National Express bus

I thought it would be a good idea to bring in some posts I wrote for my previous, Swedish blog, so I’ve chosen to do a ‘Throwback Thursday’ theme. Every Thursday you will be reading a post of what I’ve been up to in the past. The first one will be my bus trip from Leeds to Halmstad.

When I was in London the other day I got reminded about this trip as I once again got to visit Victoria Coach Station. Back in 2012 I thought it would be a great idea to get the bus home to Sweden instead of getting a flight. The flights were too expensive and I had a lot of time on my hands working as a teacher and having summer holidays.

I had no idea this trip would be one of the worst in my life. I guess it’s my own fault but at the time I saw it as a fun and different experience and with a challenge to take one photo every hour of different objects it seemed an even better idea.

In total it took me 39 hours and of those I only had about 5 hours of sleep, I drank 2 litres of water and only went to the toilet 4 times (I hate toilets on buses). I’ll never do this again!!!

Leeds – London

National Express bus View over Leeds View over fields National Express bus stop Hilton in London Patterned buildings Hotel in London Olympic Games 2012 flags Picture of the Royal Family The Themes

We had a quick stop in Milton Keynes where the bus driver informed us that we needed to take a longer route in London to get to the bus station, due to the ongoing Olympic Games. I believe we were driving around for about an hour and a half before we finally reached the station. The whole trip was pleasant and went quick. There were hardly any passengers and more importantly, no screaming babies or kids.

Victoria Station Victoria Coach Station Passport and bus tickets Eurolines bus time sign iPod

Victoria Station doesn’t feel like a normal bus station, it’s very international with a lot of people travelling to and from the whole world. I thankfully remembered to pack my passport last minute and luckily so as I had to check in in order to travel across the borders. The bus onwards was delayed by 20 minutes as the bus driver hadn’t been informed the Olympic Games were taken place and that he had to go on different streets to access the station.

I had time to sit down and listen to some music but I couldn’t concentrate enough to read as I knew this delay would mean I’d only have 30 minutes before the next bus in Brussels. time ticked away and after 2.5 hours later than predicted we were finally setting off. At this point I couldn’t do much more than laugh as the check in staff thought I should have been checked in on the bus to Berlin instead. Thankfully they called the bus in Brussels and asked them to wait for me.

London – Brussels

In Calais I can’t say anything else than that France is very beautiful. I managed to get a bit of sleep now and again. We quickly stopped in gent to let some more passengers on. Luckily the bus driver was able to catch up on some missed out time so I did make it in time for the bus from Brussels. It was a very quick bus change and this was full of people. I tried to get some sleep as I knew it wouldn’t stop until I was safe in Copenhagen.

Brussels – Copenhagen

Copenhagen – Halmstad

Finally in Copenhagen me and the Swedish guy were meant to have caught our connection bus but we had missed it by 4 hours. The taxi driver was only informed to take us no further than Copenhagen so he left without looking back. The bus station had closed so we had nothing to do but hope.

With the views of Lund’s station I could feel the end of the trip was close. The sun down was really beautiful and I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see Swedish land before. The blurred picture of Trade Centre in Halmstad represents how my head felt after the 39 hour long journey.

Jennie xx