Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
129Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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After seeing her off, I walked back to the hotel and packed my own stuff up. The main train station was conveniently located within 10 minutes walk of where we were staying, so that meant I was able to get there well ahead of my intended departure time. Compared to the inbound trip, there don't seem to be too many people going between Athens and Patras now, so getting a reservation was no problem.
Trains in Greece are weird
So I had to go through the same strange arrangement of going three stops up, returning through the same stations and then going out towards the Peleponnese. The trains and depots all the way to Corinth are beautifully modern and slick, probably thanks entirely to the 2004 Olympics. Then at Corinth you have to jump off onto a dilapidated old set of train cars that are bewilderingly freezing on the inside (overactive AC evidently). From there the train rolls down to another station also called simply "Corinth" station (but much older and graffiti-ridden), stops, then reverse again and moves on. Half the foreign travelers on each leg couldn't tell whether they had taken the right train or not and were looking out the window paranoid at every stop
Anyhow, I found out some very interesting information upon checking in at the ferry company's office. Apparently first-class railpass passengers are supposed to automatically receive free couchettes with their tickets. Funny how absolutely no one mentioned that on the ferry from Bari. Perhaps they were full up? Then again, I remember some of the Liverpudlians getting couchettes after departure. So our stupidly uncomfortable and restless voyage over could have been a lot more relaxing. Well, assuming the drunken football fanatics weren't as loud in the dormitories. Anyhow, Mayu's gonna flip when I tell her.
Here's hoping it's a restful night. So far it's looking pretty quiet on board.