heading up to Germany
Today we must leave this amazing town and hotel, and take a travel day...six long hours by train, and then renting a car to go the rest of the way. We are one our way to visit some old friends in the small town of Suhl, Germany (in former East Germany). It is going to be a long day but once we get there, we will be happy to be with friends and have some social time. We get on the first train and all is fine. We get to the second train and I am told, "I am sorry, there is a strike in Germany, you cannot get there from here." What?! That was supposed to happen in Italy, we thought, but not in Germany. So we decide we will get as far as we can go, then figure it out. Maybe we can call the car rental company and change the location or make a new reservation. Maybe we can take a bus or another transportation form. I realize this was one aspect of having a carr that gave us consistency and freedom. We board the second train, which dumps us halfway to our destination at the bus depot, and we must board a bus to get us to the remaining destination in Germany. Seamless transition, basically, except for a short walk through the drizzling rain on a gravel road to get the bus. And it was a fine 90 minute trip by bus except for the vomiting child and tons of high school campers. Now we are on board our final train. In two hrs, we will only have to take a taxi to the rental car location, pickup the car, drive another hour, and presto, we will be there. And contentedly drinking dark German lagers. And it will all be worth it to be with good friends. I have unfortunately already had enough sausages in the Czech Republic to last me a good ten years.