Daily Prompt: Revisionist History – It’s too hot to blog

Go back in time to an event you think could have played out differently for you. Let alternate history have its moment: tell us what could, would or should have happened?

A Sunday afternoon walk through the Einsiedelei, Rüttenen

There are times that just a photo is enough. I am not going back in time about events that should have been different. Everyone knows that my talent for writing unforgettable blogs has not yet been recognised, so I do not want to bore anyone with the details. Suffice it to be said that I am still waiting for my deserved recognition to have my photo taken as I receive the Pulitzer prize.

In the meanwhile I have just moved from my standard place outside on the porch to inside. My computer was complaining and said if he has to sit in the heat of 37°C for longer, it would explode, burn, or even melt. I decided that replacing an Apple computer would be an expensive item and so we are now in the kitchen with a view onto the garden. It was even too hot for me, and that needs a lot. I decided this photo of the stream flowing through the local hermitage would help to cool me down.

Yesterday I went to the local railway station, accompanied by Mr.Swiss, to sort out my tickets for the my visit to Germany this week. I had checked everything on Internet and did a print out to assist with the arrangements. I will take a train from Solothurn, the local town, and change in Olten which is about 30 minutes along the track. I can then wait on the platform I arrive at for half an hour and then my direct train to Mannheim in Germany will arrive, brilliant. The alternative would have been to go to Basel from Olten and catch the same train in Basel. I just have to start my journey half an hour earlier. So now I am in Mannheim in Germany and I can stay on the platform and opposite my next train will arrive to Koblenz. Are you with me? Probably not, but I am happy as I do not have to walk to other platforms with only a few minutes to spare. Anyhow when I arrive in Koblenz I will take the local train to Bullay where No. 2 son will pick me up with the car and drive me to my end station which is a place called Burg in the Moselle area.

I have now managed to organise Google to show me the route I will be taken by train, so here it is. i will be absent from blogging from Thursday until Monday. If I do not report back next week on Tuesday then you know that I am lost somewhere between Switzerland and Germany and if I take the wrong train I might even be in france – who knows.

Solothurn to Bullay by train

I mailed No. 2 son with the details and today he called me to say everything OK and it seems that two of his colleagues will also be arriving in Bullay on the same train as me, so I will probably meet them in Koblenz already. No. 2 son has a problem with his mobile phone at the moment, as it is not working, but he will have a replacement in two days. He was very concerned as it seems a life line had been lost. I remember being younger, we did not have mobiles, but we survived somehow. We did not even have a telephone at home, but somehow we managed.

Daily Prompt: Revisionist History – It’s too hot to blog

15 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Revisionist History – It’s too hot to blog

  1. Sometimes I watch an “old” (1990s) movie and see the phones and wonder how younger people perceive that and how they would have managed. I remember when a friend got a car phone back in 1993. It was huge and expensive and didn’t work all that well… I’m looking forward to photos of the journey!

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    • I have an iPhone, but it is really just for emergencies: I have my iPad and my Kindle for everything else (plus 2 computers) – what would I do without them.
      There will be an official photographer at the wedding, but I will be doing a few myself. The place is the Moselle area of Germany and has some wonderful scenery.

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  2. Even though Europe looks pretty small and there are trains all over, you need to change like three times to reach your destination. Why is there not one straight train ?
    And the heat – will it be hot in Germany too, Mrs. AS ?
    I feel for you. Keep safe, hydrated and take lots of photographs for us.
    Enjoy the wedding and come back safe.

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    • For an American everywhere probably looks small, but the different countries in Europe have each their own system. We do perhaps less A to B but more one in the middle that is the central point for other trains. Like Olten in Switzerland – a smallish town, but a centerpoint for trains on the main axis where trains from Italy, Germany and France pass through. It’s the way things work and we get used to it. The main thing is that the time tables are organised, and they are all available online.


  3. I’m always anxious about travel arrangements before we leave, but once I get moving, the world falls away and everything is fine. You will have a great time. I just know it! It will be a great experience and if you do wind up in France? Don’t forget to bring home some good wine and maybe (if you pass through) some Belgian chocolate 🙂

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    • I have the same problem and I often have an attack of stomach nerves, but once I am at the station waiting for the first train – no problem. I don’t drink, so won’t bother with the wine. My No. 2 son worked 3 years in Brussels for the Swiss Mission (on a diplomat passport) and always brought me Belgian chocolates (Godiva etc.) when he came home.


  4. I hope you won’t get lost, and thanks for saving the computer from the heat, then it would take a long time to hear from you again. Nice post, I have no idea about the places you mentioned in Germany,however I heard of Basel, because my favorite tennis player Roger Federer is from there. Nice meeting you. 🙂


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