22nd May, 2010
Small joys of life, travelling by train is certainly one of them. If one hasn’t been on a Euro-rail even once after being in Germany for five years, it is a pity indeed. So when husband told me that we have travel to Wolfsburg by DB [Deutsche Bahn (railways)] and drive back with my new car from Volkswagen Autostadt, I was more than just thrilled. How different is it from a train in India? What a question?
We reached the Geilenkirchen station half an hour before time didn’t seem to be a good idea as it was extremely cold. 8.37 am and DB almost always arrives on time. We could sit anywhere as the trains are never crowded. That early it is usually the students going to universities who we find in there. Cosy. Neat. Spacious. This train was till Düsseldorf from where we had to change into the Intercity. This looked close to business class flight seats roomy, spick and span, each seat was reserved and on top of each was specified digitally from where the person is boarding and to where he is travelling. Therefore no confusion, no trespassing. We had to travel for three and a half hours with two children in a silent compartment was quite a task but kids were sort of sensing the muteness and imbibed it well. Both slept.
Was just the right time for breakfast, Raj got up to get some sandwiches and coffee from the pantry. And me as usual began checking tweets and the neighbours around us. Men in the backseat, one of them, have I seen somewhere? No, all three of them. Tcheh! Where have I seen them? Pondering is always a futile excercise for me. The one which I was very sure of was reading a book. Ok, just peek carefully and unpretentiously what is he reading? About some music band. Yes, They are a band. Which song? Bettina? Yes Yes..but which band? Blank. Oh No. My amnesia is at its peek. iphone, my savior. GOOOOOGLE. Bettina, the rap song. Enter. Images. Enter. Yes they are them seated right behind me. OMG!!! They are Fettes Brot!
Took out my pen and the train ticket and quietly slipped onto their table. Smile. No I still don’t know what their individual names are, but they seemed surprised to receive that piece of paper, as in the entire compartment, me, an English speaking Asian was the only one who had recognized them. Cutely he asked, ‘You want autograph?’ Me like a schoolgirl recited all that I did in that past five minutes to find out who they were and ‘Can I have a pic of you all?’ Obliged. They got down at Hannover and didn’t forget to say a goodbye. Smiles.
The journey so far. Super hit.
PS: Here’s for you the superhit video of their song ‘Bettina, zieh dir bitte etwas an’. Enjoy!