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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now and then, business takes me beyond national borders. Which is a nice opportunity to prepare for the next-bigger scope (Europe). Even better, to the Netherlands. Better, because in many details, the Dutch are doing things quite pragmatically. This includes mobility.