Free as a bird

Article published on May 2, 2010
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Article published on May 2, 2010

by Mariska Regtvoort

Have you ever wondered how it would be to travel alone? How it would be if you could go wherever you want and do whatever you like? That feeling of freedom has always attracted me. Above all, it sounds exciting! Would I manage on my own, would I stand being alone and what will I do if something happens? Nevertheless, it felt like a big step, but one I wanted to take.

After all the worried words of my parents, the advice that I got to be careful in this big and evil world and the surprised, but supporting reactions of my friends, I started to arrange my trip. I decided to go interrailing. I like travelling by train, and while travelling with my backpack can easily meet other people. Although I like being on my own, I’m a social person and meeting people during travel is important to me.

So, I bought the ticket and a Lonely Planet, targeted cities to go to, packed my bags and took the train to my first destination, Berlin. In the train I felt strange but also a bit proud of myself.

Even though it disappeared soon, the first evening I felt a bit uncomfortable, especially when I went for a dinner. I experienced that having a dinner alone is not very pleasant. Normally, it is a social activity and it didn’t feel comfortable sitting alone at a table. Yet, considering it’s cheaper, most of the days I bought something on the street or cooked myself a meal.

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