February 21, 2018

InterRail: A Book Review

As I said in Four Reasons to Use a European Rail Pass, I think we all want to travel around Europe by train.  In the book “InterRail” by Alessandro Gallenzi the main character, Francesco, lives all our dreams.

As a young adult, Francesco decides to leave his home in Italy to travel around Europe using an InterRail pass. During his rail trip he meets quite a few people, some even become lifelong friends, and has an adventure full of intrigue.

Munchen Skyline Bavaria Germany

Munchen by Andrew Bossi

His first stop is Munich, Germany where he meets an interesting con man named Pierre who is the catalyst for most of Francesco’s intrigue and adventures.  It was during a party hosted by Pierre that Francesco’s intrigue begins when he is asked to deliver a package to someone in Amsterdam by Pierre’s wife.  Even though he did not know what is in the package, he agrees.

Francesco visits cities that are on many of our own itineraries:  Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Rome. As he travels through Europe, the intrigue follows him and continues to build.  It heightens when an event in Amsterdam lands Francesco in the hospital and during a secret meeting with Pierre’s wife in the Père Lachaise Cemetery while winding his way back to Italy via London and Paris.

OudezijdsKolk Amsterdam Holland

OudezijdsKolk Amsterdam by Massimo Catarinells

While the intrigue of the book kept me reading, the parts that stood out for me was his ability to travel with only the clothes on his back, his trust of strangers, and the guts to show up at a station without a destination in mind taking the next departing train!

Now I don’t see myself traveling with only the clothes on my back and I don’t think I’d ever be quite as trusting of strangers as Francesco but I really like the idea of showing up at a train station without a plan and taking the next departing train.  In fact, that is on my personal bucket list.

Parliament at Sunset London England

Parliament at Sunset London England

“InterRail” is a work of fiction based on the InterRail trip taken by the author, Alessandro Gallenzi.  It’s a story about a young man who had enough courage to step out of his comfort zone to find himself and live the life he chose.  By stepping out of the safety of his home to travel he was able to gain the confidence and clarity he needed to make the choices that shaped his life.

How has travel helped shape your life?

Although I was given the book InterRail by Alma Books and asked to review it, all opinions are my own. Alma Books is also giving away a free InterRail pass to EU residents and there is still a couple days left to enter.  So mosey your way over to Alma Books to enter!

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  1. albert says:

    I’ve always dreamed about travelling arounhf Europe by train!
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  2. I’d love to do that too! Turn up at a train station and get on the first train. It’d be impossible to do that on a plane these days though.
    I’d also like to look at a map or turn a globe, close my eyes, point my finger and travel to the place I touch. It can be done, I know. I just have to trust that it’ll all work out! Francesco has the right idea.
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  3. Laurel says:

    I really want to read this book. I like train travel, but I’m with you, I’m taking more than just the clothes on my back!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yea I don’t think I could do that unless I won the lottery and bought new clothes when I arrived 🙂

  4. This sounds like an interesting book and enough to fuel and inspire those who want to try something new and travel solo. I’m such a compulsive planner I don’t know if I can just show up at a train station and spontaneously take the next train. Although, it sounds fun. I need to recommend this book to a few people I know who need the extra push to step out of their comfort zone and travel. Thanks Debbie!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I’m a planner too but am feeling like a huge leap of spontaneity may be good for my old soul!

  5. Those are pretty much the main cities I want to visit, so perhaps I should check out this book.
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  6. inka says:

    What an adventure and what a great idea to build a story around train travel. Great book review too, concise and to the point with a passion for what you have read.
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  7. Denise L says:

    Can this book be purchased in the US?

  8. Jeff Titelius says:

    How fascinating!! I can’t wait to read my copy of the book especially now after reading your review!! I would love to travel like that…not a care in the world!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Somehow showing up at a train station or airport with no idea where you’re going sounds so fun and exotic!

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