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Thursday, 4 August 2011

Night Train to Stockholm




The first couple of days of our Baltic trip were spent almost back-to-back travelling. Trains to and across London, and out to Harwich. The overnight ferry to Esbjerg in Denmark, and then a somewhat unexpected rush to catch the coach to catch the train to Copenhagen.

We took a breather in Copenhagen to get a bite to eat, settling for a pizza-and-pasta buffet near the train station, and then straight on to the next train to Malmo.

We had a couple of spare hours there, to meander through the streets and drink coffee and reflect that it would be a nice place to come back to. And since it's such a short train ride from Copenhagen, I'm sure we will visit again.

Then we had to make our way back to the train station, for our sleeper train to Stockholm.

I've slept on trains before, but usually in a two-berth cabin, or occasionally in a four-berth with two upper and two lower bunks. This was a three-birth, meaning that the available beds were top, middle, and bottom. And the top one was very high, so we were glad of the huge nets to keep us in place in the night. What really surprised me was the tiny wash basin tucked into the corner of the cabin, perfect for cleaning our teeth without having to venture out. I actually really like sleeping on trains, even if I do wake up almost every time the train stops at a station. This one was a relatively short journey, though, so when we arrived at six in the morning I really felt I could have done with just a little more sleep.



11 comments:

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a fun adventure!

(Florida) Girl said...

That sounds like an adventure. Trains are kind of romantic to me.

Thanks for visiting me while I was on bloggie break. Settling in to my new home now.

Slamdunk said...

That sounds like quite a trip--sleeping on a train would be an experience.

My college roomie always made me be top bunk because he would always roll off his bed during sleep. He needed a net on the bottom bunk.

Cara said...

I have a big question: could the couchette be locked? I got drugged and robbed on a night train on the coast of France, which probably wouldn't have happened if I could have locked the door. So, I've been advising many a traveler to avoid the night train. But your experience sounds so fun that I'd like to change my mind.

Rachel said...

It sounds like quite a scramble up to the top bunk!

Christy said...

i love sleeper trains too...my husband and i took one from paris to barcelona...12 hours. i slept great...to the movement of the train (on the bottom bunk) while my husband felt every motion as if he were on a tossing yacht!

Rabbit Hole Report said...

I love that opening shot. And I love trains!

Sarah of 'Catching the Magic' said...

Wonderful photographs!

This post takes me back to my Inter - railing days with my hubbie. We had a wonderful time and took a few memorable night trains (though we were wary too and slept like cats - one eye open).

I love the beauty of European railway stations (well, not all of them - but you know the ones!) x

Fly Girl said...

I'm not much of a train person because I get motion sickness but this one sounds like fun.

liliannattel said...

Thanks for the photos! So fun to see.

Charlotte said...

I love traveling by train and I'm with (Florida) Girl--something very romantic about it :)

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