Europe Train Challenge – 12 Countries In 4 Weeks: The first month of the Europe Train Challenge has past, and we have learnt so many lessons for a life time.
Countries This Week: Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
The historical, beautiful city on water that I had dreamed of going to – was right there in front of me – the narrow streets, hundreds of bridges and thousands of Venetian masks were no disappointment.
The only thing that surprised me was that the pizza I tried there just didn’t live up to expectations – maybe it’s just bad luck, but none of the ones I tried in Venice were any good!
And to be rudely honest, the best pizzas I’ve tried have actually been in other countries…
Sure, I give the Italians credit for having invented this awesome thing, but to be honest I think some countries have been inspired and taken pizza to a new level
Maybe I just like people experimenting with food, trying to reinvent something rather than settling for the tradition is more my thing.
The Italians would probably laugh at me if I told them that my favorite pizza is one with banana, curry and peanuts as ingredients… trust me it’s nice!
The place looked as though it was taken from a child’s fantasy:
The small turquoise lake with a tiny island and a church on top with a mysterious “wishing bell”, the castle perched on top of a steep mountain, alps and green forest surrounding the villages – 100% fairytale like!
The people we met there were among the most outgoing ones we’ve met during the trip so far, and unlike many other places in Europe, the locals seemed grateful for the tourists coming there, and made an extra effort to show us and tell us everything about their village.
After having shown our tickets and passports countless of times on the same train, we arrived in Zagreb, Croatia and ended the week there.
The first impression wasn’t too nice, with really intimidating police officers and rundown buildings as a view from the train window.
But once we got off the train and entered the city, all of that changed very soon.
The first person we spoke to broke up in a big smile and said hello to us in German (for some reason?), the first thing that happened when we arrived at the hostel was to get a welcome Rakia shot and Croatian homemade cookies.
Zagreb has the cutest streets, strangest traditions and the cultural people made the city feel so vibrant and alive.
Besides, beer for 1 Euro and a restaurant meal with salad and dessert for 4 Euro wasn’t too bad either.
The biggest thing I’ve realized is that to find a place to live cheaply, you don’t have to go all the way to Asia or South America – Europe has them too. I knew eastern Europe was cheap, but it’s a different thing to know it than to see it for yourself.
So if you want to stretch your money when traveling Europe, go East – Week 5 starts in Bosnia!