When I was 10 years old, I began to ride the (public) bus to a larger town, because my parents found the elementary school in our little village wanting. After a year my family moved further away from my school, and now I had to take a 45 min. train ride. That made me a commuter at 11 years old.
I was with a whole group of kids riding the train. Later I still took train rides regularly for my art education and for events in other cities.
Every year a new guide for buses and trains comes out. To go to a certain place, one sometimes had to change trains, go to another part of the train station, or change from a train to a bus to reach one's destination
To make it even more complicated, sometimes parts in the front of the train would eventually go to another destination than the back part!
On busy days, it took sometimes a few minutes before one was able to exit the train and run to be in time to catch another train or bus.To find one's way around without the guide, can a challenging puzzle.
© Train Ride, Watercolor, St.GermainSince the train was my main means of transportation till I married, it's not a surprise that the train was my inspiration for a watercolor. Also seen this week on ART NOTES (click on top pic on right sidebar)
The blue is the matte around the the painting which gives you a view (window) of the train. Then you see the open train window and in the background the windows of the other side.
You can imagine my panic when my then 18 year old blond daughter (looking like she was fourteen) was alone on her Europe tour and decided she would go by train from my brother's house in the South to my other brother's house in the North.
For a Dutchman who knew all the ins and outs the train trip would take about 4 hours, because my brothers both lived in small villages. Seems perfectly fine and logic, right?
Some parents I knew, raised their eye brows that I just let her go alone, but could I say? I did it since I was 11!.
But...she had never gone by train in her life, nor had she any idea how to figure out when and how to change trains, or go to another part of the train station (every station is built differently!).
Also, she did not know the Dutch language. You can imagine that I was very relieved when my brother in the North told me he was going to pick her up by car from her previous destination to come to his house.
Don't worry, if you like to make a trip with the Trans-Eurail, the least expensive way to travel Europe.
This train goes straight to the main cities of Europe without having to change trains more than once (unless you go to a small town that's off the main track)
Bon Voyage, mes amis!
(have a good trip, my friends)