As I write these words (which I will post later, as I am not connected right now), I’m sitting on an ICE train from Koeln to Hannover. But the train is not moving; we’ve been stuck at Hamm station for the past 15 minutes and the forecast right now is that we won’t be departing for
And this is by all means not a first for me. In the past few months I have witnessed train delays in Germany at least half a dozen times. A couple of them were delays of more than 30 minutes and on one occasion almost 1.5 hours! In my four and a half years in Japan I recall only one delay and that one was for only a few minutes. And I travelled by train almost every day in Japan…
True, the Japanese might at times take their punctuality to extremes, but they’ve left the “punctual” Germans eons behind. I pity those football fans who paid hundreds of Euros for their ticket and will be late to the game because of Deutsche Bahn.
[Update: the delay turned out to be 1 hour…]