Berlin

Strikeseeing

Destination: 
Distance: 
954 km
A map by Deutsche Bahn shows the normal route Munich - Berlin (dotted) and today's alternatives.

The last time German train drivers were on strike, I consequently decided to purchase my “Bahncard 100” all-in subscription. Now, some half year later, the impressions I had back then seem to be somehow confirmed.

Taking into account that about half of their driving personnel is off their posts, the long-distance connections do actually work better than you would expect, however, few people realize it. The reasons for this are manifold, the most important being disastrous, plan-less and arbitrary communication - if any:

Broken track

Destination: 
Distance: 
816 km

Another fail-day on rails, this time brought to you by broken tracks and, again, buggy Wi-Fi.

The first part between Munich and Göttingen was of only minor inconvenience (a compartment initially displayed as “unreserved” just switched to “fully reserved” right after I had made myself at home, however it was yet another of these popular German “reservation-just-in-case”, also known as “bathing towel-sun chair-reservations”), effectively I had at least some hours full of comfort and all on my own.

Will be fixed next year on thursday

Destination: 
Distance: 
815 km

Again, no mobile Internet. Lucky this was only on a part of the track. And I had the chance to learn from the train attendant that the current incident process for what Deutsche Bahn offers as an included service is like so: A record is logged and sent to their maintenance staff and on the next-up train inspection (in some weeks or whatever) “someone” will hopefully “somehow” take care.

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.

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.

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