Saturday morning April 1st!I have been working in the catering industry last night and so I just came home. After a short sleep, shower and hysterically packing all kinds of things, I am leaving with my father and aunt to Schiphol. At the "Hello, Goodbye
bar" we decide to have an cup of coffee and tea and then reveal my destination. Unfortunately, the film of my revelation moment went a bit wrong but this couldn't spoiled my fun. I found out were to, I'm going to .....
the last destination I would have thought of. Never, this location would never crossed my mind as an possble option, but it was probably on my list of cities that I would like to do soon, so I could now stripe this of my list!
Because at the dropdown
only included a single trip ticket, I also bought a Euro / Inter Rail pass. I have bought this a few weeks in advance on www.treinreiswinkel.nl. Super product! You ordered this passport for a certain period of time, for example 15 days, and then choose the
number of days you want to travel by train in Europe without any restrictions, in my case I chose for 5 days. My intentions are to see 3 different cities (and most important of all, in 3 different countries) during my dropping. I have all the moving freedom
there is wich you don't have when you go on a normal city trip or holiday. I do not have to stay anywhere because I have booked an accommodation or flight, so I can go anywere I want. Aslong I am back on the 11th April on Tuesday.
at Copenhagen Airport, it felt very strange to be somewhere without having any sense of direction.Atleast to me, this was a very wierd experience. Normally, I know that If I have to go to a subway or train to get to a particular station, if or were there's
is an transfer bus waiting for me to bring me to my hotel or apartment, now I don't know anything! I could stay at the airport for another couple of hours, then take the train to another city or buy an airplane ticket to travel further. Everything was all
up to me! What a freedom! I decided to find a campsite on my ANWB camping app, which I had previously purchased, which I obviously could not do because I didnt knéw where I was going. I found a nice campground and looked up the best way how to get there.
Half an hour by train to IShoj train station and then only needed to walk 25 minutes. That shouldn't be an problem, the sun was shinning and I was on my vacation so had all the time!
Once I "according to my google maps" arrived at the address
where the campsite should be, there was no campsite to be found. I asked bystanders the directions to the nearest by campsite and they sent me on another 20 minutes walks further ahead. When I walked into this campground, I saw that this was another campsite
then I came searching for, but that did not matter to me. A friendly young man came to me and asked if he could help me. I explained to him that I actually was looking for another campsite that I didn't find, but I just wanted to stay here for just one night
with my small tent. Unfortunately, he indicates this campingsite is fully booked, but he will try to help me further. I showed him on my phone which campsite I actually searched for, and explained that I could not reach them by phone and so I just walked and
he looked and sayed: "Oh that are my friends! I will call them for you. Finally In the end, he mannaged to arranged a place for me and I am expected at first mentioned campsite. I explained to him I've been walked for 1 hour and ask him if it's true that the
campsite I searched for was just the other way up. He confirmed this was the case but refers to a train station nearby back to were I came from. I have to follow the sandpath. In short,I was proud of to have walked the sandpath and eventually came to
the train station with my rollerbag. I took the train back to Ishoj station and walked up to the other side, on my google maps, this time with the correct address.
Once arrived at the campsite, A friendly female behind the reception helped me. She says
she loves having me there because I'm the first tourist and the first tent of this season, they have just opened the today. She still asks if it's not too cold to camp, but I'm sure it will be just fine. I am appointed to which places I can settle and walk
full of enthusiasm over throug the field. So I'm the only tent and can place my tent about anywhere! I choose for a spot in the corner of the field at the water. What a wonderful peaceful spot! I will definitely come back here again, this I promised
myself and start setting up my tent. This is going well and soon and after a little hour my whole tent has been set up and decorated. Now I just want to shower and dress up and sleep well! I've been awake for almost 36 hours and I'm tierd after that long hike.
