Never again!

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue March. 07, 2018 1029 views

No way, I won't travel by train! Either it is deadly boring or it's way to much excitement for my taste. I had my fill, when I had to travel from Frankfurt to Rome and Naples with my teachers and class mates in 1979. We were robbed (YES!!!): cameras, money. The toilets were unbelievable dirty - I'm sure, once upon a time Romulus and Remus did use them and nobody wanted to remove the sacred ancient shit, which dated back to "ab urbe condita". Than I had to travel several times by train (Vienna – Frankfurt, Vienna – Cologne, Vienna - Salzburg) in the years 1981-95. I hated it, every single moment. I won't do it again. Every time an adventure, which I would like to forget.

YES, and there are the passengers ... Drunken, loud, dirty, ruthless and sometimes cheeky. I always ended up surrounded by people I would avoid in an open street. Once upon a time (it should be but it isn't a fairy tale) in the next compartment some people got angry and started a fight. They began to box each other and the walls, I actually fell forward, because of the impact on the wall behind me. In such moments no conductor will be around or he makes himself invisible.

And there was this incredible full service application of the brakes in the in the middle of nowhere (for me Bavaria will always be the middle of nowhere). Everywhere was luggage tumbling down - some of it hit the heads.

Of course the trains are always late. If you have to change trains – you will never make it. In Milano we had to run OVER the tracks to get at time into the train! A very save way to travel with luggage ...

No thanks, that is way too much stress and not reliable enough. Please, don’t tell me, it would be better now than in the last century! My best friend is always travelling by train. She has a lot of traveling experience and suffered far more horrible adventures in trains than me.

I'm a car driver - doesn't matter how far it is. I even survived driving in Rome. I would like to visit my other best friend in Osaka. Does someone want to accompany me: Vienna - Vladivostok by car and Vladivostok - Japan by ship Osaka by car?

Looking down, far away and I'm not in it - perfect!

Looking down, far away and I'm not in it - perfect!

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Jill Bahm 2 years, 2 months ago

This is funny because I figured out I have spent nearly 8 hours in the car this week driving for work. And it’s only Wednesday. I’d love to have someone else do the driving sometimes. 😉

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jill Bahm 2 years, 2 months ago

Ouch, that's a lot! Maybe, I would be desperate, if I would have to commute every day the 120 km between the rustic area, where my parents live, and Vienna. Most of the time only once or twice a week - I'm already bored about the road: https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2018/01/08/on-the-road-again/

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

Great photo! I am still not sure why you had so much bad experience with trains. We traveled from Naples to Venice, and then from Venice to Rome on the train last summer and it really was a very comfortable, clean, ride.  You won't find me in car in Osaka grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

I don't know either, maybe I'm a trouble magnet. *sigh*
Last summer we were exploring the region around Ferrara, Ravenna, Verona, Vicenca, Padua, Este ... wouldn't have been possible to see so much without a car. And it wouldn't have been possible to transport so much regional specialities back to Vienna.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Kool perspective! 
Looks like the train has a "scowling expression", after "hearing" your comments about train travel.....(((GRIN)))

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Definitely a very long face with raised eyebrows! eyes

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

Hahahahahahaaaa.....reminds me of the old joke: 
Horse walks into a bar.....Bartender says to him, "Hey...why the long face"......bada-bing......bada boom....

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

+1 my thought ...

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

Great minds, always in sync.....no???

((((GRIN))))

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

I am with you on this one. Here they make a sport of it,coming late,not coming,strike and breaking down. And there is lot if aggresion on the train these days. Than they promote the train to go to work and for holidays. For sure one week later the price goes up. And avoid the toilets. Trains can look nice on a photo but not nice to travel with.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

But it should be better, because we pay a lot of taxes for infrastructure and transportation is part of it. The public transportation system is more and more coming down, on the other hand there is a lot of car bashing.
At the moment I like to see trains leaving without me ...

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike 2 years, 2 months ago

Ich bin ja immer der Meinung, es gibt Leute, die das Chaos anziehen. Und irgendwie habe ich das Gefühl, du gehörst dazu. smile
Ich habe mich prächtigst amüsiert beim lesen des Posts !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 2 months ago

*SEUFZ*
Da sitzt man harmlos im Abteil und in Würzburg stürmen "soldatische Jungmannen" besoffen den Zug. Ich habe die nicht bestellt - ich schwör's!
Die körperbehinderte Person im Nachbarabteil ist völlig (inkl. Krücke und Fäuste) ausgezuckt, weil sie in dem Abteil keine zwei (!) Sitzplätze, die sie nicht wie alle anderen im Abteil reserviert hatte, bekommen hat, sondern nur den einzigen freien Platz. Da wurde selbstverständlich rumgetauscht, damit es der am bequemsten zu erreichende Platz war. Also die kannte ich nicht und wollte ich auch nicht kennenlernen.
Bei Straubing hat mein Gegenüber mich vor einem Spitalsaufenthalt gerettet. Ich wäre unweigerlich unter dem Koffer begraben worden. Die einzige Schlafwagenerfahrung war auch heftig - keine Leiter, kein Licht - als "Gutmensch" habe ich mit der Hochschwangeren das ntere Bett getauscht. Blöd, dass meine Harnblase nur 50 ml zu fassen scheint.
Ich bin mal mit einer Klimanlagen-Migräne in Frankfurt ausgestiegen - ich weiß nicht wie ich meinen Schwellkopp durch die Tür gequetscht habe. Ich möchte mich hiermit nachträglich bei der unfähigen Mutter der zwei grauenhaft unterbeschäftigten und völlig unbetreuten Kindern bedanken. persevere 
Wenn ich Pendlerin mit dem Zug wäre, würde ich permanent wegen der Unzuverlässigkeit durchzucken.
Irgendwie fassen das Mark Spörrle, Lutz Schumacher in senk ju vor träwelling, Wie Sie mit der Bahn fahren und trotzdem ankommen (und Folgebänden) gut zusammen. smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 2 months ago

+1

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

grinning

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