InterRail 2010 – Part 3: Köln

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After exploring Berlin, I moved on towards Amsterdam.

To get there I had to travel via Köln, also known as Cologne.

 

There was a lot of time to kill in between the train from Berlin and the train to Amsterdam, so I decided to check out the Kölner Dom, the Cologne Cathedral.

Mostly due to its vicinity to the train station, and its striking look.

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Like a lot of the great architecture I have seen, the cathedral was under maintenance when I was there.

But not so much that I could not appreciate its grandeur.

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After taking a lot of pictures, that turned out to be way too dark to see anything clearly, I headed for a nearby cafe.

By the time I had sated my appetite, it was time to jump on the next train!

 

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In the next part; My first night in Amsterdam.

 

InterRail 2010 – Part 2: Exploring Berlin

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After my unsavory experiences in Hamburg, I was very happy to finally start doing some real touristy stuff in Berlin.

Not a lot interesting happened to me in Berlin. I just had a nice day, walking around, taking pictures. Then I moved on to Amsterdam.

A lot of places in Berlin had this very interesting mix of old majestic architecture and new degradation.

It was also interesting to see regretful war memorials for World War 2. Most war memorials I have seen other places, were put there by the victorious forces.

All in all, I very much enjoyed my day in this lovely city.

 

In the next part; Köln!

 

 

If you want to see more of the pictures I took in Berlin click here 🙂

InterRail 2010 – Part 1: From Bergen to Berlin

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I am continuing my project of curating my own Facebook photos, and this post is the first in a long series about an InterRail-trip I took during October in 2010.

 

I had just finished a year in the military, stationed quite a ways way outside of a city in the northern parts of Norway. It was cold, boring and mostly lonely.

Being stuck somewhere you don’t want to be, for the better parts of a year, really makes you want to spread your wings and experience the world.

Trading one location for many, if you like.

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I started in my hometown of Bergen, Norway.

From there I travelled via Sweden and Denmark, down to Hamburg in Germany, where I stayed for the first night.

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I only ever saw Hamburg in the dark, as I arrived quite late and left very early, but the area around the train-station is one of the seedier places I have seen in my life.

The first hotel I tried booking a room with was very classy and nice, but I reacted to the prices there. So the man behind the desk pointed me down an alley, claiming there would be hotels more in my price-range down there.

So I found a pretty shabby-looking building which advertised bed-renting. I was not overjoyed, but thought “When in Rome!”, and entered. But when I tried to book a room the guy just stared weirdly at me, and said that I had to “go get a girl first”.

Confused, I exited the building and noticed that, yes, this was a hooker-district.

Those beds where not meant to be slept in.

I returned to the first hotel, walked across the street, and stayed at their just as expensive competitor.

 

The day after, I was pretty happy to leave Hamburg behind, and jumped on the first train to Berlin.

When I arrived, I checked in at one of those hotels where you share a room with three other people. This worked fine and was inexpensive, but I decided that after a day of travel that I needed more privacy. I could not relax completely with a room full of strangers.

After those two hotel-experiences, I stopped caring about prices, and probably lived much more glamorously than most people on InterRail-trips do.

 

 

In the next part; Exploring Berlin