Having delivered our Italian travelmate to Milano, the potentially best railway system in the world did its best to undermine what it is famous for - its punctuality.
What do you call the Athens Express after it has reached its destination and is on its way back to Brussels?
We had reached Athens successfully after a 14.5 hour long bus ride from Sofia, Bulgaria, as the originally planned connection with the train via Kulata and Thessaloniki, Greece, seemed a bit insecure due to the strikes announced for Greece for November 6 and 7.
The EGP Council passed successfully with the election of a new EGP Committee, the voting of different resolutions -amongst others on transport issues. While the Athens Express ended for some of us, as the name implies, in Athens, Sara, Lea and I took off to make the circle complete and trying to reach Milano/Brussels again by Monday/Tuesday evening.
The Athens Marathon made us rethink our plan to take the direct bus from Athens to the ferry harbor of Patras, so we enjoyed at least some traveling by Greek railways OSE (Athens-Kiata) and railway replacement busses (Kiata-Patras).
The ferry from Patras to Ancona finally let us recover some of the sleep, that we missed on some of the overnight rides on our way to Athens - though restaurant cars were more missed than proper sleep.
Having delivered our Italian travelmate to Milano, the potentially best railway system in the world did its best to undermine what it is famous for, its punctuality., Nevertheless, after having spent about 6,000-7,000km on rails, a ferry and unfortunately also some roads, after having passed through 14 countries in 14 days, after having met Green friends from all over the world and especially from Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Greece, we will be back in Brussels when this blog is posted.
Exhausted but happy and we will have proven that there are more sustainable ways of traveling, independent on how far the location of the the next EGP Council is from your point of origin! Looking forward to the next EXPRESS!