Today was another travel day…you know: another day, another country… We caught the train in Ljubljana just after 9am and 13 hours later arrived in Naples. Interested in our journey?
(As a side note, did anyone else have Don’t Stop Belivein’ start playing in their heads at the mention of Journey?)
9:12 Leave Ljubljana
1hr 47min train ride
10:59 Arrive in Villach
2hr lay-over in Villach where we bought train snacks and shared a pizza for lunch
12:56 Supposed to Leave Villach…but a delay in one of the trains caused a delay with us
30min sitting on bus
13:20 Actually Leave Villach
3hr 9min bus ride
16:23 Arrive in Venezia (which is Venice if you didn’t join us until after we went there)
30min sitting on the platform listening to trains coming in & out and the rain on the platforms covers
16:55 Leave Venezia
3hr 40min train ride on which we ate a supper comprised of our favorite train snacks (fruit, plain buns, Fanta & Haribo candies)
20:35 Arrive in Roma
25min walking through the Rome station…we will be back here soon 🙂
21:00 Leave Roma
1hr 10min train ride
22:10 Arrive in Napoli (aka Naples…why do we Englify foreign names? Is there an Italian version of Edmonton?)
At this point we walked to the hostel (which took less than 10 minutes) and pretty much just went to bed. Why is it that travel days, during which you do very little other than sit, are so tiring?
Highlight of the Day:
When Justine told Kris that the Warblers sing Uptown Girl on this weeks episode of Glee and Kristin almost died…like literally. She’s feeling very clogged in the lungs (fingers crossed she doesn’t wake up with full blown pneumonia someday this week) and the gasp this piece of information enduced was too much for her to handle. There were several minutes of coughing, sputtering & gasping for breath. Needless to say, this was Justine’s highlight, not Kristin’s.
Love, Luck & Lack of Oxygen,
As promised, we are back! Today we recommence with daily blog posts. And on an unrelated (and by that we mean completely related) note, this morning we left Budapest. We packed up and loitered around while everyone else got up. We weren’t the only ones leaving today and when you combined that with the Sunday morning hang-over the mood was rather melancholy. Goodbyes always suck but we have Facebook to keep in touch, so we set off for the train station excited for the rest of our trip!
Our train ride was 9-1/4 hours long…without any changes…just 9hrs 15min straight on a train. It was long… We passed the time in the usual ways: reading, writing emails, blogging. However, the most popular activities of the ride seemed to be staring out the window and sleeping. Even Kristin caught some Zzzz’s. And seeing as she has snapped & included photos of Justine sleeping more than once, Justine thought she’d return the favor…the only problem is that, while Justine always looks so cute & peaceful in those photos, Kristin looks like this:
Yikes! She’s never claimed to be an attractive sleeper…more the mouth-hanging-open/drool-all-over-your-pillow type.
Eventually we ended up in Ljubljana, aka the most impossible place to pronounce of the trip. It is located in Slovenia and involved crossing through Croatia to get to…at least Kristin went through Croatia. Telus texts us every time we enter a country to tell us about phone & text rates. Kristin recieved texts for Croatia, Justine did not…maybe just Kris’s part of the compartment passed in? Anyway, it was late by the time we got in so we just went to the hostel.
This hostel had an original hook: it used to be a prison. We stayed in one of the original prison cells. It still had the original barred door inside of our other one (barred doors don’t leave much privacy). It was a little jarring to see when you first walk in. The room is also stark white & minimalistic, so it looked like it could be a cell…but then again hostel rooms are often decorated like that, so it’s not saying much for accommodations on this trip. Check out some photos of our own little jail cell:
Not too long, but that’s all for today!
Love, Luck & Lockdown,