Train travel, Berlin-Stockholm

Trip Start Sep 05, 2005
Trip End Mar 23, 2006

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Friday, November 11, 2005


So after getting my train reservation and finding out that I'd have to wait two hours (which is better than the four they originally thought I'd have to wait) for my train once I got to Malm÷, Sweden, I found a seat at my platform, wrapped myself up in my wrap (the best item I ever brought with me to Europe, so versatile) and closed my eyes to wait the hour till my train arrived. At one point, about five minutes later, I realized that near everyone around me was smoking, and was so disgusted and had to huddle myself up even further into my wrap so that I wasn't directly breathing in the fumes, however it wasn't until about 10 minutes before my train arrived that I realized, stupid me, I sat in the smoking zone of the outdoor platform. All well, at least I was in a no smoking car of the train. So the train finally comes I find the correct car and get on, and... someone's in my seat, no problem I showed my reservation and the girl left without any problem, I sit down and think to myself, awwwe sleep. Or maybe not. You see after I get myself all settled in and start falling asleep, about 2 stops later this guy gets on and decides to sit in the seat next to mine, because I was the closest one and the other lady had been smart to sit in the aisle and have her stuff next to the window. You see if you are in the aisle you will be less likely to have someone sit next to than if you sit next to the window, because it makes it a little more difficult for them to get to the seat. Still, no problem, why not let someone sit there, however I didn't realize he's be such a seat hog. In fact he didn't even ask to sit like the rest of civilization, no he picked up my bag and stuck it in front of my half asleep face, threw the piece of my wrap that was on the other seat over at me, pushed my elbow off the arm rest and proceeded to take up as much space as humanly possible without technically taking up anyone else's seat space. Luckily I was so tired that eventually I did finally fall asleep and he was off before the 2 Ż hours to Hamburg was up, and the lady across from me was really kind and considerate, so I guess she made up for the rude guy, who knows, maybe he's not a morning person, God knows I'm not.
So I get to Hamburg and get on my next train to K°benhavn and again someone's in my seat, but since everyone knows the way it works, everything was cool and I actually talked a little bit with this older couple. They were actually from Stockholm, but were traveling a couple of months around Europe, and their last stop was K°benhavn. I got a little bit more sleep and then something woke me up and as I look around all I see is our train entering this enclosed, artificially lit area with cars lined up like in a garage. Low and behold our train is entering a ferry. A ferry!!! You say, I know I thought the same thing, who knew that trains got on ferries, which explains the Berlin-night express not going through Denmark. So I thought this whole ferry business to be really cool, because for 45 minutes you get to go up on deck and get some fresh air (and let me tell you how fresh it really is, WOW!!! Even where my mom lives has nothing on Scandinavian air), or you can shop in the little shops (too expensive for my tastes), or even get a bite to eat (which would have been smart). I hadn't eaten since the dinner the night before and this was about noon, so I was pretty hungry, but I figured I'd get something from the dining car on board the train later, I wanted as much of the sun and air as possible, so I didn't eat. But it was worth it; because the sun was so bright it warmed you despite the chilly breeze.
45 minutes later we're back on the train and on our way to K°benhavn where I'd catch a train to Malm÷. Besides the older couple who you could tell were talking about me, they ended up wanting to make sure I knew where I was going once I got to Stockholm, I thought it was sweet, I also met this Swedish women who is married to a German and was traveling with her baby boy to go see family. This little boy was sooo cute all bundled up in his Scandinavian clothes and trying to walk in the train aisles (a feat for anyone). And I learned that Peek-a-boo is called (not the correct spelling I'm sure) Teet-tu. We also took the same train to Malm÷, and while waiting she told me about these little books on Sweden that they were giving away in the middle of the train station (which I saw the same books in Stockholm for 69 Kronor (about $9.00) so I technically saved $18.00). Then for the next 30 minutes we just talked about various things and so the train time went very fast.
Once in Malm÷, I changed some money and found something to eat and just waited till the next train came. And once I got on I figured out why I had to wait, for the third train in a row it was completely full. It was nice though and fun because in Europe dogs are allowed almost everywhere and it's so cool, and then I just relaxed and watched Pirates of the Caribbean and got some lasagna which was sooooooo good, but I had a hard time finishing it because I got so full. But again I finally arrived at my destination at city backpackers hostel. It's a pretty nice hostel and it had free Internet and you have to take your shoes off before entering the main part of the hostel, but it was still pretty homey.
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