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By Merekat (Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 05:58:39 AM EST) (all tags)
Thank fuck I no longer live on a rock at the edge of Europe.


This means it only took me an extra 36 hours and one 12 hour overnight train journey in a *seat* to get home. Also yay for compatibility in payment systems between .nl and .ch so I didn't even have to touch credit card to stock up with the necessary extra socks, underwear, earplugs and comfy tracksuit bottoms needed to make said journey a step above tolerable.

Boo to arsehole US businessman travelling *to* Rome on a meeting who got drunk, snored very loudly and took up a seat that could have been used to get someone home to their family.
Boo to SNCF for going on strike. You epitomise everything that can go wrong with unionisation and in doing so, fuck it up for the industries that really need it to stop their workers being killed on duty or fired on a whim. I spit on you with my socialist saliva.
Boo to DB for a moronic web booking form. It took 11 attempts to book a train ticket (tried two days worth). it tells you there is something available, then you step through 3 pages, inc. entering credit card details twice, and then at 'confirm' tells you there are no places. And no, it isn't a race condition in booking as if you start again, it still advertises those fares.

Yay to SBB/DB for doubling the usual length of the train.
Yay to generous locally based coworkers for spare room space.
Yay to the Albert Heijn supermarket chain for tasty and nutritious salads, juices and sandwiches.

Next scheduled travel - May 3rd.

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DB's web booking form was state of the art by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 06:46:52 AM EST
and then some. In 1997.

It's barely changed since, as far as I can see. (OK, there's some XMLHttpRequest, but the basics are the same)

I'm really suprised by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 07:06:05 AM EST
The French dockers haven't gone on strike.

The airlines are talking about bailout funding. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 07:29:42 AM EST
I can't see why that should be so, given that a few airlines going broke isn't going to have a hugely deleterious effect on the rest of the economy. It's not like broke airlines make planes or pilots worthless all of a sudden.

Glad you got home eventually.

They should have been prepared too by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 12:50:43 PM EST
Though rare, volcanic eruptions do come along every few years, and the speed aircraft were grounded suggests the risk volcanic ash presents to aircraft was well known.

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