No, Spiekeroog is not the name of a new girl I like, but the location where I will be this weekend for a great seminar with three impressive teachers, Dirk Müller, Jorma Lyly and Michael Masch.
Unfortunately the place is quite far north but apparently it is a lovely little island, where we will be able to have great Aikido and.. relax!
Relax though is not the word I got on my mind right now, because apparently “ze Germans” are not anymore the perfect system providing a perfect railway service.
Since back in Europe, for different reasons, I have traveled often to Germany and punctuality of the trains has never impressed me! Japan has a “perfect” system, Germany.. come on!
Like a couple of weeks ago (when I went to Berlin for one great Aikido week), German railway system experienced a strike, that luckily ended already (even if when it started it was not declared the length: that was worrying!!) but introduced (for now) one change in my trip tonight, to Osnabruck (where tomorrow I will join some German Aikido friends for reaching Spiekeroog by car):
..but the real adventure will be on the way back, after the ferry trip from the island to main land, and it will include a bus and “several” train changes:
The last transfer, with only 2 minutes, is in Holland, and if I will miss that train, as it will probably happen, I am not too concerned, since before midnight the train frequency in the Netherlands is very good. Crossing fingers for all the previous transfers, I might be able to get home before the end of Monday🙂
Good luck to the brave travellers😛