7th June: I decided to keep on writing posts although it has been impossible since I left the UK to find WiFi that works, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get them online.
I got up so early that there’s a lovely sunrise going on as we leave Cologne and head for Hamburg by what seems a circuitous route but may not be, my knowledge of geography being on the sparse side. There are more people about than is usual in Edinburgh at this time of day.
I don’t want to sound as if I am in the pay of East Coast trains, but having just breakfasted on a rather odd cheese sandwich with mayonnaise and gherkins, washed down with warm Coke, both of which I had to talk the lady in charge of the on board bistro into selling me after she had insisted she had no food or drink, I am not sure why we seem to have the idea that our trains are worse than anyone else’s. The seats on this IC train are uncomfortable too and the lights in my compartment aren’t working.
Just changed on to an ICE train in Hamburg with 10 mins to spare. So far, so good, but I haven’t found out about the coffee situation yet.
Ah – just received a coffee voucher so there must be coffee on this train somewhere. I’m waiting until after Puttgarden to go and look for it – that’s where the whole train drives on board a ferry.
A bit later… that was exciting! It’s hard to believe the whole train just goes inside the ferry – but it definitely does. It has its own part of the lower deck, with buses etc alongside. All the passengers get off and go upstairs, where there are duty free shops, restaurants and other shops. The crossing takes 45 mins and I was slightly miffed only to have found somewhere to buy chips as we were nearly there.
DB have now redeemed themselves with coffee in real mugs.
Ok – now they’ve counterbalanced the coffee by getting us stranded in a place called Nykobing on the flimsy pretext that the train has broken down. This is very annoying as it means I will probably miss my train to Stockholm and my ferry to Finland tomorrow. I am trying hard not to panic. When will there be WiFi again? Will I get to the conference in time to present my very important paper? Aaaaaah!