Now I that I am completely freshed up I walk to the front desk to ask where the nearest supermarket is, she shows me three supermarkets but ells me that she sells simulair stuf and some products. I decide not to go walking anymore and bought pasta,
rice waffles, marmalade, philadelphia, tuna, canned tomato cans and a gas tank from her for my primus. Unfortunately, this gas tank does not fit on my primus so I brought it back. Fortunately, this campsite is equipped with all comforts, they also have a building
with 5 kitchen cubicles in the block at the showers and toilets built. Includes 2 burner gas cooker and extractor hood. Delicious easy this way! I made pasta and made enough to eat for 2 days. At 20:30 I really decided to crawl in my sleeping bag. I wear the
thickest outfit I've ever slept in, I crawl my tent. I app home all the people who could get worried if I would not respond or letting them know that I'm going to sleep now and probably "sleep a hole in the day" so that they do not have to worry if I don't
respond tomorrow morning. The next day I woke up at 11:15. I slept arroud the clock! Fantastic! Stiff bones caused by the long sleep I decide to speed it up alittle. I go to shower, have breakfast and start emptying and breaking down my tent. At 13:00 I'm
on my way to Ishoj train station to go to Copenhagen, I want to go sightseeing!
The previous day I booked a hostel in the center of Copenhagen recommended by an old colleague. This will be my first Hostel experience and I have decided to book one private
room for 45 Euro. I am kindly helped at the hostel by the receptionist and there is a very nice atmosphere in the common area which also serves as a bar / restaurant. There is a lounge area and there are some tables with benches and chairs. Some people are
in groups but many people are just sitting with a book or laptop. I am told that I can prarticipate an Saved in SharedDiner, thats one dish thats all you can eat, that evening, that dish was pasta is bolognese. I decide to do so and included a breakfast buffet
the following morning. I dump my stuff in my room, refresh me a little and walk into the city.
I assumed that I had to use the shower in the hallway, but in the toilet of my room there is also a showerhead attached to the ceiling. Genius how much they
can create in such a small space! I'm sitting arround the corner at Town Hall Square and Tivoli Park, unfortunately, that accommedation is still close untill 6th April but the entrance is already fun! I find that everyone speaks English very well, just like
I am used to in the Netherlands, and I feel right at home just like I always also feel when I am in London. My love for Copenhagen is already growing. In Denmark they have a different valuta Danish crowns, 1 crown is about € 0.13 euro, so this will be
a little more calculating. Fortunately, today you can use creditcard and bankcards and just whitdraw money from the wall with your own debit card. It also has something nice this strange money, sometimes I sometimes miss this in other countries since they
al have changed their valuta to euro.
I walk around in the shopping street that afternoon and I praticipate whit the shared dinner in the hostel bar. A simple pasta with vegetables and bolognese sauce is being served. You can get a bowl with your dinner
payed receipt and then Just fil this up out of another bowl as often as you like. How fun is this! After the shared dinner, I decide to eat another piece of thick Yogurt cake at a very cozy English tea shop that I encountered earlier that day, this will
be my first cheat meal of my personal body plan period but it is worth it. I take a slide of pie choosen by the seller with a cup of tea and sit outside. These are those moments that I really appreciate that I'm on vacation by myself. Even though it would
have also been very cozy to be sitting here with a girlfriend, my dad or perhaps a sweetheart together with my little cake and my cup of tea, you upserve and enjoy all that happens. I think this way while sightseeing. You are not distracted by a conversation
or presence of anything or another person but you have 100% attention for your environment, then details are suddenly increasing.
After my piece of pie I decide to go to bed on time, so the next day I got up early, I enjoyed the breakfast buffet which
is really well arranged. An egg, a sausage, a yogurt, a cup of tea, toast, actually everything you need is available. Another bowl of fruit and I can handle it! Unfortunately, at the desk it appears that my single room is no longer available for an additional
night, I decide, with a little doubt, for the first time in my life to stay in a shared room of a the hostel. But for once I should be just fine?! I put my stuff in a luggage compartment in the hostel's basement and get my key card for later use that day,
That morning theres no doubt in my mind and go straight to the place where the BIG RED BUSSES leave and were the are also tickets for sale. I really like these bus tours. In every big city there is one and you really see everything without blistering your
feets. You can get off and get back to wherever you want, there is also a boat trip, as well in Copenhagen. During my bus tour I have seen everything, a nice little little church, a fountain, the little mermaid.
