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Heidelberg

or was that Geneva???

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After Jo had had no luck trying to talk to the French speaking girl at the pharmacy we decided to go to the information office and ask them if they could call for us, after finding someone that was fluent in French in the German speaking part of Switzerland we found out that in fact Jo had chosen the most expensive hair clip ever produced (well almost, apparently they had one twice the price) and that infact the price was right... but we could return the clip and they would refund the money.... but we were in Luzern with a train heading to Heidelberg... The lady in the office was extremely apologetic, repeating that 'this is not Switzerland'. We had about 5 minutes to get on the train to Offen (we had a 3 step train journey to Heidelberg) so jumped aboard with the Eurail timetable in our hands. After some quick calculations and a helpful conductor on the train we found that we could jump on a train from Olten heading to Bern and then change again for Geneva, yip we were going back!!!!!! half way across the country in the completely opposite direction to where we had a hostel booked, but we had a plan :), well more of a work in progress... After several tight connections (1min and then 3 minutes to change platforms) we miraculously arrived in Geneva earlier than planned, 2:10pm. After running into the ticket office and confirming that we could get a 3:14pm train leaving us in Heidelberg at 8:45pm after 3 changes we ran down to the pharmacy, Jo plead her case and got her money back. Relieved and with Jo's pocket heavier we wandered back to the station, changed the newly aquired Francs to Euros and jumped aboard the ICE headed for Basel.

What a day.

But it wasn't to end there, our instruction for getting to the hostel in Heidelberg left a lot to be desired. We climbed aboard the bus that we were told to take and about 25minutes later found ourselves at the end of the line, in the middle of nowhere... After talking to the driver in School Cert German we found that we needed to get a tram that arrived in about 20 minutes, and that that would put us back in the general area that we needed... about 1/2 way between the train station and the hostel... so after walking that distance to the hostel we found that our 'room' was infact back down the way we had just walked, about 5 blocks... So wandering around Heidelberg around 11pm at night, with heavy packs we finally found our room and quickly showered and hopped into bed... as we had to get a train at 7:20am the next day and we didn't know which bus to catch we set the alarm for 5:45am... only 5 hours later. :(

So our day had consisted of:

Train, Luzern - Olten
Train, Olten - Bern
Train, Bern - Geneva

Train, Geneva - Basel
Train, Basel - Mannheim
Train, Mannheim - Heidelberg
Bus, Heidelberg HBF - Middle of nowhere
Tram, Middle of nowhere - Bismarkplatz (middle of Heidelberg)
Walk, Bismarkplatz - 'Hostel'
Walk, 'Hostel' - Room

What a day :)

Posted by timnz 13:23 Archived in Switzerland Tagged backpacking

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