Earlier today, some weird alerts scrolled through my Twitter timeline. “Deutsche Bahn about to drop Bahncard”, so the base line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One cool thing with flexibility is, without any doubt, that alarm clocks become needless. Unless considering a trip that requires at least some scheduling (which does not apply to the one straight ahead), you can simply go to bed and rise just when you feel like so. Priceless.
Travelling means company. Ever stepped into a bath room by night, turned the light on and noticed something hush-hush hide no matter where? And if, what was your reaction?
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.
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”.