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The only trip you will regret is the one you don’t take.
Hello and welcome to the Fly with Lily Podcast. I’m Lily Wong and in the following episodes I will take you on a journey around Europe. In this journey, we will meet a varied cast of people and look at both some of the highlights and challenges of travelling solo. These podcasts cover many different topics and work best when I hear your thoughts, comments and ideas. So please comment, subscribe and share; I always love hearing from my listeners, wherever you may be.
欢迎来到Fly with Lily的播客，在接下来的几集我会带你进行一场环游欧洲的旅行。在这趟旅行中，我们会见到不同的人物，还会来看一个人旅行的好玩的地方和挑战之处。这些播客将涵盖许多不同的主题，你们的心声、评论还有点子会帮助我做的更好！所以请你们不要吝啬评论、订阅或者是分享；我喜欢接到我在各地听众的意见。
So, how did it all begin? Why did I pack my bags for a European rail trip? It all started one night in Shanghai in 2015 when I was listening to a talk given by a man who had travelled around Europe with a ukulele and visited five countries on the train in one month. When he talked about the people he had met, I dreamt that I too could have an adventure like this one day. Having lived in Spain for almost three years with an entrepreneur visa, I had become used to the convenience and low cost flight tickets easily available and had forgotten about my dream of travelling in Europe by train. It was when I finally decided to leave Spain that I realised just how many countries I hadn’t visited! I didn’t know when I would next come back to visit so this seemed like the perfect moment to buy a Eurail pass for two months. Starting from Spain, the countries which I originally planned to visit were France, Monaco, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia, Greece, and finally Italy. Poland, Bosnia and Greece did not happen, including because of winter train timetables however I did get to Sweden.
This was my last adventure before leaving Europe in 2019 and I departed from Spain in November when the weather was getting colder. I used Couchsurfing to stay in strangers’ places and get to know people in the cities I was visiting. In two months, I was in twelve countries across Europe. Originally it felt like a mission impossible, and I almost chickened out of it in the middle. The constant long distance travel was a huge test for my mind, body, and soul, however, I gritted my teeth and kept going in the face of challenges. Although the pandemic has been slowing down globally, in Taiwan the infection rate has gone up. At this time, I am living in a hillside village in Taiwan and this has given me the calmness and space to begin writing. I wrote the English version first and edited it with the assistance of my English teacher Oliver, before translating it into Chinese. So listeners, get yourself a drink of your choice, make yourself comfortable and buckle up because we’re flying off on our European tour with Lily!
Stay tuned...there’s much more to come!
In the next episode I’ll be taking a closer look at reasons why I decided to leave the beautiful country of Spain and how I overcame the fear associated with this departure.