Today was a travel day. After packing our bags and eating a superb “continental breakfast” complete with fresh bread, we made some sandwiches for the trip and started our day by heading into Berlin. (Rob’s mom lives in Bernau bei Berlin, a district in the state of Brandenburg, which surrounds the German state of Berlin.) After a 45-minute ride on the S2 S-Bahn into town, we boarded our ICE (the fastest, most direct trains) to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. In Kassel, we switched to an IC (not as fast as ICEs, but still, they make for good connections) and headed to Giessen. After unpacking, we walked to Aldi, came back home to drop our Aldi purchases off, then hopped on our bikes for a trip to Toom.
So 4 1/2 hours on trains and two small intra-Giessen trips later, we are finally safe and warm at home with full tummies, and we’re catching up on the Liverpool games we missed over the last week (for those of you who care: against Portsmouth and Tottenham).
Now I think you’ll understand why I picked today’s list:
5 Reasons to Travel by Train
- No driver/passenger roles; everyone is a passenger. I love this, because it means that we can both talk without one of us having to pay attention to the road. I get Rob’s full, undivided attention, and he mine. If we want, we can both put on our head phones, jam to our favorite tunes, and play DS.
- You’ll never get lost. No road signs to figure out, no maps or directions to read, and no detours to figure out. You could miss your connection because your first train was late, but Deutsche Bahn has a great policy for this contingency: You can simply take the next train. Only inconvenience of such a thing: Long layovers. Still, way better than getting lost in my book.
- No pit stops necessary. When you ride via train, the WCs ride with you!
- No buying expensive gas. Since we don’t own a car, I can’t say how much a trip from Giessen to Berlin would cost if you include the cost of a car, insurance, gas, and maintenance. However, the prices are reasonable (especially if you’re my husband, and you buy the tickets exactly 89 days in advance when they first go on sale).
- It’s better for the environment. Mass transportation is always easier on our world than driving, at least until cars start running on cleaner fuel.
Question of the Day
Which do you value more: the independence and conveniences that come with owning your own car or the benefits to society and conveniences provided by public transportation?