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?