Silicon Westfalen

Destination: 
Distance: 
398 km

Today, I am going countryside. Not that my destination would probably agree with this situational estimate: It is Paderborn, Eastern Westphalia, a place once (and for a short period, to a limited group of people, with limiting conditions, and so on) almost known outside for its ambitions of becoming what they figured a “German Silicon Valley”. This is due to one of the few heads of earlier computer history, Heinz Nixdorf, who was born here and somehow tried to build his IT enterprise from here into all the world.

Bahncard 100 and international trains

Since I frequently break out the Bahncard 100 territory (that is, Germany), I learned that doing so is not as simple as one might figure. Still you can purchase tickets on board (which is no longer a matter of course in many countries), however, you would miss the reduction granted by Bahncard 100 on any European ride (so-called RailPlus reduction, which is after all 25% off regular fares).

Circulation

Destination: 
Distance: 
251 km

Hannover’s “Stadionbad” is an interesting object, it reflects what early 1970’s architect considered futuristic given the tools and materials of their time. It could use a little refurbishment, just an upgrade to contemporary sanitary standards. However, while this has not yet happened, their prices the lowest I encountered so far. And they seem to have unconditional access to competition lines, which is not a matter of course. At least not in the cities I know. I think I shouldwill also launch some rating chart on this topic.

Diving out

Destination: 
Distance: 
251 km

Thanks to Bahncard 100, swimming outside has already become an option I do not want to miss anymore. As the misery around Berlin’s public infrastructure deepens, public swimming sites are obviously a handy indicator on how deep they have actually come. I am quite happy that business takes me across the country anyway. I can easily escape from that mess and, as a welcome side-effect, I experience variety and discover new places, even when it comes to practical questions.

Swimming

Destination: 
Distance: 
535 km
Given an appropriate seat or compartment, ICEs do make a pretty good mobile office.

This trip is about to prove multiple advantages of an all-in annual ticket. For one thing, which is not really news, I can again combine working in a mobile office with a short-term, yet important business meeting on the station. For another, I can take the chance to go swimming. And before you wonder: Finding a swimming site with acceptable water temperatures is not that simple in Berlin.

D-B

Destination: 
Distance: 
532 km

ICE line 10, the one connecting Berlin and the Rhine/Ruhr area, has become one of the most important and most frequented lines since years, not only since it connects former capital Bonn with the current one. Needless to say that mobile Internet is of some importance here, not just as it is being officially pledged and offered as an included service on this track.

Next stop: Cargo

Destination: 
Distance: 
190 km

Today I encountered a premium example for how deep a bad business strategy can impact. In the case given, one single damaged engine lead to subsequent issues not only in wide parts of western Germany, but even affected international traffic. Trains had to be reorganized up to Amsterdam, Holland, where an “ICE International” train connects to Frankfurt (Main, Germany).

Housekeeping

Destination: 
Distance: 
396 km

I could not wait to leave Vacuum town. I would have gone to any actual city alright, so Leipzig would have been just fine. I slightly missed an Express going just there, and I would never dare blaming the station for lacking any sensible number of normal clocks. I am sure the lavatory fees correspond tightly with fund raising for some new models. And after all I could still do an NTP sync using the free Wi-Fi (ha!) in the station’s “DB Lounge” (ha ha!). You get the point.

Vacuum town

Destination: 
Distance: 
148 km

After finishing my – short – trip to Frankfurt, the one in the former GDR, I found that it might be interesting to check out how other alike places had come out within the last two decades. This is the approximate period I have not been to almost any place there. Despite they literally surround one of my more frequent living places, Berlin.

So, this time I picked Magdeburg.

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