✈ Things you notice travelling on a Dutch intercity train.

  • Double-decker trains: these are brilliant! It’s time to re-design the UK to allow these. Whatever the cost!!
  • Leg Room: Maybe due to having two decks, more legroom is afforded to each and every seat.
  • Tables: as the legroom is increased, so is the size of the seat table, making it actually possible to use a laptop on one.
  • Screens: in each carriage that displays which station you are approaching and at what time you are due to arrive
  • Bins: it appears the Dutch can be trusted with bins. Each seat has one
  • The absence of morons using speakers on phones: possibly less to do with the train itself and more the maturity of the people themselves.
  • Noise: a gently fast whirring noise as opposed to clunky squeaky UK trains
  • Speed actually looks and feels like we are travelling faster than 40mph
  • Smells(1): that ever present smell of toilet (especially prevalent on CrossCountry Trains) is lacking. This is good.
  • Smells(2): the lack of diesel fumes in general is good.

Probably more I could think off, but not bad for first hour on board

Munich (Aug 2018)

A quick overnight stop in Munich before flying back to the UK. Also an opportunity to briefly hop off the metro at Marienplatz station with its striking orange platforms.

Copenhagen (July 2018)

Without a doubt, Copenhagen is my favourite city, and one I would choose to live in if the opportunity arose.

This is my sixth visit in the last 3 years and as this was a short work trick I chose to stay at Comfort Inn Vesterbro, near the central station and my customer.

It is also 5 mins walk away from Meatpacking District which is well worth a visit for easy food/drink options galore. Unfortunately, my first choice Hija de Sanchez had just stopped serving food when I arrived at 9 pm.

The disappointment was tempered with beer, burger, onion rings and rock music at Warpigs up the street.

As always no visit is complete without a visit to the Torvehallerne Market. This wonderful collection of shops, butchers, grocers and cafes, is a great place to eat/drink and watch a city that is seemingly at ease with itself.

Special mention to the Coffee Collective which serves some of the best coffee anywhere.

Toronto

My first trip to Canada and Toronto was a great introduction. An incredibly lively and active city, with something happening on every corner.

Arriving late on a Saturday and staying just around the corner from Yonge-Dundas Square a heavy metal concert was in full flow. Sunday made way for street food and Mexican bands.

Monday morning saw Tony Hawks roll up with a huge half-pipe. SpadinaKensington Market and Graffiti Alley are definitely areas worth visiting if you have time to wander.

Amsterdam

According to my flight stats for 2016 I flew in/out of Amsterdam Schipho 61 times during 2016 and never once left the airport.

So it made perfect sense to actually visit Amsterdam with my wife for an extended weekend and actually progress further than the KLM Crown lounge.

Copenhagen (July 2016)

My second visit to Copenhagen, a lot warmer this time than my April visit. Based mainly around the Norreport station area and the excellent Torvehallerne market

Duluth

A glorious week in May 2016 spent at the University of Minnesota, in Duluth.

Staying across the river in Superior in Wisconsin meant stating each day with a stunning drive over the Blatnik Bridge. Then up into the hills to the UMD campus.

If you aren’t put off driving into deserted industrial estates late at night, then you’ll find some great ribs & bbq at Izzys BBQ & Lounge