3 am to the airport in Turku, Finland. I changed planes in Riga and I was so tired I fell asleep in the second plane while it was still in Riga and woke up to everybody walking out of the plane 2 hours later, still in Riga?!? They got some problems so we got another plane and could finally depart with a few hours delay. The flight attendant was screaming with a panicked voice in the microphone "everyone stay calm, STAY CALM!!" it was hilarious. Nobody was even close as worried as her haha. I arrived in Milano at midday so I decided to have a little caesar salad and enjoy the warm weathe, before meeting up with my travel bud aka boyfriend Virgile. And holy moly it was hot in Milano. It was 7 degrees celsius in Finland when I left, and over 30 in Milano and I was sweating like a pig carriying my huge bag around.
Virgile and I met up in Milano. He took the train from his city, and from there we continued towards Trieste in Italy, where we had a little bed&breakfast for the night. The next day when we woke up and had breakfast, there was a Russian family that didn't have any language in common with us but they gave us Russian candy, very interesting taste. Smile and wave haha
A day in Trieste. The pasta portion costed like 5 euros! I also have a collection of these sleepy photos, but one for the blog is enough.
We took the bus from Trieste to Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Virgile in the center of Ljubljana
Is he real? Lake Bled in Ljubljana was one of the most beautiful places place I've seen, I highly recommend it! We spent the whole day swimming and sunbathing, and had a picnic under a tree with that view. We walked around the whole lake before we took the bus back to Ljubljana and the bus was so full we had to sit in the aisle. I slept the whole way on his knee so it didn't bother me..
Next up was Split in Croatia. We had a little stop in the capital of Croatia, Zagreb, where we had time to have lunch and walk around a little bit. In Split our airbnb hosts were the best ever and here we are out having drinks with them in a local bar on the beach. There were dogs running around everywhere and they were super cute. Above there's a picture with our host's girlfriend's dog Max under the grape tree.
We stayed five whole days in Split so we had time to see a lot! Running on the beach, hiking up to the view point in the center, going out to clubs and just chilling on the beach and burning like a real Finn in the sun. It was really really hot for me, over 30 degrees all the time. One day we went river rafting in Omis and I absolutely loved it. The river water was cold and fresh and the nature was like from a book.
The best local food was Cevapi and we had it many times, Virgile even cooked it at our airbnb one time and it was almost better than the local ones! I also met Lexi, a friend from California who lived in France in the same district as me during my exchange.
The train from Split to Budapest was like a museum. It was a night train and I can't even explain it, but it was like from a harry Potter movie, but like older. It took something like 18 hours to travel all that way.
BUDAPEST and the Széchenyi thermal baths! Our airbnb was in this romantic building. Once I managed to go into the wrong building cos they all looked the same, and there was someone going out from the door so I didn't have to use the key. I couldn't find the right door at all.. We only stayed for one night in Budapest before going to Prague, so we didn't see so much. But I really recommend the baths, it was very relaxing.
Two days in Prague. We walked a lot, saw the old town, went to a museum, had those amazing Trdelnik ice creams and best of all went for a pub crawl, where we met tourists from all over the world and finished the night at the biggest (5 floor) night club in Europe.
John Lennon wall
And the last stop in Munich. It was Virgile's birthday so we went to the BMW museum (it was actually my third time at that museum) and had a dinner out, in the evening. We had a real hotel room the last night so the breakfast buffet was perfect. I flew home from Milano and arrived late in the evening home in Turku.
This interrail was such a great experience and here are a few tips for those who want to go! Use airbnb for accomodation, it's very cheap and if you're lucky your hosts might guide you to local experiences and not those expensive tourist things.. Eat at home if you have an airbnb with a kitchen. It's a lot cheaper and healtier and the food markets might have something exotic to try to cook. Or bring along a picnic, and have it e.g. in a nice park. If you're traveling with Interrail, make sure to do the reservations beforehand, and take night trains if you travel a long distance, since it counts as one travel day. And also, you need less clothes than you think, and every city has shops where you can buy what you need. Overall this was a memorable experience and my absolute favorite destination was Split and Ljubljana (Lake Bled). Special thanks to Nassim and Anita if you're reading this!