Office Rail All Aboard Choo, Choo and thx you so much!

 

Thursday I arrived to Copenhagen after travelling for 37 hours from Lisbon.

I am so happy and very proud of myself that I ventured across 8 countries by train within a very short timeframe. I truly gave myself an ambitious challenge - but I overcame major obstacles during the trip because I never give up.

I am tired and overwhelmed now after the exhausting but very rewarding experience - but most important I come back with a luggage full of both personal as well as professional experiences that I can draw on in the future.

So will I do it again? As a strong train advocator I wouldn't hesitate a minute to venture on a new Office Rail trip another time! However, I would need longer time to plan the trip and maybe visit less countries ;)

A very special thx to the people of Europe I have met during this trip:

Ward Cannaerts, Brussel

Vera and Philippe, Düsseldorf

Maarten Reijgersberg, Rotterdam

Esmee, Rotterdam

Ute, Ancona

James, Ancona

Freo Majer, Ancona

Rasmus, Paris

Atsushi Sakai, Paris

Catherine, Basel

Sarah, Basel

Igor, Madrid

Chus, Madrid

Joao, Lisbon

 

The hotels that sponsored my trip:

Hotel Pilar, Antwerp & and Miet from VisitAntwerp

Nomad Design & Lifestyle Hotel, Basel

Room Mate Laura Hotel, Madrid

 

Artpress Ute Weingarten, Berlin & Housing the Human for the press invitation to Ancona

 

My network for your help and support:

Alexandra Bode for housing me in Cologne

Dan Kreutzfeldt (CPH) sponsoring me a hotel stay in Düsseldorf

Yasunori Morinaga (Basel) for your great advice on how to use the train to recharge before arriving to my next destination

Pepa Cavanilles Gómez (Madrid) for calling Renfe and helping me to figure out how to buy a seat reservation online

Louise Vendelbo Mogensen, Josephine Michau, Alexandra Bode, Malene Birkebæk Henrik Hansen for your help connecting me with local people.

And to all of you who supported me with your comments and support!

Tak/Merci/Danke/Grazie/Obrigado/Gracias/Dank je/

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Mette Willert
Office Rail | Live Travel Update

With 283 km/h the Rail Office is currently enjoying the beautiful view of the Spanish landscape passing by outside the window. After traveling through Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Italy and France on 1st class. I am now approaching Madrid. So how is it to work on the train? Well, first of all I must admit it has been very stressful so far!

1) Some of the trains had no power plugs, so I couldn't charge my iPhone

2) I have made a very action-packed program with very little time in each city

3) I have changed trains more than 26 times

4) And in both Germany and France my trains were plagued by long delays, creating hectic moments catching the connecting train.

My hyphothesis was that I could use the ride to be productive but instead I felt stressed out when I finally arrived at my destination. So I have now introduced a new train hack: I close down the 'online' office for min. 2 hours and go ‘offline‘.

Instead, I enjoy the view out of the window or listen to music while I get ‘recharged’ before arriving to my next destination. My Office Rail is back on track 😁

But the best part of the trip has been all the beautiful people I have met in each of the cities. So get ready to meet the cool people in the next couple of weeks.

 

Mette Willert