Thursday, July 27, 2006
This is quite a revelating experience, and one I felt I had to share. Constructing a blog post whilst sitting on a GNER train travelling between London and Edinburgh. At the same time I'm using Wifi whizzing past fields of sheep - slightly surreal!
No doubt this is the technology of the future and sooner or later some clever chap will produce Wifi on aeroplanes (heck, they've started putting wifi into lampposts!), but for the moment I'm enjoying my GNER Wifi.
GNER are currently promoting a free Wifi trial that will soon become a payment service for all. £2.95 isn't too bad for 30 minutes - and it is pretty worthwhile, for the pure experience if nothing else!
No doubt the easiest way to travel between Edinburgh and London is by flying. easyJet and BA have regular flights and if you book well enough in advance a flight will cost around £80 return. With easyJets online check-in service it means I can also spend an extra 30 minutes in bed. Glorious.
Anyhow, a big thumbs up to GNER for their wireless service - not lost the connection once and the speed is pretty quick too. GNER WiFi - A+.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Travelling again? Yep, and thoroughly enjoyable once again! Having travelled only once to Germany before, I decided that it would simply be rude not to grace the fatherland with my presence once again. And what better time to do it than during the World Cup.
With friends based literally 400 yards from the fan zone in Frankfurt we had a great base to join in the festivities (and drinking).
The focal point of the fan zone in Frankfurt was a giant screen that was erected in the middle of the Main river, providing an ideal viewpoint for all the World Cup games.
Although there was no game in Frankfurt whilst we were there, we managed to catch all the Germany vs. Sweden second round game at the fan zone, with the Germans brushing aside the Swedes in a 2-0 victory.
As usual I did manage to do a few touristy things too (as well as drink myself silly with German beer and Jagermeister) and can't emphasize enough how nice the German brunches are in Frankfurt. Having a few too many pints the night before prohibited my food intake the next morning, but even still the food was great!
Catching up with my old buddies from UNCW is always a laugh from swapping old (and still embarrassing) stories to exploring the ever-so-gay centric erotic shop at Frankfurt-Hahn airport.....the less said about that the better.
Being English it was slightly against my morals to be stood in a crowd of German supporters in Frankfurt during the second round game, but I wish them all the best. Heck, they've done better than England - again. We should take some penalty taking lessons from them though. It's a sore spot.