give the St. Peter’s Square a look, but don’t bother with the line.

I walked all over Rome that day, finding all sorts of beautiful architecture along the way.

I got back to my room at a very late hour, and spent one more night there.

Then the next day, I headed to Venice!