During my bus tour, I decided to go to
Stockholm the following day. I got to the train station and after a long wait in a long row I booked at the desk for my interrailpass that I bought for train at www.treinwinkel.nl a Ticket for the following morning. Only the booking fee of the seat costs around
Halfway through the day I decide to go on the walking tour which is also included whit the bus ticket. This trip starting point is for the cinema in central Copenhagen. I will arrive well ahead so I start wondering why I should not go to
the movies this evening, I've never done this while on a city trip and thought why not, most of the movies are in English after all, I will just ignore the subtitles and it workout just fine! On that moment, two boys simulair to my age or maybe younger came
up to ask if I'm waiting for the walking tour. I confirmed and they pretend to be the only one, so it's a private tour, how nice! They show me all sorts of places in Copenhagen that you can not reach by bus, the tour takes about 2 hours and we talk about all
kinds of things, some related to the tour, others around the world or everyday business that everybody can get to deal with in thier lives. That evening I decided not to have dinner at a restaurant, I ate a typical Danish hot dog that afternoon and was on
my maximum ammount of calories for that day. I just decide to go to the cinema and I choose to go for the movie LaLa Land, after 10 minutes into watching this movie, I walked out of the room, maybe I was not in the mood, is not my movie kind of movie It's
really a very bad movie (which should be impossible with all the nominations that this movies has won) but I didn't care. I decide to put on the naughty shoes and asked the desk if I could exchange my ticket for fifty shades darker, I'm sure I like this and
it starts 30 minutes after LaLa country, shortly anytime! The boy behind the counter is very friendly and despite the fact that they do not normally do that, he still exchanges my ticket, super friendly! I have to pay 10 crowns (1.35 euros) because this movie
is just more expensive and I went to the cinema room that played "fifty shades darker." After the movie I went to my room, the shared mixed room! I put in the luggage room in the basement some stuff from my bag in a small bag so I did not have to drag my bag
whit me the next morning while my roommates Still sleep. I meet two of my roommates, two construction workers who work here but come from another part of Denmark and also are staying overnight. One of them said that he usually has a caravan at a campsite near
his workplace but that it has been sold and so he has bought a new one but this has yet to be delivered. We're still chatting. He has to get up at 5:00 the next morning with his colleague in the other bed, I asked him to wake me up also because I have to get
up early and I'm terrified that I will oversleep and miss my train to Stockholm.
Fortunately, I wake up the next morning and can take a quiet shower, pick up my bed (which is usually common to check out when I checked out), pick up my belongings
and get to the train station. Of course I'm too early on the platform, but I also do not have to rush. The train station is so big that I have to walk 15 minutes from the station hall entrance to the platform! I start my 7 hour train trip to Stockholm Sweden!
Here is also no euro and you have the SEK or Swedish Kroner. 1 Swedish crown in about € 0.10 euro, convert again! I love other currencies! Around 15:00 I arrive at my hostel in Stockholm. I am so incredibly happy that today I can use my data bundle within
Europe! I use my phone with internet and google maps all day and have so many convenient travel apps that nothing can go wrong! I found my hostel quite quickly, it is a hostel without staff. That means, of course there is a cleaner every day, but there is
no security, desk or reception. You can enter with a door code that you have received by mail after reservation (in my case via booking.com). Then you will get your room number and the code for the lock. Super arranged! Everything works fine! The cleaner is
accidentally busy and I ask how I can wash my clothes, he indicates that it costs 60 kronor (6 euros), but I have no cash yet. He is very friendly and allows me to use the washing machine free of charge. In theory I had only 3 sets of clothes for me because
of the limited amount of luggage I could take because of my camping equipment. I slept in one set of clothes, I am in a mixed shared room anyways, so a jogging pants with a shirt is in its place. During the day you walk in a set of clothes and a evenings with
dinner you want to refresh yourself and wear some fresh clohes. In short, every 2 days washing is no unnecessary luxury. The washing machine has a quick program that makes my laundry ready in half an hour, I hang my laundry in my room and open the window,
the room is very tidy and again nothing lacks what you really need to enjoy this minimal way of traveling, because what do you really need? A bed, a shower and occasionally the opportunity to wash clothes and make some food, right?
I will dive into
Stockholm this afternoon, but soon find out that this city has little to offer me. Stockholm Railway Station is not normal so large hat it is. I'm got lost whitin 5 minutes after arriving there. Just taking the train to the metro took me 35 minutes being underground.
