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The Iron Route – From Istanbul to Berlin by Video

#IronRoute – The Video

I’m just back from my #IronRoute project – travelling from Istanbul to Berlin by train in order to zig-zag across the former Iron Curtain. I wanted to find out more about the countries that used to live on either side of the border – about how they used to be and how they are today.

Now I’m back and while I filter through the thousands of photographs, notes, interviews and video clips I made along the way (and rather belatedly turn my thoughts to Christmas shopping) I thought I’d leave you with this video as an introduction to the trip.

Let me know what you think…

I travelled thanks to InterRail but had complete freedom when designing this project.

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15 Responses to The Iron Route – From Istanbul to Berlin by Video

  1. Susie Forbes December 21, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Can’t wait to read more about this interesting trip!

    • Abi December 28, 2011 at 7:44 am #


  2. Dalene December 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Awesome work on that video! You posed some pretty big questions – can’t wait to read all about it in your forthcoming posts!

    • Abi December 28, 2011 at 7:47 am #

      Thanks – I’m still finding my feet with video but I hoped it would work well with the trains.

  3. DTravelsRound December 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    I am so excited to read more about your Iron Route exploration. :)

    • Abi December 28, 2011 at 7:48 am #

      Cheers D x

  4. António Pedro Nobre December 22, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Very interesting theme and very close to me, since I am an 18 time InterRailer and also live in Czech Republic, a country that was behind the Iron Curtain and always had a keen interest on that period.

    I am started to video blog 6 weeks ago and filmed my last InterRail trip in autumn, feel free to watch my clips on my blog :o)

    Looking forward to see more from your project.


    • Abi December 28, 2011 at 8:01 am #

      I’m sure you have a very interesting perspective on this, then, particularly with regards to the Czech Republic. This was my first interrail trip but hopefully not my last – it was a really interesting way to see Europe.

  5. Alvina Labsvirs December 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Hi Really interested in your trip. I am the result of East meeting West. My father (now 85) is Latvian and managed to escape communism but through a tortuous route of conscription into the German army when Latvia was invaded by Hitler’s troops. This summer I went to Prague and then to Berlin – by train. The journey, via Dresden was a wonderful experience, as were both cities. I found Berlin to be the most intriguing and interesting given my family history. I was also lucky enough to be taken round the city by a friend who lived in East Berlin for the first 20 years of her life. I could have stayed far longer than 4 days. Looking forward to seeing your thoughts on these two cities and learning about the rest of your trip

    Like some of your other readers I have just started blogging too.


    • Alvina December 24, 2011 at 9:56 am #

      I have read most of your posts on this trip with interest, then I dug out my long hidden journal/scapbook from my InterRail trip in 1979.

      This was a totally ‘technology free trip’, photos are from my instamatic camera and the map from InterRail has a large white blank covering eastern Europe. My ticket cost £95. There was no Euro and there was a limit to how much money we could cross borders with. Thessalonica’s transport system was donkey power. Our passports were inspected at every border crossing. The train often stopping for hours. Belgrade station was ‘littered with bodies’. One trip I stood for 7 hours in a corridor, and there was the constant struggle with road signs in unfamiliar languages. Shoestring travel meant camping and as I am only 1.6m dragging my rucksack on to trains was a similar challenge to that you had to deal with. The crossing from Greece to Italy was made by ship – sleeping on deck. Amazingly I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and set me up with a thirst for travel which still remains 30 years on.

      Are any other of your readers early years InterRailers?

      • Abi December 28, 2011 at 8:08 am #

        Berlin was fascinating. So much complicated history, such an interesting present and promising future. I wish I’d been able to stay there for longer…Do you have a photo or a copy of your map with eastern Europe blanked out? I’d love to be able to post it here to give a sense of perspective to the project.

  6. Kash Bhattacharya January 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm #

    Awesome video Abigail- always inspiring me :)

    • Abi February 22, 2012 at 10:02 am #

      Cheers Kash!

  7. Monica Knepp March 10, 2012 at 5:08 am #

    Hey there Holly, amazing pics !!! U’ve got talent girl !!! xxxxxxx

  8. İstanbul Hotels August 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Nice video,nice picture, talented woman. I am following ..

    best wishes