Trains, Planes and Automobiles

The first half of this year has been my busiest ever period for travel.  The trips have been a combination of work and pleasure; because I’m only working part-time at the moment, I’ve been able to add on extra days around meetings and conferences.  In five hectic months I’ve been to two US states, both the European and Asian parts of Istanbul, and nine other European countries – ten when I count today’s trip to Berlin!

Most of these trips require flying and I have seen my fill of airport security, immigration queues and baggage carousels.  Where possible, I’ve been supplementing planes with trains.  I do enjoy train travel – it allows you to enjoy the journey as well as the destination.  Sometimes I hire a car, but for longer journeys I’ll opt for the train if possible.

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Train travel is often as fast and as cheap as a flight, the security checks and check-in requirements are normally faster and more straightforward, and you get to see the countries you are travelling through.  I know I posted a photo of a great snowy aerial view yesterday, but generally speaking you see much more from a train – hard to capture on my camera, I admit, but appealing nonetheless.

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One of the more memorable recent train journeys took me from Copenhagen to Stockholm, over the spectacular Øresund Bridge.  This 16km road and rail crossing connects the neighbouring countries of Sweden and Denmark, via 8km of bridge plus an artificial island and 4km of tunnel.

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A fixed connection between these two neighbouring countries had long been a vision, but actual construction work did not begin until 1993.  The crossing finally opened to the public in June 2000 and with it has brought the opportunity to work and study across the water.  The journey from Copenhagen to Malmo takes just 35 minutes, and the link makes it faster (just 20 minutes) to get to Malmo from Copenhagen Airport than from Malmo Airport!

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The views from the bridge were gorgeous – miles and miles of open water.

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The rest of the journey was wonderful too – very comfortable, with fantastic views of lakes and more lakes.  I arrived in Stockholm refreshed and just a short walk from my hotel on the waterfront.  What could be better!

If you fancy trying out international train travel and want some help, I highly recommend the Man in Seat Sixty-One for concise and practical advice.

Jo over at Restless Jo kindly invited me to join the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge that has been rattling around the blogosphere in recent months.  This photo challenge requires participants to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem, a long post or a short paragraph, and each day you should nominate another blogger for the challenge.
This is my first of the required five posts, and I’ve already broken the rules! It’s meant to be one photo and I’ve gone for five in one post – poetic licence, I’ll call it.  And I’m going to break the rules again, and make my nomination of future participants an open invite – if you haven’t been invited yet and you’d like to take up the challenge, then please accept my invitation.

 aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 30 May 2015

12 thoughts on “Trains, Planes and Automobiles

  1. Debbie, I can’t believe you haven’t linked this to ‘On the Way’! Or did you do that with yesterday’s post? Probably 🙂 🙂 I’ll check. Thanks for the mention, and for making me green with envy, as usual. I don’t suppose you need a secretary for your part-time job? (no, don’t blame you- I am a bit rubbish 🙂 )

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  2. Great post and thoroughly agree about trains as the prime way to travel. Haven’t done the Copenhagen to Malmo route yet but in the ’80s I did Germany to Copenhagen which was awesome with a train going onto a ferry and another huge bridge.

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    1. I hate driving when I’m tired so i don’t normally do long car journeys, especially not when I’m working. As you ay, you can relax on a train. And I can get work done too, if there’s wifi.

      On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 10:31 PM, Travel with Intent wrote:

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