take a good look at that picture. that picture of that…that evil looking thing. you don’t even have to use your imagination too much to see that it looks like an evil fish, or an evil robot, or some sort of evil something.
i used to speak of the awesomeness that is the train system in sweden. i used to say, “it’s so much nicer that being in the car for hours. the time seems to go by so much faster when you’re on the train.” not anymore. i have had 2 pretty unfortunate experiences with the train myself. both involved trips to the airport in copenhagen to pick up family that had traveled from the US. in other words, they were worn out from travel and were looking forward to that nice, relaxing ride on the train that i told them about. the first was with my 2 week old baby, my father and step-mother. i can not relive the experience, nor would you really care to hear it. i’ll just say it involved a lot of large, heavy luggage, and moving from train to train to train. our 2 hour trip turned into a 4.5 hour trip. the second was with the baby (now 3 months old), my sister, brother-in-law and niece. it was christmas, it was freezing cold, there was no heat. there were delays, cancellations and more delays. we ended up stranded 20 minutes from home and had to catch a cab that ended up costing $100. that 2 hour trip turned into 5 hours! IN THE FREEZING COLD WITH NO HEAT!
what brings me to this post is today’s unfortunate experience with the train. it did not directly involve me, but my husband. note that it was not my own experience that pushed me over the edge, but my husbands. don’t F* with my man! (insert snapping in the Z formation) he has been travelling for 25 hours and is just ready to get home. instead of enjoying his beer on the couch tonight (he hasn’t had one in a week as he has been in saudi and it is illegal there) he is sitting in the train station waiting for the last scheduled train in hopes that it is not cancelled. if it is indeed cancelled he will hopefully find a hotel room and end up paying around $150 for it.
it’s not super cheap to take the train. it’s not super easy to figure out the system. even swedes have problems with it. and it NOT super easy to understand why a train system with $65 million in yearly profits is so terribly unreliable and has so many problems!
he just called. from his hotel room.
swedish word of the day: helvete-hell.