Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Lessons learnt during rail travel. No. 2

As one or two people may know, I recently posted here about an unfortunate experience getting on the wrong train. From this, I learnt the valuable lesson: if your train leaves early, YOU'RE ON THE WRONG TRAIN.

Well, I've just done it again. And learnt a second valuable lesson: if you have booked seat no. 49 in carriage B, and carriage B doesn't have a seat 49, you're also ON THE WRONG TRAIN.

In both cases, I  didn't  realise my mistake until the train had got going. Someone has helpfully pointed out that these things always happen in threes, so I eagerly await lesson no. 3.

Suggestions, anyone?

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    1. Ah...you're right, Yvonne. Another first world problem!

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  2. Hmm... for No. 3, you could buy a First Class ticket and wonder why your train does not have a First Class compartment. Or, better still, you could buy a ticket for a journey starting at a specific station but then go to a different station and try to find your train there.

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    1. Thank you, Meike, I'll bear those in mind...

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  3. I never mastered the London underground I always seemed to end up at Green Park.

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  4. On the plus side, you're getting really good at knowing what to do when you're on the wrong train.

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    1. Yes, Patsy. Panic. Every time. Then throw myself on the mercy of the (hitherto wonderful) guards.

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  5. Try Platform 9 3/4 next time...?

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  6. Funnily enough, DT, the train I caught went from platform 9. It should have been platform 8. Is that a Harry Potter thing? I've never read any HP. Perhaps I should?

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  7. Everyone should! ;) The train for Hogwarts leaves from Kings Cross station, platform 9 3/4.

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    1. DT, while I have huge admiration for JKR, and what she's achieved, I just don't like fantasy of any kind. I couldn't cope with Tolkien, either!

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    2. The Robert Galbraith whodunnits are okay

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  8. Ok Frances... Better keep away from platform 9 then... ;)

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    1. I'm never going near platform 9 again, DT. Platform 9 and I have bad karma.

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  9. The lovely thing is that these are examples of your lack of doubting and questioning yourself. In addition, you always make it home in the long run.
    True serenity comes, not from a trouble free existence but from experiences that give you confidence that you can overcome the obstacles, because you've done so before.

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    1. ER, you're too kind. If you'd seen me panicking, you would have changed your opinion! And the trouble is that these...er...experiences have made me even less confident. What next??

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  10. I had the exact same experience recently on a trip to a writing event in London. My friend said, “Oh, that’s good we’re leaving early.” Then we looked at each other as the penny dropped.

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    1. Wendy,my that really made me laugh (sorry)! It's so nice to know that someone else can do it.

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