Today, I am doing something unusual. At least unusual for me.
In a few short weeks (well, two to be precise, and they’re the same length as every other week in town) I’ll be embarking upon an unusual journey through eastern Europe. My idea was to start in Berlin, where the powers of east and western Europe fought so long and so hard in the name of ideology, supremacy and appearances over one brick wall with a thousand and one ramifications.
From there, I planned to travel east until I reached that near mythical, near arbitrary divide between Europe and Asia that is the Bosphorus River in Istanbul.
A Journey Through Eastern Europe By Train
Well, like many a great idea (and ideology,) things just weren’t meant to be. At least not as I imagined them. A twist of fate and fortune, otherwise known as the eurozone crisis, has meant a few behind-the-scenes modifications to the original plan.
I’ll now, sadly, be missing Greece and instead be working backwards: from the eastern edge of Europe in Istanbul back towards the modern city of Berlin.
I’ll be travelling on a complimentary InterRail Pass provided by the conveniently named InterRail Company and writing for their site as I go. I’ll also, of course, be writing for Inside the Travel Lab and I’ll also, of course, have complete editorial control. (As ever, as usual, mwa ha ha ha haaa!)
So what’s so unusual?
Well, the biggest and most unusual part about this for me is that I’m writing about it here before I’ve been there. That’s not what I usually do.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been to or know anything about the following cities in the following countries. I’m looking for something unusual, something cultural, something exciting and something special. I’d love to know what you think…
An Eastern Odyssey – The Route
Istanbul > Sofia > Skopje > Belgrade > Zagreb > Ljubljana > Budapest > Vienna > Bratislava > Prague > Berlin
View Rail Odyssey Through Eastern Europe in a larger map
UPDATE: I’ve finished the journey!
Find all the details over here on the dedicated page to travelling from Istanbul to Berlin on the Iron Route.
Thanks for stopping by!