20140601 Saverne-Offenburg-Strasbourg

8:00 Up.

8:25 Breakfast. I saw someone eating cereal with orange juice. The food was better than yesterday. They had bread and yogurt this time.

9:16 Out.

9:22 The weather was warmer than I thought it would be, so I went back to the hostel and changed into something lighter.

9:32 Train station.

9:35 Bought a ticket to Offenburg, Germany on a whim. EUR 13.60.

9:38 Platform.

9:45 Train. It was a two-car one again.

9:48 Explosion sound again. I guessed that it was for changing directions.

9:53 Train started.

10:20 Ticket check.

10:35 Strasbourg.

10:40 Changed to a different train. It was pretty crowded.

10:52 Train started.

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11:22 Offenburg, Germany.

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As expected, it was a small town near the border without much to do. Most stores were closed, and there were few locals eating brunch. The streets were clean, and most houses seemed relatively modern.

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12:15 Back in the train station.

12:23 Struggled with the ticket machine for a while. EUR 8.50.

12:26 Platform.

12:28 On train.

13:00 Strasbourg. It was a lot less crowded than the previous day.

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13:20 Aux Armes de Strasbourg, a casual restaurant near Place Gutenberg. I ordered glass of Riesling and “chicken in Riesling sauce and Alsatian noodle.”

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13:30 The sauce was not too heavy, and the noodle (seemed fried) went well with it.

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At the table in front of me sat a Chinese couple with their mothers. And an old white couple were staring at them with intense interest.

14:00 Done.

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14:45 The waitress seemed extremely busy, and I finally got my bill after a long wait. EUR 17.10.

15:10 Sat down on a bench near a canal beside Palais du Rohan.

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15:33 A busker walked by singing hallelujah and a dog excitedly barked back at him.

16:10 Walked to a outdoor patio of Terrasse des Rohan, a restaurant nearby. I saw the menu “tarte flambée” literally everywhere, so I decided to try it.

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16:18 The dough was somewhere between pizza and crepe, and the sauce was a little too heavy. It was white cream, and I later found out this was soured cream. The onions on top tasted pretty strong.

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16:30 Two tiny birds flew to my table and took turns attacking my food.

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16:45 Done. I was in need of pickles.

17:00 Paid and left. EUR 7.80.
A lot of people were eating ice cream sundaes. I was tempted but the portions were just too big.

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17:25 Train station.

17:30 Purchased a ticket. EUR 9.10.

17:32 Platform.

17:45 Seated. The train was a little different. It had spacious 6-seat compartments, and apparently was headed all the way to Brussels.

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17:50 Train started. It was faster than the ones I was on before.

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18:09 Ticket check.

18:12 Saverne.

18:22 Hostel.

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23:00 Bed.

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