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The First 36 hrs

Train train train train and train

Edinburgh to Budapest

They always start as you mean to go on....well lets hope not. I hadn't even crossed the door before the first hitch happened. I went round the house for one final look to makes sure that I hadn't missed anything out, the next thing I hear is the door being looked at the car engine started. About 30seconds later the door was opened and I was released, thankfully. Once I was on my way the fun didn't stop there, the traffic on the bridge was pretty bad, I had left with enough time to allow for this but it did mean that we were stopped on the bridge as it swayed to and through in the wind. However even after all that we got to the station in plenty of time.

The Caledonian Sleeper was not as glamorous as I expected. It looked as if it had been cleaned once in it whole life and that was back in 1975. I was given a single seat but soon as the coach had pulled away I dove across to the double seats and tried to create a make shift bed. After a less than perfect sleep I got down to Euston Station. I had wanted to go and find Baker Street to find the illustrious home of Danger Mouse, but the thought of walking 1.6 miles there, and then 1.6 miles back carrying a 40+Kg (ok 20Kg really) didn't appeal to me. I made my way up St Pancrass, which took 5mins. Quite nice building even if it was a bit cold.

My recollection of the Eurostar goes a bit like this: Sat down, sent text and then when i woke i was only ten minutes away from Paris. Arrived in Gard Nord and supposedly its only 5 mins away from Gard Est. I had even followed it on Google Maps, however me being me, I left by a different exit so what should have taken five mins turned into a half hour march around Paris. I found it in plenty of time and so waited for my train to Strasbourg. It was on TGV, now thats what you call a train!! i'm not a trainspotter but these things have everything from Wifi to canteen to very comfy seats, but the best thing about them is that it goes so fast that you don't have to focus on anything before its gone.

At Strasbourg had a bit of a wait before the train so I went for a wonder. It's strange how nearly every European town looks the same in the dark. Again Strasbourg has a good station and the front is covered in a big bubble. Then it was onto the Strasbourg - Vienna train AKA the Orient Express. It was the first time I had a chance to lie down, but it didn't help. I couldn't sleep so I tried to watch as much as possible out the window but it was too dark. In the morning I was wakened with the chap on my door saying that my tea and rolls were ready.

I didn't really give much thought to Vienna, I just had an urge to go to Budapest, so thats what I done. Went up to the travel desk and asked for the next train to Budapest, viola it was done. It wasn't till I was on the train I realised I knew nothing about Budapest what money they used, if accommodation was cheap, if it was an easy city to get around and most importantly did I need a visa. Fortunately all the answers were in my favour.

Posted by Kickstart 01:46 Tagged backpacking

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