Ahh, the night train. My first one was pretty good. Moderately comfortable and quiet. I slept well. Couldn’t ask for much more.
This second night train however, completely different story. When I reserved a seat, I asked for a window seat, because the sleepers were full or unavailable. They didn’t have that, and said they only had a few left. That should have been a warning.
It started okay. After the train left Vienna, it was just me and one other guy. We hoped that no one else would enter the seating area. This train, rather than having airplane type seating with rows of seats, has little sealed off areas of 6 seats, with two rows facing each other. A really stupid idea. Rows are better.
So soon after this little area with 6 seats filled up with 6 people, and a dog. A small dog, and a cute one, but still there isn’t enough room for 6 people. And then at the next stop, way more people piled in. They crammed in to the walkway that connects the different separated areas.
Then I spent the next 10 hours crammed into a train with lots of noisy people on it. Needless to say, I barely got any sleep.
Berlin. I didn’t get as much done as originally anticipated because of the previous night but I did walk around and saw the Bundesrat and a memorial to the Berlin Wall. Berlin really was the centre of many of the major events of the 20th century. From WWI to the fall of the Berlin Wall, many of the major conflicts have centred around this city. After WWI, a city already destroyed by the war was ripped in two by foreign powers. It’s difficult to imagine what that would have been like.
There will be a lot more about Berlin in my next post.