Monday, May 02, 2011

VoM2: Ireland To Denmark Transit

I’ve had a few days of pretty fast moving! Here’s a quick recap:

On Thursday, I took the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Wales, where I did some laundry, confirmed my trains going forward and overnighted. Holyhead isn’t much of a town in my opinion, and except for the ferry connection I can’t really recommend it as a place to visit.

On Friday I traveled all day via five rail legs: Holyhead-Chester-London(Eustus)-London(Liverpool)-Manningtree-Harwich. Although I passed through London on the day of The Royal Wedding (see, even I capitalize it!) there were no problems besides eight hours of seat time.

I spent Saturday in Harwich checking out the small old town, which is a little nicer than Holyhead but also mostly useful only as a ferry port.

Yesterday (Sunday) I boarded the DFDS ferry to Esbjerg, Denmark, and immediately enjoyed the many signals — with which I’m so familiar — that I was changing countries: Different language, food, alcohol, bedding, etc. Plus, of course, natural Scandinavian blondes who were happy to help me remember my 12-word Danish vocabulary! The ferry was pretty typical, with decent accommodations, food and drink, all of which were horribly over-priced to a captive market. The sunset on the North Sea, however, was priceless.

I arrived in Esbjerg mid-day today (Monday) and have made my way to a reasonable little downtown hotel. I’ll be here for a couple of days to check out the town, make my arrangements going north to my next ferry port and generally catching up with myself.

I’m about a third of the way to where I’m going in the Faroe Islands… Stay tuned!

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