|[LJ2ME] Hurtling across Europe
||[May. 1st, 2007|12:47 pm]
Despite First Great Western getting me into London 10 minutes late (no suprise there), I got to Waterloo in plenty of time. This meant I got to have a brief chat with a very interesting idea for a gps + mobile phone idea. More on that in a week or so, if I decide I'm going to have time in the evenings for the next couple of weeks to help him code it up.
Onto the Eurostar, find my seat, and start fighting with windows. Since nokia still refuse to support linux for series 60 development, I'm going to have to fight with windows under vmware. However, being windows, it took the whole length of my battery to give it a new virtual hard disk, and install 3 bits of software I downloaded last night. I couldn't even get everything installed, as I didn't notice one bit needs xp, and I just have 2000. Looks like I'll have to find an older version when I find wireless.
The Eurostar pulled in on time to Brussels, but oddly half the shops were shut. I was thus denied a nice sandwich from the health food shop near the cash machine, and I've had to make do with one from the buffet.
Getting the thalis was easy, as the walkway to the platform was very near the eurostar exit. It pulled in 10 minutes early, and there were helpful english speaking platform staff (better than virgin often manages!) The train is very similar to a Eurostar, so the seats are comfy, but there are no power sockets. Maybe virgin have something going for them after all...
So far, the journey has been much more relaxed than flying. I was at waterloo in the time I could've got to heathrow, almost at brussels by the time I would've pushed back (allowing 2 hours for checkin), Antwerp by the time we'd have landed, and I'm going straight to the centre of Amsterdam, so I don't have to get in from the airport, so there'll be under an hour in it. It was about the same price, and I didn't have to queue, trek the length of Heathrow, or anything like that.
For anyone pondering a european trip by rail, seat61.com has all the info you'll ever need.