Thursday, 6 September 2018

Boats v Planes, Cars v Trucks

Travelling by boat is by far my preferred mode of transport.

A more sedate way to travel - traditional boats on the Loire River

This week we're back on the road again - to Germany this time - and as it's a short trip we decided to fly and borrow a PA - Tom already has a set of congas in Munich (and in Canada and in Australia!).

I'd forgotten how busy (for that, read stressful) going by plane is - a silly early start, then hours of walking and queueing and checks and more checks.  More time queueing to pick up our rental car and then straight out into motorway traffic in a left hand drive car.  For the record, being a passenger on the right hand side freaks me out far more than driving on the left side .... good grief!  As an aside I'm recovering from a summer cold which is determined to lodge in my chest - the antibiotic I'm taking is making me break out in a sweat; it's 26 degrees C and that's also making me perspire; but by far the top cause of glowing profusely is the huge truck pulling out right in front of me with what seems like inches to spare.  So I'm burying my head in the computer writing this blog.  (Note to self, don't look up suddenly when you see a truck looming and scream with fright and terrify the driver)



Boarding in Harwich at sunset


On the other side of things, going by ferry is much calmer, and driving your own car is much more familiar.  When you load up at home, providing you've forgotten nothing, that's you until you get to your destination.  No tramping around in queues.   There's time to look around you and perhaps have  a leisurely meal on board the ferry if it's a short crossing and time for a lot more relaxation if it's a long one.  You can take time while waiting to board to knit or read or grab a quick nap or catch up on emails.  By the time we reached Munich yesterday I reckoned we could have been waiting to board our second crossing if we decided to do a land bridge (Ireland-Scotland/England-Holland).   We're now driving up to Berlin for our first gig, loaded to the gills,  so that would be no different than going from Rotterdam to Berlin, time wise,  if we'd come by ferry.

On the Carlingford Ferry

So from here on I'm choosing the more sedate way to travel - unless we're heading to the other side of the world.

How about you?  What way do you prefer to move between countries?   Are you lucky enough to live on a large landmass and have the possibility to go by train or car?  Do you find it hard to drive on 'the other side of the road'?  I'd love to hear.


6 comments:

  1. Hi Fil - I'd go by boat and car if I had to - yet of course distance wise the air can be easier ... I'm driving on the right now - 9 months into it and sometimes I wonder what I'm doing. Thank goodness it's Canada and there's not much traffic (relatively) here on the Island. Enjoy the gig. Cheers Hilary

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    1. I"m sure you're great at it Hilary :) But I love the image of you pootling around :) Stay safe x

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  2. I've always been freaky about flying, so traveling by car or train would do it for me. I think being a passenger on the left side would scare the crap out of me, same with having to drive on the other side of the road.

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    1. Hi GB - yes, it's much easier to take your own car - at least then you've only got to deal with one problem at a time - the wrong side of the road and the very very fast cars... But travelling by road and rail is definitely much more sophisticated isn't it?

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  3. I'm one of those rare people that doesn't own a passport .... still so much to see in the UK for me.

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    1. You're so right Julie - there's so much to explore - it's endlessly beautiful once we're out of the cities - I love it.

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