Herald Hippo

the ideas of an expat in the Czech Republic


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Trips: Germany

So...Meine Damen und Herren herzlich willkommen. This is how DB salutes the passengers when getting in the bus. What bus? The Prague-Nürnberg bus. Why? Because if you want to get to Stuttgart, you have to be prepared for a journey. Like the one in the Lord of the rings. A long, dangerous journey. Ok ok..not dangerous but definitely long. The drill: take the bus to either Nürnberg or Munich and from there the train. No direct routes except for a flight that would take out of your wallet around 250 euros. Hell NO! This particular bus was quite empty. A sick passenger that almost puked sat in the back laying down looking almost purple. Please don't fukking puke here, man! Then a miracle occurred. The bus arrived in time to the destination. And hei ho..no police. I take out my dutchie from the bra and put it in my bag. Lovely. Still time to make it to the train so I try half of the dutchie. I look around. A blonde curly lady with her bike speaks on the phone. Have to stay serious while listening to her meowing with a high pitch on the phone. Some turks scream at each others. No blood for today. I run before the police comes to separate them. The train is there already. That does not look very well. Somehow like an old wreck that they reconditioned and they hope it will stay in one piece. Second miracle of the day: no delays here either. DB has to mark this in the calendar. Weird people in the train: 1. me 2. a little back kid looking at me as if he never saw artists sitting in the same compartment as him. My player dedicates him the "Move them niggers north" song. NOTE: this is not racism or any form of denigration of race 3. a weirdo that at every stop had a pattern: stood up, drank cola, put the cola bottle in the bag, repacked the bag, sat down facing towards me (he was on my right hand side) and staring. Did not know if it was a staring contest but I lost. 4. drunk couple almost banging. Only for 3 stops, very drunk, very loud, did not finish it.

Arrived in Stuttgart after a 7 hours trip. First stop, the smokers square on the platform. Weird guy coming towards me, suddenly runs towards the train, gets in ..gets off on the next door. Salutes the locomotive. Checks the other train from the other line, opens the doors, confirms to the passengers that the train is ok. Takes my luggage and runs away. Yes, that's my weirdo. God! I love familiar faces.

Amex Good, Hostgator Bad

On Tynan

I love my American Express card. I have the platinum one thanks to Todd, which has a lot of cool benefits like being able to go into airport lounges and such.

However, they always seem to freeze my account when I travel. Last year, when I went to Tokyo, Todd and I ate at a baller Kobe beef restaurant in Kobe. We went to pay and both of our Amexes got declined. Ouch.

We called from a payphone across from the restaurant and they finally fixed it.

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