Alison in Wonderland, Observant, Maastricht
Germans seem to shy away from heavy weaponry these days. A few weeks ago I caught the train to a conference in Freiburg, where I was giving a talk and presenting a poster (yes, both – sigh). Before I left, the man in the print shop showed me two types of protective cases to stop my poster getting crushed. If I was going to America, he warned, I’d best not take the case that looks like a giant bazooka – it’ll take days to be let into the country. Since I wasn’t going to America and I quite fancied the thought of myself as an itinerant mercenary rather than a travelling linguist, I naturally went for the bazooka-style option. And surprise, I got the four-person seats with table and power outlets all to myself, all the way. Thank you, Deutsche Bahn.