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Hi! I'm Charlotte, an 18-year-old Dane who just finished high school.

I've always loved to travel, and have decided to put life at home on a hold and go traveling around the world for the next 3+ years, hopefully, in the process, learning more about myself, my surroundings and the people I meet on my way.

Interrail Diaries day 1: getting there

Updated: Mar 2, 2019

We finally came on the road, in the train and on our way to Prague! But things didn’t quite go as planned.

This morning we packed about 50 kilos of food for the trip, before heading to the station.

My mother snapped this cute photo:

Before the first of four trains arrived on time at 7.50.

But we somehow still arrived 15 minutes late in Lunderskov. Meanwhile on the first train I had successfully managed to step in baby vomit while Zuzanna had fallen while trying to sit down.

And then we of course missed the connecting train to Flensburg. Luckily another train would go directly to Hamburg two hours later, and after reserving seats for the train ride we decided to explore Lunderskov in search of a toilet.

Thereby our first adventure of our interrail trip came to be in a tiny danish town in the middle of nowhere and in the pouring rain. We did have a blast though, somehow finding it impressively difficult getting to the grocery store although the town seemed to basically consist of one main road.

And when we finally did get on the train to Hamburg the train ride felt much more rewarding after braving the cold and the rain for two hours.

As we arrived in Hamburg with 50 min to spare, our second adventure began as we took a sneak peek of the city while waiting for the train. And in the span of 15 minutes in Hamburg I had managed to accidentally steal a rose from a German women and then getting chased by said (now very angry) women until I gave her back the rose. Besides that incident Hamburg seems like a lovely city and we’re excited to explore it at the end of our trip.

We came really close to having to stay there for the night, though. While we did arrive at platform 5 with plenty of time to spare, it wasn’t until a couple of minutes before departure that Zuzanna realised that the train wouldn’t arrive at platform 5 but instead at platform 8 because of last minute changes. If I had been alone I would’ve definitely had to find a hostel. At least we learned that the German word for platform is 'Gleis'.

But despite the series of unfortunate events we made it onto the final train and the train ride between Hamburg and Prague was wonderful as we sat in a cozy compartment with beautiful scenery passing by outside the window.

I don't think the train rides are gonna be a bother at all - unless of course they don’t come on time, suddenly changes platforms or are filled with vomiting babies.

And while walking from the station to the hostel was definitely a killer for my knee, the hilly roads had the most beautiful view over the city. After having gotten lost for a little while, we found the hostel and made it safely to our dorm where only one other person was sleeping. And I don’t think I have ever fallen as fast asleep as I did in the top bunk bed of a hostel in Prague.

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