Eurostar

12.12.2007 11:19

Yesterday I left Zemanta's London headquarters with the rest of the team and went to Paris to attend Le Web 3 conference.

We traveled by Eurostar and I was surprised just how trivial the travel seemed. The Channel Tunnel is one of the largest engineering achievements of the last century, however when traveling by train from London to Paris you barely notice it. Even when flying on a commercial jet you usually hear the captain tell some trivial information, like how high or how fast you are traveling or what is the temperature outside. This at least gives you a remote sense of just how much work and knowledge must have gone into making that multi-ton piece of aluminum fly.

The experience of the Tunnel has none of that. The train disappears for some 20 minutes into the ground and then you are on the other side. If you are used to trains traveling at 80 km/h even time spent underground doesn't seem different than any other ride. None of the brochures you can get on the train mentions any technical data and all announcements over PA were about safety and baggage handling.

Oh and since I'm comparing this train with an airplane: in contrast with other trains where you can hop on in the last minute, Eurostar requires you to check-in at least an hour early (including the new-age airport-style over-paranoid personal and baggage checks) and then wait at a gate until the train is ready for boarding.

Posted by Tomaž | Categories: Life

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