It is 13:56, 15th of August 2019, full of impressions after walking like crazy in Copenhagen from 8 in the morning, I enter very happy at the train station where I should take a train to Stockholm. Should. That’s a key word. On the screen I see the thing that had not even occurred to me as a possibility: the train is canceled. At first I thought “oooh, what do I do now?”(yeah, maybe my thoughts were not so polite, but a bit of self-censorship is just fine-in cases like that), But after 5 seconds I remembered that I was hungry and that the cancellation is really great, because at least I can eat in peace. Always look on the bright side of life. So, no hurry, I bought something to eat and slowly went to ask someone who worked there. The person told me that they had definitely canceled the Copenhagen-Stockholm trains, and that I should go with the next train to Malmö (Sweden) and from there take another train to the Swedish capital. So easy and simple, I thought, and slowly, I headed for the right platform. And there, ladies and gentlemen, my odyssey through southern Sweden begins. I arrived to Stockholm at midnight. It was a very long, but incredibly fun trip by train and bus. Instead of a short, direct and efficient train, I won an adventure that made my trip much more dynamic than expected.
General information: Stockholm is the capital of Sweden, located in the south of the country. There are about two million people living there and it’s a beautiful town. I have to say it at the beginning because I loved it. It ‘ a city in several islands, but also a part of it is in the continent. There are several bridges that connect the islands with the rest of the city.
General information: Both Frutillar and Puerto Varas are located in the Lakes Region, in the south of the country. Both towns are small, Frutillar has a little less than 20,000 inhabitants and Puerto Varas around 40,000 inhabitants, or almost double of Frutillar.
General information: It’s the largest island in the whole country, with about 170,000 inhabitants, called “chilotes”. The island is located in Los Lagos Region (literally The Lake Region). Basically, it’s an archipelago, but most of the population lives on the Big Island of Chiloé, that I visited. There is also situated the capital of Chiloé, Castro.
How to get there?
For now, you can only go by plane or ferry, but very soon the construction of the bridge will end so the island will have easier access, although as I will explain later it’s very nice to go by boat. I think it would be very practical to rent a car on the big island and then go visit the other islands. That’s what I missed and that’s why I’ll definitely come back, because they say that the smaller islands have beautiful landscapes and few people visit them, so it will be a paradise for those seeking tranquility and unspoiled nature.
General information: The country, which in Hungarian is called Magyarország, has around 10 million inhabitants. The country is very homogenous, with a very small percentage of foreigners, which actually is quite usual for Eastern Europe, where it collides with Western Europe, which is all the opposite. But, the city of Pecs, with 150,000 inhabitants, chosen in 2010 as the European capital of culture, was the meeting point of three cultures: Christian, Jewish and Muslim. That is why we can say that Pecs, located in the south of the country, is a peculiar city in Hungary, with its cultural richness. The official currency in the whole country is the forint, so you have to be prepared. But, of course you can pay in lot of places with credit/debit card.
Where to eat and go out?
You can eat in any restaurant, Hungarians give very big portions, so you ask portion for 3 people, and 7 can eat. The food is pretty good, they eat a lot of meat, but they still have a lot of bakeries where you can buy something for breakfast or just a snack. The food is cheap, so without any fear you can have lunch or dinner at a restaurant. To go out, I recommend pubs. There are several, and all are in the center, which is small, so you can go everywhere on foot. The atmosphere is quite good, you can see that it’s a student city.