Inter Rail by Alessandro Gallenzi
Inter Railing around Europe is the dream of many young people, whether embarking on their first, or their fortieth European adventure. In fact Inter Railing as a vacation idea has been gaining a lot of steam in the travel blogging world, with many prominent bloggers embarking on Inter Railing trips recently. And of course, OurOyster.com is even considering an Inter Rail trip next time we find ourselves in Europe.
So this new book by Alessandro Gallenzi comes at just the right moment to peak quite a bit of interest in travel lovers and travel dreamers.
Inter Rail Book Details
Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
Copy courtesy of Alma Books Ltd
Inter Rail Official Plot Synopsis
“When Francesco decides to embark on his first trip outside his native Italy, he leaves behind a difficult relationship with his father, the narrow vistas of a small provincial town and the stifling atmosphere of a country he feels has become degraded. All he brings with him are a change of clothes, a map of Europe and the desire to discover new places, new people and, perhaps, a new life. But a chance encounter in Munich takes him off course, on an incredible journey that will see him fall in love in Sweden, lose all his money in Amsterdam, pan-handle in the streets of London, win big in Monte Carlo and get caught up in an international imbroglio.”
Inter Rail Book Review – My Thoughts
Main character Francesco’s inter rail itinerary takes him to some of the top city break destinations in Europe; Munich, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Rome. What aspiring traveller of Europe can say that none of those destinations are on their must see list? Therefore, the book offers a way to see these iconic cities through the eyes of another awe struck young traveller – a great resource for travel dreamers out there.
I have personally been to all the cities that Francesco visit’s – with the exception of Munich – and it was interesting to me to compare just how different our experiences of each city were. Of course, for the sake of the plot Francesco get’s himself into all kinds of crazy adventures, including loosing all his money and then later winning a fortune at a casino, getting wound up in the affairs of an international con man, and falling in love with not one, but two girls. Quite different from the typical sight seeing and stuffing my face with food that I usually do when visiting European cities!
What I found most interesting about the book was not the somewhat over the top and suspenseful plot (although lovers of mystery and international intrigue literature will love this aspect), but was the description of travel during the 90’s.
Francesco travels through Europe – his first time leaving home – without a guide book, without a laptop, without a mobile phone, and without facebook! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? As a travel blogger who has fully embraced all aspects of social media and travel, this is a completely foreign world for me. Even during my recent one week long trip to Tonga, where I knew I would have hardly any internet access, I took my laptop – you know, just in case.
Imagine finding yourself in a new city without your confirmation email from a hostel booking site securely stored on your phone, detailing the exact directions to your accommodation? Imagine not having google maps on hand at all times? Imagine using…. *gasp*… FILM!
As much as the idea of travel during the 90’s without the technological conveniences I have grown accustomed to freaks me out a little bit, it is also an extremely novel and interesting thing to imagine how I would have reacted to some of the situations that Francesco found himself in without my technological aids.