April 2024


Flashing back to Vancouver at Ostkreuz.

Yesterday I was out at the Ostkreuz train station – a part of Berlin that I rarely visit because it’s not really between home and work. It’s not actually a place worth avoiding, rather my commute and regular habits really do not involve heading that direction.

But I was out there to meet somebody. […]

Reliving My Childhood: Visiting Durango, riding the Durango & Silverton Railroad.

The 8:45 heading north.

Back in the 1980s my Uncle – a great man who has since passed on – arrived in Denver to take me on a trip: We flew from Denver to Durango on an Aspen Airways Convair. In Durango we stayed at the Strater Hotel and, as the main featured activity, […]

A Pervert’s Guide to the Miniatur Wunderland

Temporary Invalid once appeared in photos like this.

This past weekend I headed up to Hamburg in order to visit my favorite Temporary Invalid – ideal timing because he was mobile enough to get around, but not mobile enough to escape me.

Given that I’d never actually been to Hamburg’s biggest small attraction, the […]

9 kilometers along the Transpraia in Portugal

Transpraia Depot

Sheldon Cooper, PhD would be proud of me today – today was a train day.

I’m continuing to have a fantastic vacation, although I cut today’s beach adventure short because I’m going to have dinner with a friend tonight and I didn’t want to get trapped at the beach fighting impossible traffic.


Overly Focused on Safety: Riding the Rails at Cheltenham Spa

After managing to retrieve my pre-booked train ticket from the automat at the Cheltenham Spa Train Station, I headed toward platform one, which services trains headed southbound to places like Bristol.

At the top of the stairs, I noticed the above sign, which ended up providing me enough food for thought that […]

Visiting the European Capital of Culture (1999)

I had a great long weekend in Weimar.

Honestly, I’m not the typical tourist – I didn’t do the holy Goethe and Schiller thing, although I did walk past their statues in Theaterplatz.

Overall, in the eleven months since I’ve moved, not much has changed. There are a few more buildings that have been renovated […]

Annoying Public Transport Habits

As a frequent rider of public transportation, I have two complaints—call them observations—about people and mass transit.

First, why is it that people waiting to get on buses and trains feel compelled to stand directly in front of the door? Do they really think that standing there will let them get on first or will […]

Nohra Bahnhof

Yesterday I found myself, with a friend, at a train station in the middle of nearby nowhere, Germany. At some of the stations, a mirror is placed at the end of the platform, presumably for the train driver to use—although it makes for some pretty cool photos as well.

Going toward Weimar

Our […]

Wheel Relaxation

One thing that I oft overlook in my day-to-day life is the happy rhythm of the wheel going round and round.

It is, indeed, a great pleasure to take the short 10 minute walk from my office over to the Jena West train station, wait a few minutes for a train (depending upon my timing […]

Canadian Sense

I won’t ask my Canadian readers to defend Canada, but I’ve always been under the impression that the country is imminently sensible, filled with diverse, intelligent, and friendly people (save for Quebec).

For me, whenever I hear about insane US policies, I presume that they are not adopted by Canada because Canadian policy makers look […]