Booking Our Train, the Mall, and Blog Work

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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NH Hotel Cuidad

Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Friday, August 26, 2011

On the 23rd we had gone to the train station to make our mandatory reservation for the night train we were planning to take from Barcelona to Switzerland on our way back to Nonnenhorn (we didn't include this in the last entry because we didn't want to ruin the surprise that we were coming home)....for anyone that didn't know we decided to end our trip and go home eary! Surprise! haha. When we got to the ticket counter though they didn't speak english and told us to go to customer service. They didn't speak english either but we tried showing them the train number, the departure point and destination and the date we wanted to make the reservation for, the guys till just shook his head and kept speaking to us in spanish. We saw we were getting nowhere so we left, a little worried.

The next morning (24th) we decided to go on google translate and write down, in Spanish, "Can we reserve a train from Barcelona to Geneva here?" and "reservation only" and "for tomorrow" along with the details of the train. We figured if we had all that someone would be able to help us and we went to the station once more. While waiting in line I (Jackie) noticed a sign in Spanish that had a word on it that looked like "international" and then the name of another station in Valencia. I told James I wonder if they make the international reservations at the other station but we waited to talk to the ticket lady. We asked if she spoke english and of course she said no so we passed her our spanish translation and she read it and shook her head and talked to us in spanish. We signalled that we didn't understand but instead of repeating herself in spanish, like the frustrating man the night before, she pulled out a little station map and showed us another station just down the road from where we were with the same name as the sign that I had noticed just a minute before. We smiled and thanked her because we now understood and we went off to the right station. Even though the guy did not speak english there either (this was the first time in europe that NO ONE at the stations spoke english, funny) but with our spanish translation we made the booking with no problem and left feeling very relieved!

 We then made our way back to our hotel and then walked to a mall close by and just spent some time wandering around looking in different stores. We didn't accomplish much the rest of our last day in Valencia, we were anxious to get back to Nonnenhorn and eventually HOME!!

 The morning of the 25th we got up early, finished packing up, and enjoyed our last buffet breakfast before we left for the station.  Our trip back to Nonnenhorn was to start at 10:30am with two trains to get us to Barcelona by 4pm then a 3 1/2 hour wait until our night train from Barcelona to Geneva where we would switch trains at 5:30am the next morning, take the new train to Zurich then two more train rides and we would be in Nonnenhorn just before noon on the 26th, wow. The only real glitch we encountered was after we got off our first train to Barcelona where we found out they were working on the last section of tracks that would get us to the station in Barcelona, which made us very nervous. We went to ask the guy at the ticket counter about how we were to get to our station in Barcelona, a little weary since no one in Valencia spoke english and this station was in a much smaller town, but thankfully the guy spoke a little english and told us we were to take the train we were suppose to originally take but would have to get off at the last stop before the construction and then just take the metro to the right station. This ended up being no problem and we got there easily; the train ride though was horrible close to the end because the windows could not be slid down and for some reason they didn't turn the air con on and the screens in each coach showed that the temperature was 43 degrees! When we looked around everyone's hairline was soaked and they had sweat all over them, we were no exception, gross. After the torturous ride the rest of the trip went smoothly and we made it back to our Germany home. We were still in the beach mood so that afternoon we slept and read in the sun by the lake and went for a swim, we were happy to be back!!
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