A Long Journey.

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

We finally said goodbye to Munich and hopped on our first of five trains heading to Berlin. The reason behind this quiet simply the ticket valid only on local transport cost us €37 for up to 5 people compared to €149 on the fast train. And as we are in no rush, so why not see a bit more of the country side?
The first three trains were pretty uneventful. On our fourth train we were approached by an African guy who asked us if he could jump on our ticket.
 “Where's your ticket?” Dino asked.
 “I haven't got one.” Was his reply.
 “Why not?”
 He just looked at Dino like 'Are you mad.
 “OK mate. No problems.”
 A few seconds later a druggie asked the same thing. “Why not ?We already have one passenger. One more won't hurt.” A few more seconds later another person asked us the same thing. This was turning out quite comical. The two of us had the only ticket and our party suddenly sprang to be 5.
The conductor gave Dino a bemused look when he indicated the travelling party of two backpackers, an African guy with no luggage, a drinking druggie and a lady from god knows where. None the less she stamped our ticket and was on her way.

When we finally made it to our destination, Berlin, nearly 10 hours after setting off, we probably would have been bemused by a station with more than two platforms. What awaited us at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof was mind numbing. You could see four floors up to the glass domed ceiling through a maze of escalators and mezzanine's. We followed S's on signs hoping that is would lead us to our destination. Amazingly within minutes we had found what we were looking for. The S-bahn platforms and the information centre next door, which informed us that our €37 ticket was even valid on the local lines. How Great?

Welcome To Berlin!
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