On the train to Munich. Three hours 13 minutes. 625pm Aschaffenburg. ETA Munich 907. Just 2 hours 42 to go! 735. So the man who cannot asleep in planes & trains now cannot stay awake. Feel like just going straight to bed when I get to Munich, and stay there till the morning. 2018 Nuremberg town of Kaspar Hauser behind us. Ingolstadt, town of Frankenstein ahead of us; then just—Munich. 234 km per hour. 249. 254. 258. I think we are going to take off soon. Frohe Weihnachten! I’ve been travelling for exactly 12½ hours so far, since I left work in London this morning. Just 1 more hour to go. I am almost delirious with tiredness.
On our way to Frankfurt. Half-full train, maybe a bit more. My eyes very very tired. Three hours to Frankfurt. Change. Then 3 hours + to Munich. A lot more people getting on here at Gare du Nord. I just dread crossing the German border at Aachen and having the German customs guards pulling me out of my seat again. Making me turn out my bag in front of everyone, turn out my pockets in front of everyone, swabbing my hands in front of everyone; so embarrassing. And of course I am the most suspicious-looking person on the whole train.
Couldn’t sleep. So logged back in to CANCEL all my DB tickets for December. But then I thought OH how sad! This is only a temporary cashflow blockage, and by Thursday it will clear, and ALL the hotels are booked, and cancelling the DB will still cost me 68 euros and the total cost was only £155. Such a small saving it will bring me. And with this November paypacket and then the December paypacket, taken in conjunction with NO strippers, NO more credit card usage for anything before Vienna, the situation will ease by this Thursday already.
Well I bit the bullet and booked all the DB tickets for the December trip to Vienna. Total damage £158. Not bad is it! With stopover in Munich Monday night going and Frankfurt Friday night coming back. 27 euros Brussels to Munich, 39 euros Munich to Vienna arriving 1130am, 84 euros Vienna to Frankfurt arriving 136pm Friday, 27 euros again Frankfurt to Brussels arriving 935am Saturday morinng, with awkward 3 hours to kill before my 1252 Eurostar home. What will I do? See what time O’Reilly’s opens and have an Irish breakfast maybe. Spend an hour in Cine Paris till midday. Pop up to Gare du Nord for last window perhaps. Anyway £158 for trains to Vienna and back is not bad at all. And that includes a First Class booking for the Munich to Vienna leg! Treated myself there.
Well I spoke too soon; after leaving Koln we only went as far as Düren where we had to change trains for the rest of the journey to Brussels. Exchanging quite a cool ICE for another stifling completely airless one. Made it a very gruelling and tiring journey again and arriving at Brussels I wanted to do nothing except come straight to my hotel. Here I am then. Check in to my room by 605pm. Tomorrow is Belgian National Day and after Bastille Day in Nice, Brussels I think is braced for the worst. I should try to enjoy tonight as much as I can. Apparently it is 33°C in Brussels right now (doesn’t feel that bad) and thunderstorms are expected later. I have neither coat nor umbrella; let us hope I can find a porn cinema or a knocking shop to shelter in.
The 2 hour train back to Frankfurt so spacious & relaxed, and the journey feels so quick compared to going. And arriving at Frankfurt my Brussels ICE is already sitting quietly waiting for us to get on. The whole train to choose from, so lovely & empty. Happy to be heading back to Brussels.