No sand mold sharing for you!

Lucky, mobility without (driving) cars already works in bigger cities. When it comes to, e. g., visiting customers outside urban places, cabs might not only be an expensive yet also a rare option. When days passed slower, you would normally book a rental car (in advance, that is, and thus hardly flexible), pay an unreasonably high amount of money (even more if your trip planning recommends to drop the car at a different place from where you picked it up) and act like a legacy car-owner, only in part-time.

German Gründlichkeit

11 days. It took Deutsche Bahn already one week (and two reminders I sent in the meantime) to contact me at all. As you probably remember, all I own so far is a paper voucher that has to be accompanied by my ID card – which I really do not want to carry out with me at every time. I want the plastic card.

Bike & ride

Destination: 
Distance: 
72 km

At least from what I understand, my bike rides with me for free in Deutsche Bahn trains. As Berlin’s S-Bahn is operated by Deutsche Bahn, I dare figuring this is included and so I took my bike with me – taking all possible risks.

Any police on board?

Destination: 
Distance: 
532 km

They finally made it. After some half year, they re-opened the Düsseldorf site of what German Bahn calls “DB Lounge”. A concept similar to airline lounges, limited to frequent travelers (and some other). Those who are expected to not (only) come for the bargain. The point in these places is not only that they provide beverage, sometimes Snacks and relative quietness. Almost more important, I can have Internet access, a seat and, given some luck, even a desktop. Perfect to me.

I'm walking

Destination: 
Distance: 
690 km
Karlsruhe Hauptbahnhof. A fairly impressive, yet unimposing building. If it weren't 3kms from the city center, I figure it would be much more crowded.

Following yesterday’s decision, this day started completely unscheduled. A first look on where one might go was taken right from the bed using Deutsche Bahn’s somehow and in parts functioning approach of what could be a perfect mobility companion. To stay fair, that app works ok: As with most apps on Windows Phone, you have to be grateful that one is offered at all. Different story.

Shore leave

A defect ticket validator at Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, obviously not missed by anyone within months.

I had to take a day off, not just for business but also to get familiar with the newly acquired liberty. One outcome of this “shore leave” was, by the way, to start this very blog; in the first place only with “some outcome at all” in mind, via “nice tool to keep track of your rides” to (by now) “cool project to spread the word of a (probably) good idea and share opinions on mobility in general and your own vision in detail”.

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