The title of this post is possibly a little unfair. After all, they did get us from Aachen to Berlin and back to Cologne safely, without the train breaking down or arriving without the requisite number of coaches. The train back to Cologne today was half an hour late, but what’s half an hour between friends? (No need to answer that)
I do have a few annoying little odds and ends to report. Although the 1st class seats on the ICE trains between Cologne and Berlin appear quite luxurious and are of a good size, something isn’t right about the footrest positioning – this seems to be designed for people with unusually long legs, and when I’ve tried to use one of the footrests I end up with muscle strain. Also, it can be hard to attract the attention of the staff who serve on board refreshments, and even when you do they have to memorize what you want and fetch it from the bistro coach instead of bringing a selection on a trolley as they do in the UK.
Still these are definitely minor details compared to the total fiasco that I experienced about this time last year. So it’s a B+ from me, and try and re-design the footrests for next time.
There may be a little more about transport around Berlin later.