Interrail and the people I met on the way!

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Interrail 2012, Posts in English
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As now I am very excited for my new blog so almost everyday I want to write something. The previous post is in Vietnamese so this post I decided to write it in English. Anyway, I know some of my friends could not read Vietnamese for sure :)).

This post is also about my Interrail trip in Christmas holiday 2012 but it is not about any specific place.  I remember that I have read somewhere a very nice saying: It is not about where you travel but about who you travel with. I totally agree with the one who said that but I also want to add more into it, in my case, it is not just about where you travel, who you travel with but it is also about who you meet on the way.

There is one thing I need to mention that before this Interrail trip, I never saw myself as one who can enjoy travelling alone. In my mind, it was just like boring and sometimes lonely to travel alone and it is also very dangerous as well, especially for a girl who is still lack of experience in travelling like me. However, because of those awesome people I will mention here, I changed my mind and now, yeah, why not travelling alone sometimes ;).

1. Dorthe Eklund.

Dorthe is my CS ( CouchSurfing) host in Copenhagen, Denmark. I found her while searching randomly all the available host in Copenhagen and it leads me to her profile. At the time I found her profile, she was new to CS , just joined 2 or 3 days as I remembered. It was also a little bit strange for me to contact her as I thought that I would only contact people who have some references already but at that time, Dorthe has no references at all. Anyway, sometimes, it is just about impression and destiny :)).

We ( I and my friend, Trang) stayed in Dorthe’s flat for two nights. It is a very lovely and cozy flat located quite near the centre of Copenhagen with one bedroom and one big living room. The first thing I saw was two single beds in her living room and I was very curious but I was totally impressed when Dorthe told us that she bought them for CouchSurfers and she planned to let some homeless people stay in her flat in the near future as well.That girl is super sweet and kind.

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During those two nights, Dorthe even let us to stay in her bedroom and she slept in the living room as she said she liked it. Anyway, it still made me moved.

She helped us a lot in finding places to go, making reservations for our train and even gave me her bus tickets when I couldn’t find mine on the last day I stayed there and we were in hurry for the train coming. She also made breakfast for us, made the traditional Danish “donuts” and shared instant noodles with us. At the end, it was such a nice experience with CouchSurfing and definitely I wanna come back to visit her someday.


2. Mr Atsushi Haruta


I met Mr Atsushi in Lucern, Switzerland when I went to Mount Pilatus alone as my travel mates did not wanna spend money to go there =.=. He is a Japanese business man who went to Europe to attend the Global Manager Annual Meeting of his company as the representative in Japan. He went to Europe one week before that meeting and decided to travel in Switzerland and that’s why we met.

Firstly, I thought he is Chinese ( :)),lol) and I knew that he also went there alone. However, I didn’t talk with him first as I thought he is just normal other travellers and yeah, you cann’t talk with everyone, you know what I mean :PP. And then, he asked me to take a picture for him and then we began talking with each other. As my (positive) stereotype about Japanese, he is very kind and nice and for me, his way of talking is very cute as well. After knowing that I am a oversea student and just try to travel in a budget way :)), he even offered to buy lunch for me in that Mount Pilatus but WTH, I know that it is super expensive so I refused and we just drank coffee there.

After getting off of Mount Pilatus, we spent the whole afternoon to go around Lucern with each other. After I told him that I would go to Zurich in the evening, he also decided to take the same train and stay in the 2nd class with us, not the first class as he normally does :)).

When we said goodbye, he gave me his business card and asked to contact him but until now, yeah, my laziness still prevent me from contacting them =.=. How bad I am.

I don’t have any photo with Mr Atsushi, and here is just the picture of me he took.


Still there are a lot of other wonderful people I met on the way of maybe I will talk about them in the next posts as I dont want to keep the post too long like my first post.

Anyway, the weather in Finland these days is so nice as it is sunny and so warm so thanks to that, my mood is also super good \:D/! Today I just started my morning jogging and also made several “dates” with my friend tomorrow and next week, I am so excited!


  1. lamhuynh167 says:

    true that my girl

    After a quite long period of time staying in Japan, most of the things what overwhelmed my mind and made my heart excited whenever I thought back to when I was there, are truly the people I was grateful to meet on the way.

    We studied together, ate together, did exercises together, slept together and played sports, went shopping, went sightseeing, struggled with the freaking heavy study workload all together. People might laugh at me when I said I was struggling with the loneliness in the last week I was there without the people I’d been through the course with, but there’d be someone understands what I’m saying at least 🙂

    • furuluong says:

      Yeah, my bab, its always wonderful to meet new people on our way! “Travelling” is not just about going to new places but also meeting new people, experience new things! Anyway, I really like the quote you said that: dont cry because its over, smile because it happened xDD! Anyway, let’s hang out babe before I leave Finland \:D/

  2. paigespring says:

    aww??? where are the friendly and handsome guys in Switzerland??????

    • furuluong says:

      awww, yeah, it is just the first part! There are still a lot of people I want to mention here but just did not want to make the post too long :(! Definitely will write about them soon \:D/

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