It's awkward! If you are above the ground, the station consists of several buildings and with intersections between these buildings it seems like a small village. Incredible! In the tourist information folder that I brought with me is not much, there are few
buildings or things I would like to see, and after 2 hours in the city, I decide to go back to the train station, a return ticket for the next morning to book and return to my hostel. So said, and so done! If I walk from my train station to my hostel, I'm
looking for something to eat, a restaurant or a supermarket. The hostel has a microwave so the possibilities are endless. I see a COOP supermarket and decide to take a look. I still have to keep my personal body plan diet so a McDonald's meal is unfortunately
not in it, otherwise I would have done that!
I buy a well-stocked and homemade meal salad from the supermarket salad bar, some toiletries and walk back to my hostel. It's a small hostel with only 15 rooms so it's not crowded with all kinds of guests.
I'm just sitting in the kitchen on my salad and a cup of green tea while I'm totally in my book. When I have my salad I go to bed well, I think it's so delicious to be able to do it all the day again without having to feel obligated about households or appointments
that can not sleep when I just want to sleep Have! What a freedom! The next day I will take the train back to Copenhagen early. My bus ticket was valid for 48 hours and this means that I could take the last bus line that I haven't beenable to do so before.
I book the same mixed room in the same hostel in Copenhagen and notice that I'm starting to become a learned gypsy. Packing my bag and arranging my stuff is going better and quicker each time, and also mytoilet bag and organizing my day feels like I've never
done anything else. I wish I could continue my whole life like this? I decide to go to Berlin the next day and then travel home. I've been away for 7 days and have a weekend leftover in my own home for a nice weekend. The last time I had that luxury,
I can not remember again. I book a place on the train to Berlin, via Hamburg. I have to switch to Hamburg. Because it's early I take out my book and I setteled me at the hostel's bar, outside on a bench with lots of colored hippie pillows placed on it, later
when the sun goes out, I go to a similar bank but then inside the hostel. I order a pizza (3rd cheatmeal this holiday, but I have eaten little that day so it can) and loved for 5 hours to read. From 16:00 to 21:00 everything disappears and I am completely
relaxed reading my book, why does this never work when I am at home? The next morning I really overslept. I got up 40 minutes before my train leaves, oh my god! I'm in a hurry and decide not to go to shower. I drank that night before shower and shower when
I arrived in Berlin. I can not miss this train! In the jogging suit I slept I brush my teeth and quickly to the luggage room, I put everything together and make sure I forget nothing. Quickly I walk with my backpack on my back and my rollerbag behind me to
the train station.
Once on the train, I notice that there is no place where I can keep my bag close or keep an eye on it. I decided to sit on the balcony of the train, I came across the toilet and decided to dress and refresh in the toilet, I did not
even make up for it and I'm still in the train for 7 hours. I'm laughing at myself how easy I find this '' drifter ''. I put myself in the toilet, pick up all my bags properly and nest myself on the folding chair with music in my ears and a book in my hand.
I am embarking myself on a train journey of about 5 hours to Hamburg and then another 3.5 hours to Berlin. So I have all the time! However, after 1.5 hours, 3 conductors come to me. The whole train is empty and the train stands still it hasn't moved for a
few minutes. They tell me that there is something wrong with the brakes and that the train does not go any further. I'm "moan" when I hear that I have to take the bus to Hamburg. All my stuff is installed around me, set for a 3 hours undisturbed trainride.
