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Arriving in Luxembourg – Day 44
Sunday 13th September 2009 – Luxembourg
I woke and had breakfast, and packed up to leave, while the French guys got their beauty sleep. I had to check out at 9:30 again here so I was left with a morning to kill before setting off on the train to Luxembourg.
I thought I could achieve this by sitting by the river, but the clouds that gathered told me otherwise. It was time I got into the station I think before the heavens opened.
There was not a lot to do but wait really. I had over 2 hours until my train and I didn’t fancy taking my backpack around with me sight seeing, so I just sat. A homeless guy walked by and filled my nostrils with a smell unlike any I’ve ever smelt before, and I did well not to empty my guts. He was looking in the bins, like many of them do, looking for bottles or paper. I don’t know each of their situations, so I cant judge any of them. I do feel sorry, but I don’t give in to the numerous outstretched hands. But it is hard to stomach the smell of some of them.
Slowly the minutes ticked by and eventually I was boarding. I was part of a handful of people getting on to the train at that point, yet remarkable, out of the entire train, I sat in the seat that someone else had already booked, so I had to get up. My new seat wasn’t mine for long either as I was now in someone else’s seat. At this point I trudged to the back of the train compartment, out of the way. The train did fill in the end but I kept my seat this time.
I had to change trains half way through the journey today, but it went without a hitch, and I was soon bound for Luxembourg.
The clouds continued to form as the day wore on, and I contemplated changing into something warmer, but the truth was, I couldn’t really be bothered. I would soon warm up outside anyway. And after setting off in the wrong direction and backtracking, as well as the usual getting lost along the way, I was very hot and bothered, so was glad I hadn’t changed. My early thoughts of Luxembourg is that its not to dissimilar to Britain, both weather wise and the look and feel of the place.
It was a long walk before reaching the hostel and my body was aching from it again. I checked in and entered my room where a Japanese guy was reading. We chatted briefly then went to dinner. He was telling me about his extensive travelling across the world, and it was very impressive. At this time he was just travelling around France, with two days of Luxembourg thrown in for good measure. His style of travel is like every other that I have spoken to so far, they each travel around one country at a time. A few weeks here, a few weeks there. This way you see more of the country and don’t have to worry so much about booked up trains or hostels, as you are not only going to big cities. Its made me think differently about my style, but I’ll stick it out this time at least.
The meal in the hostel was a 3 course, and was just what I needed, as well as being quite tasty. As the food ran out and the conversation dried up, it was time to vacate the canteen and head for my bed that I’m sure was calling me. I’ll see the sights tomorrow but try and rest as well.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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