So, Sean, his brother Brian and I arrived at the St. Pancras International train station in London, England for a 1 P.M. train to Amsterdam via Brussels, Belgium.
These unionized bastards have gone too far. There is a massive, one-day transit strike in Brussels. The last remaning trains of the day are gone, and we aren’t on them.
“A nationwide strike over rising prices severely disrupted public transport in Belgium on Monday, forcing the cancellation of all high-speed international rail services in and out of the country.
They say they want to send a clear signal to the government before it presents its 2009 budget to parliament on October 14.” [Source]
Instead we are taking the first train out tomorrow - 5:53 A.M here, 1:53 A.M. in Philadelphia. We’ll be in Amsterdam around 9 A.M. local time, one hour later than in London, making it six hours later than the East Coast United States. The fun begins then.
I expect some fun to come out of 17 hours in a train station. Some videos and hijinx may come after we get some rest in - we’ll be sleeping in the station, the diesel fumes from idling trains notwithstanding.
We also have taken the time to get things in order on the site. We had some unexpected Internet difficulty while in London, but the station has Wi-Fi and, as depicted above, we’re milking 2.5 pounds (less than $5) pots of delicious Early Grey tea in a booth at the St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar so we can use their power source. That means WDSTL goes live tonight, and you can expect regular updates from here on out, barring future Internet shortcomings - almost a certainty.
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