FOSDEM, train travel
There are many good reasons to travel by train even when we are pretty much in the “jet age”. On top of comfy seats, onboard WiFi, being able to see the landscapes, and the convenience of not having to spend time going to and from the airport, it is the most efficient way of moving people around: the balances between energetic cost per passenger, speed, amount of passengers per journey, and convenience are unrivaled.
Train travel helps save the planet 🌎🤗🚅
FOSDEM, train travel, eye contact
Arrived to Bruxelles-Midi... gotta love those old style departure/arrival panels where letters and symbols are made of small segments. With the advent of flat panels they are (unfortunately) being replaced in many stations. They have a certain utilitarian typographic quality to them, and I really appreciate how much more readable they are than flat screens under certain lightning conditions.
@aperezdc Additional things I love about train travel versus flying:
- being able to get up and walk around whenever you want
- no seatbelts needed
- ability to change seats (as long as the train isn't full)
- restaurant section
- no security checks
- can just show up and hop on
- free WiFi (often) and cell signal as backup (intermittent, though)
- actual leg room for tall people
- miss a train? hop on the next (sometimes for no extra cost)
- regional tickets
@garrett I'll add a couple of reasons more:
- Many trains have groups of four seats around a table. Great to travel with a group. Bring out some board game or a deck of cards along!
- In Europe a ticket for a long distance train usually includes riding the local commuter trains in the origin and destination areas. Sometimes this covers other local transport (tram, bus, metro) as well.
- Sleeper cars in some overnight routes.
...and probably I'm still missing some
@aperezdc I had never seen a station with generic types 😱
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