Tomorrow begins what I consider the third and final leg of my journey across Europe. The trip (or voyage as I prefer to call it — humour me) has been going on more or less as planned, but my grand plan of writing about it regularly here has not: often there is no in-flight Wi-Fi (see below), and a hotel I stayed at had an incredibly slow network, and the fastest I have come across till date, surprisingly enough, was in Lisbon. The first leg of my journey was across Portugal and France, the second leg was in northeastern Germany (Berlin and parts of Macklenburg-West Pommerania), and the final leg will be in southern Germany and Austria.
I sit in my cozy hotel room in north Berlin, about thirty-minutes from the Hauptbanhof, overlooking a quiet little residential street, as I pen this. I have probably travelled the S1 past Gesundbruhnnen and up and down line 150 a hundred times. That is probably an exaggeration but you get the point. The metro goes up and down the street noiselessly several times. The public transport system is robust here in Berlin, but not as punctual as I was led to believe.
Flying budget airlines
It is interesting that the next part of this essay was penned on an hour-long flight to Munich and eventually in the city whose football team I support.
Traveling with Europe, for me, was by two modes: rail and air. On a personal level, I have always wanted to travel Europe by rail, but, while cost-effective, trains are time-consuming for longer distances. Continue reading