Europe Train Challenge – 30 Countries In 11 Weeks: This week we can proudly say – WE MADE IT!!
Not only did we make it in time, we actually finished earlier than the 3-month mark – 75 days through 30 countries in Europe.
Countries This Week: Sweden, Finland
It has been an experience of a lifetime, and we will make sure to share everything we have learned and our experiences from the past 2.5 months on here soon.
Helsinki was a random place to end the challenge.
Being in the far northeast corner of Europe, neighboring with Russia, we sort of ended up in the place of nowhere, with no place to go …
But first things first: Sweden.
Stockholm was as beautiful as always: the old town with its charming streets, and the islands with its fresh, nature-bound vibe.
This capital city is unlike any other capital I’ve seen.
Wherever you go you’re never far from the water, and often completely surrounded by it.
Where else can you not only swim, but actually go fishing in the middle of the city?
In Stockholm it’s a common sight to see people getting off the subway with fishing rods in their hands, on their way to the parliament – to go fishing…
Looking over the amazing views over the city from Herman’s cafe in Södermalm, I felt rather proud over my country, with the beautiful nature and lovely people.
The next stop was our final destination on the Europe Train Challenge journey.
It was a strange feeling taking the ferry over to Finland.
We thought we would be completely exhausted, celebrate that we made it through and stay put for a while.
But when we finally arrived in Helsinki, we felt two sided about everything.
We had no idea of what to do next, so we did what we were most used to doing: we just carried on traveling.
Now I feel like I have a better idea of what this country, which for me has been a bit of a blurry spot on the map, is really about.
We had a great time and met some people who made a big impression on us, and Suomelinna island was beautiful!
The Europe Train Challenge is over, we have succeeded in visiting every single country on the InterRail passes – but that doesn’t mean that we’ve seen every country in Europe – 50 countries aren’t there?
Estonia, for example, is a place we still haven’t seen – so next week you’ll hear from us in Tallinn!