Although English is meager, with the dream of discovering Europe since childhood, 8X couple Tran Thuan – Nhung Le determined to go on a visit to Europe inside 30 days.
Dreaming of exploring the world from a younger age, however with a background from a farmer, life earlier than that was nonetheless tough. Traveling within the nation remains to be tougher than going overseas, however after 5 years of beginning a enterprise with higher financial situations than earlier than, the 8X couple Tran Thuan and Nhung Le have begun to overcome their dream of touring around the globe. with a visit to Europe.
The 8X couple’s journey begins with the international locations of the European Union, and chooses to make use of a Schengen visa, to conveniently travel between 26 international locations with none further entry procedures.
“First, my wife and I chose to go on a 9-day tour to visit 4 European countries: France, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. But after the extremely interesting experience but the time was too short, the 8X couple decided to arrange their work to discover more deeply about the old continent by themselves,” said Thuan.
The first country on the journey was France, which left the first impression on Mr. Thuan, which was the ancient architecture and roadside cafes in the center of Paris.
“As a person who is very passionate about coffee, I feel the closeness of roadside cafes in Paris, just like Hanoi’s Old Quarter cafe,” said Thuan. The next destinations are Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and finally back to France to fly back to Vietnam.
During my journey, according to Mr. Tran Thuan, Italy and France are a bit chaotic and not as expected, such as traffic jams in France or boating on the Venice River, which is still quite messy. But Austria, Hungary or Czech Republic, Germany really please this couple by the antiquity of the ancient architecture.
“The special thing is that I see that every place is clean from the street to the house. Life takes place slowly, without hustle and bustle, feeling very peaceful. And the people here are gentle, polite and civilized,” emphasised Mr.
However, leaving the most impression on the couple Tran Thuan – Nhung Le is Switzerland. Although he had heard about it and watched it on the mass media, it was only when he went there that he believed that it was the most beautiful and expensive country in the world.
Moving from France to Switzerland by train, the first feeling is the greatness of nature here, the scenery on both sides of the road appears like a picture that is beautiful small wooden houses, green grass, next to the forest. green pine trees and clear lakes.
“It is because Switzerland is so enchanting that the first time with 9 days of tour, we did not feel it all, we decided to arrange work to continue to discover the beauty of this country” Mr. Thuan excitedly shared. shall.
There are two things that Mr. and Mrs. Tran Thuan – Nhung Le feel most impressed with is the discovery of Jungfrau peak – the roof of Europe and the lake of pearl eyes Blausee. To move to the top of Jungfrau, the only means of transport is a mountain train. The higher up the mountain, the more beautiful and majestic the scenery is, the white snow covers the mountains, the herd of dairy cows graze on the green pastures, in the distance are the wooden houses on the hillside, two The white of the snow and the green of the pine trees blend together. All the resonance makes the road to the top of Jungfrau as magical and poetic as in the novel.
“This is the first time I have fulfilled my dream with snow, actually when standing on the observatory, the scenery appears so majestic, so beautiful. With the cost of more than 400 EUR for a lifetime experience, really worthy of my wife and I”, Mr. Tran Thuan emphasized.
That’s why the couple decided to rent a small hotel on the right hillside of this mountain to stay for 2 nights and fully enjoy the atmosphere and beauty here.
Regarding the cost, according to this couple, the most expensive is still Switzerland, for example, a room of less than 10 square meters at the foot of the Jungfrau peak costs 200 EUR / 1 night. Or a meal in this country averages more than 50 EUR/person. In other countries like France, Italy, Germany, Czech or Spain, the cost is more affordable, the food is more diverse and even Vietnamese rice is available. The cost of traveling is also from 1-2 million VND per turn, depending on whether the vehicle is a taxi or a tram.
And experience is paid with “blood and bones”
The tour could have been completed if it only ended 9 days of the tour, but the decision to arrange work to explore more of the old continent has caused the couple to meet bad and funny situations.
According to Mr. Tran Thuan, it’s like losing money “dumb” but it is worth it because at least it helps me be careful and prepare well, learn more about each upcoming trip.
The first problem was booking a train from Budapest (Hungary) to Prague (Czech Republic), when booking, the code was sent to a personal email. Unfortunately, Mr. Thuan forgot his email password, when he boarded the train, he was suddenly checked by the ticket officer, but he could not present the ticket code. Because his English is very limited, Mr. Thuan could not explain to the ticket officer, then he contacted a friend in Vietnam to ask for an explanation, but they did not accept. The ticket inspector asked him and his wife, either to get off the train at the next station or spend more than 200 EUR (equivalent to more than 5 million VND) to buy a new ticket.
“This was a bloody experience, it was also very painful at the time, but there was no other way to handle it, so I had to lose money,” said Thuan sadly.
The second time was that I booked a room by myself on Agoda, by mistake Mr. Thuan booked the wrong room to July. When they arrived at the hotel, they didn’t see the booking, I checked again to find out because I had the wrong date. The hotel did not support refund or change date, so I had to accept the loss of money because of my own negligence. Therefore, when booking a train, you need to carefully check the date, time, destination to avoid wasting time and losing money “dumb”.
The most unforgettable memory is in Budapest, that time was around 10:30 pm, the couple could not book a car to return to the hotel. It only takes a long time to hail a taxi. When waving the car, but ironically the car already had 2 people on the car. At that time, I was quite worried about safety because there were 2 young people in the car late at night, feeling indecent. In the end, the couple still decided to get in the car and fortunately returned safely, but I paid a taxi 50 EUR, (nearly 1 million VND) and only paid a little Hungarian money for a fairly short distance. Although there are some bad experiences, but due to my own subjectivity, I still have to affirm that Budapest, or Prague are still very beautiful and ancient cities.
“I only live once in the world, not exist, so I try to live to experience as much as possible. No need to go to Europe, or the US, but you should try to arrange to go abroad like Southeast Asia or Asia, nearby countries to experience first, so that it suits your economy and work. . Maybe you will have a new perspective, a new idea, or find your passion, and find your own mission and life goal,” mentioned Tran Thuan.