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Train

No..I am not talking about training..but about trains..the contraptions invented by humans to ride from one place to another.

Some ride on the train, some in the train. Nevertheless train is the common thing. Once upon a time there was a saying: you can set your watch according to the train schedule; also, they said that german trains and swiss ones are the most punctual.

Now, to get to my point...I don't want to bore you, my dear reader. German trains aka DB...are always late. Like, really really really late. I cannot say anything about the swiss ones..did not have the honor.

So, there I was going from Prague to Berlin. Easy does it. I will not get into the details of how we bought the tickets. Short version: three counters, started from 6000 crowns (czech) for two persons..to 3000 crowns (also two persons).

So, there I was at the central train station of Prague, running late, when the board showed me the truth: 140 minutes delay ..not my delay..the train's delay. I admit, it was coming from Hungary...nevertheless ..140 minutes. Ok..we said....let's have a coffee, a sandwich, and we will manage. In 5 minutes the delay increased to 150 minutes. Anyhow, after some time it went to 170 minutes. In between I developed a food poisoning, my friend tried on some pants, we died of the smell of a polecat (yes, it was alive), bought books etc etc..

Smartwool Socks

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I normally hate socks. Before smartwool I had only 4 pair, which I wore only when exercising. My main criteria when buying shoes (and I have gone through phases where I have bought lots of shoes), is to buy shoes that don't require socks. So if you can tolerate the thought of socks, you're already a step ahead of me.

For some reason, I like textiles more than your average 25 year old. I think that wool is an amazing material and I have read about it extensively. It is an excellent insulator, which means that it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The fibers are very strong, so it can't be flattened over time like cotton (that's why wool rugs are so popular). It has natural oils that repel dirt. It wicks away moisture and can hold up to 1/3 of its weight in water before feeling wet. It even absorbs odors.

When I heard about Smartwool socks, I wasn't excited. I had a pair of wool socks before, but they were far too itchy and thick for me. I read that these socks were used on Everest, though, and that they weren't itchy. I had to try them for myself.

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