My flight from Tangier to Paris went well, no running late, no misunderstandings. The flight was a bit more bumpy, but it is to be expected with easyjet (compared to airtransat, transatlantic flights). When we landed it was snowing! I was so happy!
When I got off the train in Marseille it was freezing! I’ve officially been through a complete year in a week a far as weather goes! On my way to my host I got a bit lost and some very kind old man helped me back on my way.
Our arrival in Geneva was a lot merrier than our stay in Lausanne. It wasn’t snowing and although the bus was packed we got to our host’s pretty easily. My sister knew the place since we stayed with the same person that hosted her when she came from Paris to Venice.
We got to Milan in the afternoon and took the rest of the day off. We chatted with our hosts, 3 of which were on couchsurfing, uploaded the Rome Blogue et did some couch requests and went to sleep very early. We wanted to recuperate from our stay in Rome which had involved very little sleep and a lot of walking. The next day, after 12 and 15 hours of sleep we woke up to a snowy day!
We left Rome with some sadness at leaving some good friends but with the feeling that we’d been in Rome for a month. When you change cities every 3 days, spending 6 nights in one is very disorienting. We wish we’d have had less rain but in all we had a great time. Let’s just hope we can rest now and take it slower!
Once we got to Verona, Laura called our host and he came to pick us up at the train station, which was really welcome since he had a car! He then took us into Verona to show us around a little and to point out to us some things we should visit the next day. He knew a lot about the architecture and history of the city and he gave us some useful tips about the city dos and don’ts. (For example he told us there was a 300 euro fine if you were caught sitting down and eating near the main attractions of the city. They had a special picnic area available for eating purposes.)
Did you know Venice is the doom of tourists? Maps are useless and you just have to go with the flow. The city is really beautiful though, with all its small alleys, bridges, canals, and no car/bikes anywhere.
Did you know no one in Austria knows about the Sound of Music? Or almost no one. They have tourist stuff for foreigners but the normal people have no idea what that is. And normal european neither. I was pretty disappointed! The hostel I’m staying at though has a daily showing of the Sound of Music and although I didn’t want to waste half my day watching it, I borrowed it and watched it at night! This movie makes me so happy!! And I recognized a bunch of places I’ve seen.
My traveling to Vienna was very exhausting. The Polish train stations don’t say anything in english, therefore when I had to get my connection in a station that was undergoing reparations I very nearly missed it (even though I had taken an early train NOT to miss it). Lucky for me that the train was late! And then when I reached Vienna, I had troubles getting to my host’s place because of lack of advance preparation and finally, after an internet café and a scare later, I managed to get settled.
Tuesday night I arrived in Cracow and was met at the train station by my very charming host Anna. What is it with Poles that makes them so welcoming? I’ll probably get lost when I arrive in Vienna, I’m not used to finding my way on my own anymore haha.