The train rolled into Copenhagen on a beautiful Monday afternoon and I was immediately in awe of the city. As I wandered to my hostel I took in some of the views that were on my list of things to do: Rosenberg Castle, The King’s Garden and more. I checked in and settled in to my room before coming up with a plan for the remainder of the day: grocery store dinner in the park. It was sunny and beautiful and I wanted to make the most of it. But when I stepped out of the hostel doors to head to the store the sky opened up and the rain came down in buckets. I changed my plans and grabbed a bizarre combination of foods to eat in my hostel bed. I spent the evening relaxing, reading, blogging and researching. The next day I had a lot planned and I wanted to be well rested!
Almost 10 hours after leaving Texas I landed in Frankfurt, Germany. Why Frankfurt you ask? Well, it was the cheapest direct flight from Dallas to Europe. However, I chose to spend my time in Germany in Hamburg since I had read good things and it was on the way to Scandinavia. I had about 6 hours to kill in the Frankfurt airport before my train left for Hamburg, and my Priorty Pass Select lounge access came in handy once again. I plopped in a chair for the entire time with minimal movement and frequent naps. Then I started my first train journey in Europe.
I arrived in Copenhagen by yet another overnight train journey. Upon exiting the central train station, I had a 20 minute walk to my hostel, and arrived around 7am. My hostel check-in time was 2pm, but they let me get showered up and take a quick nap on a couch in the lounge before heading out on the free city walking tour at 10am. The walking tour guide met us at the hostel and led us to the courthouse where the tour actually starts. While waiting on the tour to start, I saw countless brides in wedding dresses exiting every few minutes, and learned that on every Saturday there is a wedding about every 5 minutes in the courthouse!
After leaving Tokyo I opted to make a trip back to Texas to catch up with friends and family. My visit to Australia to see family helped me get my head straight on what I wanted to do as far as my travels were concerned, but I was still homesick and wanting to see a lot of people. Since my next stop after Tokyo was Europe, I decided it was a good opportunity to detour back to DFW.
I got to Stockholm early evening via a long night and day of trains. Once I checked into my hostel, I got some much needed laundry started and while waiting on that to finish, enjoyed some time in the sauna that my hostel had – fancy stuff, Sweden!
I took an overnight train on the route from Oslo to Bergen and along the way took in some absolutely stunning scenery!
I left Paris on a flight bound for Oslo, Norway in the early evening, and knew it would be a long night and late check-in to my hostel there. What I didn’t know is how terrible I would start to feel mid-journey…something was hitting me in a bad way…as my whole body started to ache and I felt very lethargic starting that afternoon. Once I got off the plane, I knew it was some sort of 24 hours virus…or food poisoning. I will not go into details because I’m not trying to scare away readers of this blog, but I’ll just say, it wasn’t pretty, and my first entire day in Oslo was spent holed up in my dorm room either in a fetal position on my bed or in the bathroom. How could I make it through nearly 4 months in Southeast Asia eating every local food under the sun, not get sick until I eat a kabob in Paris?! Riddle me that!