Sunday, September 04, 2005

The trials and tribulations of the German train system-- all for the love of gummi candy!

The big plan for Saturday was to travel south of Bonn to Knoblenz where I could buy wild berry fruit juice gummi candies—the best gummi candy in Germany!

Mistake #1 was paying for a ticket for the slow train and accidentally getting on the faster one. This turned out to be a non-issue because the conductor never came by for my ticket. I got to Knoblenz and had a great time—found the gummi bear store and then took a chair lift to a fortress above the city where you could see the Rhein and Mosel Rivers converge. There was also a museum in the fortress that was running a Haribo gummi bear exhibit—it tied in well to the main theme of the day☺ The exhibit contained furniture and clothing made out of Haribo gummi candy!

The next part of my plan was to take the train to Linz where I would get off and go back to Bonn via boat. But while on the train I realized that I had missed the last boat so the conductor sold me a ticket from Linz to Bonn.

Enter train mistake #2—I did not purchase a ticket to the main Bonn train station, but rather to some suburban station that required me to metro back into town…oops! Long story short, I didn’t realize the mistake until I was 15 miles north on Bonn at the Cologne trade center.

The moral of the story is that when you think it is weird a train that is supposed to connect two cities along the Rhein is no longer following the river, you would be correct!

The happy ending of the story is that I now have 5 kilos of gummi candy in my hotel room☺



At 7:33 AM, Anonymous The Exit said...

I think, this is a general problem. Once you get use to the trains, you will love them. But there are some problems before you know how to use them :-)

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anuradha said...

Hi Erin! This is such a lovely way to keep up with your adventures. Thank you for sharing :) I too had my own share of troubles with the German train system, so I completely understand. As long as you got your gummi bears, that is really all that matters. I move to Philadelphia today and start work tomorrow -- wish me luck!!


At 3:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know; the CJS family gift rules only are in effect for domestic transactions. Hint, Hint... Wild Berry Fruit Juice Gummi's? WOW!


At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 kilos of gummibaerchen? How in the world are you taking that with you to Berlin?? :)


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