Last summer, one of my dreams finally came true. I went interrailing through Europe, and it was the most wonderful experience of my life. I went with my brother and three cousins, which made it all the more fun!
Interrailing is where you travel through countries on trains. You buy a pass - it could be an one-country pass or a global pass. We got global passes as we wanted to go all over Europe. We were selective about which countries we wanted to visit - I knew Italy was number one on my list. My brother wanted to go to Austria, my cousins wanted to go to Germany and Italy. It all came together quite well and we created a schedule that was easy to manage. with train times and hostel bookings.
We started our journey in Prague, Czech Republic, and travelled to Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and ended our travels in Italy. Along the way, we visited the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Hallstatt, Munich, Bratislava, Zurich, Milan, Florence, Pisa, Rome, Pompeii and Venice.
I was worried that I'd struggle with the hot weather in Europe, as I'm supposed to stay out of the sun due to my condition. It was difficult, and I was told not to travel, but I was determined to do it. I got through it because I had my brother and cousins supporting me each step of the way. There were certain things I couldn't do, like walk up all the steps to the top of the Vatican in Rome. But I still managed to walk everywhere, carry a heavy backpack, battle through fatigue and take all my medication on time. GO me!
One of my favourite things about interrailing was how surprisingly easy it was. Obviously, it took a fair amount of planning and consideration, but it all went smoothly and we didn't have any major problems. Although my phone stopped working in Venice - thanks to the hot weather for overheating it!
Each city was beautiful in its own right. I'm so grateful and blessed that I had the chance to go on this trip. I even wrote about my desire to visit Europe in this blog post from 2014 here.
Venice was undoubtedly my favourite European city - the charm of the Italians, the vibrant markets, the relaxing Venetian way of life. I was amazed by how an entire city functioned almost entirely on water. The fact that to get to the other side of the city you need to take a water bus or taxi fascinated me so much.
Italy was my absolute favourite country - incredible architecture, steeped in history, mouthwatering food, beautiful weather, bloody good markets, charming Italians. What more could you ask for?! It definitely stole my heart, and I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Hope you enjoyed those little snippets from my adventure.
If you want to go on your own interrailing adventure - here's the link to the Interrail site.