Dateline: 22:14 04 Sep 1996
Location: Duisburg Hbf
Now that was eventful. Here I sit, burping after a tasty bread/chocolate/juice
meal (thank heaven for that 5 DM coin, even if I did get 1 DM and 20 zlotys
back in exchange), but the train ride here was spent in the most amusing
company of 4 techno-zippies going to Wien. Communication was rather
limited because they knew as much English as I know German (hint: that's
bad) but merely the displays of paraphernalia put on by fellow #4, going
solo, were fascinating. Not only was he carrying a massive &
gorgeous glass bong, but he was smuggling hash (hidden in cheese(!)) and
'shrooms (in the bathroom, if I dug correctly). The other three were
just gathered in a heap of hysterically giggling arms and legs. Just
Say No sure is working, eh? I could even have sworn that, on the
first stop after the (unpoliced) Dutch-German border, I saw a granny-type
get off the train carrying a hemp plant at least a meter and a half tall.
Anyway, the exciting part came at 21:45 when I got off at Duisburg...
but as I sauntered past I spotted a Departures signs titled "Oberdoelen
Hbf". For a second I could hear my brain rattling -- click, click,
click -- and then crystallizing into an action: "SHIT!" As the whistle
blew I ran to the train, wrested a door open and hauled myself in.
And then got off at the next stop, which was Duisburg.
Up next, Köbenhavn II, for all of one hour. FORWARD EVER,
The day's budget
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