I quickly get everything together, and start putting on my vest and coat again. Fortunately, I find my bus, a coach, and get installed again. Because the previous one was empty, I sat in this but with another 4 people, what a luxury, at the front so I do not
get sick, I go further into my book. I see enormous meadows of Denmark and for miles no buildings, occasionally a small cabin or a farmhouse. I ask the driver who speaks little English but he doesn't even bother to communicate whit me in English, with hands
and feet I ask him how long before we get to Hamburg, this seems to be 2.5 hours longer than the train, ach nothing to do, I'm on vacation but I'm glad I did not miss the train in the morning, otherwise it would have all become much later. After a while we
come across some kind of border crossing on the highway, I just think of passport control and indeed the police are making arround through the bus,
I used to getting passport controle on the bus when I went to London and so expected this. However, it
seems to be a similarity from my bus trip to London, namely, we are also going sailing whit a boat! As I said, the driver communication did not really seem to be an essential part of his job and everything just happens as it happens. We drive the bus to the
boatportal and now I guess we have to leave the bus, for 45 minutes I got this much out of him (the driver). I love traveling by boat. A cruise is therefore high on my to do list. I enjoy the sun, the fresh wind and the food on board. After 45 minutes I walked
back to the bus. In my room, despite the fact that I stand there with 30 more people, I will be solicited by a security guard asking me what I am doing over there not knowing that was not allowed to be standing there. I look surprised at him and promise him
that I'll wait for the driver until he gets back, I do not feel like starting an discussion, but I also won't obey and go upstairs, while those other people remain standing right there. Once arriving by bus in Hamburg, I amaze me about the beauty of the station
and the surrounding buildings, I definitely need to go there again! I have missed my train and ask at the international counter if I can change my booked my ticket, fortunately they are aware of the situation earlier that day and I can take my ticket to a
train later that leaves in 7 minutes train so i need to go and hurry, the friendly man behind the counter has also made a reservation for the train afterwards so if I miss that first train I do not have to be in line again, really friendly, are german
people not as bad and rude as I pre aspected? I'll take the train and have a relaxing train ride to Berlin.
Once arrived at Berlin, the chaos that I did not miss in Denmark and Sweden completely failed, I do not know if it's the main station or that
I just can not get used to all German speaking, the language and the People, but my relaxed mood decreases. I keep myself calm and relaxed and take the metro to the place where my hostel is. I booked a modern hostel, again a shared mixed room, whatever it
makes, close to public transportation and all sights. But what is Berlin that big! The metronetwork is a lot less clear than I used to be from London and Paris but fine to do. Unfortunately, my google maps had some hickups through the tall buildings around
the station, so I only walked around the station after 3 laps and walked in to my hostel. I was helped by a friendly boy of my age, I was annoyed but he made me smile and relaxed toward my room. Linen package you can pickup yourself from the linen room, washing
machine and dryer you find in the basement and each shared 4 person room has its own bathroom, which is very luxurious! It is a tall building of 20 floors, a nice social space and enough choices for snacks and simple meals such as salads and pizzas. I was
again wearing some clothes on arrival, dump most of my luggage in a luggage locker in the hotel basement and go on my way. I already booked a train ticket to Haarlem at the train station of Copenhagen for the next day, so I did not have to do anymore. Unfortunately,
during the sightseeing, my preliminary impression of German people, based on German tourists in the Netherlands, was confirmed again. I think it is a very arrogant people who make no effort to adapt to their surroundings, as tourists, and as a German citizen
to tourists too. The flexible and easy handling of Denmark and Sweden is counterproductive with Germans. Anyone asking you something on the street or at an information point is stubborn and tight, and the English language is not as present as in the Netherlands,
Denmark and Sweden. Like Romans in Rome and Venice, they like to walk over you than to let you go and push for a full subway or train while people still have to leave is also perfectly normal. I'm not going to stay here for a long time. I'm lucky enough to
have a good day. I visit most of the things I would like to see in Berlin. Savonds, I pick up a pizza for the spot price of 2.50 euros (yes, of course I can pay with euros again) and go to bed early. In my room I speak to a man who is in Berlin for work, he
has to finish the night at 4 o'clock to get his plane, I assume he does not have to do it smoothly, I sleep throughout, and indeed I did not notice that he left the middle of the night. The next morning I check out early but leave my luggage in the luggage
compartment in the basement. At a same place, I work trough the list whit the last sights for Berlin. I decide to re book my ticket for a train earlier, I have seen Berlin. I pick up my belongings in the hotel, thank you again for the nice stay and the cleaning
of that day before.
I am going to Berlin Central Station and book my ticket for a direct train trip to Haarlem, well, actually Amsterdam, and then change over there naturally. Unfortunately, this is not free, but it costs only € 6.50. The train
journey takes 8.5 hours, but because of a delay it will be another 1.5 hours longer. On the way in the train, I eat something and I enjoy the last moments of my vacation. I can say that I'm totally in love with scandinavia, the people, nature and the wisdom
that I like to travel by train and certainly do it more often. By 2018, I plan to travel from Nordkap North to Gibraltar Spain, completely unscheduled, in hostels, by train. I'm looking forward to it now!
So far my report about my drop
to Copenhagen and everything that came about.
To be continued ... Stay tuned ...