Europe Train Challenge – 22 Countries In 8 Weeks: The first few days of this week contained A LOT of train travel. My predictions in our week 7 update were right:
The train from Istanbul to Bucharest turned out to be longer than it was supposed to, in fact, it turned out to be the longest and most uncomfortable train ride we’ve taken so far …
Countries This Week: Romania, Hungary and Slovakia
The supposedly 20 hour long train ride turned out to be 25 hours, stopping in the most random places, back tracking half the time and taking the longest way to reach the final destination.
25 hours is long but it would have been OK if the power in the train carriage and cabin wasn’t broken.
But yes, the power was OFF, meaning it was pitch dark at night, and since there was no fan or air con working and the windows could barely open up, it was like a sauna in the day.
Having no power makes you realize how reliant you are on it, and with dead laptops you sit there rolling your thumbs while the hours feel longer and longer.
We only stopped for the night in Bucharest, and at 6 am the next morning we were off on yet another train to Sighisoara.
Sighisoara, being one of the best perserved mideval towns in Europe, was SO quaint.
The houses looked like they were cartooned, with uneven sides and roofs, many painted in the brightest of colors, and old hunching ladies with scarves over their hair walking down the steep cobbled streets.
The next city of the week was Budapest.
It was our last stop on our very first round the world trip together, and it was what made the last impression of our trip, and what in some way I believe is what made us want to go traveling soon again.
Going back was interesting, as this time we had quite a different impression of the city.
Last time we thought it was a rough city, but this time we didn’t feel that way at all.
I guess it all comes down to what you compare it with, but it also made me realize how traveling has changed us and how we look at things compared to a few years ago.
There are so many quirky details to be found in this city if you look for them, like a bright blue church and funny statues everywhere.
We happened to be there during the beginning of some festival, so the streets were filled with people in traditional folk lore clothing and performing folk dance on stage!
Next week, we’re going totally hard-core, and will be visiting 4 countries in one week! Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Warsaw here we come!