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|From: "Bron Gondwana" <email@example.com>|
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 00:47:32 +1100 (EST)
Up very early to get the 8:58 train to Calais. When we arrived at the train station we discovered that it was a TGV (as opposed to the non-reservation train listed in our timetable). Much confusion followed, which wound up with us on a different TGV instead. They charged us EUR 8 _each_ for reservation, which was about 1/5 of the total fare for that trip. Daylight robbery, considering that we paid so much for the ticket in the first place. I'm not at all impressed with the 'reservations' system, it's double-dipping from the train companies, since that train didn't run any faster than the non-TGV one listed in our Eurail timetable. Anyway, we made it in the end, to discover that Seafrance had cancelled the next two crossings. Luckily P&O also gave a 1/2 price fare for people with Eurail tickets, so we grabbed the next ferry with them. It was a very rough crossing due to bad weather, and we both felt quite sick. Spent the last of our Euros (apart from souveniers) in the onboard shops. There were complimentary buses running from the train stations to the terminals at both ends - and we were soon on a train to London. We wound up in a carriage with a very annoying Aussie couple - especially the female, who hated Europe, hated... well, just about everything actually. They'd spent two whole weeks here, and only in major cities. Silly people. They were trying to get to Frankfurt, but had to go via London because of their ticket. Strange. I cooked a very yummy pasta dinner at Tiff's place, then we rushed off to choir rehearsal (Judas Maccabeus by Handel). The choir is made up of mainly old people, and has a very strange money-making policy, which seems to be that everyone is expected to do stupid fundraisers from their own pocket. It was great fun singing though! Sat around talking until far too late.
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