Unfortunately I didn’t have time for a three week update, but as I reach the halfway point or ‘four week milestone’ of my journey it feels symbolic, and I have a day on the train to contemplate and sleep.
Continuing my extended tour of the Balkans, I’m currently heading to the capital of Slovenia. After some initial worry, the trains seem to be better than expected and I must be re-entering a more affluent part of Europe as the trains have precious air-con.
Looking back on the first month of two, I’m so happy with what I’ve achieved having thrown myself in at the deep end. All the planning has paid off immeasurably and whilst some grumpy travel days have occurred, I’ve also had the time of my life and wouldn’t change a thing. To realise that I can go anywhere by myself and travel solo is refreshing, and along the way I’ve met like-minded, friendly individuals.
The highlights so far other than my little epiphanies, are meeting sloths at Budapest Zoo, trekking up I don’t even know how many mountain and hillsides for panoramic views, and learning so much about history in Serbia and Bosnia. This portion of the trip has been the most satisfying, where I went from country to country across mere days. If I were to return home tomorrow, I’d have done enough to call this trip a success.
As I look forward to the next month, I see Lake Bled being a highlight (travel blogger A Long Day Off has left me a present somewhere in the castle… update to follow), and of course Venice, before I head to the familiar land of France, and then Scotland for the Fringe Festival. This is what I call ‘phase 2’ of my trip, where the pace slows and the countries get more westernised.
As promised when I started this blog, here are some cool facts and figures from the first month:
Trains journeys: 15
Total steps: 425, 328
Best daily steps: 32k
Miles walked: 174.67
Walking tours: 7
Bus tours: 1
Private tours: 1
Looking at these stats, I’ve done nearly half a million steps and walked nearly two hundred miles; both milestones in their own right at one month in. Wish me luck for phase 2! I can’t wait and luckily don’t have to 🙂